Up-and-coming talent gets to know everyday practice
Young engineer from Ohio GT attends a university again
Although it may sound strange, electrical engineer Andrew Szabo gained valuable insights into the world of printing technology. Together with software developer Lynn Peterson (OHIO), he visited Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo in February to see a hybrid printing test and took the opportunity to view the pilot system in the printing technology department.
Lynn Peterson was involved in cylinder engraving at Ohio GT; Andrew Szabo first saw a print shop from the inside. This is his report.
The first thing I noticed when entering the pilot plant was the smell. On this cold February day, Lynn and I came from the outside into the print shop, where we were met by the characteristic harsh smell of solvents, dyes and lubricants. Shawn Mortimore, the deputy director of the facility, greeted us and took us on a short tour of the system. The first thing I saw were the huge rolls of paper stacked on pallets. These gave me an impression of the size of everything, which became even clearer when Mr. Mortimore took us around the corner and showed us the two-storey high printing machines in their entirety. Until then, I had only seen this kind of thing on television, which normally distorts the size.
Mr Mortimore introduced us to the printing machine crew, who then began to register the hybrid cylinders. Even though I am familiar with the basics of CMYK color theory, it was impressive to see for the first time how the individual colors are combined to form a full-color image. I remember trying to figure out on my own how this is done – although the printing machine crew would have gladly answered all of my and Lynn's questions while they helped us register the cylinders and then adjust the colors on the hybrid galley proofs.
After seeing the hybrid galley proof, Lynn and I still wanted to visit Dr. Margaret Joyce in the university building. She prints with an AccuPress and we discussed with her the various options for improving the printing results of printed electronics, which she is currently researching.
Both experiences gave us first-hand insights into the status of hybrid technology and the technical possibilities of the AccuPress. We obtained valuable feedback regarding how we can continue to improve products made by Ohio Gravure Technologies.
The Cerutti printing machine in the WMU pilot system
The Ohio proof
Lynn Peterson inspects the hybrid galley proof