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Ray Prince


Residence: Custer, SD
Mobile: 605-941-1492

Ray Prince is a 59 year industry veteran who has dedicated his career to helping printing companies improve in the areas of productivity and quality with the bottom-line objective of increasing their profitability. He has consulted in numerous operational areas that cover the gamut of disciplines from sheetfed and web press testing and solving paper and ink problems, to color control systems and paper waste reduction.

Ray conducts confidential Technical Plant Assessments (TPAs) that provide an in-plant analysis of printers’ production facilities and capabilities. To date, he has completed over 1,200 TPAs.

In addition to consulting, Ray teaches the following popular seminars: “Troubleshooting in Your Printing Plant,” “Error Prevention,” “How to O.K. Color on Press,” “Overcoming the Top 20 Pressroom Problems,” “Paper and Ink Problems,” “100+ Ideas on Producing Consistent Quality,” “Solving Paper and Ink Problems in the Pressroom,” “Error Prevention,” “Slashing Makeready,” “The Future of Printing,” “Creating a Trouble-Free Prepress Department,” “Color for the Production Pressroom,” “Lithographic Relationships and Variables,” and “Lithographic Troubleshooting.” All totaled, he has presented over 828 lectures, and is a regular presenter at NAPL and GATF conferences and industry trade shows.

You may have read Prince’s technical problem-solving articles titled “How I See It” in GATFWorld, GATF’s bimonthly magazine, his monthly “Tech Tips” on the Graphic Arts Blue Book’s web site and his “Tech Tips” in American Printer magazine. He has also co-authored the GATF texts, Solving Sheetfed Offset Press Problems and Solving Web Offset Press Problems, and has authored Testing the Accuracy of the Step-and-Repeat Machine, one of many of GATF’s Technical Services Reports that he has contributed his technical expertise to. He also writes a blog for Graphic Arts Monthly magazine – Ask a Print Expert. He has written over 247 articles.

In 1991 Ray served as President of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts, where he contributed four technical papers to TAGA Proceedings, an annual compendium of scholarly technical papers. In 1992 NAPL named Ray Craftsman of the Year. In 1994, he received the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation’s Industry Education Award. The same year he also achieved the Certified Quality Systems Lead Auditor Status from the Registrar Accreditation Board of the American Society for Quality Control. In 1997 TAGA, the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts, presented Ray with the TAGA Honors Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2000, he was inducted to the NAPL Soderstrom Society, receiving the Soderstrom Medal for contributions to the printing industry. In 2002, he was inducted into The Benjamin Franklin Society, and in 2007 was inducted to the Research and Engineering Council’s Nonpareil Society. In 2009 he received from the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation the Harold Gegenheimer Award. In 2010 he received from NAPL the Vanguard Award for Achievement. In 2011 he received the “Industry Influencer Award” from Printing Industries of New England.

During Printing Week at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA in January of 2013 the Resource Room in the Graphic Communication Department was dedicated and named after Raymond Prince. This extension of the main library houses a large and rare collection of books and periodicals concentrating on Graphic Communication. In July of 2015 the Raymond J. Prince Graphic Arts Collection (considered to be the largest collection on Graphic Arts library in the world covering technology and management of the industry) was dedicated at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. The collection includes:

Art Diamond Toners, Inkjet, and Photoreceptor Publications
E. H. Wadewitz Memorial Library
Graphic Communication Rare Books
Raymond J. Prince Resource Room Publications
Richard Fisch Science and Technology Publications
Shakespeare Press Museum

Ray holds an A.A.S. and B.S. in printing management from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an M.S. in printing management from South Dakota State University.

Work History

1958 – 1961 Prince Printing, Clairton, PA – small commercial printer, co-owner with father, operated all types of printing equipment.

1967 to 1970 – Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA now merged with Printing Industries of America. Technical Services Representative. Duties included consulting for printers and printing machinery and supply manufacturers, teaching of three seminars on printing, and finally administrative duties for 20 different programs. Extensive travel was required.

1970 – 1978 – Azoplate Corp., Murray Hill, NJ, now part of AGFA. Director of Applications in the Research Department. Had 80 employees as direct reports, supervised building of equipment for printing plate development and other equipment used by printers, for key customers provided troubleshooting services, supervised testing of all products, supervised research of new equipment.

1978 – 2005 (approx) Graphic Arts Technical Foundation later to become Printing Industries of America, Pittsburgh, PA. Many titles the last of which was Director of Technical Services. Conducted workshops and seminars throughout North America, supervised 8 full time consultants and 20 part-time consultants. Extensive travel. Consulted for all types of printing companies including non heatset web offset firms.

2005-2009 National Association for Printing Leadership, NJ. Vice President. Did extensive consulting and formed a group of 17 part time consultants for the printing industry. Consulted for all types of printing companies.

2011 – 10/2012 President of GreensheetBIZ an industry newsletter

12/2009 to today – President of Raymond J. Prince Consulting for the printing industry – consulting for all types of printing companies.

Appendix 2:

During the past years, I have provided expert services in several legal proceedings, which are detailed below.
a. 2006 Pineapple Grove v. Cenveo Phoenix (report and deposition)
Phoenix, AZ
b. 2007 Woods Litho v. Hartford Steam Boiler (report and deposition)
Harford, CT
c. 2009 Breenhlob (Brenner Printing) v. Komori (report, deposition and arbitration)
Chicago, IL
(American Arbitration Association)
d. 2010 Mitsubishi v. Anderson Brothers (report, deposition and arbitration)
Chicago, IL
(American Arbitration Association)
e. 2010 Durobag v. Printing Service Company (report and deposition)

f. 2011 Birchwood v. Battenfeld (report and deposition)

g. 2011 Print Fulfillment Services v. KBA (expert report)
District Court 14th Judicial Districe, Dallas County, Texas

h. 2012 Confidential US Government Agency (report and court testimony)

i. 2013 – 14 Norma Duttera v. Sunoco, Inc. et al (report)
Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas

j. 2014 CTP Innovations v. Integracolor et al (report)
Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division

k. 2015 – 16 DeSorbo v. U. S. Steel Corp., et al no. 130603450(report)
Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas

l. 2016 Sunbelt Graphics, Inc. v. Executive Label, Inc.
Circuit Court of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County, Florida
Case No.: 14-014830 (04) (report)

m. 2016 & 2017 Major publisher vs government agency (ongoing)

n. 2017 Pet Gifts v. Imagine This Company ( report and deposition)