Photo Lab Production Spotlight – Digital Cells
What is a digital cell?
If you place an order for 2-11×14 prints, mounted and coated, 48 sheet-cut wallets, 4 coated 8x10s and 2 5×10 image galleries, how many folks do you think will be touching your photo prints? Someone needs to print them, and someone needs to mount them, and someone needs to coat them, and someone needs to sheet cut the wallets. Someone needs to package them and verify that everything ordered is present and accounted for. How many folks is that?
Here at H&H, it’s just one, thanks to digital cells. In 1998, H&H began following lean manufacturing practices. One result has been a reduction in the number of people who touch your order. After the printer applies any necessary color corrections and prints your order, the assembly person gets the prints, completes all finishing services, and packages the order in preparation for shipping.
This greatly reduces the chance of print damage, and cuts service time down, as well. If one person has everything they need, within reach, your order can be assembled more efficiently than if it were to travel between departments for each step. This has resulted in great improvements in production.
In 1998, the photography lab’s numbers revealed a 94% accuracy rating on orders. That’s right, 6% of all orders needed to be redone for one reason or another. Today, our professional photo lab’s paccuracy rate stays above 98% consistently. The most recent numbers show 98.7% of your orders are correct, the first time. A big reason for this is something as basic as a digital cell.
Learn more about our digital photo printing today!