RIT Takes a Sunday Drive
"Heidelberg helps provide and support hardware, software and brainware. And while it's hard to make an investment of this level without a return...this transcends spreadsheets and bottom lines."
Heidelberg was well represented at the event, with countless employees taking a bow during the luncheon.
The RIT press boasts a 24-page, two-by-six plate cylinder configuration. It is equipped with a Contiweb CS splicer, Ecocool dryer, PCF-1.2 pinless folder and Omnicon controls.
The 17 suppliers that provided additional support to the laboratory—materials valued at more than $1.6 million—are AWS-a Thermal Care div., Baldwin Technology, Bottcher America, Creo Inc., Day International, Flint Ink, Fuji Hunter/Anchor, Graphics Microsystems (GMI), JC Fibers, JECO Plastic Products, Just Normlicht, Kodak Polychrome Graphics, Lincoln Industrial, NELA Ternes Register Group, Quad/Tech International (QTI), RIMA-System and Sun Chemical.
The day kicked off with an industry symposium, titled "Print Media Industry Futures: Challenges and Opportunities." James himself led off the five-speaker lecture, proclaiming, "It's certainly Heidelberg's day."
James spoke of the unique challenges facing him in his new role as U.S. Public Printer, overseer of the Government Printing Office (GPO). He spoke admirably of Heidelberg's commitment to education and appreciation for the research component of knowledge growth.
"(The Sunday press) will ensure that RIT remains at the forefront of printing education," James said.
Pfizenmaier aptly spoke on the integral role education plays in the printing industry. Turning technology into profit is a key, he explained, and that members of the industry really need to view themselves as "solution providers rather than printers."
Frank Romano, Fawcett professor with RIT's School of Print Media, examined trends that are impacting the foundation of the industry, from consolidation to more effective technologies and electronic challengers.
Barbara Pellow, Gannett professor and chair for the School of Print Media, looked at how digital technology is driving the growth rate of printing, and how tools such as ubiquitous networks, increased bandwidth and the Internet expand service leads.