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2018 TAGA Conference Keynote Speakers and Papers Announced

The Printing Industries of America is pleased to announce the complete lineup of keynote speakers and selected papers for the 2018 Technical Association of the Graphic Arts Conference in Baltimore, MD, March 18-21. Globally renowned technical and print experts Dr. Joe Webb of Strategies for Management, Inc., Ken Fleisher of National Gallery of Art, color consultant Kate Smith, and Tim Luong of Ceradrop MGI Group will take the stage for the 70th Anniversary of this annual conference. Thirty-two papers and three poster sessions have been selected for presentation at this year's event.

Keynotes include:

Dr. Joe Webb, Strategies for Management, Inc.
A 38-year veteran of the print industry, Dr. Webb is one of the graphic arts industry’s best-known consultants, forecasters, and commentators. “Mondays with Dr. Joe” appears every week in WhatTheyThink where he directs their Economics and Research Center’s market analysis and forecasting initiatives. He has written or co-authored four books and numerous studies and articles.

Ken Fleisher, National Gallery of Art
Ken Fleisher is a color scientist with the National Gallery of Art. Ken, an RIT alumnus, will explain the work of a color scientist in the art world. His responsibilities at NGA include color management of digital cameras, printers and monitors, FADGI 4-Star compliance for image capture, workflow optimization and automation, technical evaluation of new equipment for suitability of purpose, and R&D of new technologies. Ken will reveal what he’s learned working in an environment where color perfection is expected.

Kate Smith, Color Consultant
Kate Smith is an internationally-recognized color expert, media personality, and president of Sensational Color, which provides corporations guidance on their use of color in product development and marketing. Her color advice has been featured on TV and in major magazines such as MSNBC, HouseBeautiful and InStyle. Prior to becoming a corporate consultant, Kate was an executive with America Online, Giftkits, and Reebok. She’ll educate TAGA conference attendees on how color is used to evoke emotion and impact the sales of products.

Tim Luong, Ceradrop MGI Group
Tim Luong is currently the National Sales Engineer with Ceradrop MGI Group. Luong previously worked for FUJIFILM Dimatix and helped to successfully launch the DMP-2800 materials deposition printer systems and piezo MEMS cartridge printhead products. Luong grew the Dimatix Materials Inkjet Printing systems business into more than 600 systems sales, applications support, and installations worldwide.

Selected papers include:

A Hybrid Label System for Short Runs and Variable Content
Dr. Mark Bohan [Heidelberg]

A New Anti-Alteration Ink
Toshiki Hayashi [National Printing Bureau of Japan]

Capabilities and Benefits of Controllable LED Illumination
David Wyble [Avian Rochester, LLC]

Creating, Analyzing, and Optimizing Measurement Data for ICC Profiles
Barbara Braun-Metz [ColorLogic]

Defining Consistent Color Appearance for Print Images
Elena Fedorovskaya and Robert Chung [Rochester Institute of Technology]; David Hunter and Pierre Urbain [Pilot Marketing Group]

Designing a Color Viewing System Compatible with ISO 3664 Standard
James Summers [JUST Normlicht, Inc.]

Determining Typical Human Color Difference Thresholds Between Opposite Sexes
Rion Huffman [Pittsburg State University]

Evaluation of TAPPI Brightness versus Other Brightness Indices
Hanyi Cheng and Bruce Leigh Myers [Rochester Institute of Technology]

Exploring the Association between Current State and Future State Technology-Mediated Collaborative Workflow
Christopher Bondy [Rochester Institute of Technology]

First Steps to Develop Molecular Switches for Piezoelectric Inkjet
Mustafa Bilgin and Johannes Backhaus [University of Wuppertal]

Harnessing Computer Intelligence for Rapid Makeready on Digital Enhancement Presses Instrumental Analysis-based Evaluation of Print Blanket Rubber Swelling
Asuka Uchida and Yasushi Ozaki [National Printing Bureau of Japan]

Moving Towards Disruption: Early Movers Incorporate NFC into Smart Packaging
Nathan J. Neil, PMP and James Sulfare, Jr [Purple Deck Media]; Dr. Joseph Catanio

Narrowing the Gap between Offset and Digital: Developments in High Speed Wide-Web HD Inkjet Printing
[HP]

Network Mediated Peer Group Image Measurement
Henry Freedman [Technology Watch, LLC]

New Valuation Method for Durability of Text Books
Csaba Horváth [Óbuda University], Erzsébet Novotny [ANY Security Printing Company], István Lőrincz, and Péter Teleki [Alföldi Nyomda Printing Company]

Optimal Tone Reproduction Curves for Color Printing
William B. Birkett [Doppelganger, LLC]; Charles Spontelli [Bowling Green State University]

Overcoming the Challenges of Traditional UV Curing
Steve Metcalf [AMS]

Papermaking Factors Affecting Lateral Web Position during Commercial Heat Set Web Offset Printing
George Shields, Alexandra Pekarovicova, Paul D. Fleming, and Jan Pekarovic [Western Michigan University]

Printing to XCMYK Aims Using AM Screening: A Case Study
Sanyukta Hiremath, Robert Chung and Elena Fedorovskaya [Rochester Institute of Technology]

Push to Stop: Redefining Printing Operations
Dr. Mark Bohan [Heidelberg]

Reaching the Goal of Substrate Diversity in Inkjet Printing
Scott Robertz [Komori]

Simplifying the Production of Color Accurate Packaging Prototypes
Juergen Roesch [CGS]

Spectrophotometers & Measuring OBAs (Optical Brightener Additives)
Christopher Smyth [Ryerson University]; Gerry Gerlach [Hubergroup Ink]; Dennis Dautrich [Sappi North America]

Statistical Process Control of Color
John Seymour [John the Math Guy, LLC]

The Automation of Flexographic Platemaking
Rory Marsoun [Esko]

The Case for Spot Color Tone Value (SCTV) for Measurement of CMYK Halftones
Mike Strickler [MSP]

The Impact of White Space on User Experience for Tablet Editions of Magazines
Fanyi Cheng, Christine Heusner, and Elena Fedorovskaya [Rochester Institute of Technology]

The Importance of Open Industry Standards in the Next Generation Production Systems
Stefan Meissner [Flyeralarm]

The Status of Spectrophotometry: 2017
John P. Sweeney [Spencer Metrics]; Greg Radencic [Matthews Brand Solutions]; David Hunter [Pilot Marketing Group, LLC]

The Study of Kubella-Munk Theory to Predict the Colors of Mineral Pigments
Prof. Wan [Wuhan University]

UV Curing Equipment – Where are we now!
Simon Whittle and Jack Slattery [American Ultraviolet]

Visual and Numerical Evaluation of Metallic Inks and How They Compare to Numerical Color Differences
Martin Habekost [Ryerson University]

Selected posters include:
Color Quality Comparison of Electro-Photographic vs. Inkjet Printing processes in a Color Managed Digital Printing Workflow (CMDPW)
Haji Naik Dharavath and Dr. Olusegun Odesina [Central Connecticut State University]

Employers’ Expectations of Graduates Technical & Managerial Competencies in the Digital Graphics & Print Media Industry: A Study of New England States Region
Haji Naik Dharavath [Central Connecticut State University]

Study of Load Carrying Capacity of 3D Printed Pallet using FDM
Ramachandran M G. and Rajeswari N [ Anna University]

The TAGA Annual Technical Conference provides an opportunity for attendees to learn about the latest industry advances and those of related fields, as well as brainstorm with other experts about solving problems and roadblocks in order to move our industry forward. Conference attendees come to the Annual Technical Conference from all over the world and from all facets of the graphic arts industry.

Papers accepted and presented will be published in the TAGA Proceedings. TAGA is recognized worldwide as the most prestigious and comprehensive literature resource for graphic arts sciences and technologies. Papers and posters are subject to change prior to conference date.
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