Pittsburgh, Pa., August 13, 2002 - The Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) declares Robert Romero, operations manager at Paragon Printing & Mailing in Austin, Texas, this year's "greatest" in sheetfed offset press operations and problem-solving.Romero
was the winning finalist in the third annual "I Am the Greatest" GATF Sheetfed Press Skills Contest.
won the title, finishing under the 20-minute timeframe with a cost of $322. Romero joined Paragon Printing as the company's only press operator 21 years ago.
Today with a staff of 30, Paragon Printing boasts turning a profit in every year of operation.It is ranked as Austin's sixth top full commercial printer.With this growth, Romero
has the challenge of training new press operators.
"A picture is worth a thousand words," says Romero
."As an experienced press operator, I can describe a problem to a new recruit but it's not nearly as effective as when you actually see and experience the problem on press and need to solve it.However, no one wants to actually see a problem appear on press."He
explains that the simulator's unique ability to combine both visual aids and hands-on experience can greatly enhance training.
Along with his
new title, Romero
will receive a plaque, a commemorative watch from contest sponsor MAN Roland, and a case of French wine by Paris-based Sinapse Graphics International
, the company that developed the press simulator, and free registration to the 2003 GATF/NAPL Sheetfed Pressroom Conference.
...Caption: Robert Romero, operations manager at Paragon Printing & Mailing in Austin, Texas, who won a GATF problem-solving and sheetfed press operating skill contest using SHOTS-a press simulator.