The TAGA Annual Technical Conference slated for March 15–18 in Oklahoma City, OK, has been cancelled in the wake of the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic.


the latest technical research projects and engage in robust discussions about their potential impact with the top minds in the industry


technologies at the leading edge of the graphic communications industry through a multitude of presentations and demonstrations


with dozens of bright, tech-savvy university students eager to get their start in the industry


with technologists, researchers, scientists, developers, and those evaluating graphic innovations for their businesses












Todd Fayne

Todd Fayne

Principal Engineer, PepsiCo

Circular Economy and Sustainability Solutions In Packaging

Increased sustainability remains a priority for consumer products companies and a driving force of package redesigns. It’s not easy, however, to address the many facets of sustainability while balancing other business imperatives, including changing consumer preferences. The complexity of developing sustainable packaging, particularly that has value as a resource after its initial use, will be examined along with PepsiCo’s progress toward ambitious goals.

Craig Reid

Craig Reid

Industrial Custom Printing: A Status Report

Over 20 years of being an inkjet evangelist, Craig is currently engaged in client projects in digital print packaging, direct to shape, direct to object, textile, and industrial applications. In case you haven’t noticed, printing is an important part of many manufacturing processes. He will discuss how to take advantage of new high-quality graphic options, including using them as a customizing feature with the proper integration of chemistry, substrate, system components, process, and workflow.

David Crawley

David Crawley

Professor of Practice, College of Technology, University of Houston

Technology Innovation and the Success of Failure

Crawley will explain how to create an environment that breeds meaningfully unique solutions while leveraging the disciplines of systems-thinking processes and tools. He is a certified innovation professional and serves on the faculty of University of Houston where he lectures on technology leadership and innovation management. His lengthy career incudes leadership positions at Young & Rubicam, Frito Lay, and a variety of technology firms.

Dr. Juanita Parris

Dr. Juanita Parris

Global Director of Materials, Applications and Analytical Science, Sun Chemical Corporation

An Ink Supplier Perspective on Industry 4.0

Dr. Parris manages a diversified group of laboratories in the U.S. and Europe for the global leader in inks, coatings, pigments, and advanced materials. The digitization of manufacturing is bringing about astounding changes in printing and related industries. She’ll explore a future in which the print manufacturing process will increasingly be directed by interconnected computers that can make decisions without human involvement.


Sunday, March 15: Keynote Presentations

Registration & Information

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. // Registration Desk

Student Meeting

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. // Green Country

Lunch On Your Own

Welcome & Keynote Sessions

1:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m. // One Broadway Ballroom
  • Todd Fayne

    Circular Economy and Sustainability Solutions in Packaging

    Todd Fayne, Principal Engineer, PepsiCo

  • Craig Reid

    Industrial Custom Printing: A Status Report

    Craig Reid, Founder, CTR Resources, LLC

Refreshment Break

3:15 p.m.–3:45 p.m. // Century Ballroom

Welcome & Keynote Sessions

3:45 p.m.–5:30 p.m. // One Broadway Ballroom
  • David Crawley

    Technology Innovation and the Success of Failure

    David Crawley, Professor of Practice, College of Technology, University of Houston

  • Dr. Juanita Parris

    An Ink Supplier Perspective on Industry 4.0

    Dr. Juanita Parris, Global Director of Materials, Applications and Analytical Science, Sun Chemical Corporation

Grand Welcoming Reception

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. // Century Ballroom

Monday, March 16: Scientific & Technical Innovation Papers

Registration & Information

7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. // Registration Desk

Continental Breakfast

7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. // Century Ballroom

Session 1 – Ink

8:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m. // One Broadway Ballroom
  • Danny Rich

    Consistent Determination of the Opacity of White Inks

    Danny Rich, Sun Chemical Corporation

  • Aaron Hootkins

    Advances in Corona Treating Technology for Improving Ink Adhesion

    Aaron Hootkin, Enercon Industries

  • Natasha Banke

    Exposure Risk Assessment: Production to Pressroom

    Natasha Hausler Banke, Ph.D., INX International Ink Company


9:45 a.m.–10:15 a.m. // Century Ballroom

Session 2A – Expanded Gamut

10:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m. // North Plaza
  • Dr. Martin Habekost

    Brand Colour Reproduction Using Expanded Gamut Technology with Offset Printing

    Dr. Martin Habekost and Reem El-Asaleh, Ph.D., Ryerson University

  • Abhay Sharma

    Evaluation of Commercial Expanded Gamut Printing Systems in Terms of Spot Color Reproduction and Printing Properties

    Abhay Sharma, Ryerson University

  • Ruoxi “Rachel” Ma

    Color Gamut Extension on 4-Color Sheetfed Offset Press Using Ink Fountain Divider Methodology

    Ruoxi (Rachel) Ma and Brian Lawler, California Polytechnic State University

Session 2B – Inkjet

10:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m. // South Plaza
  • Roger Serrette

    Transitioning the Production of Premium Products to Inkjet Web

    Roger Serrette, Ricoh USA

  • Danny Hall

    Eliminating Banding in Inkjet Output

    Danny Hall, Global Graphics

  • Mihir Ravindra Choudhari

    Effect of Ink, Substrate, and Target Line Width on Quality of Lines Printed Using a Piezo-Electric Inkjet Printer

    Mihir Ravindra Choudhari, Robert Eller, and Christine Heusner, Rochester Institute of Technology

Group Lunch

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. // One Broadway Ballroom

Session 3 – Print Evaluation

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. // One Broadway Ballroom
  • Dr. Erica Walker

    Consistent Display of Clemson Brand Colors Using Artificial Intelligence

    Dr. Erica Walker and Dr. Hudson Smith, Clemson University

  • Bruce Leigh Myers, Ph.D.

    Surrogates to Status Reflection Density: A Comparison of Variation

    Bruce Leigh Myers, Ph.D., Rochester Institute of Technology


2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. // Century Ballroom

Session 4A – Packaging

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. // North Plaza

  • Mike Agness

    Improving the Workflow for Personalized Packaging

    Mike Agness, Hybrid Software

  • Alexandra Pekarovicova

    Particle Size of Pigments for Soy Water-Based Inks

    Alexandra Pekarovicova, Dipesh Sonar, and Paul D. Fleming III, Western Michigan University
    Veronika Husovska, American Ink and Technology

Session 4B – Color

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. // South Plaza
  • Danny Rich

    Determination of the Whiteness of Paper Substrates Containing Fluorescent Whitening Agents Under CIE D50

    Danny Rich, Sun Chemical Corporation

  • John Seymour

    Quantification of Metamerism in the Graphic Arts

    John Seymour, John the Math Guy, LLC


3:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m. // Century Ballroom

Session 5 – Flexographic Production

3:45 p.m.–4:45 p.m. // One Broadway Ballroom
  • Dr. John Anderson

    A Major Advance in Water-Based Processing of Flexo Plates

    John Anderson, Miraclon Corporation

  • Mark Samworth

    A Wizard-Based Approach to Optimizing Screening Parameters in Flexo Printing

    Mark Samworth, Esko USA


4:45 p.m.–5:00 p.m. // Century Ballroom

Drupa Preview

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. // One Broadway Ballroom
  • Dr. Mark Bohan

    Digital Printing

    Dr. Mark Bohan, Konica Minolta Business Solutions

  • Birgit Plautz

    Color Management/Control

    Birgit Plautz, GMG Americas

  • Hart Swisher

    Label and Package Production

    Hart Swisher, Hammer Packaging

  • Dr. John Anderson


    John Anderson, Miraclon

Student Dinner Meeting

7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. // Green Country

Tuesday, March 17: Scientific & Technical Innovation Papers

Registration & Information

7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. // Registration Desk

Continental Breakfast

7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. // Century Ballroom

Session 6 – Packaging

8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. // One Broadway Ballroom
  • Joseph Spinnato

    UV LED Low Migration Laminating Adhesives for Flexible Packaging

    Joe Spinnato and Ashley Koh, Ashland

  • Brian Sullivan

    New EB Curable CI-Flexo Ink Technology Providing Sustainable Printing Solutions for Packaging Applications

    Brian Sullivan, Energy Sciences Inc.

  • Jinkai Qian

    Evaluation of Available ISO 13655 Backing Materials and Measurement Differences for the Packaging Industry

    Jinkai Qian, Techkon USA


9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. // Century Ballroom

Session 7A – Security

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. // North Plaza
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    Investigation of a Hydrochromic Ink Used as a Safety Feature

    Mustafa Bilgin and Johannes Backhaus, Bergische University of Wuppertal

  • Dr. Carl Blue

    Cyber Security Awareness in the Variable Data and Direct Mail Printing Industries and the Consequences of Data Breaches

    Dr. Carl Blue and Dr. Charles Weiss, Clemson University

Session 7B – Print Production

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. // South Plaza
  • Michael Poulin

    Innovations Driving Inkjet into New Commercial Applications

    Michael Poulin, Canon Solutions America, Inc.

  • Csaba Horváth

    Definition and Measurement of Lay-Flat Degree for Books

    Csaba Horvath, Nyomda-Technika Kft.; Laszlo Koltai,Óbuda University;
    Istvan Lorincz and Peter Teleki, Alföldi Nyomda Zrt.

Student Industry Focus Session

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. // Green Country

Jennifer Blevins, VI Marketing and Branding
Michael DeHart, Quad
David DeLana, Heritage Integrated
David Reid, Vox Printing

Lunch on Your Own

Session 8 – New Technology

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. // One Broadway Ballroom
  • Alexandra Hartman

    Manufacturing and Integrating Printed Electronics

    Alexandra Hartman, Printed Energy Pty Ltd.; Bill Ray, Nth Degree Technologies Inc. & Printed Energy Pty Ltd.

  • Aran Hansuebsai

    Crack-Free TiO2 Thin Film By 3D Printing Method: Investigation on Resistivity Effect

    Aran Hansuebsai and Krairop Chareonsopa, Chulalongkorn University

  • Tyler Thompson

    Using Artificial Intelligence for Planning and Imposition

    Tyler Thompson, Tilia Labs Inc.


2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. // Century Ballroom

Session 9A – Print Processes

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. // North Plaza
  • Stefan Meissner

    Cloud Computing in the Online Printing Industry

    Stefan Meissner, Cimpress Technology

  • Emilija Biga

    Recycled Does Not Mean Weaker

    Emilija Biga, Ryerson University

Session 9B – Color

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. // South Plaza
  • Bruce Ridge

    IMAGE: Accurate Full Color Image Aging

    Bruce Ridge and Tim Quinn, Nazdar Consultant

  • Long Giang Nguyen

    Comparison of Proofing for Offset Presses—GRACoL vs. ICC Profiles

    Nguyen Long Giang, Ho Chi Minh University of Technology and Education


4:00 p.m.–4:15 p.m. // Century Ballroom

Session 10 – Print Analysis

4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m. // One Broadway Ballroom
  • Dr. Mark Bohan

    The Interaction Between Color Standards and Production Tolerances: A Mismatch of Metrics

    Dr. Mark Bohan and Dawn Nye, Konica Minolta Business Solutions

  • Stefano d’Andrea

    Natural Plate Compensation Curves: Simplified Flexo Plate Calibration with SCTV

    Stefano d’Andrea, Flexographic Printing Process Trainer & Consultant

Honors Award Reception

6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. // Century Ballroom

Honors Award Banquet

7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. // One Broadway Ballroom

Wednesday, March 18: Quad Tour

Bus Departs from Hotel

8:30 a.m. – Meet in hotel lobby. If you plan on going to the airport after the tour, please bring your luggage.

Tour of Quad

9:00 a.m. – Tour will be two hours long.

Depart Tour

11:00 a.m.

Bus Drops Off at Will Rogers Airport then Returns to Hotel

11:30 a.m.


Aiming for G7™ Master Compliance through a Color Managed Digital Printing Workflow
Dr. Haji Naik Dharavath, Central Connecticut State University; Hans Kellogg, Ball State University

Who Attends Our Conference

We bring the world’s graphic communications community together.




TAGA recognizes the following organizations for supporting its mission to disseminate scientific research and technical innovation in graphic communications, printing, and related fields.

If you or your company are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Karen Keller (, 412-527-2403) or Mike Packard (, 412-259-1704) .

Premier Partners

Konica Minolta Business Solutions

Supporting Partners

Domtar Paper
Koenig & Bauer

Conference Sponsors

Dow Jones
GMG Color

Student Sponsors

GMG Color
Konica Minolta Business Solutions
Printing Industries Alliance
PIA MidAmerica
PICA Foundation
Printing Industries Midwest
Print Drives America
Sun Chemical Corporation

Media Partner


RadTech UV+EB

Tour - Quad

Quad’s Oklahoma City facility has more than quadrupled its size since it opened in 2003. Today it houses multiple gravure and heatset web offset presses, state-of-the-art imaging, and very capable finishing/mailing capabilities, including more than 15 high-speed saddle stitchers, making it the largest print production facility west of the Mississippi River. It produces vast quantities of magazines, catalogs, and retail inserts/flyers. The plant uses a degree of automation rare in our industry, particularly with regard to gravure cylinders and bundling/stacking. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to go inside one of the world’s most progressive printers. Transportation will be provided, including drop off at Will Rogers World Airport and the hotel following the tour.

Quad Graphics
Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City, OK

Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel

1 North Broadway Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(P) 405-235-2780
hotel website
reservation link

“Hit your stride at Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel, a contemporary destination situated in the heart of OKC’s most dynamic neighborhood. Steps from Bricktown’s wealth of dining and entertainment opportunities, our hotel taps into the pulse of Oklahoma City, placing guests in the center of it all.”

Hotel Reservations

TAGA has reserved a special block of rooms for conference attendees at a discounted rate of US$135 single/double plus current state and local taxes. To make your reservation, please contact the hotel directly at 800-325-3535 (refer to program code TAGA 2020 Group Block) or make your reservation online.  Be sure to make your reservations by Thursday, February 27, 2020 to secure this rate. Please note that the block may sell out prior to that date. After this date, the hotel will accept reservations on a space-and-rate-available basis. A deposit of one night’s room and tax will be required as a guarantee. You may cancel the reservation three days prior to arrival without penalty.


We recommend business casual attire for the technical sessions. The average temperature in Oklahoma City in March is 60 degrees F for the high and 40 degrees F for the low, so please pack accordingly. Business dress (semi-formal) is recommended for the Awards Banquet.


Will Rogers Airport will be the airport all attendees flying will be arriving. It is 30 minutes from downtown by car.

The airport services Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.


Travel is not included in your conference registration. Technical Association of the Graphic Arts is not responsible for non-refundable airfare or issues related to travel, weather conditions, or current events.