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The Sheetfed Offset Lithographic Press

by Dillon Mooney
Member Price: $195.00 | Non-member Price: $295.00

This course deals with the operation of the sheetfed lithographic press and the lithographic process. Students will understand the fundamentals of sheetfed press operation, and the complex interactions of the lithographic process.


Planning Your Company’s LinkedIn Presence

by Dr. John Leininger
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

This course deals with the effective management of your company’s presence on LinkedIn. Participants will learn how to plan their company’s LinkedIn presence. Dr. John Leininger is a professor at Clemson University. This course deals with the effective management of your company’s presence on LinkedIn. Participants will learn how to plan their company’s LinkedIn presence.

Data Demo: Making It Relevant

by Dr. John Leininger
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

This course covers strategies for working with data. Participants will learn how to effectively manage and work with data. This course covers strategies for working with data. Participants will learn how to effectively manage and work with data. This course covers strategies for working with data. Participants will learn how to effectively manage and work with data.

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Building a Data Plan for Variable Data

by Dr. John Leininger
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

This course covers the steps for creating a successful data plan for variable data. Participants will learn the best practices for creating a data plan for variable data marketing. This course covers the steps for creating a successful data plan for variable data. This course is presented by John Leininger.


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Controlling Color on Offset Presses with Alwan

by David Hunter
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

This course is designed to train offset press operators to ensure that a device is printing as expected, and, if not, to know how to fix it. This training is designed for offset press operators and mangers. This course will train offset press operators and managers to decrease waste, increase customer satisfaction, identify maintenance issues before they wreck jobs, match proofs and industry stands, and match previous jobs.

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Controlling Color on Wide-Format Presses with Alwan

by David Hunter
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

This course is designed to train wide format press operators to ensure that a device is printing as expected, and, if not, to know how to fix it. This training is designed for wide format operators and mangers. This course will train wide format press operators and managers to decrease waste, increase customer satisfaction, identify maintenance issues before they wreck jobs, match proofs and industry stands, and match previous jobs.

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Controlling Color on Digital Presses with Alwan

by David Hunter
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

This course is designed to train digital press operators to ensure that a device is printing as expected, and, if not, to know how to fix it. This training is designed for digital press operators and mangers. This course will train digital press operators and managers to decrease waste, increase customer satisfaction, identify maintenance issues before they wreck jobs, match proofs and industry stands, and match previous jobs.


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Introduction to Marketing

by Thaddeus B. Kubis
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

This is an overview of marketing: the history, current state, and future of marketing. More importantly marketing is explained in the context of the needs of the printing industry. The objective is to provide a broad based but supportive overview of the historical, societal, and applicable role and impact that marketing has on the marketplace. To provide information that can be used to activate a new business program based on the needs of your business and the needs of your targeted, defined vertical or demographic segmentation.

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Vertical Marketing – A Guide to Profits

by Thaddeus B. Kubis
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

Vertical marketing is practical approach to expanding your print based business – and offer or expand non-print based solutions. Vertical marketing focuses on a targeted or segmentation of a self-selected business or niche – yes, self as in you! Students will learn how to understand and effectively deploy a vertical marketing program, how to gain both knowledge and an understanding of the chosen vertical as well as recognizing pain points contained within the vertical. Vertical marketing will be only beneficial when you can align the needs of your self-selected market with your company’s strengths to create, present, and sell your brand to the selected market.

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Integrated Marketing Communications – A Guide to Profit Advocacy

by Thaddeus B. Kubis
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

This course will help you to understand the capabilities, use, and scope of Integrated Marketing Communication – IMC. You will learn how to apply this understanding to your firm’s skill set and look at IMC as a path to increase profits via your ability to offer IMC and related services to your existing clients, customers, and prospects.


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Understanding Variation

by John Compton
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

Quality improvement, to a large extent, involves the study and reduction of variability. Variability always exists (even in consecutive press sheets, for example), although the variation can be trivial. But as variation increases, quality and consistency decrease. The magnitude and pattern of variation can be discovered through the collection of data and the use of simple statistical methods to interpret the results. Our course looks at the different causes of variation, how to measure it, and strategies to combat it. Understanding the variation of a particular process characteristic is also critical for knowing whether you can comfortably meet customer specifications.

Topics Covered:

  • The fundamental nature of variation
  • Common cause vs. special cause variation
  • Use of control charts to determine if a process is stable
  • Indications that special cause variation is causing a process to be “out of control”
  • Strategies for reducing the different types of variation
  • How to determine whether customer specifications can be met without excessive waste and rework
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Seven Basic Tools for Process Improvement

by John Compton
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

Quality pros view seven tools as foundation knowledge for anyone troubleshooting quality issues. The pros claim that 90% of a company’s problems can be improved using these tools and they’re basic enough that anyone should be able to use them with a modest amount of training. Taken together, the seven tools help you collect data in a systematic manner, define key metrics to avoid confusion, identify where process improvement efforts will be most beneficial, monitor the performance of processes, and determine the root cause of problems. Each tool is explained with examples from the printing industry. (Duration: 75 minutes)

Topics Covered:

  • Pareto diagrams
  • Flow diagrams
  • Cause and effect diagrams
  • 5 whys diagrams
  • Operational definitions
  • Check sheets
  • Run charts
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Introduction to Lean Manufacturing

by John Compton
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

This class is an introduction to the basic principles and practices of Lean manufacturing with application to the printing industry. It also gives individuals the necessary understanding of concepts and tools so more advanced Lean methods can be learned. The core idea of Lean is to maximize customer value and increase “flow,” while minimizing eight types of waste. A Lean organization understands customer value and focuses their key processes to continually meet those needs.  In this 60-minute program you’ll gain an overview of why Lean has become a popular continuous improvement strategy, its philosophy, and some of the Lean tools most commonly used in print manufacturing. (Duration: 60 minutes)

Topics Covered:

  • Basic principles of Lean manufacturing
  • Benefits of implementing a Lean improvement approach
  • Understanding value-added vs. non-value-added activities
  • Definition and examples of the eight types of waste (transportation, motion, inventory, etc.)
  • Amount of waste in print manufacturing
  • Flow vs. batch-and-queue production
  • Six common Lean tools and strategies used in print manufacturing
  • How kaizen blitzes are used for rapid performance gains


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Visual Management and Kanbans

by Malcolm Keif and Kevin Cooper
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

Visual management means controlling a work area’s appearance and organization for the purpose of conveying information and improving operational efficiency. Status boards, shadow boards, posted work instructions, and other visual aids do this. This course examines the role that visual management plays at a Lean thinking printing company. It also explores the use of Kanban inventory systems to reduce inventory levels and associated waste. Along the way, the authors explain the impact of Kanbans on the key concepts of flow and cycle time. (Duration: 90 minutes)

Topics Covered:

  • Objectives and benefits of visual management
  • Static vs. dynamic visual management
  • Clues that specific information needs to be made visual
  • Avoiding visual management mistakes
  • The concepts of flow and pull systems as applied to printing
  • Measuring cycle time
  • Benefits and use of Kanban systems in reducing inventory
  • Where Kanbans work the best
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Makeready Reduction

by Malcolm Keif and Kevin Cooper
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

Beating the competition requires steady gains in production efficiency. This on-line class defines how to cut makeready time through the single-minute exchange of die (SMED) system, a vital component of Lean production. You’ll learn the concepts behind SMED, such as the distinction between internal and external tasks, and a specific 10-step process. Importantly, learn the tactics to conduct an improvement blitz, over just a few days, which can dramatically reduce your makeready time on a press or any other production equipment. (Duration: 105 minutes)

Topics Covered:

  • Differentiating between value-added and non-value-added activities
  • Internal vs. external setup time
  • Comparing pit stops to makereadies
  • How to analyze and spot waste during makereadies
  • The 10 step process for reducing makeready time
  • Setting expectations
  • Keys to success

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Standard Work and Total Productive Maintenance

by Kevin Cooper and Malcolm Keif
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

Standard work and total productive maintenance are two important pillars of the “House of Lean.” Standard work documents the best known way to perform a process, forming the baseline for future improvements. Total productive maintenance (TPM) focuses on continuously improving the effectiveness of equipment in order to eliminate equipment breakdowns and other productivity and quality losses. This online class explores where standard work is appropriate, how it is carried out, and the importance of leaders developing their own standard work. It likewise delves into TPM, discussing why operators need to autonomously perform some maintenance activities, maintenance personnel need to be involved in process improvement discussions, and how companies calculate an overall equipment effectiveness metric for each key piece of equipment. (Duration: 60 minutes)

Topics covered:

  • Understanding and implementing standard work
  • Standard work for leaders
  • How standard work enables leaders to succeed
  • Misconceptions about standard work
  • Why most maintenance programs fall short
  • Guidelines and action steps for successful TPM
  • TPM examples
  • Measuring equipment effectiveness
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5S and Teams

by Kevin Cooper and Malcolm Keif
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

5S and team building are two of the primary building blocks of a Lean organization. Companies tackle 5S (sort, straighten, shine, standardize, and sustain) to create organization and cleanliness, reduce waste, build teamwork, and make better use of space. Important byproducts of doing 5S well are improved safety, morale, and quality. Faulty implementation, on the other hand, ruins the chance to gain momentum for other Lean efforts. This on-line class reviews the basics of 5S, but more importantly, discusses how to plan for and put into action a program that leads to measurable improvement. (Duration: 105 minutes)

Topics covered:

  • What is 5S
  • Benefits of 5S
  • Understanding the steps of 5S
  • Getting started
  • Tips for success
  • 5S simulation
  • Auditing and changing your culture
  • Building effective teams


Interested in a complete training package that combines online classes, printed content, and live coaching sessions with Leslie Groene? Check out our Power Selling Program!

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The Keys to Consultative Selling

by Leslie Groene
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

In this training Leslie Groene will teach attendees how to be a salesperson who creates a business improvement for their clients, just like a consultant. This training will explain the benefits of consultative approach to sales.This is one of a series of sales courses by Leslie Groene, one of the coaching superstars in the world of corporate sales as well as a business consultant and author. Her background is in the paper and printing industries as a sales rep and sales manager.

Escaping the Price Driven Sale

by Leslie Groene
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

In this training Leslie Groene illustrates the landmines that sales people need to avoid in order to develop sales relationships that are based on more than just price. Trainees will learn how to avoid price-driven sales by learning how to cultivate a relationship with clients. This is one of a series of sales courses by Leslie Groene, one of the coaching superstars in the world of corporate sales as well as a business consultant and author. Her background is in the paper and printing industries as a sales rep and sales manager.

Cross Selling and Up Selling

by Leslie Groene
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

This advanced sales training from Leslie Groene explores the topics of cross selling and up selling. Trainees will learn how cross selling and up selling can help them to sell more to existing customers, and find and close new customers. This is one of a series of sales courses by Leslie Groene, one of the coaching superstars in the world of corporate sales as well as a business consultant and author. Her background is in the paper and printing industries as a sales rep and sales manager.

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How the Experts Earn Long-Term Accounts

by Leslie Groene
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

In this training Leslie Groene will explain how top salespeople land highly coveted long-term accounts. Those who take this training will learn sales techniques for developing customer loyalty, establishing trust, and successfully navigating the relationship management process. This is one of a series of sales courses by Leslie Groene, one of the coaching superstars in the world of corporate sales as well as a business consultant and author. Her background is in the paper and printing industries as a sales rep and sales manager.

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Listening and Body Language Skills

by Leslie Groene
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

In this training, Leslie Groene will explain how listening and body language skills can contribute to sales success. Those who take this training will learn strategies for careful listening and understand how to “read” and “speak” body language. This is one of a series of sales courses by Leslie Groene, one of the coaching superstars in the world of corporate sales as well as a business consultant and author. Her background is in the paper and printing industries as a sales rep and sales manager.

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Selling Skills and Relationship Building

by Leslie Groene
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

This training will provide an in-depth exploration of selling skills. Trainees will learn how to improve vital selling skills such as listening skills, phone etiquette, creating the correct question, closing techniques, buying criteria, presentation skills, and converting the prospect. This is one of a series of sales courses by Leslie Groene, one of the coaching superstars in the world of corporate sales as well as a business consultant and author. Her background is in the paper and printing industries as a sales rep and sales manager.

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Prospecting 101

by Leslie Groene
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

In this training Leslie Groene guides you through the very important step in the sales process called prospecting. You will learn how to find the people to sell to and how to sell the people you find on their need for your product or service. This is one of a series of sales courses by Leslie Groene, one of the coaching superstars in the world of corporate sales as well as a business consultant and author. Her background is in the paper and printing industries as a sales rep and sales manager.

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Goal Setting and Planning

by Leslie Groene
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

In this training, sales coaching superstar Leslie Groene will explain goal setting and motivation techniques for sales success. You will learn about the components of the goal setting process; the characteristics of successful sales people, and the importance of motivation for sales success. This is one of a series of sales courses by Leslie Groene, one of the coaching superstars in the world of corporate sales as well as a business consultant and author. Her background is in the paper and printing industries as a sales rep and sales manager.


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Hazard Communication Train the Trainer

by Gary Jones and Caitlin Seiler
Member Price: $125.00 | Non-member Price: $195.00

Hazard Communication Train the Trainer is designed for supervisors, managers, and other printing employees involved in the development and management of their company’s Hazard communication program. The program provides in depth coverage of the changes involved with the 2012 hazard communication standard as well as the responsibilities and requirements necessary for compliance.


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Intro to Color Management for Offset & Digital

by David Dezzutti
Member Price: $75.00 | Non-member Price: $95.00

My goal in presenting the following information to you is that regardless of a lithographic or digital concentration that certain key attributes should be followed, and the information delivered become a roadmap to a better understanding of color management and what’s required for it to becoming successful.



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Orientation to the Graphic Arts

by Joseph Marin
Member Price: $195.00 | Non-member Price: $295.00

This course is a complete orientation to the graphic arts, including an overview of printing processes; print production workflow; introduction to prepress hardware; introduction to prepress software; all about PDF; pixel images, file formats, and screening; color theory; preflighting, trapping, and imposition; the offset press; binding, finishing, and shipping; paper and ink; and cost estimating.

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Photoshop Color Correction for Production

by Joseph Marin
Member Price: $125.00 | Non-member Price: $195.00

The learner will gain an overall understanding of how to use Adobe Photoshop for color correction in a production print environment.


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