Introduction to Printing

Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Gain a strong foundation of printing system basics, including ink, fountain solution and paper requirements. Taught by experts from TAPPI's Coating and Graphic Arts Division - an excellent complement to the Coating Program at PaperCon!

April 22-23, 2017

This two-day introductory course is designed for those who need to understand print quality, attend print trials, trouble shoot print problems or are generally new to printing operations.

You'll learn from a panel of experts from TAPPI's Coating and Graphic Arts Division.

This exceptional training in the basics is held as part of the Coating Program at PaperCon 2017 and it's a great way to kick off all the events taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Topics Covered

  • Current commercial print methods and the equipment used, including traditional offset and emerging digital technologies
  • Paper and packaging grades that are typically printed and the methods used
  • Examples of print and press problems, how to identify and potential solutions
  • Predicting and testing print quality
  • Color perception and color gamut

This course is ideal for anyone in the paper and board segments of the industry with job titles, such as:

  • Process Engineer
  • Machine Manager
  • Technical Service Representative

Learning Outcomes
After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • Recognize the requirements for different print technologies
  • Learn correct terminology used in troubleshooting printing complaints
  • Design printing evaluations to evaluate the impact of process changes in the mill
  • Communicate with more fluency in the language of printing industry
  • Understand inks used in the various printing processes
  • Understand paper demands for each printing process

TAPPI will award 1.3 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for completion of this curriculum.

The Education Project Center of TAPPI has been reviewed and approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22102.  TAPPI will award CEUs to participants who attend and participate in at least 80% of the educational sessions and complete a final program evaluation.

 Event Sponsor
NAPIM is a trade association for the manufacturers of printing inks and supplier industries whose purpose is to provide information and assistance to its members to better manage their businesses.  NAPIM is holding its Spring Convention on March 10-13, 2017 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  



Nancy Plowman Sandreuter, Course Chair
President, Nancy Plowman Associates, Inc.

Nancy is a recognized expert in the printing and paper industries, serving as a speaking at many events for organizations, such as TAPPI, NAPIM, RIT, GATF, RPTA and the R&E Research Council.

Nancy is a graduate of the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, and a minor in Chemistry. She worked with the S. D. Warren Paper Company, a Printing Paper Subsidiary of Scott Paper Company for 17 years. About half that time was spent in coating research, and the latter part of that time in the Graphic Arts testing group. After resigning from Warren, she joined Acme Printing Company, a commercial web and sheet fed offset printer, currently located in Wilmington, MA. She left Acme 1985.  NPA was incorporated in 1986.

Nancy is a contributing editor for several industry publications, is a six-time recipient of the TAPPI Outstanding Faculty Member award, and organized the first TAPPI Printing Quality Symposium, which has been repeated several times since the the inaugural event.

Jennifer Pennington
Inkjet Division, Eastman Kodak

Jennifer Pennington has almost 15 years of experience in the printing and publishing industry with a focus on papers and substrates.  She received her B.S. in Paper Science & Engineering from Miami University in 2001 and her M.B.A. from University of Dayton in 2008.

After graduation, joined Georgia-Pacific's Crossett Paper Operations as a Process Engineer working with tissue, fine paper, and board machines.  She also helped implement the company's lean manufacturing strategies.  In this capacity, Jennifer learned a variety of printing applications and the importance of substrates to create the most appropriate printed solutions for packaging and graphic communications assets. 

Jennifer began her work with Eastman Kodak in 2004 and is working in its Inkjet Division launching new papers optimally designed for the production inkjet market.  Jen collaborates with paper companies, chemical vendors and research organizations worldwide to define paper options for Kodak's drop on demand and continuous inkjet high speed printing technologies.  She is an integral part of the sales cycle in helping customers learn the importance of paper and working with them to make the right choices for the best quality possible.

Jennifer served as Alumni Council President for the Miami Pulp and Paper Foundation for 14 years and continues to be involved in recruiting young students to the Pulp and Paper industry.

Jim Niemiec
Product Innovation Manager, Verso Corporation

Jim is responsible for Digital Printing Product Development and is based at the Verso Technical Center in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. He is project leader for his company's production inkjet initiative and launched the TrueJet® Digital Coated Papers product line which received a PIA InterTech Award in 2011 for its contribution to the advancement of the printing industry. He and his team also developed several coated paper grade lines for the production color laser market which include Futura®, Sterling® Premium Digital™,Productolith Points Digital® and Blazer Digital®.

Jim is a TAPPI Fellow in recognition of meritorious service to the industry.  He also served on the TAPPI PaperCon 2016 Steering Committee Chair and was past Chair of the Coating and Graphic Arts Division, Technical Program, and Printing and Converting Committees.  At TAPPI conferences, he organized numerous technical panels and short courses on laser and inkjet printing, conventional printing technologies and the future of print technology. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the TAPPI Journal as well as the Coating and Graphic Arts Technical Program Committee, Printing and Converting Committee and Coating Fundamentals Committee.

After graduating from RIT, Jim's career began as printing ink chemist at Inmont Corporation and continued in the paper industry serving in R&D, Product Development and Business Development roles at Abitibi-Price, Fraser Papers, Consolidated Papers, Stora Enso, NewPage  and now Verso Corporation. Jim also received a business degree from York University and an MBA from Lakeland College and holds several patents involving printing technology including inkjet papers.

Lokendra Pal
Associate Professor, Department of Forest Biomaterials, NC State Univeristy

Dr. Lokendra Pal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University. He brings more than 14 years of industrial experience in the research and manufacturing of paper-based materials and professional experience in managing and collaborating with industrial partners worldwide.

Dr. Pal has filed 30 patent applications and been granted 10 patents. Before joining NC State, Dr. Pal spent 9 years working with Hewlett-Packard in the Media Supplies and Solutions group leading new product development and cost reduction programs.

He obtained his Ph.D. in Paper and Imaging Science and Engineering from Western Michigan University. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belt and Quality System Assessment (QSA) Auditor. Dr. Pal is a member of TAPPI.

His research interests are in functional coatings, smart packaging, digital/3D printing, and printed electronics. He is excited to bring inkjet technology and lean six sigma manufacturing expertise to emerging areas, such as biosensors printing using high-performance dispensing technology for on-demand and high precision production.



TAPPI awards 1.3 CEUs for completing this course.

Course faculty for TAPPI's Introduction to Printing are preparing the following schedule of topics for this two-day course.

Saturday, April 22nd 
 8:30 - 9:30 am  Introduction to the Printing System
  Printing methods and current trends in (non-digital) printing
 9:30 - 9:45 am  The Color Story 
  Integrating color theory, process ink colors, and paper color properties
  Densitometer Spectrophotometer
 9:45 - 10:00 am Break 
 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Digital Printing Technologies
 12:00 - 1:15 pm  Lunch
 1:15 - 2:15 pm Digital Printing Technologies, Cont.
 2:15 - 4:30 pm Pre-Press(Section includes a break)
  Imaging and Proofing
  Original to Paper/Board
 Sunday, April 23rd 
 8:00 - 9:00 am  Plates and Fountain Solutions 
  The function of the plate
  One-step and two-step formulations
  Acid versus neutral
 9:00 - 9:30 am  Blankets 
  Construction, surface quality and potential ink interactions
 9:30 - 10:00 am Break 
 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Ink Technology 
  Materials, physical properties 
  Formulations for different applications 
 12:00 - 1:15 pm Lunch
 1:15 - 3:45 pm Ink and Paper(Section includes a break)
  Ink tack and printing tack
  Percent VOC content 
  Pigment strength and transfer 
  Density and color measurements 
  Density and film thickness
  Trap measurements/color
  UV and Aqueous Coatings 
  In-line or off-line? Their functionality and how much is enough
  Ink and paper interactions 
  The paper & ink stability test: an alternative measurement for tack 
  Measuring ink setting rates: paper and ink combinations 
  Ink setting versus ink drying 
  Water (fountain solution) sensitivity of printing substrates
  Print mottle: identifying the different types
 3:45 - 4:30 pm Hands-On Troubleshooting with Printed Samples  
  Test forms and how to interpret color bars/grids 
  Troubleshooting on press and sample acquisition 
Monday, April 24th   
8:00 am - Noon  Optional  Plant Tour

Optional Plant Tour Details
Japs-Olson Company

St. Louis Park, MN

Monday, April 24

  • Tour group will depart at 8:00 am and return no later than noon.
  • Limited number of attendees.
  • Competitor restrictions apply.  
  • $10 is transportation cost.  
  • Register for the plant tour when you register for the course.

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Cancellation Policy
If you find that you have to cancel, your full registration fee will be refunded if TAPPI's Registration Department receives written notification (fax acceptable at  +1.770.209.7206) by March 24, 2017.  

Please note:  There will be a 50 percent refund for all written cancellations made after March 24, 2017, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the course April 17, 2017.  Understandably, after April 17, 2017 no refunds can be issued.  Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.
100% - Cancellation received by March 24, 2017.
50% -  Cancellations received after March 24, 2017 and no later than April 17, 2017.  
NO REFUND- Cancellations received after April 17, 2017.  

This course is held at the same location as PaperCon 2017!

This TAPPI Introduction to Printing Course  takes place April 22-23.  

PaperCon 2017 will be held April 23-26, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN, USA.

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