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

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TAGA Call for Papers
The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) has announced its 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 graphic 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 graphic 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 up to 1,500 words.

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 graphic and communications industry.

All submissions can be sent to The deadline is September 9, 2019. Questions can be directed to TAGA Papers at
Keynote Lineup for 2020
The TAGA Board and staff are working diligently to plan another first-rate Annual Technical Conference, this time March 15–18 at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. To that end, we are excited to announce that two of four keynote speakers have already confirmed their participation.
Dr. Juanita Parris, Global Director of Materials, Applications and Analytical Science, Sun Chemical Corporation

An Ink Supplier Perspective on Industry 4.0

Dr. Parris manages a diversified group of laboratories in the U.S. and Europe for the global leader in inks, coatings, pigments, and advanced materials. The digitization of manufacturing is bringing about astounding changes in printing and related industries. She’ll explore a future in which the print manufacturing process will increasingly be directed by interconnected computers that can make decisions without human involvement.  

David Crawley, Professor of Practice, College of Technology, University of Houston

Technology Innovation and the Success of Failure

Crawley will explain how to create an environment that breeds meaningfully unique solutions while leveraging the disciplines of systems-thinking processes and tools. He is a certified innovation professional and serves on the faculty of University of Houston where he lectures on technology leadership and innovation management. His lengthy career incudes leadership positions at Young & Rubicam, Frito Lay, and a variety of technology firms.

Featured TAGA Paper: Optimizing Tone Reproduction Curves
Delivered at the 2018 Annual Technical Conference, Optimal Tone Reproduction Curves for Color Printing by William Birkett and Charles Spontelli presents a press calibration approach (the OPTIMAL method) that has advantages over both ISO standard 12647-2 and the G7 method. Birkett and Spontelli claim that the OPTIMAL method solves the problem of matching proofs on press directly for all reference data sets/profiles. It does not impose a preconceived gray balance or tonality and it works with any printing process, with any set of colorants, conventional or digital. The two authors have been jointly studying the efficacy of various tone reproduction curve methods for almost 20 years and developing ways of overcoming their weaknesses. Members can read the 24-page paper in the 2018 TAGA Proceedings (page 203 of the CD Proceedings file) or access it via the online abstract search (must log in to download the full paper).
Tony Carignano Joins the TAGA Board
TAGA welcomes Anthony (Tony) Carignano to a three-year term on our Board of Directors. Carignano is the Technical Director Marketing for ACTEGA North America Technologies, where his responsibilities include the scale-up and commercialization on Crystal decorating technology. His corporate experience spans more than 20 years in business development and strategic marketing roles within the specialty chemicals and coatings and inks industries relating to printing and coating applications. Carignano has also worked for ebeam Technologies, Inc., ALLNEX USA, Inc., and Eastman Chemical-Solutia. He has an undergraduate degree from Saint Francis University and an MBA from Loyola University Maryland.
TAGA Student Ambassador Program
The TAGA Student Ambassador Program has returned for a second year. TAGA Student Ambassadors come from across North America, representing Ryerson University, Clemson University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Ball State University, California Polytechnic State University, and Appalachian State University. We are honored to have these talented students work with us to share our message, spread awareness about the Annual Technical Conference, and enhance student membership growth. The group is overseen by Rebecca Casciato, TAGA marketing specialist.

Throughout the year, not only will the Ambassadors be showcased on TAGA’s social media channels (LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram), but they will also be sharing our 2020 TAGA Annual Technical Conference promotions and advertisements. We also expect that one or more TAGA keynote speakers will speak to the Ambassadors via Web conference. 

We encourage you to engage with the Ambassador’s posts and help them feel welcomed in the organization. Here’s to #taga20!

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