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Offset and Beyond Conference Finishes Strong

May 2009
LAS VEGAS—May 7, 2009—Following is the final special report from Day 3, of the 2009 Offset and Beyond Conference reported by Printing Industries of America's Executive Team.  
 
During the final morning session, Dr. Mark Bohan, vice president, technology and research, Printing Industries of America, provided a review of how InterTech™ Technology Awards have a proven track record for identifying innovations that succeed in practical application. A few of the technologies that are becoming realities are the significant changes in inkjet, printing plate technologies, such as laser ablation, cross link polymer, thermal fusion and radiant exposure, which are all taking steps out of the plate process, and others. Paramount are the advances in workflow with JDF/MIS integration. Other technologies he reviewed were color management, specialty effects with inks, and hybrids. For more info on the InterTech™ award-winning technologies visit www.printing.org  and put "InterTech" in the search box.
 
Following Dr. Bohan's presentation were the always popular Topic Tables. Highlights included:
 
Eliminating Waste, facilitated by Ken Rizzo, director of technical and lean services, Printing Industries of America, discussed "hidden waste" in printing plants such as how waste and spoilage are "hidden inventories" and they are costs the printer will never get paid for by the customer.
 
Building Automated Workflows, facilitated by Dr. Mark Bohan, discussed how JDF implementation is the way to improve the speed of automation implementation. And MIS connectivity is imperative in order to get accurate cost and provide you with the data you need to optimize production.
 
Next Generation of Print and Communications Services, facilitated by Steven Schnoll, managing director, Schnoll Media Consulting, reviewed two components that could create value you could offer your customers. (1) Web portal technology, i.e., setting up branded digital store fronts for your customers. (2) Quick Response Codes that will provide opportunity to embedded PURLs, etc., into a bar code.
 
Politics and Print was facilitated by Lisbeth Lyons, vice president, government affairs, Printing Industries of America. The hottest topic on the minds of printers gathered at the table was labor law reform, specifically the Employee Free Choice Act and organized labor's campaign to increase unionization rates among the private sector, including printing and graphic communications companies. Lyons laid out the political dynamics that continue to shape EFCA and variations of the bill. The main take-away-the issue is far from over. Industry must remain up-to-speed on the debate and politically active in contacting their U.S. Senators to weigh in on the issue.
 

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