Subject: The Update: March 27

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March 14, 2019  
Dr. Anjan Baral Named 2018 Education Award of Excellence Recipient
Dr. Baral was honored for his outstanding work in advancing print education programs in his home country of India. In his nomination of Dr. Baral, Professor Kamal Chopra, President of the All India Federation of Master Printers, highlighted the educator’s many accomplishments including: Dr. Baral has made significant contributions to the unification of print curriculums and syllabi across numerous technical school and university platforms in order to ensure that graduates had met minimum requirements and had a comprehensive understanding of print technology.

He also spearheaded the International Research Conference in Printing Technology in 2015 in conjunction with the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), New Delhi, India on the very relevant topic, 21st Century PrintingHe also spearheaded the International Research Conference in Printing Technology in 2015 in conjunction with the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), New Delhi, India on the very relevant topic, 21st Century Printing. Through a partnership with Ricoh, Dr. Baral was able to install a state-of-the-art Digital Print Application Laboratory at the Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology for students to experience hands-on training. This lab is the first of its kind to be installed in any academic facility in India. Dr. Baral’s other achievements include facilitating regular student interactions with print companies through tours and visits, the Print Olympiad competition, and summer training programs.

Education Award of Excellence honorees are recognized for their distinguished educational service to the graphic communications field. Candidates are selected based on significant contributions to education and training that go beyond routine professional responsibilities.
Paul Johnson of Clemson University wins TAGA Student Design Challenge

The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) is pleased to announce the results of the TAGA Student Design Challenge. The winning design was submitted by Clemson University senior Paul Johnson of Anderson, South Carolina. Paul described his design as one that “…symbolizes the use of subtractive color in print, additive color on digital devices, and where these technologies converge. The modern design and appearance promote TAGA’s dedication to innovation and progress.”

The judges’ comments included, “Innovative design, very different from the past and great use of color; gets TAGA away from CMYK, associated with litho, and moves us into the modern era. This is by far my most popular of the designs,” and “Represents marriage of technical + graphics + art. Best concept and, frankly, only one that encompasses all aspects of a logo design.”

Paul received a $500 award along with a complimentary registration and travel stipend to attend the 2019 TAGA Annual Technical Conference in Minneapolis, MN (pictured).

The TAGA Student Design Challenge charged university and technical school students with the task of designing a new logo for the organization. They were asked that the design reflect the organization’s purpose as an international association of academic and industry professionals dedicated to scientific research and technological innovation in all aspects of the diverse field of graphic communications.

Additionally, second ($250) and third place ($100) awards went to Appalachian State University senior Laura McGinn of Boone, North Carolina and Western Michigan University junior Morgan Haskins of Brighton, Michigan, respectively. 

Please join us in congratulating each of the finalists in the Design Challenge!
Plant Tour Tradition at the Continuous Improvement Conference
Plant tours have been a long-standing tradition of the Continuous Improvement Conference. It's an opportunity for attendees to not just listen to someone talk about Lean manufacturing principles, but to actually have the chance to see these principles in action. This year we have a great tour selection set up for you. Take your pick of one of three exciting companies to visit, add it to your conference registration, hop on the bus and we'll do the rest!

Texas Nameplate Company
Do you believe your organization is capable of achieving the highest levels of excellence? In 1998, under Dale Crownover’s infectious leadership, his 60-employee Texas Nameplate Company (TNC) became the smallest organization to ever win the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—not once, but twice! TNC, a manufacturer of nameplates, custom labels, name tags, and ID tags, became the role model for excellence in a family-run business by using the Baldrige criteria, a continuous improvement mindset, and a team-oriented culture. In the last two years, TNC has also become an industry leader through their environmental commitment to processes that rejuvenate, recycle, and reclaim used chemistry. Attendees will see a state-of-the-art Real Time Dashboard and how TPC involves every employee and applies ingenious approaches to achieve competitive advantage. Learn how the company raised the efficiency of its information system, obtaining an outstanding savings of both time and money.

Harry L Kaplan founded ABCO in the early 1930s on seven guiding principles, with the final principle reminding employees to “continually innovate and evolve to meet the needs of the marketplace.” That eye for innovation continues as part of ABCO’s DNA. From its 100,000+ square feet of manufacturing and warehouse facilities, ABCO offers a comprehensive array of products and services, including offset, digital, and wide-format printing; many binding and finishing capabilities; and non-print marketing and training support services. ABCO has long been engaged in continuous improvement and began its Lean journey four years ago with the hiring of a Lean champion to facilitate the adoption of a Lean culture throughout the 62-person organization. ABCO has made significant progress in its Lean transformation but readily admits there is much work left. Attendees will learn how ABCO has engaged employees to achieve success in implementing and sustaining 5S, visual management, Kanban, and 2 Second Lean.

Founded in 1949 as a medical equipment repair shop, Medtronic has grown into the world leader in medical devices. You will be touring one of Medtronic’s (Restorative Therapies Group) manufacturing facilities just outside Ft. Worth that produces surgical drills, tools, PlasmaBlades, and microsaws. The site began to broadly apply Lean tools in 2003, and by 2009 had moved from a tools-based focus to a much more robust operating system focused on daily behaviors and mindsets. Much of the manufacturing is organized in small cells that drive organic improvement. The workflows have disciplined standardized work, hourly line performance and abnormality tracking, and multi-level tiered policy deployment. The purpose is to continuously reduce activities that do not create value in the eyes of their customers. In 2018, Medtronic’s CEO predicted that its earnings per share would continue rising faster than sales growth in part because of the organization’s ability to use Lean manufacturing techniques to improve productivity and space utilization.

Brilliant! The Very Latest in Optical Brighteners
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Optical brighteners (OBA) are intended to help create a brighter “blue” white and are found in many papers available today. OBAs can have a major effect on color reproduction and the ability to match proofs to printed sheets or printed sheets to previously printed work. In this webinar, you will be brought up to speed with all of the important OBA updates, new advancements, latest practices, and solutions.
Effective Management Methods of High-Performance Printers
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

The management approach a leader uses can have a dramatic impact in improving organizational performance. But which approach is best for you? Using findings from the PIA printing business management practices study, Dr. Ralph Williams will discuss the relationships found among six management approaches (analyzing financial ratios, a quality focus, entrepreneurial orientation, goal setting, strategic thinking, and social capital) and the performance impact. Based on the study's findings, Ralph will provide guidance on how to execute strategic planning and the importance of an innovative culture.
Inkjet Madness: What does the future hold?
Thursday, April 19, 2019, 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Where is high-speed inkjet in the current market--and where is it headed? Inkjet is currently being used successfully in various markets and applications. High-speed inkjet is a big decision with many moving parts to consider. What do the adoption rates look like? What are the current technology options available? Do you really have the "right" work for it? What are the considerations for workflow implementation? This session will explore the issues of investing in, implementing, and using high-speed inkjet in your business.

All Printing Industries of America webinars are FREE to members and $29 to non-members. An archive of previous webinars can be found in the iLearning Center at, To learn more about becoming a member of PIA, visit
Partner Event: 
2019 GUA Conference Celebrates 20 Years of Kodak Prinergy
The 2019 GUA Conference will feature presentations, demonstrations, university classes, and hands-on workshops on industry trends and solutions to future-proof your business in the ever-changing print marketplace.

Immerse yourself in new ideas, renew your vision, and challenge your thinking over three days in New Orleans. 

Conference highlights:
  • How to Make $1 Million with Your Workflow: Pat McGrew, Keypoint Intelligence
  • 2019 and Beyond – The Future of Kodak Software and Your Business
  • Interactive Round Table Discussion with Prinergy Product Team
  • GUA’s Famous INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY LAB - address technical questions and get one-on-one technology demonstrations with subject matter experts
Kodak is hosting a 20th Anniversary Celebratory Dinner Reception on May 14, 2019, to recognize 20 years of Prinergy, with industry keynote speakers, awards, commemoration, celebration and fun!

To register and learn more, visit
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