Ferris State University Printing and Imaging Technology


Ferris @ DSCOOP: San Antonio, Texas

Apr 15th 16

Professor Conati and two seniors from the Graphic Media Management program packed their cowboy boots and made there way to San Antonio, Texas for the HP Imaging sponsored annual DSCOOP Conference. Sam Hillock and Rachel Reber were the lucky seniors that were instrumental in setting up and manning (or Wo-manning) the Ferris booth at the solutions showcase portion of the conference. Keynote speakers included Steve “the Wizard of Woz” Wasniak (Apple Founder), Kevin O’leary from the reality show “Shark Tank” and Herm Edwards ESPN Analyst and former New York Jets head coach. This experience has brought fresh industry insights back to the Graphic Media Management program along with national and international exposure to Ferris State University.

JDF Works at Ferris

Jan 13th 16

When we purchased the Standard Horizon folder the company graciously donated their PXnet JDF/JMF postpress controller. We tested PXNet by driving JDF data from our EFI Pace MIS and our Fuji XMF RIP workflow with success. Both made our new Horizon folder move on its own and with little to no micro adjustments on various types of fold patterns. The PXnet system is capable of sending JMF data to our EFI Pace system to provide real time feedback. This JDF language is the catalyst that will link management, prepress, press and postpress systems, and now at Ferris State University.


The New Imaging and Finishing Lab

Sep 3rd 15


The all new imaging and finishing lab is ready for fall semester. New equipment includes; Standard Horizon Folder, Challenge iCut 780 Cutter, Saddle Stitcher, two QuickMaster presses, Screen Thermal platesetter, Fuji Acuity large format inkjet, Fuji XMF workflow, and Fuji XMF Remote client web portal.


Fuji XMF Workflow at Ferris State University

Jun 8th 15

In June, Fuji came to Ferris State University to install their XMF Raster Image Processor (RIP) into the Graphic Media Management prepress. It will drive data through the Xitron tiff catcher, RasterBlaster then be directed to our new Screen PlateRite thermal platesetter. Fuji will also install XMF Remote that will allow external clients to submit jobs, preflight, proof and some imposition directly in a browser from anywhere in the world.

Construction Has Begun for our new Imaging and Finishing Lab

Apr 30th 15


Construction/rennovation has begun in the Business Building room 124 for a new digital print, finishing and bindery lab. All of the old equipment in the Swan Building has been sold and all new JDF compatible equipment will be housed in room 124 Business Building. The project was started in April 2015 and should be completed by July 1, 2015. It would be a perfect opportunity for Alumni to visit and tour the facilities next Fall.

Direct to Garment Printing

Mar 30th 15

The Graphic Media Management has acquired an Epson SureColor 2000 direct to garment inkjet press.  It will print no a number of different textiles from dark to light materials. It has CMYK inks along with white ink so that darker materials will print true color.

Wide Format Fuji Acuity Printer at Ferris

Mar 30th 15

The Graphic Media Management program at Ferris has a new toy.  The Acuity wide format printer is use to print point-of-purchase displays, fatheads, stickers and clings. It is a roll printer with the option to convert into a flatbed flatbed printer.  It has the ability to print on rigid materials like wood, foam core, metal and acrylics.

New MIS Installation of EFI Pace at Ferris

May 29th 14

The Graphic Media Management program has recently installed EFI Pace as its Management Information System which will be used to teach management and workflow concepts in the curriculum courses.  These courses are utilizing Pace to teach estimating, scheduling, accounting, and planning. Pace will be integrated with the prepress front-end and production equipment to implement an automated JDF workflow.

Professor Conati Named “Educator of the Year”

Jan 15th 14


The Printing Industries of Michigan along with five Detroit area graphic related clubs have named Professor John Conati the 2013/2014 “Educator of the Year” during their celebration of National Print Week. Professor Conati was presented with this honor on Tuesday, January 14 at the Ben Franklin Award Dinner held annually in Livonia, Michigan to commemorate National Print Week.


GMM to Offer a Secondary Education Teacher Workshop

Dec 10th 13

The Graphic Media Management program at Ferris State University will be hosting a workshop for Michigan high schools teachers on Tuesday, January 28.  Secondary education professionals who attend  this event will develop an understanding of the learning outcomes used in the SkillsUSA graphic communication test that has been adopted by the State of Michigan.  In addition, an on-line working test instrument with sample questions will be available for review. For more information, please call Pat Klarecki at 231-591-2848.


Annual Ferris Graphic Media Management Golf Outing Earns $3000 in Scholarships

Sep 30th 13

The annual Ferris State University Graphic Media Management Golf outing was held at Quail Ridge Country Club in Ada, Michigan on September 17, 2013. There were 25 teams of over 100 golfers and 14 corporate sponsors supporting the Ferris State University Graphic Media Management program. The event raised over $3000 dollars for scholarships that will be awarded to deserving Ferris students during the 2013/2014 academic school year.

Field Trip to Quad and Print 13

Sep 10th 13

The Graphic Arts Association and Professor Conati just returned Sunday (September 8, 2013) from a three day field trip to Quad Graphics and Tempt in Wisconsin and Print 13 in Chicago. Students were quite impressed by the sheer size of the Quad plant in Sussex, Wisconsin. The tour of Tempt gave the students a chance to see the Inca Onset S-70 digital UV press in action which is one of the largest UV inkjet presses in the country. Tempt is a company that specializes in point-of-purchase displays and they have recently be acquired by Quad Graphics. On the final day of the field trip, the students spent one day at McCormick Place in Chicago experiencing Print 13. It was a great learning experience and provided a lot of fun for the 21 Ferris State University students who participated.

Graphic Media Management Moves Across Campus

Aug 21st 13

The Graphic Media Management program has moved from Swan Hall to the Business Building to start off the 2012-2014 academic year. A space in Business 120 and 122 was remodeled this summer for the prepress, digital print lab, and faculty offices.  The bindery and press labs will remain in Swan Hall until a space is made available near the Business building. We welcome students, friends and alumni to come visit our new home in the College of Business.

EFI Vutek Donates a Wide Format UV Printer

Jun 21st 13

The Graphic Media Management program at Ferris State University is replacing their Grand Format solvent printer with a new wide format UV inkjet printer. This is a flatbed inkjet capable of printing 5 foot wide images on nearly any kind of substrate, paper, vinyl, wood, glass, on more. This printer will be utilized in our press, digital printing and color management courses in our program.

New Digital Press

Jun 14th 13

The Graphic Media Management program at Ferris State University will have a new digital press for Fall semester, 2013.  The Konica Minolta Bizhub C7000 will be used for short run color and variable data printing. It will be used in conjunction with FusionPro software in the GMAN 310 Digital Print and Variable Data Printing course.  The digital press will also be used to provide the Graphic Design program and the College of Business digital OnDemand print.

2013 Job Fair on February 7

Jan 31st 13

Quad Graphics, Consolidated Graphics, and Jap-Olson will be talking for Ferris State University Graphic Meida Management students and graduates on Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in Wink Arena.  Japs-Olson will giving a company presentation in 218 Swan Hall @ 11:00 am.

Print Programs Move to the College of Business

Mar 29th 12

The Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees has approved the reengineering of the Print programs, including its transfer from the College of Engineering Technology to the College of Business. The refined degrees will be an AAS in Graphic Communications and a BS in Graphic Media Management.  The changes in the Print programs will take effect with the start of the Fall 2012 semester and they will be part of the Marketing Department in the College of Business.

The Ferris Graphic Media programs will sustain the proud tradition of providing a solid hands-on foundation of print production fundamentals. Students will continue to receive applied instruction on the entire process learning image and digital document creation, offset and digital press operation, finishing and distribution, workflow automation and color management. A strong command of these processes are what employers of Ferris graduates have grown to expect of their new employees and will continue to receive.

To better meet the needs of the future of the print media industry, the Graphic Media Management program requirements include an increased business focus in the areas of metrics for decision making, statistics, marketing, and management. In addition, students graduating with a Bachelor in Graphic Media Management will have the opportunity to target specific areas of interest through 12 credits of directed electives.  If combined with 6 additional credits, these electives can lead to a minor in areas such as Information Technology, marketing, Advertising/Integrated Marketing Communications, Business Analytics, Management and many others.

Japs-Olsen to Visit Ferris

Mar 29th 12

Japs-Olsen from Minneapolis, Minnesota, will visit Ferris on Tuesday April 17.  They plan on giving a presentation in Swan 218 @ 11:00 a.m. and then interview Ferris State students for a Customer Service Representative internship opening this Summer.

Ann Arbor Book Day

Mar 1st 12

The Ann Arbor Book Day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3 @ 11:00 a.m. in Swan 218. All Ferris students are welcome and Graphic Media Management students are strongly encouraged to attend.  Attendance is mandatory for all students who have been awarded with their scholarship and those who have applied this year.

RamPage Donation

Feb 28th 12

A special thank you to RamPage, Inc. for their generous donation of a new server and updates to version 12.  The RamPage raster image processor system is used to teach our students digital trapping, imposition and workflow automation.

Pat Klarecki is PGSF Educator of the Year

Sep 13th 11

Congratulations to Professor Patrick Klarecki for being named the eighth recipient of the Print and Graphic Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) Educator of the Year Award.

Congrats to PGSF Scholarship Recipients

Aug 6th 11

The following Ferris State University students have been awarded $24,400. from the PGSF scholarship;  Jarred Barrick, Aubree Berg, Brittnay Borninski, Kyle Busse, Lynette DeGeorge, Kevin Romanko, Ariel Star, Mackenzie Thayer, and Tina Yahr.  Please congratulate these students when you see them.

Faculty Retirements

Jun 4th 11

The Printing and Digital Imaging program has three long standing faculty members who are retiring from Ferris State University. Professors William Papo and Dennis Smith became emeriti after Spring semester 2011.  Marshall Williams will be retire following the 2011 summer semester.  Good luck distinguished colleagues, we will miss you.

A New CTP solution and Processless Plates

Mar 23rd 11

The Printing program has just acquired a Kodak Trendsetter output device.  It is an 8up thermal platesetter that will output Thermal Direct plates.  This is a new plate that requires no processing chemistry.  The plate is imaged, mounted to the press, and after a couple of impressions the plate is up to color.

Independent is Coming

Mar 23rd 11

Dan Simons from Independent Printing will be on campus Thurdsay, April 7 to make a presentation on variable data printing and he will also be interviewing for an Account Service Representative opening at his company.  See Mr. Conati if you would like to schedule and interview.

Three FSU Printing Students Receive Honors at MI Print Week Banquet

Feb 1st 11

We are please to announce that three FSU Graphics students were recognized by the Michigan Printing Industry for there commitment and desire to build the industry in the future. Dirk Matthysse, Mackenzie Thayer, and Brittany Borninski all received a scholarship and recognition at the Annual Print Week Banquet held in Livonia Michigan.

Metrix Acquisition

Dec 3rd 10

Lithotechnics gifted the Ferris State Printing and Digital Imaging program with an early Christmas present, a site license for 20 workstations of Metrix.  Metrix is a Management Information Software (MIS) that can estimate, plan and impose print jobs.  It can create a JDF imposition template that can be sent directly to our prepress RIP.  We welcome Lithotechnics into our family of industry partners and we appreciate their generous donation.

Tour Day 2010

Nov 4th 10

Printing and Graphics Tour Day 2010 was a success! We had over 400 students come through our doors this year from several schools and tech centers across the state. Thank you to all the teachers, drivers, and students that made it possible. We look forward to seeing everyone back next year.

Digital & VDP

Nov 4th 10

Students working on Variable Data campaigns in the NMPP 410 Digital and Variable Data Printing lab. To learn more about the New Media Printing & Publishing program, visit our course catalog.