The following is an interview with Dave Dezzutti, Technology and Research Analyst, Center for Technology and Research, at Printing Industries of America.

How confident are you that every job your company produces will render spot-on color (if 1 is “not a chance!” and 10 is “we’re color masters!”)? If you’re like most companies, you’re probably somewhere in the middle. According to past customers, the solutions our expert consultants provide directly raise their confidence in producing predictable color. In addition to color management, more than a dozen full-time and external consultants serve members and the industry in a variety of areas. (Read the interview with digital and offset consultant Keith Whistler.)

As a consultant with the Center for Technology and Research since 2011, Dave Dezzutti, who’s also a G7® Certified Expert and trainer, explains how he has helped many companies both on site and off with their color management issues. 

Q: What is your background in this field that has enabled you to become a successful consultant?
Dave: I have been very fortunate in my career to have worked in a production capacity with a wide variety of equipment and procedures. Ultimately this helps me assess a company’s current situation and provide them with a road map to follow in the future. This information will assist them in being more productive, with less waste, and gain a sense of predictability with regard to quality and consistency.

Q: What is your current role with our consulting team?
Dave: My focus is on color management. With hands-on experience with three different workflow systems, nine RIPs, two CTP systems, and a variety of digital equipment, my G7® Expert certification permits me to consult at printing companies and qualify them to become G7® Master facilities.

Q: What are some of the highlights from your consulting experiences?
Dave: I get a wide perspective on current issues our industry is facing. For instance, I am still somewhat surprised at the lack of process controls at some companies. Color management will only work continuously providing there is a process controls implementation in place.

Q: How do you help companies find solutions?
Dave: As a third-party observer, some problems are easily exposed. People, by nature, are so ingrained in what they are producing that they sometimes lose track of procedures, like those in process controls, which enable them to catch errors in the production stream. By methodically assessing each step of the process, issues will inevitably surface, and I can recommend a corrective action.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Dave: There is no greater feeling than when an owner says at the end of a consulting assignment, that they have never had this kind of confidence before about the consistence and predictability of their color reproduction.

Dave is also a featured speaker at the 2013 Color Management Conference, December 7–10, in Phoenix, AZ.

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Center for Technology and Research

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2013 Color Management Conference