1. Make A Checklist
|A glorified makeready.|
2. Be Ready
Before the next jobs starts, there should be steps in the makeready list that can be done while the previous job is running: eg. getting paper ready, setting out plates, tools ready, etc. Get everything laid out and ready to go. No one in the picture was looking for a tire when the car came. They were ready.
Additionally, each crew member should have clear in mind what is required before the next scheduled pit stop. They should be given an assignment that they are experienced at and can do quickly. No doubt the crew above rehearsed in their mind what they were going to do. Take the time to explain procedures clearly before the press goes down.
3. Use Your Manpower
|This makeready consists of 19 people.|
The sponsor of the race car doesn't seem to think it's a waste of time to have the personnel ready for the change, and the same applies to the pressroom. It's worth every penny to have the manpower available to reduce downtime.
4. Standard Settings
Every press has proven settings that work. Once these settings are achieved, record them and use them for your future makeready lists.
|Make time the benchmark of a makeready.|
Achieving a good makeready comes with experience and time. In my experience, if you follow these simple principles, you will have fast makeready times and your offset printing pressroom will be profitable.