TAGA Holds Technical Conference; Elects New Board

PITTSBURGH—March 25, 2009—The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA), held its 61st Annual Technical Conference at the beautiful and historic Hotel Monteleone, located on the world famous Royal Street in New Orleans, LA, on March 15-18, 2009. The event recognized academic excellence, offered attendees top-notch keynote and general sessions on the latest technological advances within the industry, highlighted emerging technologies, paid homage to industry veterans, and announced its new board members.

The conference began with a series of inspiring keynote presentations, featuring Robert C. Tapella, the nation’s 25th Public Printer, and chief executive officer of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), one of the nation’s oldest and most venerable agencies with revenue in excess of $1 billion. Additional keynotes included Gary Despoto, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Clarence Penge, Heidelberg USA, and Dr. Carol Werlé, Dalim Software GmbH.

Twenty-eight specially selected papers were presented and arranged into tracks based on content such as paper, ink, color, digital, and offset. Important topics in today’s economic times like anti-counterfeiting features, color management, ink optimization strategies, Internet applications, and measurement were featured. The full papers for all of these will be published in the conference proceedings book, an important resource and part of TAGA’s enduring legacy. Tutorials were presented on automation using JDF, inspection systems, and printed electronics. One of the highlights of the conference was a series of presentations about Printing Industries of America’s InterTech Award-winning technologies, in a session led by Dr. John Anderson of Eastman Kodak Co.

Throughout the conference, award-winning student publications were on display courtesy of TAGA’s 2009 Student Competitions. Seven schools, including California Polytechnic State University, Clemson University, Grenoble Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, Ryerson University, University of Wisconsin-Stout, and Western Michigan University submitted entries in for the Helmut Kipphan Student Publication Award competition. In a very close contest, the 2009 winner was Rochester Institute of Technology. The Harvey Levinson Undergraduate Student Paper Award went to Saleh Abdel Motaal (et al) of Ryerson University for the paper entitled “Repeatability of Ink Transfer and Color Management in Lithography”, and the Dusty Rhodes Graduate Student Paper Award went to John Jay Jacobs (et al) of Clemson University for the paper, “Electroluminescent Circuit Printing.”

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