Articles By Pat McGrew

Pat is a well-known evangelist for inkjet productivity. At McGrew Group, she uses her decades technical and marketing experience to lead the industry toward optimized business processes and production workflows. She has helped companies to define their five-year plans, audited workflow processes, and developed sales team interventions and education programs. Pat is the Co-Author of 8 industry books, editor of A Guide to the Electronic Document Body of Knowledge, and a regular contributor to Inkjet Insight and

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January 12, 2022

Wizardly Workflow Guidance for 2022

Automation, integration, and education are your three missions for 2022. Evaluate where you are and start moving toward a more optimized workflow to unlock maximum margin from every job.
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January 5, 2022

Wild Workflow Learnings of 2021

During 2021 we have seen interest in workflow automation grow from several directions.
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December 14, 2021

An Inkjet Workflow Retrospective

Despite the challenges of 2021, annual reviews are essential to finding a path to continue to grow. For some companies that path included new investments.
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December 1, 2021

Imposing Workflows – Part 1

To create optimized imposition processes today there are a host of choices that take the math and design aspects of imposition out of the hands of the prepress team and put it firmly in the hands of imposition engines
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November 3, 2021

Solving Haunted Workflows – Part 2

A belated but still spooky mystery solved – Pat McGrew and her mystery machine meddle to solve your haunted workflows.
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October 13, 2021

Solving Haunted Workflows – Part 1

Catch incorrect specifications before they become a major issue in your workflow – Pat McGrew tells us how.
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September 29, 2021

Caring for Customers: Three Essentials

Learn about 3 essential customer interactions surrounding your inkjet journey and how to handle them successfully.
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September 22, 2021

What’s in YOUR Dashboard?

Inkjet goes fast so production dashboards need to get the right information to the right teams even faster.
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September 15, 2021

Web-to-Print for Inkjet – Creating a System of Record

The best practice when using web-to-print to feed high-speed inkjet environments is to make the W2P environment the system of record for job capture. Learn more about questions to ask and actions to take.
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September 1, 2021

Web-to-Print for inkjet – Sales Enabler or Onboarding Tool?

Web-to-print can be an enabler of new sales and high-volume production. It can also be a huge bottleneck if not well implemented.
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August 18, 2021

Why Do You Want Priming and Coating?

Should you consider priming and post-coating to enhance inkjet print? Here’s what you need to know.
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August 4, 2021

Three Questions to Ask about Ink Estimating

With ink estimators Pat McGrew advises: trust by verify! Learn what to ask.
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July 20, 2021

Rightsizing Resources: People, Processes, Technologies

Efficiency happens when people are working effectively, processes are as automated as possible, and the right technology is applied to each task and touchpoint.
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June 30, 2021

Batching Jobs for Efficiency: Watch the Gotchas

Batching jobs keeps your press running more efficiently but there are a few hurdles to get over to reap the benefits.
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May 26, 2021

Embellishing Your Inkjet Print

Begin by understanding your options because across the vast range of print products there are many embellishment solutions.
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May 13, 2021

Finishing Your Inkjet Print

Pat McGrew asks and answers: When you add inkjet capability, does your finishing have to change?
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May 5, 2021

Have You Walked Your Legacy Workflow?

The wrong time to discover that a legacy job no longer runs is when you are at the deadline.
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April 28, 2021

ACME Corrugated Box and Inkjet

Inkjet integration journey with ACME corrugated and Digital Print Inc.
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March 24, 2021

Can Enhancement Cast a Spell on Inkjet Print?

Pat McGrew discusses print enhancement opportunities and inkjet compatibility considerations with leading suppliers. Cool examples!
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March 11, 2021

May I Impose on You? Or is Your Gang Nesting?

Depending on your digital device, you might need 4-up impositions or 8-up impositions – the imposition requirements are based on the page size, how many pages fit on a sheet, and the type of binding. This is where the software can be very helpful.

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