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Raymond Hartman brings decades of experience to clients he consults for, helping them with plant layout, manufacturing efficiency, high speed web production projects, commercial sheet fed operations, and various digital ink jet imaging systems for direct mail and statement printing/mailing operations.
He has worked in executive positions for some of America’s best known printing and communications companies. Most recently Ray was the Vice President of Print Services for TransCentra, a leader in billing and payment solutions. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Operations for Cenveo’s Commercial Print, Envelopes and Packaging Group. He was also a manufacturing executive with Moore / Wallace Corporation, eventually becoming RR Donnelley’s Executive Vice President of Manufacturing Technologies and Engineering after Moore Wallace was merged with RR Donnelley. Ray started his career in printing press marketing and sales for Heidelberg, before accepting a Marketing position with World Color, a publication printer, and eventually rising to its Senior Vice President of Technology and Engineering.
His senior executive-level positions with major print manufacturing organizations gave Ray plenty of experience with regard to purchasing manufacturing equipment, digital workflows, printing plant layout and design and many waste reduction initiatives.
Specifically, Ray was intimately involved in:
- Specifying, negotiating for, purchasing, and installing most OEM plant equipment
- Analyzing and troubleshooting technology and production issues
- Designing, building, laying out, and expanding existing facilities with new technologies
- Repositioning manufacturing equipment to improve workflow and efficiency
- Manufacturing plant audits to maximize material yield and increased production output
- Executing facility and equipment moves in a way that maximized business continuity
At Moore Wallace Corporation, Ray managed the R&D Technology group of engineers who developed proprietary ink jet based imaging systems used for direct mail and secure document print production. With this leadership position, he developed disciplined strategies for Cap/Ex investments with carefully defined Return on Investment criteria.
His years of experience guiding companies through changes in technology, quality initiatives, and waste reduction concerns have also helped him formulate strategies for improving workflow and equipment utilization before a facility move or investment takes place. Ray executed a digital automated factory in Atlanta implementing JDF automation concepts and delivering significant labor and waste reduction results.
Ray currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Graphic Communications Department at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), helping maintain the graphic communications program at Cal Poly as one of the finest in the United States.