September 11 - 14, 2011

2011 G7 Summit

Graph EXPO / , Chicago, IL
Driving Productivity & Profits from the G7 Methodology

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IDEAlliance, in partnership with the Graphic Arts Show Company, conducted the 2011 G7 Summit on the show floor at GRAPH EXPO, McCormick Place, Chicago IL from Sept 11 – 14, 2011.

The G7 Summit included in-depth Educational Sessions and technology demonstrations in Learning Labs.

Make plans to attend the next G7 Summit, October 7-10, 2012!











Event Date

September 11 - 14, 2011

Graph EXPO

McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL

The G7 Summit is held on the show floor of the Graph EXPO trade show in Chicago, IL.

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Schedule and Session Descriptions

Click for Schedule by Day >> Sunday, September 11 Monday, September 12 Tuesday, September 13 Wednesday, September 14
Day Time Start Time End Session Name Moderator / Speakers
Session Descriptions


Sun 10:15 AM 10:45 AM

Keynote I - CGX: Embracing G7


Ric Davis
Executive Vice President, Purchasing and Operations, Consolidated Graphics, Inc. (CGX)

Cory Sawatzki
Director of Operations Technology, Consolidated Graphics, Inc. (CGX)

Consolidated Graphics (CGX), a leading general commercial printing company, has the most G7 Master qualified print operations in the world, with 46 companies currently holding the Master designation, with additional companies in the qualification process. In this keynote address Ric Davis, will share how his company utilizes G7 to deliver a consistent, high-quality visual appearance across varying press equipment and substrates at varying locations, and how G7 maximizes the performance of their manufacturing processes for the benefit of their customers.


Sun 10:45 AM 11:45 AM G7 Update

Don Hutcheson

Ron Ellis
Ron Ellis Consulting LLC

Get first-hand knowledge on the latest updates on G7 Methodology and technologies from the inventor of G7, Don Hutcheson, and GRACoL Chair, Ron Ellis.


Sun 11:45 AM 12:45 PM Standards and G7

Steve  Smiley
Director of Color Technology, VERTIS Communications

Greg Radencic
Technology and Research Analyst, Printing Industries of America

Graham Trevett
Vice President Sales, Goss International

John Sweeney
Vice President Marketing and Industry Relations, FineEye Color Solutions

Did you know G7, GRACoL and SWOP all reference ISO Standards?  Steve Smiley, Chair Print Properties & Colorimetric Council and Technical Editor for the USTAG TC130 (ISO Standards for Graphic Arts) will moderate a panel on the latest ISO standards and how they will impact your everyday work life.

Sun 3:15 PM 3:45 PM Beyond the Page: From Print to Tablets - A Free Public Seminar Dianne Kennedy, VP of Emerging Technologies and Director of the IDEAlliance nextPub initiative

If you are producing print publications and dream of adding a digital edition, never fear. Tablet publishing is a lot more like print than it is like a website.  In this presentation you will see how your print editions can be enhanced to produce a tablet edition. We'll provide a summary of media types you might want to add, tool sets you can use and the challenges you are facing.  Dianne Kennedy, VP of Emerging Technologies and Director of the IDEAlliance nextPub initiative will answer your questions and give you insight to the next steps needed to move your organization beyond the printed page.

Sun 4:00 PM 5:00 PM G7 The Basics Part I - A Free Public Seminar Panel of G7 Experts

This is the 1st part of a 3-part series open to the general public, providing insight and details on what you need to know about G7.

Part I offers a general overview of G7 along with a demonstration of a file being created that is specified to G7 & GRACoL. Come learn about G7 from the experts who consult on this technology every work day.

Sun 5:00 PM 6:00 PM Networking Reception and Circle Award Presentation By invitation only. Tickets required

Monday, September 12

Mon 10:15 AM 11:15 AM The Cost and ROI of G7 Implementation

Mike Ruff
Chief Technology Officer, Nazdar Consulting Services

Jennifer Schloesser, Creative Director: Empire Screen

Ralph Rhine, Production Manager: Duracolor

Elaine Scrima, Director of Production: GSP Marketing Technologies, Inc.

Dan Eggars, Prepress Manager: Integracolor

Ever wonder about the cost to implement G7 in your facility?  How about the Return On Your Investment? A panel of printers who have successfully implemented G7 will share first-hand the how, why and benefits to implementation of G7.

Mon 11:15 AM 12:45 PM G7 in Action: Case Studies Round Table

Larry Warter
WarterColor Consulting

Dean DeMarco
IDL Worldwide

Joe Tirschfield
Cyril Scott

Cory Sawatzki
Director of Operations Technology, Consolidated Graphics, Inc. (CGX)

This session will showcase specific examples of how G7 works across multiple print processes on a daily basis.

Mon 4:00 PM 5:00 PM G7 The Basics Part II - A Free Public Seminar Panel of G7 Experts

This is the 2nd part of a 3-part series open to the general public, providing insight and details on what you need to know about G7.

Part II will pick up from from day one with a review of the output of the file created in Part I.  An analysis of the outcome of the various print samples to determine if G7 really does work.  Attendee’s will be encouraged to pick up samples from the various exhibitors on the showroom floor during the day so they can determine for themselves the effectiveness of G7.

Tuesday, September 13

Tue 10:15 AM 10:45 AM Keynote II -
Looking Forward: G7 Tools of the Future

Mike Rodriquez
Technical Director, RR Donnelley

Bruce Bayne
President, Alder Technology, Inc.

Russell Doucette
Business Development Manager, Konica Minolta Sensing Americas, Inc.

David Hunter
Pilot Marketing

Joe Suffoletto

There are many tools available to today's printer to support their implementation of G7. Mike Rodriquez will review what to look for in a tool that can support your business today and tomorrow.


Tue 10:45 AM 11:45 AM G7 Process Control & Conformance Ron Ellis
Ron Ellis Consulting LLC

You’ve heard IDEAlliance and many of the G7 Experts in the field talk about process control and conformance. Ron Ellis will speak directly about this new IDEAllaince program, what it is, what the benefits are for the creative agency, premedia professionals, printers and their clients.  In our global environment, G7PCC is the competitive edge you’ve been looking for.

Tue 11:45 AM 12:45 PM RIT’s Printing Standards Audit (PSA) Program 

Bill Garno
Director of Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Printing Applications Laboratoru

Many printers have asked for a GRACoL, SWOP or ISO Certification.  IDEAlliance has partnered with the Rochester Institute of Technology in the development and implementation of these certifications programs.  The Printing Standards Audit by RIT is the only way you can become certified for GRACoL, SWOP or ISO Print Standard Certification.  This session will detail what the Audit is and how you will benefit from it.


Tue 4:00 PM 5:00 PM G7 The Basics Part III - A Free Public Seminar Panel of G7 Experts

This is the 2nd part of a 3-part series open to the general public, providing insight and details on what you need to know about G7.

Part III will review the next phase of G7, which is Process Control and Conformance (G7PCC).  This expert panel will be moderated by Joe Fazzi with a team of IDEAlliance Certified G7PCC Experts to discuss the benefits of process control and conformance.

Wednesday, September 14

Wed 10:15 AM 11:15 AM Trending: Print Production From Around the World

Joe Fazzi
Vice President Media Production Technologies

Steve  Smiley
Director of Color Technology, VERTIS Communications

As print buyers extend their purchasing of print globally, what are your plans to compete for their business?   Printing companies from under developed countries are utilizing state of the art technologies in their production facilities.  What steps are you taking to compete in this market?  Joe Fazzi and Steve Smiley will debate what you need to know to stay competitive.


Wed 11:15 AM 12:45 PM G7 Certified Systems

Joe Fazzi
Vice President Media Production Technologies

Don Hutcheson

Chuck Koehler
Color Specialist, Heidelberg USA

Don Schroeder
Director Solutions Development, Fujifilm Graphic Systems

There are currently only (3) Systems available today that allow you to calculate G7 Correction Curves.  In this system, each system will be demonstrated. See first-hand how these systems work, what they offer and how they may fit into your workflow.
  • Heidelberg Prenect® Color Toolbox
  • Fujifilm Taskero™ Universe® ColorPathe™ Sync®
  • HutchColor / Chromix Curve2™


September 11, 2011 - September 12, 2011
In the G7 Summit Learning Labs, today's leading technology suppliers present their solutions in informational, thirty-minute educational demos. Attend any of the G7 Summit Learning Labs and you'll better understand how the latest products and processes support the implementation of the G7 methodology and GRACoL and SWOP specifications. Participating companies will include certified proofing systems, workflow, process control, G7 system support, ink optimization and many other types of technology tools

Supplier Registration

Lab Day Lab Start Time Lab End Time Lab Sponsor

Sunday, September 11

Sunday 1:15 PM 1:45 PM Konica Minolta
Sunday 2:00 PM 2:30 PM CGS Publishing Technologies
Sunday 2:45 PM 3:15 PM EFI

monday, September 12

Monday 1:15 PM 1:45 PM Xerox Corporation
Monday 2:00 PM 2:30 PM Mitsubishi Imaging Inc
Monday 2:45 PM 3:15 PM Alwan Color Expertise
Monday 3:30 PM 4:00 PM FUJIFILM North America Corp

tuesday, September 13

Tuesday 1:15 PM 1:45 PM GMG
Tuesday 2:00 PM 2:30 PM Kodak
Tuesday 2:45 PM 3:15 PM CMG MEASURECOLOR

September 13, 2011
Sponsor a G7 Summit Learning Lab - an informational, thirty-minute educational demo conducted on the Graph EXPO show floor. Demonstrate how your product, software, process or procedure supports G7, GRACoL and/or SWOP. G7 Summit registered attendees receive priority seating at all Learning Labs, but Labs are also OPEN TO ALL GRAPH EXPO ATTENDEES.

Learning Lab: $2,200 (Non-Members $2,700)

G7 Bingo Cards: G7 Bingo Cards will be distributed to each registered attendee. G7 Bingo Cards will include the booth # of each lab sponsor. Attendees will be encouraged to have their G7 Bingo Card initialed by designated contacts at each booth or during your Learning Lab. Those who return completed G7 Bingo Cards to the IDEAlliance registration desk will be entered to win an iPod Touch!

Prizes: Speaking of prizes, we encourage each Learning Lab Partner to contribute a prize to be given away at the G7 Summit Reception on Sunday, September 11 at 5:00 PM!

Supplier Registration

Summit Registration

G7 Summit

Purchase the Full G7 Summit or purchase Daily Tickets. 
Registration includes admission to the Graph EXPO exhibit hall.

Member and Non-Members

G7 Summit – Full, Sunday, Sept. 11 - Wednesday, Sept. 14


G7 Summit – Daily Tickets