Blog Posts - Conferences

  • 12/29/2016

    PIA Study Shows Quality Focus Strongly Contributes to Improved Company Performance

    Authored by: John Compton, Professor Emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology, and speaker at the 2017 Continuous Improvement Conference

    The 2016 Printing Industry Management Survey findings recently published by Printing Industries of America (PIA) provide compelling reasons to attend PIA’s 2017 Continuous Improvement Conference. The survey, which focused on studying effective management practices in the printing industry, was conducted jointly by PIA and the College of...

  • 12/02/2016
    This blog post was submitted by Color 2016 sponsor CrossXColor.

    In many situations measurement data is not perfect for ICC profiling and produces low quality profiles. Erroneous measurements can result in problems in production, often wasting time that could have been saved by making corrections beforehand, including editing primaries, adjusting white point of paper, and compensating for visual effects of optical brighteners in proofing. Ultimately, the quality of ICC or DeviceLink profiles is only as good as the input data.

    In the course of setting up color management it is unavoidable that one or more of your color targets will contain redundant, non-matching, or just inaccurate data on the same test chart. Most color charts contain over 1000 test patches and inaccurate or erroneous information will likely be read. Measurement data from multiple charts may even need to...

  • 11/21/2016
    This blog post was submitted by Color 2016 sponsor CrossXColor.

    There are various options when it comes to a RIP and color management combination. Many shops run multiple printers which are all different models with the ability to handle the various print types including offset, large format, wide format, and digital. Having multiple printer models causes a learning curve because now the operators must learn and understand the functionalities of each printer and apply the proper settings before each job to ensure production runs smoothly. Much the same, even though each printer may come with a RIP, each RIP may be different, which means the user also has to learn how to handle color conversion for each printer depending on which RIP it has.

    With all of the variables involved, the output is not guaranteed to be consistent. Adding a color server...

  • 11/08/2016
    This blog post was submitted by Color 2016 sponsor EFI.

    See how easy it is to pre-calibrate Fiery Driven™ print systems to G7 in the process of creating a custom output profile.

    Fiery Color Profiler Suite Awarded G7 System Certification

    EFI Fiery Color Profiler Suite was awarded G7 System Certification from Idealliance on May 20, 2016. The product is the first color-management toolset for cut-sheet digital print systems that provides G7 calibration, verification of G7 grayscale compliance, and output profiling integrated with a digital front end (DFE).

    Integration with the DFE

    Fiery Color Profiler Suite is the only integrated product on the market that calculates G7 correction curves and...

  • 10/10/2016

    This blog post was submitted by Color 2016 sponsor, GTI.

    Soft proofing allows the user to view an accurate representation of what a final print will look like on their monitor. This visual representation (soft proof) replaces a traditional hard copy proof and serves as a contract between supplier and buyer. A contract soft proofing system will enhance a digital workflow by providing proofs that are accurate, repeatable, and supported by industry standards. A contract soft proofing system requires software, a light booth, and monitor.

    The soft proofing software provides tools for sharing digital proofs. The reviewer will have the capability to view, zoom, and navigate high resolution files without having to download the entire file....

  • 03/30/2016

    The following post was submitted by 2016 Continuous Improvment Conference sponsor, Heidelberg.


    Striving for the most efficient workflow to drive productivity and profitability is one of the underlying goals of many of today’s printing companies. Often, the focus is on being more productive with less by increasing production speeds and reducing makereadies while also reducing touch points throughout the workflow.

    There are many tools and techniques that can be used to drive these goals, from procedural/operational changes to new equipment/software acquisitions. The decision on what works best will depend on each individual production facility, the customer base, the verticals addressed and the business philosophy of the company. However, common principles can be applied to every company and optimized to the facility.

    Business growth can be equally as important as equipment optimization, depending on the particular company. Too many times...

  • 03/24/2016

    The following blog post was submitted by 2016 Continuous Improvement Conference sponosor, Heidelberg.

    What is OEE? 

    When optimizing your production, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) provides a valuable independent measure of how well a piece of equipment performs over time. It also helps gauge the impact of changes to workflow and production methods. There are several ways to define this, but for the purposes of this blog, I have used the definition we use (at Heidelberg) of OEE as:

    OEE = Speed Index × Quality Index × Time Index


    Quality Index = Total of all good products

                                 Total of all printed...

  • 02/22/2016

    The following post was submitted by 2016 President's Conference sponsor, Heidelberg.

    Your profit per job should be the driver of which technology and processes you use to produce a job.

    Think of an ideal production scenario:

    1) Your MIS/workflow would determine (based on cost parameters) how a job is scheduled and produced to maximize your return on that entire job.

    2) Your color management is so well defined that quality across technologies is a given and will match.

    3) Data from your production devices would provide exact and timely feedback for that critical information loop on cost versus estimate.

    With Heidelberg, that production scenario is a reality today, not a futuristic “wish list”!

    Heidelberg is committed to improving and expanding its digital solutions as its customers need to run jobs from one to a million sheets.

    The crossover cost point of digital versus offset technology is much, much lower than people...

  • 02/17/2016

    The following post was submitted by 2016 President's Conference sponsor, Fujifilm.

    Fujifilm’s Graphic Systems Division is proud to continue our long-standing support of Printing Industries of America and the 2016 President’s Conference. Our loyalty to PIA and its members aligns with Fujifilm’s prevalent role in the graphic communications industry. 

    Fujifilm stands apart based upon our broad perspective on both the legacy, analog components of your business, along with every aspect of the newer options for digital print production. Whether it’s pressroom supplies or the premier portfolio of offset and flexo printing plates and equipment, we’ve got you covered. When it comes to digital print, we span the gamut from toner-based solutions to hybrid combinations of traditional and digital, to the cutting edge of 100% digital for applications ranging from commercial to packaging to wide-format.

    Our commitment to our...

  • 02/15/2016

    The following post was submitted by 2016 President's Conference sponsor, Heidelberg.

    Let’s view the print process as a car manufacturing production line. It’s designed, tested, and highly monitored to achieve the highest level of efficiency at the lowest unit cost and at a set quality level.

    Print is a manufacturing process and should be viewed in exactly the same way.

    Automation and color monitoring (importantly it must be spectrophotometry!) has led to print being a honed process, not an art. Equipment investment should therefore be judged on its ultimate output cost per sheet.

    Productivity of your investment far outweighs any initial premium you may pay for that piece of equipment. If you are hanging onto older, paid-off equipment, I can almost guarantee that the latest equipment used by competitors has a lower cost per sheet, including the fact that their cost rate includes paying back that new investment.

    Let’s look at an example in...