Where Innovation and Emerging Technology Collide
“Collaborate with your suppliers and customers — you already have these relationships — this is low-hanging fruit,” Burrows stated.
Artists: Your Next Hire?
One of the biggest challenges in the printing industry is finding and hiring good talent. One of the afternoon presentations was presented by ECI Screen Print’s Ed Cook and focused on his company’s discovery of an untouched market: career opportunities for artists within the printing industry.
“Artists want to use their craft,” said Cook, who advocates largely on utilizing and mentoring millennial artists who have an incredible eye for color during his business presentation “Mixing Colors – Recruiting Exceptional Talent for a Creative & Technical Workforce.”
Artists are a great resource to have in the printing industry. Cook says they think like entrepreneurs, have tremendous capacity to envision a product or solution and approach everything from a very passionate point of view. To recruit these specialized workforce workers, Cook suggests search for university art degree programs, network with professors, invite students to open houses and plant tours, visit school shows and create internships.
Printed Electronics and Fashion
From medical to the fashion industry, functional printing is everywhere. Electronic devices are in our pockets, our handbags and in our bodies. As more compelling use-cases emerge, they are slowly making their way into our clothing. There are many ways to integrate electronic technology into textiles and apparel, printed electronics being one of the most promising, versatile and elegant techniques.
Wednesday morning Meg Grant from Seismic presented “Printed Electronics for Function and Fashion” and pointed out the many design requirements that are faced when working on producing powered clothing and e-textiles. Not only does one need to be concerned with the actual apparel or design, but the mechanical and electrical components need to be considered along every step in the process.
Up Close with M&R
To round out an informative and fun three days, on the afternoon of June 6, attendees took a tour of The M&R Companies facility in Roselle, Ill.
The tour was the high point of the conference, notes Joyia Marshall, community development manager at SGIA. “M&R really rolled out the red carpet for FP3, showing their production process from the point where raw materials come in the door all the way through quality assurance and shipping,” Marshall says. “Our attendees enjoyed the opportunity to learn from an industry leader.”
FP3 was supported by 18 sponsors: The M&R Companies (Diamond Sponsor), Elantas, Fujifilm, Memcon, Norcote International, Proell Inc. (Platinum Sponsors), Engineered Materials Systems Inc., Fimor North America, Kiwo Inc., Natgraph Ltd., Nazdar, NBC Meshtec Americas Inc., Nicomatic North America, Polymershapes, RH Solutions LLC, SAATI, Sakurai USA Inc. and Schilling Graphics (Supporting Sponsors).
We would like to give a shout out to everyone who participated in this year's FP3 Conference and was able to attend the M&R plant tour! #FP3Conf
Posted by The M&R Companies on Friday, June 8, 2018
“Many attend conferences and symposiums in an effort to enhance existing revenue streams. The FP3 conference certainly provided value from that perspective. However, the return on my investment from this conference was the knowledge that I gained by better understanding innovative industrial technologies that I was not aware of. That’s learning!” says attendee Chris Eckhart, president, Eckhart & Co. Inc.
“The launch of FP3 reflects SGIA’s efforts to improve and foster knowledge in the industrial printing field,” says Cook. “But it’s more than that. This is one of three new conferences SGIA has launched in 2018. We’re making positive investments in the printing industry, opening lines of communication and laying groundwork for members to achieve new levels of success.”
Riding on the success of the first ever FP3 Conference, SGIA is already planning the 2019 installment. The location and dates will be announced soon. To receive updates on next year’s conference be sure sign up here: https://info.sgia.org/fp3-2019.