Technical & Production Assessment (TPA)

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A TPA is a comprehensive evaluation of printing operations, conducted by experienced Printing Industries of America experts, to determine the current state of production operations, effectiveness of methods and procedures, equipment & process performance and quality output. Following a careful study, utilizing specific and unbiased methodology, recommendations are made focusing on improving productivity, raising quality, shrink waste, and trim downtime in your operation.

You should have a Printing Industries of America consultant conduct a TPA when...

  • Planning the companies future
  • Unbiased input and solutions are needed
  • Faced with print quality issues and color problems
  • Before implementing color management; ISO 12647, GRACoL, or SWOP
  • During the first phases of applying Lean Manufacturing
  • Experiencing growing makeready and production waste
  • Customer complaints and rejections are increasing
  • Experiencing excessive downtime
  • Annual process assessments are essential

The approach is based on Printing Industries of Americas creation of the Technical & Production Assessment (TPA), and industry leading experience from decades of conducting TPA's for printing operations throughout the world.
What benefits can a TPA and consulting do for my company?

  • Evaluate your operations to isolate and help shrink waste
  • Pinpoint problem areas and workflow bottlenecks
  • Troubleshoot printing problems to find their root causes
  • Help to increase production capacity
  • Institute process and quality controls, ensuring quality product
  • More effective ISO 12647, GRACoL, SWOP color management implementation
  • Begin effective equipment maintenance and downtime reduction
  • Facilitate new equipment and process installations with manufacturers and suppliers
  • Helps provide benchmarks needed to achieving Lean Manufacturing

Let Printing Industries of America experts become your companies exclusive quality facilitators and process improvement coordinators.

For more information and to schedule a consultation, contact Jim Workman at 412-259-1710 or

Published on Tuesday, January 3, 2006 (updated 05/28/2014)

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