Contract Research

Some projects require extensive, long-term testing or in-plant consultations. In these cases, Printing Industries of America conducts contract research for both the private sector (suppliers and manufacturers of equipment, consumables, hardware, and software) and state and federal government agencies.

To conduct contract research, an organization can choose one of three options:

  • Use a team of Printing Industries of America’s research staff
  • Assign one of their company scientists to Printing Industries of America’s location
  • Sponsor a funded research chair


Printing Industries of America contract research projects are defined and sponsored by the customer. These funded research projects often require:

  • Statements-of-work or a description of tasks and deliverables
  • Time schedules
  • Project goals

Funded Research Chair

This program enables a Printing Industries of America researcher to devote up to half their billable time investigating an area of your interest. The program affords Printing Industries of America the opportunity to better focus on cutting-edge technologies and their application in our industry while providing you with unbiased and confidential research.

You have the opportunity to work closely with some of the industry’s most influential scientists, network freely, and share technical advancements that will impact the industry. Sponsorship of a Printing Industries of America Funded Research Chair also provides you with a channel to discuss possible inclusion in other non-conflicting projects of interest.

Additionally, Printing Industries of America can educate the industry about your product or service and assist the industry in adopting it through publications, presentations, and consulting. Your organization will receive industry-wide exposure when recognized as the sponsor of the research program.

Contract research can include:

  • Market surveys
  • Prepress research projects, e.g., PDF workflows, digital proofing studies, etc.
  • Press research projects, e.g., environmental impact, print quality, runnability, etc.
  • Postpress research projects
  • Environmental, health/safety projects, e.g., lifecycle impact assessments
  • Security printing projects
  • Testing of hardware/software
  • State-of-the-art technology evaluation
  • Patent technology evaluation

For more information, contact our Research Department by clicking here.

Published on Friday, September 23, 2005 (updated 06/03/2016)

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