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(September 2009) posted on Tue Sep 15, 2009

Head back to the classroom -- real or virtual -- to learnnew skills and refine existing practices

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By Clare Baker

Hosted by PIA/GATF, the Color Management Conference brings together industry experts to discuss color-management technology. The conference is designed for creative professionals, digital and wide-format printers, packaging professionals, and prepress and proofing managers. Presented in partnership with the Digital Printing Council and the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association, the 11th annual conference will be held December 6-8, 2009, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dscoop is a cooperative of HP Indigo users and HP. The organization holds a yearly conference that brings together Indigo users from around the world. Next year’s Dscoop conference will be held February 18-20, 2010, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Dscoop5 is scheduled to feature more than 90 sessions in business and sales, operations, label and packaging, and partner-solutions sessions, as well as large-format seminars for commercial printers focused on increasing service offerings and profit margins. The organization also offers two monthly webinars for members, which over a range of business-related and technical topics.

The Information Management Institute sponsors a number of conferences throughout the year, both in the US and in Europe. Slated for 2010 are several conferences on the theory of inkjet technology to be held in Arizona and in Barcelona, Spain. The 2010 US conference titles include: Security Printing Conference; Ink Jet Academy: Theory of Ink Jet; Toner Printing Conference; Thermal Printing Conference; and the Ink Jet Printing
Conference. The institute also holds an annual, week-long digital printing summer camp in Carrabassett Valley, Maine.

The National Environmental Health & Safety Conference brings together graphics industry professionals to discuss sustainability and safety issues confronting print providers. The 2008 conference, “Printing for a Sustainable Future,” included in-depth discussions on sustainability strategies and why the “green” movement is important. The 2010 conference will be held March 15-17 in Indianapolis.

The Signage and Graphics Summit brings together top-tier executives from high-volume digital printing, sign, and screenprinting companies for discussions on best practices, new technologies, and business strategies. The 2011 event will be held at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Florida. The event is owned by ST Media Group, parent company to The Big Picture magazine.

Xplor’s Document University is a year-round program from Xplor International and offers instructional classes, webinars, online conferences, social networking opportunities, podcasts, virtual vendor and user technology forums, and an industry certifi cation program.