February 2017
Remind me, please...
This month we're going to supply some basic pointers that will help those who are new and refresh the memories of the rest.
Forum (aka "User Group") http://forum.webpressllc.com
There are some menu items available to anyone who stumbles upon our user group.  However, there are other items, such as manuals and our new link to maintenance schedules, that can only be viewed by "signed in" members.
   
To Sign up for a NEW account, apply using the "User Management" button to the left.  To access an EXISTING account, use the "Sign in" tab at the top.
 
 
When you are signing in, a new page opens. Click the "drop down arrow, then choose "Forms Authentication".  
 
Sign in using your user name and password, and you are good to go!
 
Passwords can be changed using the sign-in tab once your name appears on it.
 
Don't forget there is helpful information in the FAQ section as well.

We currently have over 100 users in our group.  If you have forgotten your user name or password, please send Gail an email or give her a call.  We can let you know what your user name is, and offer to reset your password, either generated by us or specified by you.
Parts Ordering
Parts can be ordered several different ways.
 
1.  Email parts@webpressllc.com.  Please let us know what you would like to use for your Purchase Order number, and how fast you need the parts.
 
2.  Use the online PARTS FORM available through both the "Spare Parts" page of the user group and our website. If you use this form, we respond via email to let you know the form was received.
 

3.  Fax your purchase order to 253-722-0378
 
4. Call us directly. If you  request parts via telephone, we may ask that you also confirm in writing via email or fax for our records.
Preventive Maintenance
Why consider a regularly scheduled preventive maintenance program for your plant?
  • Waste reduction: a finely tuned press produces acceptable products sooner, saving paper, ink, and other supplies.
  • Reduced unexpected down time: having a scheduled check sheet so that the piece of equipment is visually inspected will prevent many failures from happening.
  • Improved print quality: Having a program in place where all settings are regularly checked ensures better print quality.
  • Improved reliability: When the press is at its optimal running settings, we know exactly what the equipment can produce.
  • Press performance improvement: When the press operators know they can rely on the press to perform, their performance also improves. It is a win-win situation.
  • Extend the life of the equipment: We know that when we maintain a mechanical piece of equipment it will last longer than if we had done nothing. 
  We have ADDED a section to the WebPress User Group, titled "Maintenance".  In the section you will be able to read more about preventive maintenance, and have the option to download record sheets that can keep your crew on track.
In the User Group
Today we reference you to an extremely well written article by John Ridding, Financial Times chief (as reported in The Drum). 
 
Titled "Who Wants Today's Newspapers", Ridding succinctly outlines a past where newspapers were predicted to be "doomed" by radio in the 1920's followed by radio being squashed out by television (which obviously it hasn't).  The article continues with the changes brought about by digital offerings, but explains that if handled wisely, these changes can enhance a customer's continued acceptance of print. A small excerpt:
 
"Some ink will always linger in the veins of print people. But ultimately the FT strategy is led by its readers. If they don't want print, we won't deliver it. The fact is, they do. And they do so as part of a portfolio of formats - perhaps a digital summary when they wake, the newspaper over coffee or at the weekend, desktop on arrival at work, e-mail alerts through the day, video when on a mobile device.
Not losing money on print is obviously good for business. But there are additional benefits. It re-establishes the rightful order for an independent media."

A link to the full article, as well as a few other gems we read last month,  can be found in the "Worth Reading" section of our user group.
Wolf and Snow Moons
The full moon in January is known as the "Wolf Moon".  This references back to Native American lunar lore (which was used to help keep track of what we now term as months and seasons) when the hungry wolves would howl during January's full moon. 

 
This photo of the Wolf Moon was taken here in the Puget Sound area the morning of January 13th, 2017, as the moon was still visible above the western horizon. It's an interesting time of year, when we view the moon rising on our way home from work just after 5 pm, and find it still in the sky when we head to work in the morning.
 

The February full moon is known as the "Snow Moon", because traditionally the heaviest snow falls would occur in February.  (We think there are some areas of the country which have already had their fill of snow, though we have one Kentucky customer who is actually hoping for a cold snap!)    
Parting Thought
Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It's about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others' success, and then standing back and letting them shine.
 
Chris Hadfield
First Canadian astronaut to walk in space

Rick Guinn:   rickg@webpressllc.com  (Operations Manager)

Scott Roberts:   parts@webpressllc.com  (Parts Manager)

Gail Sampson:   gails@webpressllc.com  (Customer Support)

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