March 29, 2018
Serving Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Ventura & Clark Counties
The Count Down Begins: Awarding the IDEAS, SOLUTIONS, and ACHIEVERS on April 13th!

Who will win People's Choice Award? Who will walk away with Best of Show? All winners of the regional printing competition - Print Excellence Awards will be announced at Graphics Night on April 13th at Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry. Bring your key employees, your clients, your partner, your friends to celebrate the IDEAS, SOLUTIONS and ACHIEVERS!

Make your reservations today as time is running out. Tickets are $100.00 for members.

If you have any questions about Graphics Night, contact Kristy Villanueva at Ext. 215.

Thanks to our sponsors:
Kaiser Permanente
4th Generation Recycling
The Hanover Insurance Group
Community Bank
AG Adjustments, Ltd.
PIASC Insurance Services, Inc.
Preferred Employers Insurance
Prudential Overall Supply
Spicers Paper & Kelly Paper
Heidelberg USA, Inc.
GMG Americas
The Hartford
Huge Savings on FSC ® Certification
Printers continue to see FSC® Chain of Custody Certification as a requirement of many of their customers.
For many print providers, the cost and discipline required in order to be part of the supply chain is difficult to justify, but that may no longer be true. 
PIASC can help!

Group FSC certification is available at significantly reduced cost, to qualified members of PIASC. To qualify, companies must have annual sales less than $5 million of “forest product printing”. This is generally “ink on paper” and can include commercial printing, packaging, etc.

There is no difference between individual certificates and the PIASC group certificate regarding use of FSC logo, use of certified paper, etc.

Group FSC certification fee is $1,695.00 per year, inclusive of travel, a savings of several thousand dollars off individual prices.
Operation Sublimation, Mission: Wide-Format Graphics - Irvine
Whether you are starting up a business, or a business needing to improve your product line, learn from the experts about one of the industry's hottest trends for banners, soft signage, and interior applications. Our hands-on training saves business money in production costs and helps to avoid costly reprints.

This Mission is a must for:

  • Anyone struggling with wide-format dye sublimation color control
  • Those looking for better profiles (less ink, more color)
  • Printers who need dye sublimation specifics about materials, inks and processes for your business model that raise profitability.

Receive hands-on training about:

  • Dye sublimation ink technologies
  • What makes a great paper
  • RIP software for dye sublimation -- reduce ink usage and hit those spot (or brand colors)
  • Color management for dye sublimation
  • Costs and return on investment
  • Transfer vs. Direct Print
  • Fabric dos and don'ts
  • Flatbed and rotary heat presses

This program is brought to you by: SGIA (Specialty Graphic Imaging Association)

April 18 - 20, 2018
Roland DGA Corporation
15363 Barranca Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92618
We Want your Input!
PIA to study HR best practices in new management survey.

Printing Industries of America (PIA) Center for Print Economics and Management is once again partnering with the Department of Management at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) on a new study exploring recruiting, hiring, and human resources best practices throughout the printing and graphic communications industry. Survey participants are asked to complete a short 10 to 15 minute survey and in exchange all participants will receive a comprehensive report of the findings.
The survey and subsequent Management Study will give printers insight into the best recruiting, hiring, and human resources practices. The project explores the relationship between human resources practices, profitability, and other key performance metrics. Survey participants will receive a comprehensive report of the findings.
The survey can be found at or you may click on the link below to begin. For more information about the Center for Print Economics and Management or the survey, please contact Dr. Ronnie Davis at .
OSHA Goes Back More Than Five Years for Repeat Violations
OSHA can look beyond five years to assess “repeat violations” when considering the penalties against an employer for breaching workplace safety regulations, a U.S. appellate court has ruled.

Repeat violations can be assessed at 10 times the amount of a safety violation, which makes the ruling a game-changer for companies who have been cited more than once, even if that citation was issued more than five years ago. It increases the stakes for employers who until now chose not to contest more routine violations because of the cost of defending them.

Under OSHA regulations, the maximum penalty for a serious violation is $12,934, but if it’s not the first time OSHA has cited the employer for the infraction, the maximum fine balloons to $129,336.

Up until 2015, the agency would typically not look back more than three years when deciding if a violation was a repeat. But in 2015, OSHA changed that period to five years in the field operations manuals for its inspectors.

Source: Joanne Cadenas, Director - Insurance Service LinkedIn Article
The Best in Class Workshop - 2018
Best in Class Workshop 2018 will take place on:

Wednesday, April 4th
between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:30 pm
at Fullerton College.

You will have the opportunity to see and learn about:
  • New extended gamut tools in the GMG Color Plugin for Photoshop
  • Advanced package modeling tools in PACKZ
  • Hybrid PACKZ Photorealistic renderings of packaging from CAD
  • Rapid prototyping with the new Epson SC 80600
  • Color accurate press proofs that match Flexo and Litho printing
  • New workflow comparison study with benchmark data
  • Much more!

This event is FREE!

How to Use a Content Scorecard to Publish Better Blog Posts
Want to replicate the success of your best-performing blog content? Wondering how to review and rate content for quality and value?

Why a Content Scorecard?

Although you have myriad options to increase your blog’s quality, creating a content scorecard can help you replicate the success of your best-performing content every time.

A content scorecard is a concept that  Jeff Goins  and his team developed as a way to increase the traffic, engagement, and overall effectiveness of their blog. After they put it to work, they saw a  150% increase in daily traffic  and more than doubled their average comments per post.

The idea is easy: outline a set of criteria for every blog post and add a point for each criterion your post meets. The goal is to get a perfect score every time. So if you have four criteria, for example, you’re aiming for a 4.0 GPA. The strength of this framework is in its simplicity: it’s clear, sustainable, and helpful.

Check out this Video: Paper Whiteboards for All!
Magnetic Boards lets you turn any surface into a reusable whiteboard by sticking with just static electricity. You can even rearrange the sheets without removing them from the wall.

Source: I nsider YouTube Channe l
Quote of the Week
You cannot change your destination overnight. You can change your direction.
~Jim Rohn.