Washington manufacturer calls lean a key differentiator

RP news wires, Noria Corporation
Tags: lean manufacturing

RPI, a leader in automated, mass-customized manufacturing and fulfillment for the consumer print-on-demand market, has doubled its manufacturing floor space in Seattle to meet increased orders for personalized products such as greeting cards, photo books and calendars. By adding 30,000 square feet and reconfiguring the physical workflow in the factory to incorporate lean manufacturing principles, RPI has increased its ability to meet its partners’ tight timelines and still achieve a 99 percent accuracy rate – all while maintaining one of the highest quality standards in the industry.

 

“The incorporation of lean manufacturing techniques is yet another differentiator for RPI,” said John Perez, CEO of RPI. “These business practices boost overall partner value by improving the quality of production through more efficiency, less waste and flow automation. Additional factory space, better space planning and work processes have increased our overall efficiency and capacity without increasing costs.”

 

Now occupying 58,000 square feet of manufacturing space, RPI is the largest digital printer on the West Coast, operating 22 digital presses capable of generating more than 20 million pages of high quality color output per month.

 

About RPI

RPI is the leader in automated, mass-customized manufacturing and fulfillment for the consumer print-on-demand market. The company’s broad range of blue chip retail and online photo publishing customers rely on its consistent, reliable execution, creative design services and best of breed manufacturing for the rapid delivery of innovative products utilizing consumer-generated content. The privately held company is headquartered just outside of Seattle.


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