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Oct 1, 2001 12:00 AM

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Excessive color variation was the No. 1 reason printers partially or completely reprinted a job at their expense, according to a recent survey. Print defects such as hickeys ranked second, followed by short counts, wrong copy or images/corrections not made, and problems with digital files. Printers identified most of these problems as resulting from press-run problems (37 percent), followed by production management (25 percent).

The survey was commissioned by GATF (Sewickley, PA) and NAPL (Paramus, NJ). The questionnaires, mailed to 700 past attendees of the GATF/NAPL Sheetfed Pressroom Conference and GATF's Continuous Improvement Network, asked respondents to choose from 26 probable causes of rework or name a unique cause. Seventy-two usable surveys were returned; 60 percent were from commercial printers.