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GATF & NAPL Announce 10th Annual Sheetfed Pressroom Conference

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Paramus, NJ., December 31, 2001 – GATF and NAPL’s 10th Annual Sheetfed Pressroom conference will feature printing industry experts from across the country addressing mission critical issues in the areas of new technologies, print production, quality, human resources, and business management. The conference constructed specifically for pressroom supervisors, plant managers, production managers, technology officers and CEO’s, will be held June 2-4, 2002 at the Marriott O’Hare, Chicago, Illinois. This year’s event will feature a keynote address by Dr. Moira Gunn, best known as the host of Public Radio’s TechNation: Americans and Technology, as well as a weekly columnist on Knight-Ridder’s SiliconValley.com. Dr. Gunn will speak on Back to the Future in 2020, a discussion of the industry now and where it is headed. She will then moderate a follow-up panel on Printing in the Year 2020. In addition, some of the industry’s most well-known technical, managerial, and training experts will provide practical ideas and share case studies through a number of individual and panel break-out sessions covering topics such as: - Quality Control - Printing Blanket Study - Techniques for Running Reduced Crews - Customer Loyalty - Plate Remakes - Communication Tips for Supervisors - Conducting a Postmortem of a Job - Combining Digital and Offset (Issues for the Pressroom) - Delivering those Dreaded Staff Reviews - Sales/Manufacturing Relationships - Top 20 Pressroom Headaches - Reports from the Field on New Ink Technology - Color Management Some of the speakers and moderators for the 2002 Sheetfed Conference include Frank Romano, RIT; Ray Prince, GATF; Don Goldman, ConsultWare; Joe Truncale, NAPL; Ken Moring Vertis, Inc.; Jim Clark, McNaughton & Gunn; Joe Becker, Becker and Co.; Dan Remaley, GATF; and Tom Albrecht, All Quality Standards, Inc.; Marty Strok, GATF; Bruce Tietz, GATF; and Frank Gualtieri, GATF. Pre-conference workshops will also be available throughout the day on Sunday, June 2, 2002. Attendees can choose from three of these ten optional seminars: Making Change a Good Thing; Dampening Issues and Fundamentals; Financial Measurement of Pressroom Operations; Pressroom Process Control; From Press Operator to Press Supervisor; Common Printing Problems; 28 and 40 inch Digital Presses; Reducing Spoilage in the Pressroom; 11 Ways to Get and Use Management Information; and Multicolor Makeready. The eighth annual Sheetfed Executive of Year Award will presented at a luncheon on Monday, June 3. The conference will also host the third annual "I am the Greatest Sheetfed Press Operator" contest, where contestants are given problem-solving exercises on the Sheetfed Offset Training Simulator (SHOTS), a virtual press, and asked to find and solve problems. During the finals, the conference audience observes the contestants’ actions on two large screens, and the team with the best score wins the title and a prize. Since the GATF/NAPL Sheetfed Pressroom conference appeals to such a wide range of personnel, companies are encouraged, through a group discount, to send a team of personnel to the conference. For maximum benefit to the company, the following should attend: pressroom supervisors and managers, production managers, lead operators, foremen, CEO’s and presidents. GATF and NAPL member companies will save $50 on their second and third registrations, and $100 on the fourth registrant. In addition, registrations received before April 12, 2002, will receive an early bird discount of $50. For more information about the conference, contact GATF at 800-910-GATF, ext. 200, or NAPL at 800-642-6275. Or register online at www.GAIN.net. About GATF Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, GATF is a member-supported, non-profit, scientific, technical, and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of graphic communications industries worldwide. For 79 years, GATF has developed leading-edge technologies and practices for printing, and each year the foundation develops new products, services, and training programs to meet the evolving needs of the industry. About NAPL Chartered in 1933, NAPL is a not-for-profit trade association representing the $88 billion commercial printing industry. NAPL’s mission is to "Enable the printing community to profit from change," through a full range of management and educations services to its membership, including conferences, seminars, publications, books, consulting, and economic data and information.