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  • 02/23/2017

    On March 19-22, the TAGA 2017 Annual Technical Conference will take place in Houston, TX. At the event, attendees will learn about the latest industry advances and those of related fields, as well as brainstorm with other experts about solving problems and road blocks 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.

    Papers accepted and presented at the TAGA 2017 Annual Technical Conference will be published in the TAGA Proceedings. TAGA is recognized worldwide as the most prestigious and comprehensive literature resource for graphic arts sciences and technologies.

    On Tuesday, March 21, Anoosheh Oskouian from Ship & Shore Environmental will give his paper presentation, Energy Efficient Approaches to Innovate the Printing Process & Gain the Competitive Edge.

    Energy efficiency is one of the most overlooked opportunities in the printing...

  • 02/15/2017
    This post was submitted by 2017 President's Conference sponsor, KBA.

    As we get ready to join our colleagues at the 2017 PIA President’s Conference, we’ll be bringing the message that our own president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG, Claus Bolza-Schünemann, announced after drupa last year: “Print is on the rise again.”

    It’s been less than a year since drupa 2016, and our company is still maintaining momentum from the show. After some challenging years, print made a dynamic comeback in Düsseldorf with proven products, new technologies, and even more applications. The high numbers and nationalities of the visitors as well as the positive mood in the show’s halls revealed the bright future of our industry.

    Our company’s presence at drupa received much praise. Visitors...

  • 02/09/2017

    As we begin 2017, the economy is in its eighth year of growth and printing companies are, on average, enjoying the highest level of profitability since before the Great Recession. Growth, however, may have been accommodated with decisions counterproductive to reducing waste and improving performance. Floor space may have been haphazardly filled with inventory or additional equipment. Clutter and disorganization may have become the norm. Safety priorities may have been overlooked in order to stay on schedule.

    Now would be a good time to for companies to reassess their operational performance. Printers that pursue operational excellence do so in part by putting in place disciplined processes for employees to search for and remove non-value-added activities (things customers wouldn’t want to pay for). That helps bring manufacturing costs down, develops an energizing culture, and reduces lead time.

    Here are eight types of waste companies can use to assess the...

  • 02/07/2017
    This post was submitted by 2017 President's Conference sponsor, Fujifilm. 

    Fujifilm’s Graphic Systems Division is proud of its long-standing support of Printing Industries of America and honored to once again be a sponsor at the President’s Conference in 2017. Our loyalty to PIA and its members aligns with Fujifilm’s goal to be a leader in the graphic communications industry. 

    Our commitment to our collective industry is second to none, both in terms of personnel and investments. In the North America market alone, we have a combined field sales and service team of more than 325 skilled professionals. Over the years, the Graphic Systems Division of Fujifilm has invested more than $1 billion in targeted acquisitions in the digital print technology category and invested in research and development projects that have resulted in many award-winning products, including Fujifilm...

  • 02/03/2017

    Attention, printers—it’s OSHA 300 Log(s) season! Now is the time to make sure you complete the steps below!

    1. Review the 2016 OSHA 300 Log to verify it contains accurate entries for all recordable injuries and illnesses that occurred throughout the year. Make any additions or corrections necessary to ensure accuracy.
    2. Verify that each injury and illness recorded on the 300 Log is accurately recorded on a corresponding 301 Incident Report Form (or an equivalent form).
    3. Total the columns on the OSHA 300 Log (if you had no recordable cases, enter zeros for each column total) and on Form 300A.
    4. Enter the calendar year covered, the company's name, establishment name, establishment address, annual average number of employees covered by the OSHA 300 Log, and the total hours worked by all employees covered by the OSHA 300 Log.
    5. Transpose the column total numbers from the 300 Log over to the 300A Summary Form.

    After verifying the...

  • 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....