ROCHESTER, NY., March 25, 2003.- Rochester Institute of Technology, world renowned as the leader in print-media education, enters a new era of excellence with the opening of the Heidelberg Web Press Laboratory. The recently completed facility will be formally dedicated on Friday, April 25.
The centerpiece of this state-of-the-art laboratory is a gapless Sunday 2000 web press system, consigned to the university by Heidelberg. Following an agreement announced in 2001 at Print '01 in Chicago, the company has made available its most advanced commercial web press to RIT's Printing Industry Center. Installation of the system was completed earlier this year.
The Sunday 2000 offers practical educational opportunities for students within RIT's School of Print Media and members of the printing industry. Also, RIT's Printing Application Laboratory will use the system in collaboration with web offset printers and suppliers on applied research projects.
The dedication ceremony for the Heidelberg Web Press Laboratory will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at the Louise M. Slaughter Building on RIT's suburban Rochester, N.Y., campus.
Albert Simone, RIT president; Bruce James, U.S. Public Printer and RIT Board of Trustees chair; and Bernhard Schreier, Heidelberg chairman, will participate in the ceremony. RIT students will take part, as well, through a design contest documenting the Heidelberg Web Press Laboratory project.
In conjunction with the dedication, RIT's Printing Industry Center is sponsoring Print Media Industry Futures: Challenges and Opportunities. This industry symposium will be held on campus from 8 to 11:45 a.m. on April 25.
Topics presented by School of Print Media faculty include industry demographics, value-added services, and computer-integrated print manufacturing. Wolfgang Pfizenmaier, president of Heidelberg Digital, will discuss education's role in the printing industry and Bruce James will also offer remarks from his perspective as U.S. Public Printer.
For more information on the dedication and industry symposium, contact RIT's Printing Applications Laboratory at (585) 475-2690.
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