Subject: PIA Update: October 26

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Thursday, October 26, 2017
OSHA Compliance Workshop for Printers Deemed a Success!

A big thank you to the attendees at our first ever OSHA Compliance Workshop for Printers! The workshop was held October 11 and 12 at the Printing Industries of America headquarters in Warrendale, PA. Look for another workshop to be announced very soon!
The lineup of keynote speakers for the Annual Technical Conference (March 18–21 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA) is impressive, diverse, and growing. We expect to soon announce two additional keynotes (L to R: Dr. Joe Webb, Ken Fleisher, Kate Smith).

Dr. Joe Webb will share insights from his new book, The Third Wave, as he discusses print's role in a new era of smarter mobile phones and social media coupled with artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. A 38-year veteran of the print industry, Dr. Webb is one of the graphic arts industry's best-known consultants, forecasters, and commentators. “Mondays with Dr. Joe” appears every week in WhatTheyThink where he directs their Economics and Research Center’s market analysis and forecasting initiatives. He has written or co-authored four books and numerous studies and articles.

Ken Fleisher is a color scientist with the National Gallery of Art (NGA). Ken, an RIT alumnus, will explain the work of a color scientist in the art world. His responsibilities at NGA include color management of digital cameras, printers, and monitors; FADGI 4-Star compliance for image capture; workflow optimization and automation; technical evaluation of new equipment for suitability of purpose; and R&D of new technologies. Ken will reveal what he’s learned working in an environment where color perfection is expected.

Kate Smith is an internationally-recognized color expert, media personality, and president of Sensational Color, which provides corporations guidance on their use of color in product development and marketing. Her color advice has been featured on TV and major magazines such as MSNBC, HouseBeautiful, and InStyle. Prior to becoming a corporate consultant, Kate was an executive with America Online, Giftkits, and Reebok. She’ll educate TAGA conference attendees on how color is used to evoke emotion and impact the sales of products.

Education Awards Submission to Close October 31st

Recognize those preserving the future of our industry. Education Award recipients join 30 years of notable printing educators and trainers, such as Larry Kroll, Thomas Schildgen, John Leininger, and Susan Kinney. 

Nominations should be based on the following criteria:
  • A distinguished educational service provided as a direct result of the individual's leadership
  • A special education or training program that is attributed to the efforts of the individual
  • A significant educational project that was the result of the individual's efforts
  • A special display of graphic communications leadership at the local, state, or national level
  • A special educational or training accomplishment attributed to the individual
  • The candidate may be involved in one or more of the above, or there may be a unique situation or contribution that is not covered that warrants recognition.
This year's presentation of the Education Awards of Excellence will take place in front of an impressive audience of academic educators, researchers, and other industry professionals at the TAGA Annual Technical Conference, March 18-21, 2018 in Baltimore, MD. Nominations must be received by October 31, 2017. Click here for a complete award description and nomination form. 

BWA Launches Safety Shield Designation

Have you heard about the new Safety Shield designation being offered during the 2018 Best Workplace in the Americas (BWA) award program?

It’s a new designation that recognizes companies with a superior commitment to protecting their employees. Those who achieve the Safety Shield designation will receive a plaque and the ability to use the Safety Shield logo to further solidify their commitment to a safe work environment with clients, employees, and competitors.

Another great benefit of the Safety Shield program: it works as a virtual assessment tool to evaluate a company’s safety program and OSHA readiness against the most frequent industry violations in a cost-effective way.

In order to participate in the Safety Shield program, you must first enter the BWAs. To learn more 2018 BWA awards including FAQs and videos on how to apply, visit

To access our recent webinar on the BWA awards with the Safety Shield designation, click here.

Upcoming Webinars - FREE to PIA Members

7 Tips to Increase Productivity and Increase Accuracy—with Automation
Thursday, November 02, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm EDT

Let’s face it, repetitive tasks are a part of every prepress environment. They can be boring, time consuming, and just plain annoying! Wouldn’t it be great to reduce or eliminate many of these repetitive tasks to increase productivity and accuracy? It can be done!  Automation tools can be as simple as using what you currently have built into common prepress applications to custom coding and full-blown automation platforms. 

Talent Management Strategies for High-Potential Employees
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
Presented By: Caliper Management Inc.

Whether it is because seasoned executives are rapidly approaching retirement age or because your business is rapidly changing as the print industry continues to evolve, you may be among the many companies in your industry facing significant leadership shortfalls in the near future. Small businesses in the print industry, as well as larger organizations, benefit from planning for the future with a succession planning process. This webinar presents best practices for identifying and developing your high-potential employees so that your organization can be poised for future success.

2 Second Lean—A Practical Way to Improve Your Company and Life
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Do your people fix what bugs them? That’s the simple premise of 2 Second Lean, which leads to employees making small improvements every day. The approach is having a profoundly positive effect on a growing number of manufacturers since the publication of Paul Akers’ book by the same name in 2011. This webinar examines the value of implementing a 2 Second Lean management system through the experience of Cambridge Engineering, a manufacturer of heating and ventilation systems. 

Financial Performance Assessment Webinar
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Virtually every printer wants to improve their bottom-line. If they are earning profits they want to increase them. If they are breaking even or have a loss they want to turn their operation around. PIA’s Financial Performance Assessment is the tool to help. The FPA makes it easy to determine why your firm is not performing up to expectations and provides specific steps to improve performance.

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