The TAGA Technology & Innovation Series features top industry thinkers giving you their insights about technology breakthroughs and impacts, new strategies for sustainable packaging, and harnessing the power of innovation. This four-day virtual series gives you access to keynote speakers from the 2020 TAGA Annual Technical Conference, recently cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus. The Technical Association of the Graphics Arts (TAGA), part of Printing Industries of America, is a worldwide forum to disseminate information on technology research and innovation.

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You Will Learn:

  • Progress and ongoing challenges in creating sustainable and recyclable flexible packaging solutions
  • New technology and applications in industrial printing
  • How our industry and its consumables will be changed by smart and automated systems fueled by data and machine learning
  • Techniques and tools to boost your company’s creativity and innovativeness

Who Should Attend:

  • Print executives responsible for technology and innovation
  • Product managers, scientists, and researchers at equipment and consumable suppliers
  • Research and technical staff at graphic arts institutions worldwide
  • University professors and academic researchers
  • Students majoring in graphic communications, packaging, and related fields

The TAGA Technology & Innovation Series will be presented in four one-hour sessions over four days via an easy-to-use virtual meeting platform. Attendees can participate from the comfort of their office, using their computer or tablet to watch presentation content and listen via their phone or computer speakers. This is an interactive event—attendees can ask questions and receive answers throughout. Specific login instructions will be provided upon registration.


Following the event, all recordings from the TAGA Technology & Innovation Series will be posted in a resource center where you can access and view the presentations at your convenience.


Todd Fayne

Todd Fayne, Principal Engineer, PepsiCo

Helping to Build a More Sustainable Food System

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.

Dr. Juanita Parris

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.

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 includes leadership positions at Young & Rubicam, Frito Lay, and a variety of technology firms.

Craig Reid

Craig Reid, Founder, CTR Resources, LLC

Industrial Custom Printing: A Status Report

With 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.

About the Presenters:

Todd Fayne, Principal Engineer, PepsiCo

Tod Fayne is both the Principal Engineer and Association Director, Global Snacks R&D for PepsiCo. Within the company’s snack food business he focuses on the development of circular economy and recyclable solutions in flexible packaging. His work as principal engineer is to lead 3-5 year R&D initiatives in food packaging and distribution for global business units. Project successes have included the development of high barrier biopolymer films and papers, new film treatment for enhanced film performance, and the development and scale-up of on-the-go packaging that packs flat and erects to a bowl. He previously managed the company’s packaging laboratory for testing and analyzing new materials and packaging structures. He joined the company in 2007 as a senior engineer in packaging R&D. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Todd worked for the Lumirror Division of Toray Plastics America as a product and process engineer with responsibility for quality and performance of industrial and packaging films.

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

Dr. Juanita Parris is the Global Director of Materials, Applications and Analytical Science at Sun Chemical Corporation. In that capacity she manages a diversified group with laboratories in the U.S. and Europe: Polymer, Analytical and Material Science, Color Research, Platform Science, and the Print Lab. Juanita began her 27-year career at Sun Chemical Corporation in the Basic Science group. She moved into R&D management, and then in 2007 became Sun’s Director of Global Purchasing. After several year she returned to R&D to lead the development of solutions for energy curable inks and coatings. She holds 13 published and granted patents.

Juanita is the 2019 recipient of TAGA’s Michael H. Bruno Award for dedicated services and contributions to the advancement of graphic arts internationally. She previously served as a member of the board of TAGA. She is currently the board president of the National Printing Ink Research Institute (NPIRI).

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

David Crawley is a certified innovation professional and on the faculty at University of Houston’s College of Technology where he lectures on Innovation and Leadership and is a member of the Dean’s staff as Professor of Practice focused on innovation and commercializing Intellectual Property. He also serves on the faculty of the Digital Media Department.

David has extensive international experience in managing a diverse portfolio of responsibilities to build markets, create brands, and pioneer new product introductions. He has served as an innovation consultant working with companies such as Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Hallmark, Southwestern Energy, and MARS-Uncle Ben’s. For eight years he served as Vice President at Idoneous Global, a full-service security and intelligence firm, as a corporate intelligence analyst. His background includes leading Hewlett-Packard (HP) business units around the world to introduce software-as-a-service population-based computing. As Deputy CEO for Y&R he was responsible for the Moscow office reorganization and supporting Russian and Western businesses seeking to develop brands and opportunities in emerging economies. Complementing David’s business-to-business marketing success is his significant retail experience with General Cinema Theatres, Universal Studios, quick serve restaurants such as Sonic Drive-In, and grocery store chains.

Craig Reid, Founder, CTR Resources, LLC

Craig Reid is a well-known industry consultant with 30+ years of experience in a variety of roles, primarily in the graphics, digital imaging, and printing industry. His consulting practice, CTR Resources, LLC, focuses on digital print packaging, direct to shape, direct to object, textile, and industrial applications. Prior to founding CTR Resources, Craig was the VP/GM of the Digital Division of INX International Ink Co. Prior to that, and for most of his career, he worked for DuPont in various global management, marketing, and field technical/sales functions. During much of that time he was the global business manager and director of marketing for the company’s inkjet imaging technologies.

Event Sponsors

Domtar Paper
Dow Jones
GMG Color
Koenig & Bauer
Konica Minolta Business Solutions

About TAGA:

The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) is an international association of industry professionals and academics dedicated to scientific research and technological innovation in the diverse field of graphic communications. Members have access to annual Proceedings publications and over 4,000 TAGA-published technical papers.