Prosperity in the Print Business in these challenging times
The Philippine Printing Technical Foundation (PPTF) is offering an effective, practical and affordable technical upgrading seminar on Web-Fed Offset Press Technology. The seminar is specially designed to expedite staff training and achieve results that translate into greater profitability. It is a complete resource that contains everything needed, from handouts to a CD, in order to deliver technical content, teach standard operating procedures, and measure trainee learning and performance. This winning combination of features is a proven formula for:
- Refining problem-solving skills
- Improving productivity
- Ensuring consistent practices
The course, which starts on August 30, 2017, is designed with the special demands of today’s busy pressroom in mind, the Web Offset Press Training Program is even more visual, interactive, and production-oriented than ever before. It combines the best of instructional design with the latest in technical information.
The topics cover a wide range of disciplines critical to success --- Operations and Technology.
THE MORE YOU SHARE, THE MORE YOU PROSPER
by: Lolita Guillas
“Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”
One of the news in the Obituary issue last June 26, 2017 of The Philippine Star, reads:
“We, the family of Tomas J. Viray, sincerely thank the Lord for the gift of his life.
Born to early life on September 22, 1925.
Born into life in heaven on June 23, 2017,
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”
I read that news with a heavy heart. The guy who coined the slogan “The more you share, the more you prosper” and whose life story I wrote about in the book “The Power of Sharing” is dead. I recall that on page iv of said book, Tomas Viray said and I quote: “In parting, I wish to look at my life story less as a narration of success and more as a simple story of gratitude, faith, and most of all, giving. What God has given me, I give back to Him and my fellowmen. I have said this before and it gives me pleasure to say this again, “The more you share, the more you prosper.”
Let’s take a synopsis of Tom’s personal account in said book under the Chapter “How Tom got into the Screen Printing Industry”:
“I worked with the military for 27 years, performing various tasks. It was then that I was able to have a family of my own. In no time, my children were growing up. It was in 1971 that I realized that being employed in a government office could not open up opportunities for a better life for me and my family. With four growing children, I realized that going into business was the best thing to do but what kind of business, I didn’t know. But I was determined to succeed.
“I started a small trading company which I asked my secretary to manage as I was still tying up some loose ends to make my retirement official. For me, it was a “make or break” decision. My determination to provide a better life for my family and my decision to start on my own made me vow that no matter what happened, I was going to make it. I am sure now as I was sure then that my commitment and dedication to the business was going to be my only armor in the uncertain field of business.
“It was at this time that I met a man doing screen printing. An idea hit me and made me interested in what he was doing. I offered to sell his products for him, an offer which the screen printer readily accepted. A partnership was thus born. Armed with P5,000 from my retirement pay, I put up Orient Integrated Commercial, Inc. It began with nine staff members. We squeezed ourselves in a two-room apartment. I ventured out into the world, worried whether my family dining table was going to run out of food before I could keep the business really going.
“Like any other business, the first few years of Orient were unstable. We were also into trading, buying and selling – all that we could think of that could bring in profits.
“Unfortunately, my screen printer partner did not cherish the idea of sharing with me and our people his technique – something he considered a trade secret, so we parted ways.
“But as luck and providence would have it, a friend came to see me one day. He was asking financial help for a certain acquaintance, Mr. Manuel Bumanlag who needed P2,000.00 at the time. I lent him the amount without qualms.
“The following day, Mr. Bumanlag came back and offered to work for me so he could pay back his loan. Fortunately, he was very skillful in screen printing but he, too, was reluctant to share his knowledge. It was a backyard industry in the Philippines at the time but sharing the knowhow with other people meant multiplying the number of competitors.
“I said to him: “I don’t believe in trade secrets. You have to share whatever you know with the others…”
That was how Tom coined his motto: “The more you share, the more you prosper.” True enough, sharing the knowledge about screen printing made him built his business from scratch and led him from renting to owning a building -- helping hundreds of people, especially from his hometown in San Luis, Pampanga gain employment.
Tomas Viray was a past president of the Philippine Printing Technical Foundation (1994-1996) and the founder and first president of the Screen Printing Association of the Philippines (now Screen Printing and Imaging Digital Association of the Philippines – SIDGAP) which he established in 1991. He was a Papal Awardee for his support to the World Youth Day; funded feeding programs for street children; developed a livelihood program for out of school youth; and helped build the Our Lord of Divine Mercy Parish Church, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, as well as the Parish Learning Center (pre-school).
Kuya Tom, as he is fondly called by friends and family, was also a Philippine Marketing Association’s Agora Awardee for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship (Medium Scale, 1998), a Regional Finalist (NCR) of ABS-CBN’s “Bayaning Pilipino, Gawad Geny Lopez Award” and a “Dakilang Itay” awardee in the 3rd Gawad Manuel L. Quezon Award. He received numerous awards and citations in his lifetime but I don’t think it is necessary to mention them all in this short article.
I would like to share Tom’s most outstanding advice to me – the one I always recall whenever I get frustrated with the way some people reciprocate a kind gesture. “Sometimes, kindness will be poorly received. I hope you will not give up, though. Often, the people who need kindness the most are those who respond with the least gratitude. We never know what will stick in someone’s mind and cause him or her to do something nice in return. But this should not prevent you from doing acts of kindness and sharing your blessings with the less fortunate. We should promote peace and happiness in every step we take to reach out to our fellowmen – offer them kindness that will stay in their hearts forever.”
PPTF-PUM WORKSHOP/SEMINAR IN POST PRESS & FINISHING
The printing industry has a shortage of highly qualified post press and finishing technicians that can operate machines competently and had the capability to apply preventive maintenance properly. The increased use of electronic computers to drive equipment and post press machines and other new technologies requires that existing employee skills be upgraded.
Majority of printing industry practitioners learned the trade and profession through years of actual learning experience and immersion on the different stages of printing processes. This is done without the benefit of a systematic and organized training method. An on-the-job training can present some problems. In industry’s efforts to improve quality, many managers have learned that while most employees genuinely want to produce quality work, they often do not have the necessary skills to get the job done. Such know-how can be learned effectively and efficiently through training. With a broad base of knowledge, every worker can work smarter and efficiently produce a product or intermediate that is correct the first time and every time with less wastages.
After a careful analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the industry and in relation to the establishment of a continuous informal training program or upgrading program, the PHILIPPINE PRINTING TECHNICAL FOUNDATION (PPTF), in its objective of enhancing the skills level of industry workers, would like to respond to these industry needs for continuous employees training. In this connection, PPTF had sought assistance from PUM Netherlands Senior Experts, a Dutch non-profit organization that advises small and medium-sized enterprises (MSE's) in developing countries and emerging markets. Founded in 1978 by the Dutch employers’ federation VNO-NCW. They work with volunteers who have gained more than 40 years of experience in business, and are dedicated in sharing their knowledge with entrepreneurs who cannot afford to pay for commercial consultants.
PUM had responded to our request by conducting technical upgrading seminars in printing. Most of these new seminars were designed for participants to experience the latest technology and product advancement on theoretical and demonstrations workshop type sessions to ensure the success of the printing business as it move into the new millennium. Selected Senior Technical Experts will be send here to conduct the workshop seminars from Netherlands with proven standard of educational excellence and wider ranges of exposures in the field of Graphic Communications. The workshops are planned with the whole printing industry in mind – and its key staff and production employees.
In line with these functions, PPTF has initially scheduled its Third Comprehensive Technical Upgrade Workshop Seminars on Post Press & Finishing Technology scheduled to start on May 30 and will end up on June 3, 2017 (1:00pm to 5:00pm). It is a 5-day workshop sessions.
Grafika Golden Anniversary Issue
It’s a bumper Golden Anniversary edition loaded with stories, ideas, inspiration, technical tips and techniques for today’s modern printer!
PPTF’s Golden Anniversary issue, expected to come out during the Triple Affair (General Membership Meeting, Induction of 2017-2018 Officers and Trustees and New Members and 50th Founding Anniversary Celebration) on Thursday, July 27, 2017, is an inspiring and glossy Special Edition containing valuable technical guides and information.
Business wise, this is the most opportune time to take the leap of success, achieve a breakthrough, expand or start up an enterprise, learn about the advances of technology in the printing industry and take action. The ones who can go ahead of others will surely have great results. Knowing and moving fast are the keys to success this year -- there should be no room for procrastination.
For several decades, “Grafika”, the official publication of the Philippine Printing Technical Foundation, Inc. (PPTF), has been the most valuable resource for small, medium and large printers who are focused on improving efficiency and increasing sales and profits in the print shop. Grafika has often featured industry experts sharing their ideas and technical knowledge on ways to improve operations.
PPTF is now accepting advertisement contracts for the Golden Anniversary Edition. Advertising in Grafika will not only help promote our industry but will be a very effective marketing tool as well, for the advertiser.
For further particulars or queries, please e-mail or call the undersigned. You may also call the Secretariat at the PPTF office, tels.: 713-0902/713-2671; fax: 713-0905; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com.
ISIDRO J. DE MESA
Trustee and Chair Publications Committee
PPTF-PUM WORKSHOP/SEMINAR ON PRESS TECHNOLOGY
We are happy to inform you that the Prepress seminar, first among the series of Comprehensive Technical Upgrade Seminars sponsored by the Philippine Printing Technical Foundation (PPTF), Inc. in cooperation with PUM in the Netherlands, was successfully held last February 20 until March 3, 2017. The series of seminars is designed to define the qualifications required in the printing sector, upgrade the skills of employees/workers as well as help develop with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) the training regulations. This has been the long-cherished dream of the Philippine Printing Technical Foundation and member-partners like you and finally, we’re getting closer to its realization.
In line with this, we are now offering the next set of seminar on Press Technology (sheet-fed offset) which will commence on April 20 to 29, 2017 from 1:00pm – 7:00pm at the PPTF Training Room in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
Learn more and experience the latest technology and product advancement in the hands-on, workshop type sessions. Be on the move with the printing business as it syncs into the new millennium. At the end of the seminar, the PUM Senior Expert is available for free consultation as a bonus in establishing operating systems in your plant to improve your bottom line.
Please register early as this event is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more particulars, please call the PPTF Secretariat, Telephone Nos. (02) 713-0902 and (02) 713-2671; Telefax (02) 713-0905; Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
As a valued member of the Philippine Printing Technical Foundation, Inc. (PPTF), we would like to enlist your kind support to help us in the information campaign regarding PPTF’s series of seminar workshops. Please tell your friends and associates about this Good News!
Let’s work together towards a more prosperous Philippine printing industry. United, we succeed!
MARITES D. LIWANAG
Chairperson, PPTF-PUM Technical Committee
PPTF-PUM SERIES OF WORKSHOP/SEMINARS
PROFESSIONALIZING THE PHILIPPINE PRINTING INDUSTRY
Remaining steadfast to its goal of professionalizing the Philippine printing industry and promoting its global competitiveness in the light of the ASEAN Economic Integration, the Philippine Printing Technical Foundation (PPTF), Inc., the country’s premier technical printing association, is conducting a Technical Upgrading Program for Skills Standardization from February 2017 until June 2017 in partnership with PUM, a Dutch non-profit organization of senior experts founded in the Netherlands in 1978. The program will train representatives of PPTF members and non-members to help define the qualifications required in the printing sector, upgrade the skills of employees/workers as well as help develop with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) the training regulations.
In line with this, PPTF and PUM are holding a comprehensive series of workshop-seminars in the following areas: Prepress Technology; Press Technology (sheet-fed offset); Press Technology (web-fed offset); Post Press Technology; Service Mechanic (Mechanical) and Service Mechanical (Electronic).
The Prepress Technology course (first set of seminars in the series which started last February 20, 2017 and ended March 3, 2017) was conducted by Mr. Jan de Vrij of PUM with the assistance of PPTF Past President Bernabe “Boy” Kitane who is now a printing consultant/practitioner. Mr. de Vrij is a seasoned prepress manager, having worked to improve businesses in other countries in Europe (Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, etc.). The participants were completely updated on the latest digital workflow technologies to guide them through the context of prepress within the industry at large, related hardware, software techniques and the future of prepress.
According to Mr. de Vrij, the printing process is now fully automated in the Netherlands – so automated that a process which lasts for two hours is now down to just two minutes! He notes that digitalization is also gaining ground in the Philippines and although there is a possibility of using less paper in the future, it will not totally disappear. He sees a more positive picture for packaging and notes that local printing companies should raise quality standards higher than they are now. In Europe, he says spaces or areas are much bigger and wider; hence, production is more organized, while in the Philippines, they are much smaller.
According to Mr. Boy Kitane, it used to be that the production process in the country centered more on ‘trial and error’ which is why process standardization is a much needed development move. PPTF will be the association for the print industry to inventory the expertise/skills to be described in the Training Regulations.
After the seminar, Mr. de Vrij will visit some printing companies and submit his comments and recommendations.
The forward-looking PPTF-PUM Committee is headed by Trustee Marites D. Liwanag under the leadership of Atty. Dominador D. Buhain, PPTF President. According to him, the most striking problem of the industry is the lack of skilled workers. “PPTF wants to catch the obligation to implement the Training Regulations to develop educational programs for schools and to upgrade employee skills,” says Atty. Buhain. Members of the Committee are: PPTF 1st VP James L. Chiu; Corporate Secretary Wayne Albert Evangelista; Publications Committee Chair Sid De Mesa; Co-chair Human Resource/Training Committee Chito Constantino; Technical Assistance Committee Maripil Ergino.
Committee Chairperson Marites Liwanag announced that PUM’s involvement with the development of curriculum and learning materials will be validated after the development phase of the Training Regulations.
The next set of seminar/workshop is about Press Technology (sheet-fed offset), scheduled on April 20 to 29, 2017 from 1:00pm – 7:00pm. Venue to be announce later.
Watch out for future announcements regarding forthcoming schedules of the other seminars in the series.
AN INVITATION TO A TECHNICAL UPGRADING SEMINAR
In line with these functions, the Philippine Printing Technical Foundation (PPTF) is inviting you to attend a series of seminar workshops on Technical Upgrading Program intended for industry workers who have had enough work experience and are willing to enhance further their technical skills in their chosen field of expertise.
PPTF has initially scheduled its first Comprehensive 10-day Workshop Seminar on Technical Upgrading Seminar on Prepress Technology. After the seminar, an experienced PUM Netherlands Senior Expert is available for free consultation as a bonus in establishing operating systems in your plant to improve your bottom line. This offer is good only for the first 5 participants of the seminar. So hurry up and make your reservations at the PPTF secretariat with Telephone Nos. (02) 713-0902 or (02) 713-2617 and TeleFax No. (02) 713-0904. or E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The workshops are unique educational programs, combining classroom activity, practical demonstrations, and some hands-on training for participants. This limited-attendance of ten (10) whole day seminar workshops are highly-participative programs to be conducted by selected Senior Technical Experts from Netherlands with proven standard of educational excellence and wider ranges of exposures in the field of Graphic Arts Communications each of whom has more than 30 years of work experience, will present the work-shop seminars. They have thorough knowledge of their own area of expertise, combined with extensive business experience.
Most of these new seminars were designed for participants to experience the latest technology and product advancement on a hands-on workshop type sessions to ensure the success of the printing business as it move into the new millennium. The initial seminar workshops feature the widest selection of technical and management presentations available to the printing industry. The workshops are planned with the whole printing industry in mind – and its key staff and production employees.
The trainers will apply the newest method of teaching changing technology. Extensive use of digital multi-media and practical laboratory demonstrations and exercises highlight the programs. Ample time is provided to answer questions after each presentation and especially during the concurrent sessions. In addition, a period is provided at the close of the session for the participants to get an answer to or discussion of any other questions on any part of the process that may be puzzling or giving them trouble.
PPTF has conducted a study for this purpose and come up with a proposed training programs intended for its members and also for non-members to address the growing problems mentioned earlier in this paper. The foundation is just expanding its program into a full-blown compre-hensive training program to address this perennial problem. Mr. Bernabe ‘BOY’ Kitane II, Past PPTF President (1981-82), a printing consultant practitioner and Industry Coordinator for the development of the Training Regulations (TR) for the industry, will supervise the Technical Upgrading Program. For more details please see attached descriptions of the seminar and the rest of the seminars schedule to be conducted for the months of October, November and December. Attendance is limited to a maximum of 20 participants only per seminar.
A reasonable seminar fee is charged per participant of the program to cover operational expenses that include the board & lodging and local travelling expenses of a senior expert, training venues, snacks and lunch meals of participants, and costs of training materials.
PPTF Member: Php 15,000 per participant
Non-Member: Php 20,000 per participant
A MESSAGE FROM PPTF
Current Technical Status
It is a fact that the Filipino printers know about is the sorry state of print quality and productivity, which is very low. Some magazines and coffee table books that require exceptional quality are at present printed, either in Singapore, Hong Kong or China. There are also local printing companies that you can count in your fingers whose quality can now be compared with printers abroad. Most of these printers are engaged in packaging or commercial coated magazine publications.
The printing industry has a shortage of highly qualified competent people to operate their machines. They need prepress technician, press machine operators, post press technicians, service maintenance technicians, production managers & supervisors, R &D technicians, QA Supervisors, and many others. The increased use of electronic computers and other new technologies requires that existing employee skills be upgraded.
Majority of printing industry practitioners learned the trade and profession through years of actual learning experience and immersion on the different stages of printing processes. This is done without the benefit of a systematic and organized training method. An on-the-job training can present some problems. A formal training is more advantageous. The schedule, scope, and objectives are known up front, the individual progress can be monitored, and the program can be evaluated.
With a broad base of knowledge, every worker can work smarter and efficiently produce a product or intermediate that is correct the first time and every time with less wastages. Everyone needs to understand process variability and the production processes used. When employees make the processes operate consistently with only an acceptable amount of variation present, the results are quality printed materials, and happy productive workers who help the company make a profit while pleasing the customer. It requires a learning process and a commitment that must involve everyone in the plant.
Technical skills needed to complete a typical job often are taught together and grouped according to workflow. For example, training in press operations usually is organized according to the sequence of a typical pressrun: pre-makeready, makeready, running the job, and wash-ups.
The industry trends are moving towards new technological changes and automation. Information technology, multi-media and printing are some of the very few essential and crucial technology needed for a functional society. Printing processes are being increasingly controlled and adjusted electronically, which leads to consistent high quality and greater productivity. In order to achieve a smooth flow of digital data from prepress via press to post press, the integration, networking and digitization of all processing steps is essential.
Over forty leading manufacturers in the graphic arts industry are cooperating on an international scale to develop a standard for data flowthrough the so called “CIP4 concept” (international cooperation of process, prepress, press, and post press). Practical application and world-wide expansion are well on the way. Dissemination of information and communications are getting faster and complex. Parallel to the development is the need to train highly skilled, quality-trained and multi-skilled workers who can easily adjust to these changes.
After a careful analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the industry and in relation to the establishment of a continuous informal training program or upgrading program, the PHILIPPINE PRINTING TECHNICAL FOUNDATION (PPTF), would like to respond to these industry needs for continuous employees training. In this connection, PPTF seek assistance from PUM Netherlands Senior Experts, a Dutch non-profit organization that advises small and medium-sized enterprises (MSE's) in developing countries and emerging markets. Founded in 1978 by the Dutch employers’ federation VNO-NCW. They work with volunteers who have gained more than 30 years of experience in business, and are dedicated in sharing their knowledge with entrepreneurs who cannot afford to pay for commercial consultants.