Subject: The Update: September 19

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Wednesday, September 19
The PIA Booth at Print18 is Going to Rock!
Do you have mad pinball skills? Stop by the PIA Booth (#3600) at Print18 to check our awesome classic 80s pinball games — Seawitch, Highspeed and Pinbot! See if you have what it take to be named #PrintBallWizard and take home the big trophy!  

But why wait? In the meantime, visit www.printballwizard.com and enter to win daily prize giveaways between now and the show!
Register for PRINT18 today and use code PIAFRIENDS to receive a FREE REGISTRATION!
Connect with PIA's National Buying Program Partners
Stop by our booth at Print18 to interact with some of PIA's amazing National Buying Program partners. The National Buying Program offers discounts to you and your organization on products and services used every day—from overnight shipping to printing equipment and supplies. This is a great time to ask your questions and learn more about an array of special offers and substantial discounts!

PIA's National Buying Program partners at PIA's booth (#3600) include:
  • Konica Minolta
  • Xerox
  • Caliper
  • Mailers Hub
For more information on our National Buying Program partners and special offers and promotions, visit www.printing.org/buyingprogram.

Not a member yet? Find out how you can become a member of PIA and $save$ with our National Buying Program at www.printing.org/join
Upcoming Webinar: How to Take Advantage and Save Big with the Konica Minolta Buying Program 
Thursday, October 4th from 2-3 p.m. EDT
Learn all about the new Konica Minolta Buying Program with Brian Steck, National Enterprise PIA Account Manager on Thursday, October 4th from 2-3 p.m. EDT. 

Brian will give a brief introduction on Konica Minolta, what products are included in the Buying Program, what perks and discounts PIA members can expect and how you can take advantage of the program to save big on your next press, wide-format, label, or special finishing product purchase!
Successful Workforce. Superior Work Environment. Culture of Innovation.
We encourage you to enter the Best Workplace in the Americas award program and stand among the most distinguished printing industry leaders! 

The BWA award embodies your commitment to quality and excellence, passion for success, and recognizes a safety-focused environment. We look at important human resources practices and honor companies that embrace the most sought-after qualities for today’s workplace:
  • Communication & Culture
  • Employee Resources & Benefits
  • Safety & Work Environment

Companies that know the value of focusing on environmental, health, and safety areas in the workplace can also enter—for a nominal additional registration fee—to receive the Safety Shield designation (You must enter the BWAs to participate in the Safety Shield program).
Key Program Dates:
November 9, 2018: Final entry deadline
January 9, 2019: Winners announced
March 4, 2019: Awards presented at the 2019 President’s Conference - Phoenix, AZ
Please be sure to visit our new BWA video library where a series of short videos can help you gain insights and tips on the categories as well as the application process. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Human Relations, Adriane Harrison, at 412-259-1707 or aharrison@printing.org.
2018 TAGA Call for Papers Deadline Extended - October 5

There is still time to submit an abstract paper for presentation at the 2019 Annual Technical Conference (March 20–23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA). The deadline for the Call for Papers is now October 5. All abstracts will be reviewed by the TAGA Papers Committee, led by Dr. Mark Bohan, prior to an acceptance decision. Accepted papers will be published in the 2019 Proceedings.

Abstracts should be 500–1,000 words and address an aspect of scientific or technical research in graphic communications. Topics can cover equipment, ink, paper, color, packaging, visualization, displays, materials, curing, process control, data management, workflow, security, nanotechnology, printed electronics, 3D printing, novel applications, fundamental science, and software and computer developments. Papers that are considered commercial in nature will not be accepted. 

Submissions and questions can be sent to TAGA@printing.org.

Access Recordings from the OSHA Ready! Event
In case you missed the The OSHA Ready! event, the recordings and resource center are now available for purchase! We provide the roadmap to understanding OSHA, its regulations, and the essential systems you need to have in place to be in compliance. Access the recordings by visiting the online bookstore.

You can be prepared for the unexpected, become knowledgeable about what applies to your operation, and learn what is required by you as an employer.

For more OSHA resources such as hazard communication, lockout/tagout, and injury and illness, please visit www.printing.org/resources/osha-resources.
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