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  • 12/09/2015

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

  • 12/09/2015

    A couple months ago, Printing Industries of America opened nominations for the 2016 Managing for Improvement Award. The award is bestowed on a manager in the printing industry who has demonstrated the ability to create real and lasting improvement for his or her company. The continuous improvement of processes and products—as well as innovative breakthroughs—is a business imperative. By improving quality, productivity, safety, and customer satisfaction, companies reap the rewards of prosperity and a safe workplace.

    But, what does managing for improvement look like in a real-world setting? For this answer, we’re taking a closer look at the 2015 recipient, Cary “Parrot” Ripsch, value stream manager at The Ovid Bell Press, Inc.

    Over a career of 45 years, Cary honed his management skills in such positions as...

  • 12/08/2015

    The following post was submitted by Color 2015 sponsor, HELIOS Software.


    Carlos Gonzalez, plant manager of Proquinal S.A. installed HELIOS Soft Proofing Solution in his plant. Here’s what he had to say:

    “Proquinal S.A. in Bogota, Colombia has more than 400 employees, with customers in many countries. Ever since Grafix World installed the HELIOS Software PrintPreview soft proofing and annotation solution, we have drastically reduced our conventional hard color proofs, increased our production and quality, and reduced our waste. Today, our files are 100%-secured and controlled—our customers can now access the files securely via HELIOS WebShare and iPad Document Hub to make changes and annotations remotely from anywhere in the world.”

    For more information on HELIOS Soft Proofing Solution, contact Tom Hallinan at

  • 12/07/2015

    In the Student Spotlight Series, we chronicle the effect of PGSF scholarships on the lives of everyday graphic communication students. This edition features Danielle Wood, a third-year graphic communication student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.


    Danielle Wood is an aspiring graphic communications student who is excited about the world of print. However, finding funds to continue her education came as an unwelcome roadblock in her plans. Like many students, she only pays for school with funds she earned herself and through various government grants and loans. “I was stressed beyond words trying to figure out how to pay for it,” said Danielle. “I was so worried about how I was going to come up with that money every year.”

    Luckily, some of the weight lifted off...

  • 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...

  • 12/01/2015

    Secrets aren’t any fun. When you’re left in the dark about what other companies in your industry are up to, growing your business can be difficult. That’s why benchmarking—especially financial benchmarking—is so important. As Arthur Rothberg from CFO Edge explains, “Benchmarking is one of the most effective things businesses can do to improve their operations and boost profitability and productivity.” Essentially, you need to know where your business stands now in order to move forward later.

    Financial benchmarking tools help you determine the overall health of your business. They are a resource for finding strengths and weakness in your strategies—then they help you patch up sections that need the most work. Benchmarking tools also offer a great way to motivate your employees and push them to the next level. When you lay out numbers, steps, and goals so...

  • 11/25/2015

    In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, the folks here at Printing Industries of America would like to take the time to thank printers all over the world for all of their hard work. From prepress to binding, printers make the lives of marketing professionals and company executives happy and easy.

    But the life of a printer isn’t as easy as it looks. Printing a brochure for a conference or a label for the newest product is a lot more intricate than it seems. So, before you start thinking you could “do it better for less,” let’s stop and look at our top 10 reasons to thank a printer.

    1. Remember when you emailed a last-minute file at 4:00 p.m. on a Friday evening and asked for it to be delivered on Sunday? Remember when they got it done? Thank a printer.

    2. Remember when you hand delivered a high-profile job to the facility just to ensure that “everything goes smoothly?” Remember when they...
  • 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...

  • 11/18/2015


    Think about the demographics in your company. Chances are most of the workers have been in the industry for well over 10 years. That’s not surprising considering that—according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—the median age of employees in the printing industry is roughly 47 years old. Within the next couple years, a lot of our workforce will retire. That’s a scary thought since most of the printing industry doesn’t have a supply of younger, skilled workers to cover the impending deficit of talent. Even those companies lucky enough to employee some younger men and women notice a wide skills gap between their seasoned employees and their new hires.

    We know this shifting workforce causes a huge issue for our industry. But Joe Polanco, president emeritus of one of...