March 15-18, 2020

Oklahoma City, OK

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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

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.

Countdown to Conference Kickoff

2020/03/15 13:30:00


* Presentations are subject to change. Schedule will be posted at a later date.
  • A Major Advance in Water-Based Processing of Flexo Plates
    John Anderson [Miraclon Corporation]
  • A Wizard Based Approach to Optimizing Screening Parameters In Flexo Printing
    Mark Samworth [Esko USA]
  • Advances in Corona Treating Technology for Improving Ink Adhesion
    Aaron Hootkin [Enercon Industries]
  • Brand Colour Reproduction Using Expanded Gamut Technology with Offset Printing
    Reem El-Asaleh, Ph.D. and Dr. Martin Habekost [Ryerson University]
  • Color Gamut Extension On 4-Color Sheet-fed Offset Press Using Ink Fountain Divider Methodology
    Ruoxi (Rachel) Ma and Brian Lawler [California Polytechnic State University]
  • Comparison of Proofing for Offset Presses—GRACoL vs. ICC Profiles
    Nguyen Long Giang [Ho Chi Minh University of Technology and Education]
  • Consistent Determination of the Opacity of White Inks
    Danny Rich [Sun Chemical Corporation]
  • Consistent Display of Clemson Brand Colors Using Artificial Intelligence
    Erica Walker and Dr. Hudson Smith [Clemson University]
  • Crack-Free TiO2 Thin Film By 3D Printing Method: Investigation on Resistivity Effect
    Aran Hansuebsai and Krairop Chareonsopa [Chulalongkorn University]
  • 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]
  • 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.]
  • The Deployment of Tracking Technologies in Digital Inkjet Corrugated Production Using Printed Marks for Brand Supply Chain Management (Part I)
    Gregory S. D’Amico and Christopher Bondy [Rochester Institute of Technology]
  • Determination of the Whiteness of Paper Substrates Containing Fluorescent Whitening Agents Under CIE D50
    Danny Rich [Sun Chemical Corporation]
  • 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]
  • Eliminating Banding In Inkjet Output
    Danny Hall [Global Graphics]
  • Evaluation of Commercial Expanded Gamut Printing Systems in Terms of Spot Color Reproduction and Printing Properties
    Abhay Sharma [Ryerson University]
  • Exposure Risk Assessment: Production to Pressroom
    Natasha Hausler Banke, PhD [INX International Ink Company]
  • Evaluation of Available ISO 13655 Backing Materials and Measurement Differences for the Packaging Industry
    Jinkai Qian [Techkon USA]
  • IMAGE: Accurate Full Color Image Aging
    Tim Quinn and Bruce Ridge [Nazdar Consultant]
  • Improving the Workflow for Personalized Packaging
    Mike Agness [Hybrid Software]
  • Innovations Driving Inkjet into New Commercial Applications
    Michael Poulin [Canon Solutions America, Inc.]
  • Investigation of a Hydrochromic Ink Used As a Safety Feature
    Mustafa Bilgin and Johannes Backhaus [Bergisch University of Wuppertal]
  • Manufacturing and Integrating Printed Electronics
    Bill Ray [Nth Degree Technologies Inc. & Printed Energy Pty Ltd.]
  • New EB Curable CI-Flexo Ink Technology Providing Sustainable Printing Solutions for Packaging Applications
    Brian Sullivan [Energy Sciences Inc.]
  • Quantification of Metamerism In the Graphic Arts
    John Seymour [John the Math Guy, LLC]
  • Recycled Does Not Mean Weaker
    Emilija Biga [Ryerson University]
  • Simplify Flexo Plate Calibration with SCTV: Smooth Plate Compensation Curves
    Stefano d’Andrea [Flexographic Printing Process Trainer & Consultant]
  • Soy Based Flexo Packaging Inks
    Dipesh Sonar, Alexandra Pekarovicova, and Paul D. Fleming III [Western Michigan University]; Veronika Husovska [American Ink and Technology]
  • Surrogates to Status Reflection Density: A Comparison of Variation
    Bruce Leigh Myers, Ph.D [Rochester Institute of Technology]
  • The Interaction Between Color Standards and Production Tolerances: A Mismatch of Metrics
    Mark Bohan and Dawn Nye [Konica Minolta Business Solutions]
  • Transitioning the Production of Premium Products to Inkjet Web
    Roger Serrette [Ricoh USA]
  • Using Artificial Intelligence for Planning and Imposition
    Tyler Thompson [Tilia Labs Inc.]
  • UV LED Low Migration Laminating Adhesives for Flexible Packaging
    Joe Spinnato and Ashley Koh [Ashland]


* Posters are subject to change.
  • Aiming for G7 Master Compliance through a Color Managed Digital Printing Workflow
    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

Principal Partners

Eastman Kodak

Supporting Partner

Koenig & Bauer

Conference Sponsors

Dow Jones

Student Sponsors

PIA MidAmerica
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.