Cal Poly Event Draws Industry Participation

The Graphic Communication Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Calif., held its annual International Printing Week program over four days in January with a series of events, lectures and demonstrations.

Industry speakers gave presentations on design technology, digital printing, packaging, gravure, industry trends, new technologies, consumables, Quick Response (QR) codes, and more. Laboratory dedications were for contributions by Dow Jones, Heidelberg, Manugraph DGM, EskoArtwork, Fuji, Hewlett Packard, Kodak, Baldwin Technologies, Xanté, and Goss International.

Heidelberg was honored for contributing a JDF-compliant POLAR cutter; Xanté for installing an Ilumina Digital Production Press; Hewlett Packard for announcing the pending donation of an Indigo digital web press; and EskoArtwork for the contribution of a Kongsberg XL20 cutting table and the pending installation of an iCut i-XE 10 die cutting system and related software.

The Printing Week banquet was sponsored by EFI, EskoArtwork, Kodak, Ricoh and RR Donnelley. Industry guru and RIT Professor Emeritus Frank Romano was the banquet speaker and addressed about 100 students, faculty, staff and industry guests. Romano discussed changes impacting print resulting from competing electronic media, as well as how students must prepare for viable graphic communication careers.

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