Subject: Spring Newsletter 2019: Technical Association of the Graphic Arts

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2019 Conference Recap
Dear TAGA friends,

I am sure you all agree that our Annual Technical Conference this year in Minneapolis was another success and full of energy from speakers, members, attendees, and students. The broad range of topics that were presented—including inkjet, digital printing on textiles & corrugated, print process, ECG, and sustainability to augmented reality—again underlined the unique legacy of our conference. The partnership with The Inter Society Color Council (ISCC) also helped broaden the scope of our contents in color literacy. With that said, we thank all of the speakers and researchers who shared their outstanding work at the conference as well as the many attendees who contributed to the discussions and made TAGA a dynamic, friendly, and enriching environment to learn and grow our print media industry.

We also thank our generous sponsors below who helped make this conference possible. Their continued support highlights strong commitment and bright vision in the future of our industry. 
  • Premier Partners: Konica Minolta and RICOH
  • Principal Partners: Kodak, IPW, and Xerox
  • Supporting Partners: Koenig & Bauer
  • Corporate Sponsors: Canon, Dow Jones & Company, EFI, FUJIFILM, GMG Americas, Heidelberg, PIASC, Sappi, and Sun Chemical
  • Media Partner: Printing Impressions
We also benefited from the involvement of our Conference Partners (IS&T, RadTech, and TAPPI), who helped broadcast TAGA and boost participation in this year’s conference.

Our student chapters, a unique aspect of TAGA, were outstanding in representing their institutes. Their journals are extraordinarily creative and high quality beyond expectation. It was refreshing to experience the energy from these young talents and envision their future contribution to our industry.

Last, a very special thanks to our enthusiastic Board of Directors and the dedicated staff at PIA who worked tirelessly throughout the past year and made the 71st Annual Technical Conference a memorable and successful event. These same people and a few new members have already begun working on crafting the 2020 conference to be our best yet. We are looking forward to seeing you joining and celebrating with us in Oklahoma City, OK, March 15-18.

Wandee Poolpol, TAGA President, ECKART America Corporation
TAGA Heads to Oklahoma for the 2020 Annual Technical Conference
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA was announced as the location for the 2020 Annual Technical Conference. The event will be held March 15–18 at the Sheraton Hotel in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. We will be within walking distance of many of the city’s attractions, including the Bricktown entertainment complex. In TAGA’s 72 years, this will be the first time that Oklahoma City has hosted our event.

Oklahoma City is a thriving capital city of 1.4 million people. It is located in the Great Plains region of the U.S., was a stop on the famous Route 66, and has one of the world’s largest livestock markets.

A large chunk of Oklahoma City’s economy today is based around oil and gas, but it is also the headquarters for Sonic Drive-In restaurant chain and Hobby Lobby retail stores. While thought of as “out West,” the city is actually equally distant from Los Angeles and New York City and is the only capital with a working oil well on its grounds.

An iconic event in Oklahoma’s history was the famous Land Run of 1889, when citizens raced into the Unassigned Lands of Oklahoma territory to stake their claim for free land. A vast crowd of 50,000 hopeful settlers massed outside of Oklahoma City, and all were armed with a flag to stake their claim. At the sound of a cannon shot at noon, the settlers surged forward in a tumultuous avalanche of wagons. In commemoration of the event, the Land Run Monument has been constructed near our hotel. It is the largest series of sculptures in the world.

Compared to some of our recent conference locations, Oklahoma City should be warm next March—the average high is 63°F/17°C.
Education Update
The 71st Annual TAGA Technical Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota featured renewed involvement from international educational institutions, and students were once again the focal point of this major technical conference.

Schools competing for the Kipphan Cup included Ball State University, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), Clemson University, Grenoble Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and Ryerson University, with the Cal Poly team winning the coveted Kipphan Cup as the best of the student journals. The Attendee's Choice award and award for publication quality went to Clemson University, while the Grenoble team received an award for technical writing. The Ryerson University RyeTAGA team was awarded for their electronic publication, and Ball State received an award for publication design.

The competition among student chapters this year was especially keen, with innovative journals comprised of quality research submitted by all competing schools. Representatives from the University of Houston were also in attendance; it is anticipated that they will join the aforementioned schools in the journal competition at next year’s conference.

Further, representatives from Appalachian State University, University of Wisconsin-Stout, and Western Michigan University were also in attendance: should these schools, all with excellent graphic communications programs, choose to compete for the Kipphan Cut next March at the TAGA conference in Oklahoma City, the level of competition promises to be even fiercer.

Other schools were represented at the conference by faculty researchers, including the University of Texas at Austin, University of Wuppertal (Germany), Chulalongkorn University and Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (Thailand), Shizuoka University of Art and Culture (Japan), and Wuhan University (China). These national and international educators all added to the rich content at the conference.

Prior to the conference, students submitted papers to the Harvey Levenson Undergraduate Student Paper Award and The Dusty Rhodes Graduate Student Paper Award. The winner of this year’s Levenson award was Julia Forrester of Ryerson University for her paper “The Colour Accuracy of Expanded Gamut Printing.” This years’ Rhodes award went to Chandramohan Seetharamaiah Srinivasaraju of Rochester Institute of Technology, for his paper “A Comparison of Conventional and New Technology Gravure Cylinders in Terms of Image Quality.” Both Julia and Chandramohan attended the conference to accept their respective awards as well as the accolades of the industry professionals present. Previously, only TAGA member schools were eligible for these prestigious awards, but moving forward they will be open to submissions from students at any educational institutions: once again, the level of competition will likely increase.

Among the student-centered programs at the conference was a student-industry focus session, where a panel of industry executives, moderated by PIA’s Jim Workman, fielded questions from students in attendance about careers and job prospects. This relevant session proved to be a highlight of the conference for many student attendees, and it is hoped that that executives on the panel felt likewise. 
Further, keynote speaker Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, was present at the TAGA student meeting on Sunday, March 17. He was happy to speak with the students about his work with immersive media with clients such as the Walt Disney Company. The students were especially interested in the multimedia, immersive approach to storytelling, which is the hallmark of Mr. Gomez's company.

The student dinner was another well-received activity, with networking, socialization, and participation in a fun activity arranged by host school Ryerson University and led by RyeTAGA student Emilija Biga. The activity, entitled "Font…or Cheese?" separated the true typography experts from the cheesy imposters! Most importantly, the students made new friends and connections with other students and the TAGA board present.

All TAGA member schools are reminded that graduating students can receive two years of no-cost TAGA membership by simply asking for it: they need only send an email to requesting membership.

Looking ahead, TAGA will be working on adding involvement from more schools for the 2020 conference, and the education committee is already hard at work in looking at how more educational institutions can be encouraged to participate.

Bruce Leigh Myers, Ph.D., TAGA VP of Education, Rochester Institute of Technology
Be at the Leading Edge of the Graphics and Communications Industry—2020 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 2020 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 packaging, sustainability, industrial print, industry 4.0, equipment, ink, substrates, color, visualization, displays, materials, curing, process control, data management, workflow, security, nanotechnology, printed electronics, 3D printing, novel applications, fundamental science, and software and computer developments 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 2020 Annual Technical Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, March 15–18 will be published in the 2020 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 9, 2019. For discussion of possible papers, please contact TAGA Papers at

Hart Swisher, TAGA VP of Papers, Hammer Packaging Corp.

TAGA Board Updated
With the 2019 Annual Technical Conference complete, there are a few changes to the Board of Directors.

David Niles (Sappi North America) has served his two terms as Immediate Past President and will remain on the Board. Dr. Liam O’Hara (Clemson University) has served his two terms as President and will be stepping into the Immediate Past President position. Wandee Poolpol (ECKART America) has been elected as President of TAGA. Dr. Mark Bohan (Konica Minolta Business Solutions) has been elected to the position of Executive Vice President. Bruce Myers, Ph.D., has served his first term as Vice President of Education and will stay in the position for a second term. Dawn Nye (Konica Minolta Business Solutions) has served her first term as Vice President of Marketing and stay on for a second term. Hart Swisher will begin his first term as Vice President of Papers.

We also have five new board members. They are Dr. John Anderson (Eastman Kodak), David Biro (Sun Chemical Corporation), Charles Dickinson (Xerox), Bill Pope (Caraustar), and Jason Rhyne (SGS). They have all begun their first term.

2019–2020 Officers
President: Wandee Poolpol, ECKART America
Executive Vice President: Dr. Mark Bohan, Konica Minolta Business Solutions
Vice President, Technical Papers: Hart Swisher, Hammer Packing Corporation
Vice President, Education: Bruce Myers, Ph.D., Rochester Institute of Technology
Vice President, Membership: DJ Montalto, Canon USA
Vice President, Marketing: Dawn Nye, Konica Minolta Business Solutions
Immediate Past President: Dr. Liam O’Hara, Clemson University

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