Subject: PIA Update: September 6

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Meet the Experts at the PIA Education Corner at PRINT17

Join us in Booth #3802 for our Meet the Experts sessions at the PIA Education Corner, where industry experts will be delivering 30-minute presentations followed by Q&A!

Monday, September 11
11:00 a.m.       Erica Aitken & Cindy Walas, How to Use AR to Bring Rich Media to Print
12:00 p.m.     Jules Van Sant, Get Social & Grow Sales
1:00 p.m.       Gary Jones, Are You OSHA Ready?
2:00 p.m.       Gerry Michael, Living On the Edge...Capital Expenditures in Graphic Arts
3:00 p.m.       Son Do, Automation: 7 Tips to Increase Productivity and Improve Accuracy!

Tuesday, September 12
11:00 a.m.     Gary Jones, Are You OSHA Ready?
12:00 p.m.     Peter Knappenberger, Unlock the Potential of the Promotional Products Industry
1:00 p.m.       Dr. Ronnie Davis & Tai McNaughton, Pumping Up Profits
2:00 p.m.       Adriane Harrison, Wave of Change: Regulations in the Trump Era
3:00 p.m.       David Hunter, Industry's First Color Conformance Platform

Wednesday, September 13
11:00 a.m.     Joe Lyman, Expanding the Reach of Print Using RFID and NFC
12:00 p.m.     Adriane Harrison, How to Engage Your Employees and Improve Your Metrics
1:00 p.m.       Joe Marin, 10 Adobe CC Quick Tips for Print Production
2:00 p.m.       Jim Workman, Implementing Continuous Improvement Strategies 
3:00 p.m.       Jon Hall, Design Techniques for Better Graphic Communication
Accepting Applications for the 
Best Workplace in the Americas Program

Ready, Set, Refresh
Printing Industries of America has redeveloped the 2017 Best Workplace in the Americas (BWA) program to streamline the application process. In addition, we have focused our Human Relations benchmarking categories to promote companies embracing the most sought-after qualities for today’s workforce:
  • Communication & Culture
  • Employee Resources & Benefits
  • Safety & Work Environment
As with previous years, entrants will be evaluated with similarly sized companies. Winners will be awarded a Best Workplace in the Americas award, and a few exceptional companies will be awarded Best of the Best designations.

Want to learn more about the awards and how to apply? You can access a series of short videos at to get insights and tips on the new categories and application process. 
Only 8 Seats Remain for 
the October OSHA Compliance for Printers Workshop

OSHA compliance is crucial to every business in the printing industry and the Environmental, Health, and Safety Team at Printing Industries of America wants to take the confusion out of compliance with our new OSHA Compliance for Printing Workshop.

The OSHA Compliance for Printing Workshop with the EHS Team at Printing Industries of America will be held on October 11-12 at our offices in Warrendale, PA. 

Not only will you receive valuable training, but you will walk away from the workshop with tools to help your business become and remain OSHA compliant.

Spots are going quickly. Register today!

Dynamic Ratios Survey Deadline Extended: 
September 15, 2017

The deadline to complete the 2017 Dynamic Ratios survey has been extended until Friday, September 15! The Dynamic Ratios compiles financial information from hundreds of printing and related firms from across the country.

You can take the full Dynamic Ratios survey or complete the new, shorter survey – we need just 32 line items to include your business in the report.

As always, all participants will receive a copy of the completed 2017 Dynamic Ratios report.

Is your FSC Chain-of-Custody Certification up to date?

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) changed its standards for Chain-of-Custody Certification (CoC) effective April 1, 2017. In order to maintain your Chain-of-Custody Certification, your program must meet the new requirements and pass the conformance audit by March 31, 2018—just 7 months from now.

The Environmental, Health, and Safety Team is prepared to help you navigate the revised standards and be CoC ready when your auditor arrives. The service includes reviewing written policies, procedures, documentation, and employee training that the company has put in place to meet the FSC CoC requirements. Gaps in requirements will be identified and technical support including updating written material, employee training, etc. can also be provided to address any deficiencies.

To learn more about CoC Certification preparation, contact the EHS Department at 412-259-1794 or

Need a Good Resource on MIS Software?

PIA has just published the 2017 Survey of Management Information Software, marking the 12th consecutive year we have produced this free, useful guide for members. The publication documents the functionality, cost, and other pertinent information for 45 different software packages, ranging from low-cost estimating systems to modular, full function MIS systems. 

The survey results were compiled from questionnaires sent to MIS software vendors. Download the 2017 version here
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