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Even with more than 500 exhibitors, the learning at the 2018 SGIA Expo doesn't stop at the show floor. We've got more than 70 sessions led by industry experts on need to know topics from technology and business management to production issues. Explore what's available and plan to sit in on a few sessions.

Your Expo + Education Pass is your conference ticket.* It's the best deal in town. The Expo + Education Pass is free for SGIA members with registration. Non-members pay just $99 ($115 starting September 20).

*Expo + Education Pass does not include Wide Format 101, Essential Small Business Strategies, World's Fastest Wrap Team Championship, Women In Print Breakfast, FP3 Luncheon, Brands Talking Sustainability Luncheon, or Garment Decorators Luncheon.


Thursday, Oct 18, 2018
9:00am S01: What are the Benefits and Risks of Using OEM Alternative Inkjet Inks?
9:00am S03: Human2Human: Bringing the Personal Touch Back to an Impersonal World
9:00am S04: Discovering the Unlimited Possibilities of Digital Print: Thermoforming and Beyond
9:00am S06: State of the Industry and 2019 Economic Outlook
10:30am S07: How and When to Set Up Your Automated Workflow
10:30am S09: Price It Right – How to Maximize Margins and Make Money
10:30am S10: 10 Most Common Mistakes when Printing Fleet Graphics and How to Avoid Them

Kim Magraw

Kim Magraw
Supergraphics division of GMN
10:30am S11: Brand Color Production — Standards, Management and Consistency

Don Schroeder

Don Schroeder
FUJIFILM North America Corporation Graphic Systems Division
12:00pm S13: Demystifying Named Spot Color Replacement Within RIP Software
12:00pm S15: Over-Communicate to Avoid Misunderstandings: Providing Value in an Overwhelmed and No Attention Span World
12:00pm S16: Color for Graphics Production 101
12:00pm S17: Multi-Process Graphic Printing
1:30pm S19: Soft Signage is Everywhere! Grasp the Possibilities!
1:30pm S21: Time is Not on My Side – How to Effectively Manage the Sales Opportunity Pipeline
1:30pm S22: Accelerate Your Pipeline — New Ways to Sell More, Faster
1:30pm S23: B2B Customization and Personalization with UV in the Retail Market
3:00pm S25: Emerging New Field of Surface Imaging
3:00pm S27: Building a Service-Driven Culture
3:00pm S29: Assess Your Output Device’s Color Range and Consistency — Before You Buy
3:00pm S30: Digital Technologies in Industrial Printing Markets, Part One
Friday, Oct 19, 2018
9:00am S31: Innovations in Finishing Create New Market Opportunities
9:00am S33: Want To Grow Your Business? Offer Solutions
9:00am S34: Adhesives for Retail Graphics
9:00am S35: Inkjet Maintenance: The High Cost of Inaction
10:30am S37: Increase Efficiency and Profitability with Production Analytics
10:30am S38: Digital Marketing: Growing Your Business with Social Media and Email Marketing
10:30am S39: Turn Your Team Into A Championship Team: Hiring, Training, Management, Motivation and Retention
10:30am S41: Process for Matching Spots and or Customer-Supplied Color
10:30am S42: Charting Industry Convergence: A Panel Discussion
12:00pm S43: Inkjet UV Printing: Your Entry Ticket to New Applications and Markets
12:00pm S45: 2018 Tax Reform: Assuring the Successful Continuation of Your Family Business
12:00pm S46: How Good is "Good Enough?" Tolerances for Color Matching
12:00pm S47: Giving Brands a Boost to Survive

Matt Buckley

Matt Buckley
GPA, Specialty Substrate Solutions
12:00pm S48: Digital Technologies in Industrial Printing Markets, Part Two
1:30pm S49: Digital Textile Committee Panel: Where are We with Digital Textile Today?
1:30pm S50: The Road to Desktop Sublimation Success
1:30pm S51: Driving The Sales Cycle
1:30pm S52: Women in Print Award Winners Panel Discussion
1:30pm S53: Changing Landscape For Foil and UV Coating Decorating Options

Jeff Peterson

Jeff Peterson
Foil & Specialty Effects Association
1:30pm S54: Markets and Motivators: Digital Textile Printing and the Smart Factory
3:00pm S55: Why Consider UV Printer In Your Shop? Simple — Profit!
3:00pm S57: Planning to Start or Upgrade A Customer Experience Program? A Cost-effective Methodology will Yield Results
3:00pm S58: Got UV LEDs? What Do You Do Now?
3:00pm S59: Take the Risk Out of Hiring Print Salespeople
Saturday, Oct 20, 2018
9:00am S63: 60 Minute Print Sales Boot Camp
9:00am S61: Spectrophotometers in the 21st Century
9:00am S64: Abracadabra! How to Incorporate 3D Printing Technology and Campaigns into your Wide Format Print Business

Kim Haimovic

Kim Haimovic
Massivit 3D Printing Technologies LTD
9:00am S65: Surviving in the Age of Amazon
9:00am S66: Digital Opportunities to Add Profits to Your Pockets

Matt Buckley

Matt Buckley
GPA, Specialty Substrate Solutions
10:30am S67: The Need for Automated Finishing for Digitally-Printed Textiles
10:30am S69: Hiring the Next Generation
10:30am S70: Everything You Need to Know About Large-Format Installations
10:30am S72: Reduce Waste with Shop Floor Management
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018
9:00am S02: Product Customization/Personalization for Garment Decoration
10:30am S08: Preparing Artwork for Digital/Hybrid Printing.
12:00pm S14: How to Adapt DTG to Your Business
1:30pm S20: Introduction to Embroidery Digitizing
3:00pm S26: The Multiple Print/Cut Technologies Available in Today's Garment Decoration
Saturday, Oct 20, 2018
9:00am S62: Screen Printing Special Effects
10:30am S68: Adding Embroidery to Your Print Shop
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018
9:00am S05: Inkjet Direct-To-Object Technology
3:00pm S28: Trends & Conditions in Printed Electronics: A Panel Discussion
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018
10:30am S12: Digital Printing for Packaging Applications, Part One
12:00pm S18: Exploring Inkjet Adoption for High-Production Printing
Friday, Oct 19, 2018
3:00pm S60: Digital Printing for Packaging Applications, Part Two
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018
1:30pm S24: Digital Adoption in Printed Packaging Markets, Part One
Friday, Oct 19, 2018
9:00am S36: Digital Adoption in Printed Packaging Markets, Part Two