Subject: PIA Update: March 1

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Thursday, March 1, 2018
Please join us in welcoming our newest Principal Partner and new Update sponsor, Kodak. They join our other Premier Partners — Ricoh, Konica Minolta, and Xerox and fellow Principal Partner — IPW. 
Premier Print Awards Submissions Now Open

Printing Industries of America is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Premier Print Awards competition honoring print excellence. The international competition is open to all companies involved in the creation or production of print communications, as well as students and student groups from high school, vocational school, or college print production programs.

All entries must be received by May 18, 2018. An early-bird discount is available until April 20, 2018. Entries may be submitted at awards.printing.org. All entries are competing for the coveted Best of Category "Benny" award in recognition of superior craftsmanship. Entries may also be recognized with an Award of Recognition or Certificate of Merit.

Entrants can submit to more than 100 individual categories ranging from traditional print items like brochures, binders, and magazines, to recently added categories like digital enhancements, 3D printing, and industrial printing. There is no limit to the number of pieces that may be entered or the number of categories in which a piece may be entered. Some sub-categories allow for competition within parameters such as employee count.

Winners will be honored in front of industry leaders and peers at the Premier Print Awards Gala Featuring the InterTech Technology Awards on Sunday, September 30, 2018 in Chicago, IL.

You can find full program details and a catalog of entry categories at www.printing.org/ppa.

Introducing Automation Ready! Virtual Conference  - May 10, 2018

Printing Industries of America is pleased to announce the newest installment in its virtual conference series, Automation Ready! will take place on Thursday, May 10, 2017. Automation Ready! is a virtual education experience designed to help printers reduce touch points and automate processes to save time and money. Expert speakers and a moderated panel of printers will walk attendees through how to analyze current production capabilities and how to create a roadmap to automation along with case studies of three very different businesses who have realized the benefits of automation.

This unique conference is recommended for top executives, operations managers, prepress and production managers, technology and research managers, and IT professionals. Automation Ready! will be presented in four sessions through an online conferencing platform, allowing attendees to learn from the comfort of their homes or offices. The event is interactive and attendees can receive answers to their questions in real time throughout the event May 10 from 1pm-5pm EST.

Conference topics will include:
  • The culture change and buy-ins needed make automation happen
  • Workflow steps being automated today
  • Software and knowledge required
  • Getting started with "low-hanging fruit"
  • Interfacing with back-office operations
  • Hidden benefits of automation
  • How to overcome obstacles all companies face
  • Case studies in automation
For more information or to register, visit www.printing.org/automationready.


Upcoming Webinar - FREE to Members!

The Trump Effect - OSHA's 2018 Agenda
Thursday, March 8, 2018 2pm EST

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the US has had an impact at all layers of government, including OSHA. Even though there is a wave of deregulation occurring, the pressure on the printing industry continues unabated.

OSHA has not changed the designation of the printing industry as a high hazard for amputations. This means printing operations are being randomly inspected. On average, OSHA inspects at least one to two printing operations per week and they are finding violations that cost real money.

This webinar will review OSHA enforcement activity, rulemaking, and other developments to watch as the year unfolds. We will discuss the top OSHA Issues employers should monitor and understand along with what steps you will need to take to become compliant.

You Will Learn

  • Recent OSHA inspection activities
  • OSHA's new electronic injury reporting requirements
  • Avoiding Hazard Communication citations
  • Machine guarding requirements
  • Lockout/Tagout program requirements and employee training
  • Combustible dust hazards
  • New requirements for walking and working surfaces including fall protection and ladders
Webinar Presenters

Gary Jones
Assistant VP, Environmental Health and Safety Affairs
Printing Industries of America

Marcia Y. Kinter
Vice President, Government & Business Information
Specialty Graphic Imaging Association


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