Blog Posts - Conferences

  • 01/21/2016

    For someone who has never been to the TAGA Annual Technical Conference, the thought of attending might seem a little daunting. Organized by PIA’s Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) group, the conference provides the opportunity for members to learn about the latest industry advances and those of related fields, as well as brainstorm with other experts about solving problems and roadblocks in order to move our industry forward. Members come to the Annual Technical Conference from all over the world and from all facets of the graphic arts industry.

    To give you a better understanding about what you can expect at your first TAGA Annual Technical Conference, we spoke with Birgit Plautz, TAGA Board Member, Manager of Technical Services at GMG Americas, and longtime...

  • 01/08/2016

    Companies adopting a Lean philosophy strive to remove or shorten time spent on activities that the customer doesn’t value. For example, although steps like estimating and makeready are thought of as necessary in the business, they are branded as non-value-added for the customer and targeted for reduction. The basic concept of the Lean philosophy focuses on the removal of the seven deadly wastes in manufacturing and business processes in order to reduce overall waste in the company. What are these deadly wastes, and how do they affect the productivity of a plant? Find the answers below.

    1. Defects

    Often thought of as the most simple of the deadly wastes, defects can lead to many additional problems you didn’t know you had. When...

  • 12/15/2015

    The following post was submitted by Color 2015 sponsor, X-Rite Pantone.
    Author: Mark Gundlach, Solutions Architect, X-Rite Pantone

    PANTONE® Spot Colors have always been the best way to achieve brand colors, but they’re not always feasible or affordable. With the introduction of the EXTENDED GAMUT 7-color printing process, Pantone is giving printers and converters a way to determine how closely seven-color printing (CMYK+OGV) can achieve PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® Colors. 

    Why Extended Gamut?

    By incorporating Orange, Green and Violet PANTONE XG Base Inks with the traditional Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black (CMYK) process colors in a 7-color...

  • 12/09/2015

    Did you use #Color15 on Twitter? Check out some of the top posts from Color 2015!

  • 12/03/2015


    When you operate on your own, plunging into financial pitfalls is all too easy. That’s why conversing with a group committed to industry financial success is paramount for a strong business. Year after year, PIFE members benefit from exceptional opportunities afforded to them. During meetings, they explore potential investments to grow their business, find new ways to save money, and gain insight into the current marketplace.

    "New participants are always amazed at how open and honest the discussions can be. I have left every peer exchange session with at least one great idea to try back at my company," said Terrie Rubac, Heritage Press.

    Next year, PIFE will once again provide an excellent opportunity for collaboration. At the 2016 President’s Conference, PIFE professionals will meet to discuss current...

  • 12/02/2015

    The following post was submitted by Color 2015 sponsor, X-Rite Pantone.

     Author: Mark Gundlach, Solutions Architect, X-Rite Pantone


    In a print and packaging workflow, there are many places where color can go wrong. However, implementing good process control makes it possible to achieve predictable, repeatable color. Fine-tuning your print workflow is not as hard as you may think, and the increasing availability of affordable tools is making it easier than ever.

    Today we’ll look at the top five places where printers and converters can achieve stability to save time and money, improve quality, and increase the possibility of repeat business. 

    1.   Set up a proper color-managed workflow.

    From specification through production to...

  • 11/19/2015

    The following post was submitted by Color 2015 sponsor, GTI Graphic Technology, Inc.

    1.      Tell us about GTI?

    GTI was founded in 1975 and is the leading manufacturer of tight tolerance lighting systems for critical color viewing and color matching assessment. We are based in Newburgh, NY, and we also have sales offices in Germany and the United Kingdom.

    Watch Company Overview Video

    2.     What makes GTI unique?

    There are a lot of things that make us unique, all of them good.

    - We are 100% dedicated to the lighting business. All of our products are designed to assist with the visual appraisal of color or color-critical lighting...

  • 10/26/2015

    When met with a hard business decision, the safe route is to stick with what we know. With years of previous evidence suggesting your current path leads to financial stability, why would you need to change your plans now? Safety does equal security after all—or does it?

    Take Kodak, for example. According to Jeffrey Hayzlett, primetime television and radio host, former Fortune 100 CMO, and 2016 President’s Conference keynote speaker, when Kodak tried to play it safe in 1975 by dismissing digital camera inventor Steven Sasson, they made the worst business decision of their history.

    “They had...

  • 09/28/2015

    From the Super Bowl to the super market, bluemedia and its president, Jared Smith, cover it all. And we also mean that literally—they also produce and install wraps on buildings, race cars, and fleet vehicles

    The next project Jared will cover is Color 2015, December 5–8 in Phoenix, AZ. We caught up with him to talk about his session and find out just how bluemedia has earned its place as one of the top printers for Super Bowl L. (Any chance you can score us some tickets, Jared?)


    PIA: You work with some big-name clients, like the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Coke, ESPN, NASCAR and NHRA to name a few… What are the top challenges you’ve faced in delivering their products?

    JS: We’ve learned that our job can have no plan B. We must be proactively prepared—ridiculously prepared—to get the job right the first time.

    When we are working on a building wrap, the scene might include...

  • 04/21/2015

    Binders and Printers. A match made in heaven? This year’s BIA Annual Conference, one of the most popular postpress networking and education forums, is teaming up with the 2015 Print Leadership Summit in Minneapolis May 18-19 for a synergistic event that will surely have people talking. Here Valerie Price tells us about the benefits of the NEW BIA and why their upcoming conference is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for members.

    Q: As the industry continues to advance, how can postpress companies stay ahead of the game? How can they retain a competitive advantage?

    VP: By always knowing what is happening within the printing environment, staying up to date with the leading-edge printers, and creating partnerships between print and finishing. Another best practice is educating printers on binderies and why it’s sometimes...