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Mactac’s Application Nation (www.theapplicationnation.com) is an online resource and virtual community for graphics installers working with vehicle wraps, cut vinyl, and wall and building graphics, etc. In 2013, the program offered a one-day course focusing on the basics of vehicle-wraps applications, highlighting architectural applications (walls, floors, and windows), covering industry trends, and more. Members can visit the website to ask questions of industry experts, read about installation tips, peruse the resource library, and download ICC profiles. Several training videos are available to members and non-members alike. Its Application Nation Authorized Program was created to provide certification for and visibility to professional installers who adhere to industry standard processes and systems for vehicle and architectural applications.
In March of this year, Mutoh America (www.mutoh.com) opened its new southern California-based learning facility and product showroom in Torrance. The 3500-square-foot space – which hosts a variety of Mutoh printers and other products – is used for vehicle-wrap classes, product trainings and demonstrations, open houses, networking events, and more. Other training centers are located in: Phoenix, Atlanta, Chicago, and Boston.
The Mutoh Business Builder is a resource for print providers to gather market-specific information, education, and application suggestions to help them be more successful in their business. Business Builders are available for Signage, Wraps, Textiles, Packaging, Color Management, Wall Art, Tradeshow Graphics, Process Control, and more.
In addition, Mutoh has teamed up with Avery to produce the School of Wrap car-wrap training program – designed to provide wrap installers with an in-depth understanding of graphic-installation mechanics and to gain a competitive advantage in the vehicle-wrap industry. The three-day workshop focuses on the steps needed to improve the quality and speed of car-wrap installations. Classes are hosted by Justin Pate; remaining 2013 classes are in Ft. Lauderdale (October 28-30) and Phoenix (October 31 – November 2).
Nazdar Consulting Services (www.nazdarconsulting.com) offers various training and consulting programs and initiatives designed to improve the productivity, predictability, and profitability of screen and digital print providers. Specific programs include: G7 Master Printer Certification; Chromatix Color Control; and IDEAlliance PCC Process Control. The company also offers free online videos, on the topics of automated trapping, Lab color correction, Catzper, and more. In addition, Nazdar Consulting was part of this year’s Color Management Boot Camp at the recent SGIA Expo.