The Everlasting Benefits of Taking Your Proofing Process into the Digital Age
by Ryan Szporer
Technology continues to advance at breakneck speeds. Whatever your industry, there are definite advantages to riding the wave, even if only to keep pace with everyone else. That includes the often-forgotten quality-control sector, which can be very competitive.
That’s not just in reference to external competition among fellow solutions providers, but internally as well. There’s always going to be the pressure to improve upon set processes for greater error-finding efficiency. It only makes sense then to embrace automation, which has proven incredibly beneficial in that respect, especially when it comes to proofreading solutions.
Here are a few of the top benefits:
Prevent Avoidable Errors
One misconception revolving around automated solutions is they only serve to replace workers. That’s not necessarily true relative to digital proofreading solutions.
In fact, generally speaking, automation can actually help employees. With specific regard to proofreading, it makes employees’ jobs easier, preventing proofing fatigue and avoidable errors from slipping through the cracks. It’s been proven that manual proofreading is simply less effective and shifting gears to an automated solution is an obvious choice. With fewer errors, less pressure is put on employees to consistently perform “above their heads.”
Truth be told, a company is financially healthier and in a better position to keep more workers the fewer errors that result in costly recalls. Automation lets companies allocate human resources to other departments in greater need. And, contrary to popular belief, there will always be a need for technicians to physically check automated inspection results, even if they’re not the ones performing the actual inspections. Put another way, workers control the helping hand digital solutions lend to the overall operation, at least in this case.
Instant Detection and Verification
Companies can shave time off their manual proofreading processes to a greater extent through the sheer convenience of an all-in-one solution. High-quality digital proofreading platforms don’t just look for typos. However expensive one small misplaced decimal point can end up being for the company in question, the right application can pay for itself in other ways too.
A system like GlobalVision offers inspection modes for artwork, color, barcodes, and Braille (in addition to text). Regarding barcodes and Braille regions, the system instantly recognizes each one to be graded or translated/ compared. There’s no need to select anything except the desired mode unless it’s to conduct a partial inspection on a specific portion of the loaded files.
In the case of graphics, you can similarly choose a shape for extraction on the loaded Master instead of opting to inspect the entire file. This just serves to instruct the application to automatically locate all the repeats on a sample press sheet (for example). The benefit here far outweighs any additional steps that need to be taken.
Ultimately, inspections go much smoother and faster, with up to five different types able to be run at once in a matter of seconds or minutes instead of hours or days… a fraction of the time it takes to proof the same materials manually… more effectively too.
Get to Market Faster
Not only does a digital proofing platform translate into error-free packaging on store shelves and artwork files in general. Fewer mistakes also mean fewer revision cycles, which translates into an accelerated time to market and bigger bottom line. That’s in addition to the money saved implementing a quality-control system that’s more efficient and the recalls that will be avoided as a result. Going digital pays for itself over time.
If it’s not the improved speed at which you get to market, it’s the improved speed at which inspections are run and errors get detected. Adding an automated element, such as a digital proofreading platform, to your quality-control process means keeping pace with technological change and competitors alike. That’s undeniable, but it’s the internal performance improvements that make automation a trend that should not and cannot be avoided. Much like the errors the right system so effortlessly and inevitably detects.
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