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Department of Graphic Communications


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Product Development and Testing

Clemson University offers both technology and expertise to facilitate the printing and converting industry's product development needs. Product testing can be conducted for both printers and suppliers. Full-service capabilities are offered including prepress and plate-making services as well as actual on-press testing. Test design and analysis of test results can also be provided. Clemson has corrugated printing and narrow web flexo printing capabilities along with single station rotogravure capabilities to conduct trials.

Suppliers will often evaluate a developing product in Clemson's facilities prior to releasing it to market in order to quantify its performance characteristics. By utilizing Clemson's facilities to evaluate various products and select the best for their application, printers and converters avoid robbing valuable press time from their production schedules. Testing at Clemson also ensures that the evaluation is conducted under controlled conditions which are confidential, repeatable, and unbiased.

Equipment manufacturers also employ Clemson's facilities for product development. To this end, manufacturers have installed prototypes in order to run tests to predict actual field experience. Because of the nature of the work done in Clemson's facilities (many, many short runs), Clemson is particularly attractive to equipment manufacturers interested in evaluating the performance of their product over time, as related to set-up and clean-up functions. Of course, tests can be designed to evaluate the performance of a product over the long run as well.

Industry Training

Clemson University offers workshops and seminars for industry professionals to stay on top of current trends and technologies in the printing and converting industry. You can always find events taking place that will meet your needs whether they are foundational principles and practices or advanced techniques. In either case, Clemson strives to cover important theories and best practices in an interactive hands-on environment. Local workshops maximize the hands-on experience for smaller groups of 4 to 8 people where seminars are geared for larger audiences and typically include industry guest speakers. Clemson strives to meet your printing and converting needs. Customized training is also available upon request and can be tailored to your specific needs.

Department of Graphic Communications
Department of Graphic Communications | 200 Godfrey Hall, Clemson, S.C. 29634