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Opportunities for Learning

(September 2010) posted on Mon Aug 30, 2010

The marketplace offers a variety of training and education sources for your operation.

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The Information Management Institute ( sponsors a number of conferences throughout the year, both in the US and Europe. Its three-day Inkjet Technology Showcase will take place September 8-10 this year in Baltimore and will showcase a range of experts discussing how the latest applications and markets are offering exciting new opportunities for inkjet technology, plus supplier presentations and a Developers Fair and a series of optional Inkjet Tech Talks.

Its 2011 US conference titles include: Inkjet Academy: Theory of Inkjet Technology, Annual Thermal Printing Conference, Annual Inkjet Printing Conference, and others. All held in January and February, locales to be announced.

The National Environmental Health & Safety Conference ( brings together graphics industry professionals to discuss sustainability and safety issues confronting print providers. The 2010 conference, “Printing for a Sustainable Future” included in-depth discussions on sustainability strategies and why the “green” movement is important; specific session included, “Environmental Marketing: What Can You Say?” “Sustainable Paper: What You Need to Know,” “Setting Sustainability Goals and Objectives,” and others. The event also featured nearly a dozen industry exhibitors.

The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL, holds it 2010 Owners Conference in October in Chicago. Aimed at owners and general managers of small digital, commercial, and quick-print operations, the event features 2-1/2 days of educational sessions. Sessions include: “Communicating Your Green Initiatives,” “Marketing for Dummies,” “Pricing Integrated Services,” “Social Media 101/102/103” (three separate tracks), “In Your Customers’ Shoes,” and others.

The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing, and Converting Technologies (NPES, will holds its annual conference in Phoenix, November 18-20. Featuring a theme of “Print Reinvented 2011: The Future of Media Communications,” the event will address what the future holds for print and other graphics companies.

Hosted by the Printing Industries of America (PIA,, the Color Management Conference 2010 features advice from industry experts, anm array of technology to review and try, and various practitioners and experts on hand to help attendees better understand the intricacies of color management. Presented in partnership with the Digital Printing Council and the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, the event takes place December 5-7 in Phoenix.