Printing Technology 101: A Virtual Series

Wednesday, October 07, 2020 to Thursday, October 22, 2020

2PM - 3PM This webinar series will deliver an exceptional overview of traditional offset and emerging digital technologies, equipment review, color perspective, troubleshooting and more.

Begins October 7!


Experience a new virtual session every Wednesday and Thursday at 2:00 p.m. from October 7 - 22, 2020.

All-event passes are offered for the best overall value. 
Additional discounts available.

This webinar series taps into the expertise of respected printing industry leadership to deliver an exceptional overview of traditional offset and emerging digital technologies, equipment review, color perspective, troubleshooting and more.

  • This series begins October 7 and ends on October 22.
  • Series starts at 2PM (ET) on the scheduled days. 
  • Each session is 45 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes of Q&A.
  • If you're not able to attend the actual presentation time, that's okay.  Session recordings may be viewed afterward by registrants of the series.

You will Learn:

  • Commercial printing and equipment
  • Traditional offset lithography
  • Flexography and rotogravure
  • Electrophotography (dry and liquid toner)
  • Inkjet printing
  • Paper grades, methods
  • Print and press troubleshooting
  • Predicting and testing print quality
  • Color perception and color gamut

Why You Should Attend:

  • This virtual series is an exceptional value for the amount of material presented in the comprehensive six-part series.
  • You'll learn from experts who are industry leaders in printing technology and members TAPPI’s Coating and Graphic Arts Division.
  • New and emerging digital technologies in UV and LED printing are featured, as well as traditional printing.
  • Training on this topic is scarce and this will be the only opportunity you have for Print Technology 101 instruction until 2022.

Jim Niemiec
Jim Niemiec, TAPPI Fellow
Jim Niemiec Consulting, LLC

Jim is a recognized industry leader in paper product and business development with technical expertise and global experience in digital and conventional printing, coated paper, printing inks, technical marketing and intellectual property.

Over the last 20 years, Jim was product development lead for digital printing papers at Consolidated Papers, Stora Enso North America, NewPage and most recently Verso Corporation, based at the R&D and Technical Center in Wisconsin Rapids. He was involved in development of several coated paper grade lines for dry and liquid toner electrophotographic printing, as well as coated inkjet paper product lines – one of which received a Printing Industries of America InterTech Award in 2011 for its contribution to the advancement of the printing industry.

Earlier accomplishments which round out his 44 years of experience include development and improvement of coated and uncoated offset and rotogravure papers for publication, commercial, packaging and specialty papers as well as formulation of rotogravure printing inks.

Jim was TAPPI PaperCon 2016 Steering Committee Chair and past Chair of the Coating and Graphic Arts Division, Technical Program, and Printing and Converting Committees. At TAPPI conferences, he has organized numerous technical panels and short courses on laser and inkjet printing, conventional printing technologies and the future of print technology. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the TAPPI Journal as well as the Coating and Graphic Arts Technical Program Committee, Printing and Converting Committee, Coating Fundamentals Committee and Division Awards Committee. He is also a regular presenter at NAPIM’s annual Summer Printing Ink Course and frequently presents at Cal Poly’s International Graphic Communication Week and other various conferences, training courses and events related to print and paper technology.

After graduating from RIT with a BS in Printing Technology, Jim’s career began as a printing ink chemist at Inmont Corporation and continued in the paper industry serving in R&D, product and business development roles at Abitibi-Price, Fraser Papers, Consolidated Papers, Stora Enso, NewPage and Verso Corporation. Jim also earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from York University and an MBA from Lakeland College and holds several patents involving printing technology including inkjet papers.

In 2012, Jim was elected to the Gravure Association of the Americas’ Gravure Cylinder Society which “recognizes individuals who have rendered outstanding or extraordinary contributions to the gravure industry” and the association. Jim also received the TAPPI Coating and Graphic Arts Division’s Leadership and Service Award and the DuPont Soy Polymers Prize in 2015.In 2017 he was elected TAPPI Fellow “in recognition of meritorious service to the Association and the industry."

Nancy PlowmanNancy Plowman Sandreuter
President, Nancy Plowman Associates, Inc.

Nancy is recognized expert in the printing/paper field, speaking at many events for clubs and organizations such as TAPPI, NAPIM, RIT, GATF, RPTA and the R&E Research Council.

She is a graduate of the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, and a minor in Chemistry. She worked with the S. D. Warren Paper Company, a Printing Paper Subsidiary of Scott Paper Company for 17 years.  About half that time was spent in coating research, and the latter part of that time in the Graphic Arts testing group.  After resigning from Warren, she joined Acme Printing Company, a commercial web and sheet fed offset printer.

Nancy Plowman Associates (NPA) was incorporated in 1986. It is a graphic arts testing and consulting service specializing in handling print production related problem, including analysis of all components of the offset printing process.  Examples of these include inks, papers, aqueous and UV coatings, adhesives, fountain solutions, blankets and chemical additives to the printing system. 

NPA has developed own line of print testing equipment and has worked with and assisted major paper companies in setting up new in-house testing facilities and procedures to test ink and paper in a production environment.

Nancy has authored nearly a hundred articles in trade magazines, as well as numerous published papers for TAPPI. She is a contributing editor for Converting Magazine and Graphic Arts Monthly.   She organized the first TAPPI Print Quality Symposium in 2004, which was repeated and co-chairs the TAPPI Advanced Printing Courses.  She is a longtime member of the Technical Program Committee for the Annual TAPPI PaperCon Coating Conferences and was honored in 2018 as a TAPPI Fellow.

Jennifer Pennington
Eastman Kodak

Jennifer has 20 years of experience in the printing and publishing industry with a focus on papers and substrates. She received her B.S. in Paper Science & Engineering from Miami University in 2001 and her M.B.A. from University of Dayton in 2008.

Upon graduation, she spent her first years as a Process Engineer for Georgia-Pacific’s Crossett Paper Operations working with Tissue, Fine Paper, and Board machines and helping to implement their lean manufacturing strategies. In this capacity, Jennifer was exposed to a variety of printing applications and the importance of substrates to create the most appropriate printed solutions for packaging and graphic communications assets.

Jennifer began her work with Eastman Kodak in 2004 and has been working in their Inkjet division helping to launch new papers optimally designed for the production inkjet market. Jen collaborates with paper companies, chemical vendors and research organizations worldwide to define paper options for Kodak’s drop on demand and continuous inkjet high speed printing technologies. She has become an integral part of the sales cycle in helping customers learn the importance of paper and works with them to make the right choice to get the best quality possible.

Jennifer served as Alumni Council President for the Miami Pulp and Paper Foundation for 14 years and continues to be involved in recruiting young students to the Pulp and Paper industry.

This virtual series begins October 7, 2020. All times are 2pm (ET) with 45 minutes of lecture + 15 minutes of Q&A

Presentation Topic
All times 2pm Eastern
What will you learn?
Printing Technology 101: A Virtual Series:
How Offset Printing Works, Role of Ink and Color Theory
October 7
Nancy Plowman
How offset Printing works and the role of ink and color theory throughout the printing process
Printing Technology 101: A Virtual Series: 
Testing Methods for Offset Inks
October 8
Nancy Plowman
Testing methods for offset inks. What is Tack, Viscosity, pigments strength and water pick up? And their impact on print quality.
Printing Technology 101: A Virtual Series:  
Role of Fountain Solution in Offset Printing & Digital Electrophotographic Printing System
October 14
Jim Niemiec
  1. The role of fountain solution in offset printing
  2. Digital electrophotographic printing systems with dry and liquid toner
Printing Technology 101: A Virtual Series: 
Ink on Paper Testing
October 15
Nancy Plowman
The interaction of different ink chemistries on uncoated and coated paper and board.
Printing Technology 101: A Virtual Series:
Flexographic and Rotogravure Printing and Applications
October 21
Jim Niemiec
Flexographic and rotogravure printing and applications
Printing Technology 101: A Virtual Series:
Types of Inkjet Printing and their Markets
October 22
Jen Pennington
Reviewing the different types of Inkjet printing and what markets they are used for

Register soon for this training that's hard to find!


Registration Type Event Pass-All Sessions Individual Session
TAPPI Member (Professional) $99 $29
TAPPI Member (YP/Retired) $79 $19
TAPPI Member (Student/Academic) $39 $9
Non-member (Professional) $279 $49
Non-member (YP/Retired) $224 $29
Sustaining Member Full Event Passes (25% Off) $74  
Mill Site (Single Site, Unlimited Log-ins) $500  

Payment Policy
TAPPI requires that all registration fees are paid in full prior to the start of the course. Attendees paying by check will be registered for the course only after the payment has been received.

Many publications of interest to you are discounted for attendees of this course.

These special publications from TAPPI are available to 2020 Print Technology 101 – A Virtual Series Course attendees. When purchased with your registration you will receive free shipping for items shipped within the United States.


NEW! Make Paper Products Stand Out - PRINT 
View Table of Contents.      See interview with editors Martin Hubbe and Scott Rosencrance
Member Price: $95 l Non-Member Price:  $124

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NEW! Make Paper Products Stand Out - ELECTRONIC

Member Price: $71 | Non-Member Price: $93

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Handbook for Pulp & Paper Technologists (Fourth Edition) – (SMOOK Book) 
View Table of Contents.     
Member Price: $95 | Non-Member Price: $123


The Coating Processes                  
View Table of Contents
Member Price: $103 | Non-Member Price: $155


Paper Coating Additives
View Table of Contents.     
Member Price: $61 | Non-Member Price: $91


Pigments for Paper
View Table of Contents.
Member Price: $103 | Non-Member Price: $155 

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The Properties of Paper: An Introduction
View Table of Contents
Member Price: $41 | Non-Member Price: $62

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