Ryerson’s Sylvia Xiaoying Ma is finalist in Sinapse Print Simulators’ North American Print Skills Contest

Sylvia Xiaoying Ma.
Sylvia Xiaoying Ma.

After months of intense competition, the finalists in the Sinapse Print Simulators’ North American Print Skills Contest are Sunny Turner, from Appalachian State University in North Carolina, and Sylvia Xiaoying Ma, from the Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Course at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Both have consistently solved print problems on Sinapse’s SHOTS Print Simulator at the lowest production cost, and have thus outscored their competitors. Using cloud-based simulators, both finalists can view the problems, analyze the possible causes, decide how to solve them and see the final results and costs of their actions (or inaction).

Sunny Turner.
Sunny Turner.

The Final round will be held “live by projection” at California Polytechnic State University, July 8 during the International Circle (IC) Conference. The winner will immediately qualify for the competition rounds of the Drupa 2016 SHOTS & Flexo Contest – and will not have to go through qualifying rounds.

Sinapse Print Simulators (Saint-Aubin, France) is the world’s leading supplier of print training simulators for flexo, gravure and offset presses. The company’s ongoing worldwide competitions – including results, evaluations and new exercises – are coordinated through a cloud-based interface.

Sinapse’s Print Simulators completely simulate the running of a printing press, reproducing a wide variety of printing conditions and problems that can be used for training, skills assessment, performance enhancement and process analysis. Simulation can also be used to familiarize other staff with the printing process, improve teamwork and increase process efficiency. Its simulators are available for all major printing processes.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.