Specialty Graphics Opportunity Theatre

Print Outside the Ordinary!

The specialty graphics industry centers primarily on wide-format display graphics, but also includes industrial printing solutions and garment decoration technologies. It is a print segment where opportunities are strong, and possibilities seem limitless. The technologies and materials used are unique, and the end products embellished or produced range from vehicle wraps to T-shirts; snowboards to circuit boards. Discover the opportunities (and numerous “how-to’s”) of specialty graphics in this free, informative learning area.

Specialty Graphics Presentation Theatre Schedule – free for all show attendees

Introduction to Wide-Format Digital Printing

Dan Marx, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association

Get the basic information you need to successfully adopt wide-format digital printing. This fast-moving, informative session provides information on technology types, ink systems, materials, markets, end products and the graceful adoption of the technology.

 

Current Trends & Opportunities in Wide-Format Digital

Dan Marx, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association

Using data collected during SGIA’s annual Graphics Industry Survey, SGIA’s Dan Marx presents an up-to-date view into industry trends including business conditions, equipment purchases, movements among product and market areas, business growth methods and challenges. Further, this presentation will provide valuable insight based on the experiences of some of the industry’s leading graphics producers.

 

Maximize Wide-Format Possibilities wit Computerized Cutting & Routing

Stephen Bennett, Esko

In the last few years, CNC cutting and routing systems have opened strong possibilities for graphics producers, allowing them to automate their cutting processes, thus saving time and money. With these systems, companies can economically produce complex shapes, bringing differentiation and a value-add. Attend this free session to learn how to select the right system for your business, preview market/product opportunities, and find out how to calculate ROI on a cutter/router investment.

 

Best Practices of the Most Profitable Digital Printing Companies

Mike Ruff, Mike Ruff Consulting

The digital printing industry is growing fast. Like any other disruptive technology, there will be a few companies that explode in size and profitability while others selling the same product to the same market struggle to survive. Why does that happen? This presentation will focus on the industry leaders, and what they may be doing that makes the difference. The differences may surprise you.

 

Wide-Format Business Interview           

Scott Crosby, Holland & Crosby

Get an inside view of the specialty graphics industry in this interview – focusing on wide-format printing and business – with Scott Crosby of Holland & Crosby (Mississauga, ON). This session also gives attendees the opportunity to ask questions. Listen and learn!

 

Getting Green: The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership

Rick Hartwig, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association

Credible sustainability programs will follow certification standards. For the printing industry, we have the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP). Learn how SGP brings that credibility to your facility and your program, how it works, and the benefits of having a sustainable system in place for your operation, community and marketing. We will also share the experience of real-life printers who have gone through the SGP certification, how they took the steps toward sustainability, as well as the results of being a certified sustainable printer.

 

Understanding Changes to WHMIS and New Ontario Safety Requirements

Rick Hartwig, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association

Canada is in the “eleventh hour” for revised regulations to be introduced. In this session we will explore the revised regulations Ontario will face, and some new requirements to current safety training programs. Discussions will include the adoption of the Globally Harmonized System, the proposed repeal of the Hazardous Product Regulation, the new Controlled Products Regulations, as well as highlights of the differences in the proposed regulations. Also, we will explain the Ontario Mandatory Health and Safety Awareness Training for Workers and Supervisors and the anticipated Training Program and training provider Standards.

 

Why Select a Flatbed Printer?

Heather Roden, Fujifilm

Flatbed inkjet systems are an undeniably popular (and useful) tool for graphics producers. But how do you know when your company is ready to make a capital investment in a flatbed system, and what do you look for to ensure you make the best equipment decision for your imaging business? Fujifilm’s Heather Roden will provide valuable insight, and answer your flatbed-focused questions.

 

Digital Applications: Ink Options for Fabric, Soft Signage and Interior Décor

Ken VanHorn, Mimaki

For the past few years, digitally-printed fabrics have represented one of the hottest areas of the wide-format industry, and this area continues to grow. Learn the basics on inkjet systems for fabric printing, and learn how companies are using the technology to produce high-margin products including soft signage, exhibit displays, customized clothing and interior fabrics. If you’re looking for possibility in wide-format, this session is not to be missed!

 

Wide-Format Business Interview

Sheldon Rier, Mitographics

Gain valuable insight about the specialty graphics industry in this interview – focusing on wide-format, screen printing and other technologies – with Sheldon Rier of Mitographics (Cambridge, ON). This session also gives attendees the opportunity to ask questions. Listen and learn!

 

Introduction to Wide-Format Digital Imaging

Dan Marx, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association

Get the basic information you need to successfully adopt wide-format digital printing. This fast-moving, informative session provides information on technology types, ink systems, materials, markets, end products and the graceful adoption of the technology.

 

How to Profit from Wide-Format

Jeff Uzbalis, 3M

Attend this seminar, filled with practical experience, to learn about the many different indoor and outdoor applications possible with wide-format digital printing. Topics addressed will include an overview of wide-format printing media and materials, identification of new applications and market segments to consider, potential pitfalls and problems, and how to grow your business.

 

Leveraging G7®-based Calibration for Effective Process Control

Christopher Brown, Mutoh

This intermediate-level presentation will address how process control is best utilized; how it is implemented within the production flow; how baseline data is established and how it is best used; how process test data can be archived and analyzed to streamline operations and cut costs; how process control can be leveraged to ensure consistent results print-to-print, job-to-job, across long periods of time; how it can be used to implement proactive maintenance schedules; and, how colour management can be made far more effective when built on a stable process control foundation. It will also address how G7 is key to consistently calibrating the printer to a known-good condition prior to profiling. This presentation targets mid-size print providers who may be struggling to maintain colour consistency across production runs, multiple jobs for the same client, or single jobs on multiple machines.