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Ray Weiss

Ray Weiss, Director of Digital Print Programs for SGIA, joined the Association in 2014. He provides solutions and technical information on digital printing as well as digital equipment, materials, and vendor referrals. He oversees several workshops at SGIA along with the association’s digital equipment evaluation program. Ray is project manager for both the PDAA Certification program and SGIA's Digital Color Professional certification program and is an instructor for the Color Management Boot Camps. Ray is a regular contributor to the association's Journal and won the 2016 Swormstedt Award for Best in Class writing in the Digital Printing category. His 25+ year career in the graphics industry has spanned owning his own prepress and offset business to digital wide format sales, training, support, and service. Ray has extensive experience in color management and worked closely with the Smithsonian Institution to implement a color managed workflow in their Exhibits department.

Recent Posts

SGIA Expo 2018 Recap: The Product of the Year Competition

Posted by Ray Weiss on 10/31/18 4:07 PM

This year’s record number of entries (255) was a fitting way to end the SGIA Expo in style. Over 100 companies vied for top honors in 68 categories, including some new additions (e.g., single-pass printers, digital presses) that gear toward the industry convergence serving as the foundation of PRINTING United — SGIA and NAPCO Media’s new trade show debuting in Dallas October 23–25, 2019.

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Topics: SGIA, Printing, Print, Printing Industry, Industry Training, New Printing Technologies, Industry Competition, Printing United

Why 2018’s Product of the Year Competition was a Game-Changer

Posted by Ray Weiss on 9/12/18 1:41 PM

This was a banner year for SGIA’s Product of the Year competition, with 255 entries in 68 different categories. For the second year in a row, we adjusted the entry deadline so that judging and the announcement of the winners could occur approximately two months before the SGIA Expo. This allows winners to let Expo attendees and the world know that they have a Product of the Year winner, encouraging them to visit their booths to learn more. Wrapping up the judging in advance also allows SGIA the time to prepare the Product of the Year jewels, to be displayed at winning booths at the Expo.


Each year, I review the categories – with input from participating companies – to better identify what is most relevant to include in the competition. This year, for example, we added:

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Topics: SGIA, Printing, Wide Format, Commercial Printing, Print, Printing Industry, SGIA Expo

Challenges and Solutions for Retail Graphic Installations

Posted by Ray Weiss on 8/1/18 9:49 AM

Retail graphic installations cover a wide variety of printing and application processes and methods and can be great for your business. They also present some unique challenges.

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Topics: SGIA, Printing, Commercial Printing, Print, Printing Industry, Retail Market Printing, Retail, Installers

PDAA Certification: A Look at the Past, Present and Future

Posted by Ray Weiss on 6/13/18 8:30 AM

This year, SGIA has made some exciting changes to the Master Certification program that more accurately reflect what PDAA stands for: highly qualified installers with high standards who can handle vinyl on any surface. With our continued efforts to evolve the Master Certification program, SGIA's goal is to build a strong and reliable certification program that represents the best of the installer community.

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Topics: SGIA, PDAA, Car Wrap, Installers, PDAA Certification, SGIA Workshops

2018 Product of the Year Competition

Posted by Ray Weiss on 6/6/18 9:00 AM

You do not want to miss the Product of the Year Competition display at the 2018 SGIA Expo. This year's list of categories has been expanded to include 3D printers, digital presses, screen/digital hybrid presses, additional software entries, spectrophotometers and automation and sewing equipment.

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Topics: SGIA, Wide Format, Commercial Printing, Print, Printing Industry, Digital Printing, SGIA Expo, New Printing Technologies, digital printing technologies