Subject: PIA Update: April 26

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Thursday, April 26 2018
Get insight, get integrated, get efficient—get Automation Ready!

Print automation is critical to maintaining your company's competitive advantage. In most printing companies, digital printing has the highest volume of jobs and shortest runs, but should not have the smallest profit margin! Given the volume, these jobs represent a great opportunity for cost savings and efficiency gains.

Session Descriptions

1:00-1:50 p.m. Automation to Win
Speaker: Greg Cholmondeley, President, Cholmonco, Inc.

Getting started with automation isn't all about choosing the right software or hardware to make it happen. It all begins with a current assessment and getting support from management to instill the discipline and culture needed to make automation successful. Automation touches every phase of your business--and buy-in from key staff is critical. In this session, learn how to assess and analyze the culture and technology of your business, identify changes required, and increase the odds that your automation efforts will deliver the payoff you anticipate!

2:00-2:50 p.m. Automation Roadmap
Speaker: Chris Heric, Systems Consultant and Architect

It can be overwhelming to think about automation in your business since it touches everything from job submission to production to back-office operations to billing. Where should you begin? What can be automated right now to make an immediate impact on your business? What are the tools needed to get started? In this session, learn about the automation opportunities that exist in your business, how and where to get results quickly, and the importance of implementing automation in phases.

3:00-4:20 p.m. Case Studies in Automation
Panelists: Joe Calagaz, Vice President, Calagaz Printing; JohnHenry Ruggeri, Managing Director, SunDance Marketing Solutions; and Jim Tomblinson, Vice President, Operations, Modern Litho 

Many organizations have already realized the benefits of automation. They've done the research, gone through the growing pains of getting the buy-in and implementation, and are now gaining all of the efficiencies and financial benefits that automation has to offer. In this moderated session, you'll hear from a panel of three very different companies who have implemented automation in their business. Learn how they did it, the approach they took, and the tools they used to be successful. You'll also gain valuable insight on what can cause automation projects to go astray.

Automation Ready! is just $99 for PIA Members and $149 for non-members.

View the complete Automation Ready! schedule here!

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Hiring, Onboarding, and Managing Salespeople
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

According to a recent Printing Industries of America survey, onboarding new sales representatives is a key issue for many organizations. How do you make a proper assessment? What are key questions to ask? What do you need to look for while making an effective assessment? Do you have the right support system in place to bring on a new sales rep? You know who you want to hire and what your criteria is--the key is to make sure that their goals are in line with yours!

In this fast-paced webinar, you'll learn what to look for during the hiring process and how to make an assessment to determine whether the prospect is a good fit within your organization. We'll also go beyond the hiring process and provide a solid path for onboarding, training, and establishing the proper support system for success during those critical first few months of employment.

2019 TAGA Call for Papers
The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) is pleased to announce the call for Scientific and Technical Innovation Papers for the 2019 conference. This provides authors one of the premier platforms for communication, publication, and outreach in the graphics and communications industry. During the event, industry leaders, innovators, researchers, scientists, and end users can evaluate the latest R&D and learn how it can impact their own activities and business.

Scientific Papers are based on emerging science, technology, and the application of all forms of graphic communications technology. Technical Innovation Papers cover topics where a broad technology perspective needs to be provided. They will focus on issues that are current to the industry or critical to its development across the wide range of the graphics and communications industry.

Papers cover the full range of topics impacting the industry. These include, but are not limited to, equipment, ink, paper, color, packaging, visualization, displays, materials, curing, process control, data management, workflow, security, nanotechnology, printed electronics, 3D printing, novel applications, fundamental science, and software and computer developments in the related to all types of printing processes.

Papers will be selected based on submitted abstracts of 500-1,500 words and may include figures.  Papers accepted and presented at the TAGA 2019 Annual Technical Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 17-20 will be published in the 2019 TAGA Proceedings. TAGA is recognized worldwide as the most prestigious and comprehensive literature resource in the graphics and communications industry.

All submissions can be sent to The deadline is September 7, 2018. For discussion of possible papers, please contact TAGA Papers at

Printing Industries of America (PIA) and the HOW Events team would like to invite the PIA community to join us at HOW Design Live on April 30-May 3, 2018 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

Meet 3000+ creative professionals, including in-house designers, marketers, and creative directors from top Fortune 500 companies and agencies. Over 85% of attendees directly purchase or recommend the purchase of products or services.

This year's star-studded speaker roster includes creative icons, award-winning designers, thought-leaders, and best-selling authors from companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Chobani, The Hershey Company, Target, Gap Inc., LinkedIn, Adobe, Capital One, GE Ventures, IBM, and many more. Check out the lineup!

HOW Design Live is the creative world’s premier annual event. Now in its 28th year, HOW continues to provide attendees an all-exclusive experience with everything they need to pursue a fulfilling, successful career in Graphic Design, Branding, Packaging Design, Marketing, Creative Management and Leadership.

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