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Desktop Production Standards
ISBN 0929535170 / 9780929535173 / 0-929535-17-0
Publisher Brenner Information Group
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Performance Times for Machines and Operators:
"New Business Support Tool for Improving Productivity and Increasing Profits."
After a year of research and development, Brenner Information Group released its metric guide for desktop service providers. Desktop Production Standards is a special report that lists average performance times for both electronic equipment and people. It's a superb reference for determining how long it takes to produce typical desktop services. It's also the best tool for budgeting costs to the task level.
By providing shop owners an easy way to recognize inefficiencies in processing times, this report helps your company improve operations. It shows if you're getting the most productivity possible out of your equipment and equipment operators. The report lists how long it takes a typical operator to produce billable work. And it helps shops better understand their cost basis and make more profit on every sale. One key feature of Desktop Production Standards is its easy method for developing flat-rate pricing.
Each section of this special report provides a well-marked roadmap for productivity and profit. One section lists average process times for desktop equipment: scanners, film recorders, inkjet printers, laser printers, and others. Another section lists average performance times for typical computer operations: writing, keyboarding, editing, proofreading, typography, creative design, page layout (over 50 categories), and more. These two sections answer the question, "How long will it take?"
There are also forms and worksheets for developing machine time and operator time baselines unique to your business. The report even describes how many measurements to take to achieve a statistically good average for each operation. And it shows how to calculate learning curve so you can determine the skill levels of both staff and new hires. [via]