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Nazdar Consulting Services (www.nazdarconsulting.com) offers a number of training and consulting programs and initiatives, all 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 a number of free videos on its website, on the topics of automated trapping, Lab color correction, Catzper, and more. In addition, Nazdar Consulting worked with SGIA on two workshops in 2012.
Neschen Americas’ (www.neschenamericas.com) Training and Education Center is designed to train students on the entire Seal and Neschen brand portfolio, from product selection to final delivery. The center is located near the company's Elkridge, Maryland, headquarters and includes a workroom, conference room, and expandable classroom; it’s equipped with laminators, laminates, media, and wide-format printers.
Course options for print-service providers include: InDisplay In Depth, where students learn about the integration of Neschen inkjet media, Expolinc hardware, and Seal laminating films in creating comprehensive display products; Application Training in Finishing; Textile Printing and Material Selection; and Environmentally Responsible Media Solutions, which covers the "Converd presented by Neschen" media portfolio. There are also course options for sales training and an in-depth review of all Neschen products for authorized Neschen product resellers.
Océ Display Graphics’ (www.oceusa.com) “Choosing the Right UV Flatbed Printer” is a buyers’ guide designed to walk the user through all aspects of UV flatbed technology. It covers printer format, printhead and curing technologies, operational considerations, RIPs, inks, and more (the free download requires registration with Océ). The company also offers the "Wide Format Printers Buyers Guide" for the technical-documentation (A/E/C) market and “Is It White for You?” on the topic of white ink.
Roland Academy (www.rolanddga.com) offers end-user and dealer workshops, which feature hands-on instruction by industry experts. This year’s Born to Wrap Workshop, in conjunction with Digital EFX Wraps, is a two-day workshop that covers a vehicle graphics job from design to installation. Attendees will learn tips on file setup and design, color matching and workflow, printing, cutting and laminating, job estimation, sales, and advertising; and preparation, application, and removal techniques. Available in September (Irvine, California) and November (Lexington, North Carolina).