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Who would have thought that Inkjet technology is one of the oldest technologies? Yes, you hear right. While the printing industry has only discovered it in the last 20 years, it has been around much longer. Sabine A Slaughter investigates its roots.

The triumphant success that inkjet technology has attained within the last 10 to 20 years is based on science and research covering almost 300 years of history. Although commercialisation and professional availability only cover a short period in history, the principles and basis theories referring to inkjet have been researched more than 200 years ago. The French scholar and cleric Abbé Jean Antoine Nollet already published a report in 1749 on the effects exerted by static charge on a drop. As part of his research on osmotic pressure and only a year after, he invented the electroscope, a device for detection of electric charge, this has only been one of the many discoveries the 18th century had to offer.

Years of trade events, news and developments mean a lot of ground has been covered in our fast-changing industry. Groundbreaking developments and new introductions in terms of technology, abilities and foremost applications have and are the norm. Well, print is evolving, and while traditional technologies are still asked for, new technologies and applications are just round the corner. Sabine A Slaughter voices some thoughts on our industry.

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Printing Industries of America is pleased to announce the launch of its all-new and highly anticipated Print Production for Designers course in the iLearning Center this week. Great print design is a combination of visual appeal and technical precision. Presented by Joe Marin, Vice President of Education & Training, Print Production for Designers reveals the lifecycle of a printed job and explores what it takes to design and build files that print, fold, trim, and finish properly.

Printing Industries of America announced the launch of its brand-new Advanced Sales Training program designed to help sales team members through a unique blend of online learning, coaching, and accountability. Created by Bill Farquharson and Kelly Mallozzi, sales experts who have direct experience in the printing industry, the program offers two course options: Developing Your Digital and Inkjet Sales Strategy and Maximizing Profits Through Verticals.

Printing Industries of America launched a new "How to Visually Evaluate Color" course to the iLearning Center this week. Presented by Joe Marin, Vice President of Education &Training, the course is available to Printing Industries of America printer members as a free benefit of membership.

Following up on the success of last year’s webinar series, the Ghent Workgroup is organizing seven new webinars. The series kicks off on April 11th, with an introduction to PDF and the PDF/X standards and will cover both introductory and more advanced topics. All webinars are presented by industry experts connected to the GWG with many years of experience in their respective fields. The full agenda is available on the Ghent Workgroup website at:

Printing Industries of America has launched a new Customer Service Professional Certification (CSP) program to train and validate the expertise of customer service representatives in a production print environment. The CSP Certification program will provide vital skills in the areas of professionalism, communication, management of internal and external customers, and job production situations to deliver an outstanding customer service experience.


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