President Bill Destler

“Imagine RIT as an innovation university. We see a new relationship where RIT is home to your research and development.”

RIT President Bill Destler 

Leveraging RIT’s comprehensive collection of full-scale contemporary printing equipment, laboratory instrumentation, and the expertise of RIT’s world renowned faculty and technical staff, the Printing Applications Laboratory provides industry with empirical approaches to control and improve the quality of their products and expand on the knowledge of printing industry professionals.

PAL provides digital media certification programs, product/process auditing, competitive benchmarking, and assistance with product development. PAL also assists the industry with a broad range of both open enrollment and customized corporate educational programs.


Industry News Highlights

Security Print Technology Workshop, June 6-9, 2016

June 6, 2016toJune 9, 2016


Demand for Security Print technology continues to rise as the incidence of document fraud and product counterfeiting continue to increase. Along with this increase in illegal activity, the difficulty of producing fake documents and labels has been greatly reduced in today’s digital world.

The Security Print Technology Workshop is focused on providing the attendees with an in-depth understanding of how and when to employ the latest print technologies to combat this growing global problem. To set the stage, a review of document and product counterfeiting will be presented. However, the focus of this workshop is on the secure print technologies, applications, and processes that are available today.

Seminar Schedule: A tentative schedule for this seminar will be posted when it becomes available. Highlights from the 2015 agenda are available here.

A list of instructors for this program will be posted when it becomes available.

You Will Learn

Topics will range from secure document design through all available production methods. Sessions on materials and print processes will provide a comprehensive understanding on how to produce documents and labels that meet exacting requirements. Sessions will also cover major secure product segments such as negotiable instruments, travel and ID documents, revenue and brand protection labels, and various official state and federal government documents. Brand owner and document issuer perspectives will also be shared. The workshop, which will be held at Rochester Institute of Technology, will include 30 hours of classroom instruction.

RIT does not make hotel reservations, but is making arrangements for seminar attendees to reserve rooms at a special rate at the nearby Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport, 175 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY ‎14623; (585) 475-1910. More information on rates will be posted when it becomes available.

Program Fee: $1,495 registration.

For questions, contact Barbara Giordano at or (585) 475-2687.

Printing Process Identification and Image Analysis for for Forensic Document Examiners

April 12, 2016toApril 15, 2016

This highly specialized seminar – designed for new examiners as well as experienced analysts who want a technology update – explores the full range of image, ink and substrate variables that are key to determining the authenticity of currency, stamps, passports and other legal documents.

You Will Learn

  • Imaging characteristics of traditional and non-impact printing systems, including the newest digital technologies
  • The interrelationship of the imaging process, ink and substrate, and how to evaluate all three
  • Technical knowledge to help you differentiate between an authentic document and a fraudulent replica

Who Should Attend

  • Questioned document examiners
  • Forensic document examiners
  • Forensic scientists
  • Criminologists
  • Fraud investigators
  • Government employees who work in or with crime labs

Seminar Schedule

A tentative schedule for this seminar will be posted when it becomes available. The schedule for the most recent (April 2015) session is available here as a reference.


A list of instructors for this program will be posted when it becomes available. A list of instructors for the most recent (April 2015) session is available here as a reference.

Program Fee:  $1,395

RIT does not make hotel reservations, but has made arrangements for seminar attendees to reserve rooms at a special rate at the nearby Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport, 175 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY ‎14623; (585) 475-1910. To reserve a room at the special rate, use the code word “FORENSICS” when you register. Note that rooms will be held only until two weeks prior to the seminar date. After this time, rooms are reserved on a space-available basis. If you would like to book your room through the internet, please use the special promotional code ‘RITF’.


Online registration for this program is available. For additional information, please email Barbara Giordano or call her at (585) 475-2687.

RIT’s Bruce Myers on Offset Printing’s Future

New imaging technologies, shifts in the market for print media, and the recent recession have shaken up the commercial printing sector. In an article titled “Does Offset Printing Have a Future?” written by Jeffrey Steele, appearing in the November issue of Quick Printing, Bruce Myers, assistant professor, School of Media Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology reviews the current state and future of the offset industry. Dr. Myers states that ““I know of no digital technologies that can compete with web-offset in terms of duty cycle. It is unlikely that markets currently served by large offset web presses will lose share to digital printing technologies in the foreseeable future.” But Myers notes that offset professionals need to move beyond traditional markets and marketing practices if they want to remain viable in the long term. The full article is available for download here.

KODAK NEXPRESS SX Is First Pre-Approved Platform for PSA Certification

The KODAK NEXPRESS SX Digital Production Color Platform with HD Inks has passed the pre-approval phase for Printing Standards Audit (PSA) certification. Developed by RIT’s Printing Applications Laboratory, PSA is a rigorous, objective process for assessing a printer’s ability to operate a standards compliant workflow. By attaining PSA Certification, printers can objectively demonstrate that they have mastered the use of standards in the workflows they operate.

The Kodak platform becomes the first manufacturer-initiated pre-approved platform for individual customer PSA certification, speeding the process for print service providers who know their buyers will require PSA certification.

“Given the increased interest in inclusion of optical brightener agents in many substrates, it’s become more difficult to fully match color proofing to print output processes – their inclusion affects color management and matching,” said Jeffrey Wang, PAL Senior Imaging & Color Scientist. “PSA is the first process to incorporate and compensate for this globally, and having the KODAK NEXPRESS SX Platform pre-approved makes it an attractive option for print service providers.”

For more information on the KODAK NEXPRESS SX pre-approval, view or download the Kodak news release here. For more on the Printing Standards Audit, visit the PSA page here,

We’ve Moved!

Rochester Institute of Technology is proud to announce the new location to host the Printing Applications Laboratory (PAL) and Imaging Products Laboratory (IPL). It is in the same building as before, Building #78, on the RIT campus. This is a larger and newly renovated facility combines the experienced staff and extensive facilities of PAL and IPL.

 We, at RIT, constantly strive to provide our customers with cutting-edge technologies and programs and best-in -class services. Now customers can anticipate better quality and service through the joining of the two groups.

 In the past, IPL focused on assessing the quality and performance of re-manufactured imaging products for the Small Office and Home Office (SOHO) markets, while PAL was designed to fulfill the needs of commercial and industrial printing for materials testing, evaluation, and qualification. We believe that this new facility combines the best features of both groups to deliver maximum satisfaction to customers around the world.

 With the introduction of new programs like ISO 15339 based Printing Standards Audit (PSA) and Over Print Vanish for digital presses (OPV), it is beneficial to co-locate our resources. This new facility, 7,000 sq. ft., is temperature- and humidity-controlled, providing an ultra-stable testing environment that can accommodate many desired testing conditions.  A key feature of the new facility is a new, robust and effective floor plan designed to contribute to high quality and efficiency in all our operations.

 Our new facility hosts five full-color digital presses, custom ink mixing system, imaging products testing laboratory, printing materials and analytical laboratory, image quality evaluation laboratory, and a color laboratory equipped with the ISO 3664:2009 lighting and viewing fixtures.

 We look forward to being of continued service to you and hope you will enjoy the benefits of PAL at our new facility.


PAL staff

HP Indigo Labels & Packaging Over Print Varnish Performance Program

RIT’s HP Indigo Over Print Varnish Performance Program enables manufacturers, suppliers and HP Indigo digital press owners to have both waterbase and UV coatings evaluated with HP Indigo digital certified media. The OPV Performance procedure incorporates several tests in accordance with the stated protective uses for the coatingsOPVarticle.

As an initial screen test, the OPV will be applied to a certified printed media. The OPV will be evaluated for adhesion to the HP Indigo ink and visible orange peeling or mottling. After passing the initial screen test, the coating will be applied to specific test targets for evaluation of chemical and physical properties.

Once completed, a comprehensive report is then generated for each OPV/substrate combination and given to the supplier.

For more information on OPV, download the program announcement and data sheet/order form here.

New PAL Video on Color Matching for Optically Brightened Papers

The Printing Applications Laboratory has released a new 5-minute video on how printers can deal with preparing matching proofs for optically brightened stock by printing to numbers. The video explains why optically brightened papers appeal to consumers, but can make life difficult for printers because traditional printing aims are no longer valid and proofs (which are always made on unbrightened papers) no longer match the color of print — thus the contract proof can no longer accurately predict the color of the final print.

Fortunately, science and technology have come to the printing industry’s rescue.  Over the past three years, a new technology, Substrate Corrected Colorimetric Aims (also called SCCA technology), has been developed to solve these problems. To learn more about the benefits of SCCA, view the video on YouTube here.

Color Preference, Printed Color and PSA Certification Article Published

IDEAlliance has published an extensively illustrated three-part article prepared by RIT Gravure Research Professor Robert Chung about managing customers’ color expectations and managing technology change in the graphic arts industry and written for print buyers, including brand owners, designers and printers. Click here for Part 1; here for Part 2; and here for Part 3 of the article as published in recent issues of the IDEAlliance Bulletin. IDEAlliance is a global community of content and media creators, and their service providers, material suppliers, and technology partners.