PIA Renames GATF Center for Technology Research

By: E&P Staff

As it transitions from PIA/GATF to Printing Industries of America, the merged organization is rebranding the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, Sewickley, Pa., as the Center for Technology and Research.

The organization said that the center will continue to provide the industry with the same “professional, unbiased, third-party testing and information” that GATF has offered for the past 50 years. They include: laboratory services for conflict resolution, print quality analysis and materials testing; contract and public research; environmental, health and safety resources and assistance (including disaster planning, OSHA issues, the latest regulations, and implementation of sustainability processes); online and in-person technical training; technical publications (more than 200 print/disc titles, including handbooks, textbooks, market studies, research and technology reports, turnkey training curricula and “Printing Industries – The Magazine.”

The center also will offer quality and process control for consistent quality printing, efficiency, reduced waste and better communications; consulting services for lean manufacturing, color management, environmental concerns, technology and production; computer-integrated manufacturing, including work with JDF; a technical hotline (free to members) for questions related to production, personnel and environmental issues.

The InterTech Technology Awards program will continue its 30-year “tradition of predicting which new technologies will impact the industry… by identifying technologies that have increased efficiency, productivity, sustainability, or ROI.”

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