RIT Offers New Training Programs for Print Industry Based on Breakthrough Research

Seminars in color printing fundamentals, process control and predictable color proofing

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Rochester Institute of Technology—building on the overwhelming success of its new methodology for achieving consistent, repeatable color package printing—has developed industry education training programs on this revolutionary engineered approach.

RIT is offering three new training seminars, in which print industry employees can optimize, standardize and control print production workflows in their own companies. Faculty in RIT’s School of Print Media along with staff in RIT’s Printing Applications Laboratory will lead the educational programs that range from the basic to advanced level.

The seminars were developed following a three-year research project for ExxonMobil Corp. in which Robert Chung, Gravure Research Professor in RIT’s School of Print Media, and researchers from RIT’s Printing Applications Laboratory, identified the key steps necessary for consistent color in package printing, as well as tools for efficient production. RIT unveiled the repeatable and predictable color methodology at a symposium in November. A number of case studies described how RIT successfully extended the methodology from press laboratories to commercial settings.

Each of the following seminars is offered on the RIT campus.

  • Color Printing Fundamentals, March 6-8 and May 15-17
    This basic level seminar introduces color and color measurement. The program is designed for those who are new to the graphic arts industry or those in need of basic working knowledge and skills regarding color as applied to color specifications and assessment of printed color reproduction.
  • Color Printing Process Control, the Seminar for Pressroom and Quality Assurance Personnel, April 24-26
    This intermediate-level seminar introduces an engineered approach to achieving consistent color printing in both conventional (i.e., offset, flexo, gravure) and digital printing environments. Participants should have a basic understanding of color perception and color measurement as applied to the graphic arts industry before taking this program.
  • Predictable Color Proofing and Printing, the Seminar for Color Savvy Professionals, June 26-28
    This seminar focuses on various techniques in achieving color agreement between different workflows and printing devices—design-to print, proof-to-press, and press-to-press. Designed as an advanced-level short course, participants should have working knowledge of color measurement and process control as applied to print production.

Chung, along with Bill Pope, Franz Sigg, and Fred Hsu from RIT’s Printing Applications Laboratory completed the repeatable and predictable color project. All four will serve as instructors in the new color printing seminars.

The state-of-the art color measurement and color management laboratory and the digital press lab will be used for these hands-on workshops. The lab is equipped with digital presses from Kodak and HP. Excel templates will be used to teach key concepts during the seminar.

To learn more about RIT’s new color printing outreach initiative and the seminar courses, contact Ken Posman, Printing Applications Laboratory training manager, at (585) 475-7429 or krptpd@rit.edu. Further seminar details are available at www.seminars.cias.rit.edu.

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for students with hearing loss. More than 15,500 full- and part-time students are enrolled in RIT’s 340 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

For nearly two decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. The Princeton Review features RIT in its 2007 Best 361 Colleges rankings and named the university one of America’s “Most Wired Campuses.” RIT is also featured in Barron’s Best Buys in Education.