Day4_18

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Minding the Gap (The Skills Gap That Is) An essential part of recruiting and retaining new employees is providing engaging and effective training opportunities to develop new skills and help individuals advance professionally. On the job training is needed to onboard new employees quickly in order to maximize productivity swiftly and effi ciently. In turn, existing employees require continuous educational opportunities to stay current on techniques and processes. With the dwindling number of print management programs being offered in high schools, trade program colleges, and universities, it has become increasingly diffi cult to fi nd employees who are knowledgeable in the print fi eld prior to hire. The result is a serious skills and knowledge gap. Graphic communications and print is by no means the only industry feeling the effects of this gap. In fact, according to Price Waterhouse Cooper’s recent study, “Skills Gap is forcing CEOs to Change How They Hire People,” three quarters of the 1,322 participating CEOs indicated that skills shortage is the biggest threat to their business. The Printing Industries of America (Booth 1425) aims to help address the skills gap challenges facing industry leadership and human resources professional by providing comprehensive training programs through its iLearning Center. This subscription-based, online resource provides industry-centric education courses led by recognized experts, and is specifi cally designed to meet today’s training challenges. The iLearning Center provides training programs for all experience levels, across all business units including prepress, production, sales, marketing, fi nance, and customer service. Six new courses by Taz Tally are currently under production and will be added in the coming months. These include: Adobe Lightroom Fundamentals, Using Adobe Lightroom as Your Primary Image Processing Tool, Color Correct Your Client Files Effi ciently with Adobe Lightroom, Using Adobe Lightroom to Feed and Update Social Media and other Web Sites, Using Adobe Lightroom Presets to Streamline your Lightroom Workfl ow, and Rediscovering the Lost Art of Scanning. Through the iLearning Center, Printing Industries of America seeks to offer an affordable alternative to off-site training programs that can be costly and take an employee out of the facility. Accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, a subscriber can log-in to the system from work or home from a standard Web browser. An individualized home page greets users upon entering their account, and from there they can search for courses based on specialty, instructor, titles, or they can return to previously started courses they wish to fi nish. The iLearning system is designed to track a user’s progress. Since the courses are self-paced, a user may start, stop, or return to a course at their convenience. Certifi cates of completion are awarded to any course completed and a record is kept in their personal Education Tracker. There are also convenient management tools that allow supervisors to access employee activity reports, training progress, and fi nal evaluations. Employee training programs are an investment – one that shows c o n s i d e r a b l e return. The Printing Industries of America own RATIO Studies show that profi t leaders in the print industry invest more in education that those companies showing smaller profi t margins. In order to give companies in the printing industry an affordable solution in employee training programs, Printing Industries of America is offering group purchasing to help manage the costs of training new and existing employees. Purchasing fi ve or more seats to the iLearning Center reduces costs to just $195 per seat with even greater discounts at 15 seats. For more information about the iLearning Center and its enterprise rates, visit www.ilearnprint.org or stop by the Printing Industries of America at Booth 1425 on the exhibit fl oor for a demonstration and informational brochure. Xerox Makes Waves in the Zone of Disruption with Inkjet Technologies Xerox (Booth 1625) is disrupting the inkjet market with a new platform designed to make it more accessible and affordable for print providers everywhere. The all new Xerox Brenva HD Production Inkjet Press–a 2016 MUST SEE ‘EMS award winner – is making waves in the “Zone of Disruption”–the space that sits below the gap between high-end toner and low-end inkjet presses, as dubbed by InfoTrends. Introduced at drupa 2016, the Brenva HD is the fi rst in an innovative series that combines the low running costs of inkjet j with the substrate versatility,y, reliability automation and small footprint of ability a cut-sheet press. The Brenva HD joins the Xerox Rialto 900 Inkjet Press as the most recent introduction from Xerox designed to compete in the “Zone of Disruption.” To be viable in this space, a product requires an acquisition price less than $1 million, high levels of productivity, and a running cost model below that of toner-based products. Brenva HD answers the call to all three. With a starting list price of $649,000 and print speeds up to 197 A4 images-per-minute, entering the inkjet market is now a more realistic option for many print providers. The press will enable print providers to accelerate growth and drive the production of more high-value applications p g pp cations transactional in the direct mail, transactional and book markets. Brenva HD is built on Xerox’s award-winning iGen frame and incorporates many of Xerox’s bestin breed components including the reliable paper-path systems of the Xerox iGen family and production stacker of the Xerox Nuvera family. The Brenva HD offers best-in-class automation and reliability features to keep print registration and jetting at peak performance. Additional Brenva HD features include: • An inline spectrophotometer that establishes ink limits and drop sizes for all paper stocks; • A cloud-based ink estimation tool that allows customers to prefl ight fi les to determine ink consumption and cost before a job is submitted and printed; • Object-oriented color management to distinguish text, graphics, and images, and optimizes the image quality of each accordingly; • A full-width array scanner that monitors printed sheets to ensure front-to-back registration, color-tocolor registration, and missing jet detection and correction; • Black-only mode for cost effective monochrome printing–for those looking to migrate from pre-printed offset shells. Xerox invented the fi rst production laser printer in 1977, created the printon demand market with the revolutionary Xerox DocuTech, and launched the ary a world’s fi rst high-speed waterless inkjet device. The company continues to deliver innovation and is shaping the future of inkjet printing. Rialto distinguish speed co shap Xerox Brenva HD 18 | September 28, 2016 | GRAPH EXPO 16 Offi cial Show Daily | PrintingNews.com


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