TAGA 2016 Fall Newsletter

2016 Proceedings Available

The 2016 Proceedings is now available for purchase. You can order your copy by using our Order Form.

The copy of the printed Proceedings is $100 for members and $200 for non-members. The other option available is the Extended Abstract book with a CD-ROM containing the full papers and conference presentations, which is $75 for members and $150 for non-members.

If you are a 2016 TAGA member, your book was sent to you and should have arrived by now (international shipments may still be in transit). If you have not received it yet and want quick access, the papers and presentation files are available in the TAGA Member Area. Remember that you must be logged in to access this page.

TAGA Beginnings

TAGA had the inauspicious beginning of being conceived in a lounge at the Parker House Hotel in Boston in October 1947. Dr. Frederick Frost, research director of S.D. Warren Paper Company met with Michael Bruno, research director of Lithographic Technical Foundation (LTF, predecessor to Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, now Printing Industries of America) to discuss the concept for a technical association for the printing industry. As a result of that meeting the concept for a new organization was discussed and approved at the next meeting of the LTF Research Committee. Michael Bruno was elected the first president and he and Dr. Marvin Rogers, research director of R.R. Donnelley & Sons, wrote the constitution and by-laws. The first conference was held in Chicago in April of 1949, drawing 124 attendees, including 92 of the original 149 charter members.

[This information comes from Michael Bruno's autobiography, being published by Cal Poly and due out in 2017.]

Membership Renewal

As we approach the start of 2017, now would be an excellent time to renew your TAGA membership. Membership rates remain the same for Professional and Retired members-- $125 and $50 respectively. By renewing your membership, you will have access to papers from the 2015 and 2016 Proceedings via the TAGA Member Area (need to be logged in to access). You will also find presentation files from the past several Annual Technical Conferences.  Next year we will send you a copy of the 2017 Extended Abstracts with CD-ROM containing all of the papers and presentation files from the 2017 Annual Technical Conference (March 20-22 in  Houston, Texas).

Also, for the first time, we are offering a three year professional membership option that saves loyal members money versus rejoining each year..

2017 TAGA Professional Membership

2017-2019 TAGA Professional Membership

Of course, you can also renew your TAGA membership when you register for the 2017 Annual Technical Conference by visiting our registration page on the conference website.

Paper Review: "Color Uniformity of Digital Presses" by Dr. Anthony Stanton, Dr. Mark Bohan, and Lindsay Ferrari

This paper was presented at the TAGA 2016 Annual Technical Conference and is contained in the 2016 TAGA Proceedings. The study sought to determine the consistency of color appearance across and within digitally printed sheets. The color uniformity of 28 electrophotographic presses and 9 inkjet presses were compared using a 12-page 11x17-in. test form. The form featured color bars on each page, a 96-color patch in several locations of page one, and large checkerboard solids on the following 11 pages.  Unlike similar studies in 2013 and 2014 by the same authors, this study included high-speed inkjet presses.

The paper reveals the stunning consistency of the inkjet presses in the study. When using CIELAB values to calculate DE2000 color differences from the color bar, inkjet presses scored disproportionately well for cyan, magenta, and yellow (less so for black). When looking at the color uniformity of the solid checkboard colors, the inkjet presses held the top 6 ranks. An analysis of color uniformity based on the 96 color patch showed a similar finding.  The study goes on to look at image fit, register, and background toning of the presses. TAGA members can read the full study here. This is another example of the tremendous research highlighted at TAGA events; expect more at the 2017 conference in Houston, Texas.