Head back to the classroom -- real or virtual -- to learnnew skills and refine existing practices
By Clare Baker
Lowen Corporation recently launched Lowen Certified, a training and certification program for vehicle wraps and related digital graphics. At the company’s 19,000-square-foot Training and Certification Center in Hutchinson, Kansas, installers can pursue any of five designations: Vehicle Wrap Installation Professional; Fleet Graphics Installation Professional; Rough Wall Installation Professional; On Premise Graphics Installer; and Lowen Certified Expert Installer. The certification status is portable, meaning that the certifi cation stays with the individual, not the company.
MacTac’s Application Nation is an online resource and virtual community for graphics
installers working with vehicle wraps, cut vinyl, and wall and building graphics. Members can visit the website to ask questions of industry experts, read about installation tips, peruse the resource library, and download ICC profiles. For the past two years, MacTac has offered Application Nation training sessions across the country. The hands-on, two-day-long events cover techniques on vehicle and vinyl preparation, printing, measuring, squeegeeing, repositioning, finishing, and removal.
This summer, Mutoh teamed up with vehicle wrap company Carwraps to offer an online video car wrap training series. Featuring industry expert Justin Pate and Carwraps president Todd LaBrie, the videos cover the design, production, and installation aspects of vehicle graphics. Access to the videos is available in month-ly or daily memberships. Membership also includes access to Carwrap’s design database with vector-based vehicle-wrap designs.
Nazdar Consulting Services, offers a number of training and consulting programs and initiatives, including Chromatix Color Control training, G7 Certification, Lean Sigma classes, hazardous material education, and image-quality training. Chromatix Color Control aims to help businesses reduce labor costs, add capacity in peak production periods, and produce high-quality, repeatable color with every print. Lean Sigma focuses on reducing waste and variation in the manufacturing process. The 49 CFR hazardous material training classes cover the basic skills needed to prepare, offer, and accept domestic shipments of hazardous materials. Nazdar’s Improve your IQ (Image Quality) classes use the Color Management Workflow to streamline the color Management process and develop a color standard that is reproducible.
A subsidiary of Tekgraf, New Vision offers certified classroom training on a variety of products. The company offers reseller training programs for HP solvent printer 8000s, 9000s, and 10000s series that cover how to install and repair printers. Training on Onyx RIPs for HP Designjet printers is also offered; the one-day course covers installation, usage, and troubleshooting.