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Consulting and Audits
Sonoco Institute

Consulting and Audits

Audit and Needs Assessment

An audit is a cost-effective way to have an unbiased third party assess your prepress or print production and offer new ideas to streamline your process. Audits can serve as a good "checkup" of your entire workflow and range from a complete in-plant review to specific departmental evaluations depending on your needs and goals.

General Topics May Include:

  • Poor or missing procedures
  • Workflow inefficiencies
  • Poor communication between areas/departments
  • General needs assessment of overall process and workflow
  • Quality Control: Improving print quality, color accuracy, and/or consistency


Depending on your needs (often determined by the audit), this service can provide suggestions for a single isolated issue facing one department to a broad spectrum of challenges within your entire plant. Depending on the concern, a problem may be resolved with a few procedural changes, or it may require a training guideline for an entire production crew or department. If a specific problem is found, we can work with you to implement the upgrades to correct the issue.

In-Plant Training

The best ROI for many companies is often to bring Clemson University's Sonoco Institute professionals directly to you! We can provide a mix of hands-on or lecture-based skill training for most areas of your plant. Furthermore, training is flexible, on your equipment, and designed to meet the needs of multiple shifts and various production schedules. The best part is we can customize the training to your particular situation. We strongly suggest including follow-up "reinforcement" and ongoing instruction as part of your complete training package. This will keep bad habits from "creeping back" and give new hires a chance to get up to speed. We can also offer advanced training in flexography and color management as skill levels increase. Most seminar and workshop content available through our on-campus training programs can be customized and brought to your site.

For details and pricing for these services, please contact us.

The Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics
The Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics | 311 Harris A. Smith Building, Fernow Street, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634