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Back to the Basics: Training and Education

(September 2008) posted on Thu Sep 11, 2008

Timing may be perfect to return to the classroom.

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By Gregory Sharpless

In mid-August, LexJet hosted an open house and technology demonstration at the company’s technology center in Sarasota, Florida; the event was designed to showcase "the latest technology available in wide-format printing," and featured every component of the digital printing process, including sneak previews of products and equipment not yet released to the industry.

MacTac Introductory Vehicle Wrap Seminars: Through its Application Nation program (, MacTac has teamed up with Rob Ivers Inc. ( for two-day vehicle-wrap seminars around the country throughout 2008. Seminar topics include vehicle-design theory; vehicle and vinyl-prep techniques, application techniques for complex curves, correcting failures/problems; finishing the job; removal; and vehicle-wrap products. The September event takes place in Chicago and the company reports it may add events in Orlando (November) and in North Carolina (December); it plans to again offer the seminars in 2009.

Mutoh open house: In late August, Mutoh ( held an open house with a green theme, "How to Go Green and Make Money," at the company’s facility in Phoenix. The event focused on producing prints while protecting the environment and simultaneously increasing profits. Attendees were able to participate in in-depth sessions on the production and installation of vehicle wraps, as well as operate software, design and print, and see demonstrations on a number of special applications. Several Mutoh partners were on hand, including: EFI-Inkware, Korographics, Onyx Graphics, Neschen Americas, ST Media (parent company of The Big Picture magazine), 3M, Ultraflex, and Xanita.

Nazdar Consulting Services: Nazdar’s training branch, Nazdar Consulting Services ( offers training such as Lean Six Sigma, G7 Certification, and Chromatix Color Control, designed to improve the productivity, quality and profitability of digital and screen printers. New seminars will include "Green Understanding and Implementation;" "49CFR Hazardous Material Training" (covering the basic skills needed to prepare, offer, and accept domestic shipments of hazardous materials); and "Improve Your IQ (Image Quality)," designed to provide users with information on how to implement color management, regardless of the printing process. Next year’s classes will be announced in the fall of 2008.