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operations and the value of thinking in the long term. All four
speakers agreed that educating their customers is key - you
can't count on the customer to know the benefits of a sustainably
produced product. "We have to be the ones to ask the hard
questions to move the industry forward," Dela Cruz said.
Mark Hanley, IT Strategies, addressed "What Single-Pass
Printing Means for Your Business." Hanley said that ceramic
tile printing has embraced single-pass technology, but other
areas have been slower to adopt. The future offers a range of
new products, with some concern about single-pass printhead
cost, propensity for nozzle failure, and maintenance integration to prevent nozzle failures.
"The Future is Now: The Two Key Places to Automate
Your Production" offered attendees insight into automation
from workflow to customer communication to the shop
floor. Richard Labiuk, president of Holland & Crosby (hollandandcrosby.com), and Brian Hite, president of Image Options
(imageoptions.net), discussed the ways automation can save
time in the long run, despite some effort in the short term.
"Automation is really just saving time, money, and effort.
Five minutes may not seem like big savings, but all that time
adds up," Labiuk said.
Big Picture's Editor-in-Chief Adrienne Palmer led a panel discussion with three of the magazine's Women in Print Award winners
about their origins and roles in the changing digital print industry.
DANNY SWEEM CEO
M&R has announced that industry
veteran Danny Sweem will serve as the
company's CEO as of June 4. Previously serving as VP of Rutland Plastics
Technologies and most recently VP of
Nazdar SourceOne's Textile Inks Business Unit, Sweem brings experience
in textile inks, customer relationships,
sales strategies, technical support team
management, and vendor relationships,
according to a release.
Panelists included 2016 Women in Print Award winners Diana
Herrera, owner/president of AP Imaging (apimaging.com) and
Elaine Scrima, VP of operations at GSP (gspretail.com), and
2017 Women in Print Award winner Michelle Gobert, president
and owner of Image 360 Central New Orleans (image360.com/
centralneworleansla). "In this industry, there's no limit to your
creativity or what you can go out and market," Scrima said.
Closing keynote speaker, Anthony Tjan, founder and CEO
of the Cueball Group, venture capitalist, and entrepreneur,
ended the event by encouraging PSPs to power forward and
increase their position in the industry: "You're not in the business of digital printing - you're in the business of amplifying a
brand or a business."
Read more insights from the first-ever WFX conference at
SGIA AWARDS 15 SCHOLARSHIPS
SGIA has announced the 2018 recipients of its annual scholarship for
students attending post-secondary education programs at an active SGIA
Educational Institution member school. Fifteen students from eight colleges
and universities were selected to receive the $2000 scholarships from more
than 200 applicants - six times the number of applicants in 2017. SGIA
committee members evaluated applicants based on "their academic achievement, demonstrated commitment to a career in graphic communications,
printing technology or printing management, extracurricular activities,
financial need, a one-page essay, and academic and professional recommendations," according to a release.