Trade Shows & Events

2019 Solimar User Conference & Customer Advisory Council (CAC) Summit
May 01 2019
San Diego, CA

Come hear Pat McGrew during a keynote presentation May 1st at the 2019 Solimar User Conference & Customer Advisory Council (CAC) Summit. 

The three-day user conference will provide attendees with opportunities to to learn about the latest trends and technologies, best practices, Solimar’s roadmap and more. Participants can preview new and evolved Chemistry™ products and solutions plus hear about client success stories designed to increase attendees’ product knowledge. In the Technical track, attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in a series of hands-on learning labs and solution training sessions. 

Pat McGrew, Senior Director, Production Workflow Service
Keynote: 5 News Flashes You Can Use from the Automation Trenches

In 2018 we looked at the workflow revolution, concluding that Smart Print Manufacturing is an aspirational path, but still not in everyone’s five-year plan. Automation is assumed for many processes, but there are still many islands linked by automation potholes that need attention. Based on the most recent Keypoint Intelligence research from both the workflow and customer communication services, as well as emerging evidence that platform-based automation is gaining steam, here are the five things you must work on this year to ensure that you are positioned for operational efficiency.

Take Away:

  • Evaluating platforms to create more efficiency
  • Filling in potholes in superstructure
  • Developing the long-term plan as more tools become available


Pat will also host a session in the Executive Track: Customer Advisory Council Panel Discussion

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FESPA 2019
May 14 2019
Munich, Germany

FESPA 2019 is Europe’s largest international wide format professional printing exhibition. Where over 700 exhibitors showcase their latest innovations and product launches in the digital and screen printing sectors for graphics, signage, décor, packaging, industrial and textile applications.


Trends/Forecast Session - Workflow Solutions and Print Automation


Dig Up Euros from Your Workflow

Ryan McAbee, Director, Production Workflow

The sands are shifting as wide format shops seek out new customer opportunities with higher margin opportunities. The focus is typically centered on new applications supported by faster and better print equipment. This session will focus on the often-overlooked trends and opportunities in workflow and software automation.

Come discover the critical workflow challenges, such as job on-boarding, based on lessons learned by InfoTrends as we have walked the workflow walk with printers performing print shop assessments. Learn how to perform your own shop audit to identify cost savings and plot a course for digital transformation.

A workflow assessment discovers and documents the people and technology used during each process from job on-boarding to completion and delivery.

Participants will learn:

  • Current software trends specific to the sign and graphics industry
  • Uncover the critical workflow challenges and how to fix them
  • How to perform your own workflow assessment to uncover your own challenges
  • The five stages of digital workflow transformation and why they matter

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2019 Graphic Users' Association Conference
May 16 2019
New Orleans, LA

Join Pat McGrew, Senior Director at Keypoint Intelligence - InfoTrends during the 2019 Graphic Users' Association Conference May 13-16th in New Orleans. 

Pat will be presenting at the following: 

May 14th (Prinergy Gala)

And the Next Big Thing Is.....

Printing is a cycle business. It follows the fortunes of the economies it serves while looking for innovations to keep the printed page, poster, banner or box a relevant piece of communication. Whether your substrate of choice is paper, card stock, corrugated, plastic, or any of the wide array of synthetics, the good news is that there are opportunities for you to expand your business, optimize your workflows, and use automation to reach the operational excellence that leads to attractive margins, value added solutions, and closer relationships with your customers. This session bring data from Keypoint Intelligence - InfoTrends surveys and forecasts, insights from our participation in global trade events, and guidance on the next big thing.

May 16th (Conference Program)

How to Make $1 million with your Workflow

Without workflow, your work will not flow. And if it doesn't flow, it costs time and money, impacting your margin. In this presentation we are looking at how you can assess your workflow to identify gaps and bumps. Using the Keypoint Intelligence - InfoTrends scale of Reactive to Smart, we will walk through what to look for to help you create a workflow that is operationally effective, financial beneficial, and optimized for ongoing automation to drive the best margins. Poor workflow hygiene means your cost of goods sold is too high, so come to this session to become more efficient! 

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