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FLAAR offers professional consulting services for variety of business and industries in the professional printing markets.

FLAAR offers a variety of consulting services for people in the inkjet printing industry.  FLAAR consultant Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth can conduct his consultation services right on-location anywhere around the globe.  He has consulted in Japan, Latin America, Europe, and across the United States and Canada. 

Dr. Hellmuth was educated at Harvard, trained at Yale (Dept. of Art History), and received his Ph.D. in art history from Karl-Franzens Universität (Graz, Austria). He has worked in advanced digital imaging since the 1990's, starting in Japan.

Dr. Hellmuth consults primarily on wide-format inkjet printers, inks, media, lamination, top-coating, RIP software and color management. In addition, he is familiar with giclee, solvent, eco-solvent, mild-solvent, and UV printing, as well as in scanner consulting.  Dr. Hellmuth’s consulting services are valuable for manufacturers, distributors, dealers of any size, as well as print shop owners, operators, and individuals. 

The difference between reading the FLAAR reports and web site, compared to retaining Dr. Hellmuth for an on-site visit, is that he can provide fresh information not yet published in the written reports, or posted on the web site.  Therefore, an on-site consultation with Dr. Hellmuth is invaluable to keeping up with the latest trends and technologies in professional printing.

Listed below are a few of the topics our consultation services cover.  This list is not exhaustive and is only meant to highlight the services FLAAR has to offer. 

  • Discussing which printer(s) are optimal for your business, franchise sign shop, museum, studio, university or company's specific needs;
  • Explaining of the pros and cons of piezo vs. industrial piezo vs. thermal vs. continuous inkjet technologies for your specific printing needs;
  • Discussing which inks and media work in which printers (and which inks and media will not function in popular printers);
  • Explaining inks, colorants, media, paper, substrates in a non-technical, easy to understand manner;
  • Providing a follow-up list of key contacts within the industry, pertinent individuals in ink chemistry, media/substrates, printer technology, business-plans and strategy;
  • Discussing digital image storage options, digital asset management software, computer platforms (Macintosh vs. PC);
  • Discussing color management options, training, follow-up, software, color measurement tools;
  • Tips for techniques for printing on ceramic tiles, wood, leather and metal foil (even onto solid metal);
  • Understanding how to print art onto silk, cotton, and onto other fabrics with a wide format inkjet printer, including wall coverings and upholstry;
  • Providing analysis of market potential for the market(s) your company is seeking to enter.

FLAAR on-site professional consulting services are available auf Deutsch, en Español, and in English. Consulting includes selecting one of three options that best fits your business needs:

Examples of what kinds of individuals or corporations come to FLAAR for consulting:

  • Investment banks, investors
  • Fortune 500 companies
  • Individuals starting a second-business, retirement business
  • packaging companies
  • digital print shops
  • screen printing and offset printing companies who realize they need to switch to wide-format inkjet.
  • In-house printing needs.
  • Industrial printing.

Dr Nicholas had been in practically every major regional area of the world as a consultant and looks forward to meeting you and your team.

Option 1:  Arrive in your city the night before to settle in. Consulting begins in the morning anytime from breakfast onward and may continue into a working and/or social evening meal. . FLAAR consultant returns back the following day.  Hence there are two overnights but maximized time for consulting and getting to know each other during the entire day of meetings.

Option 2:  FLAAR consultant(s) arrive the night before to settle in. Consultation meetings begin first thing the next morning. FLAAR consultant returns the last available evening flight that day.  Hence there is only one overnight stay.

Option 3:  We fly in to your city on an early morning flight; return to our office on the last available evening fight.  No overnight accommodations.  Continuing consultation (by phone, e-mail, special reports specifically for your needs) is a flat fee per hour.  However in most cases we can solve your problems with a single visit to your site.  Our consultant(s) can sign non-disclosure agreements (NDA), provide exclusivity options, and can adapt themselves to your specific wants and needs.

Option 4: retainer for one to three months whereby Dr Nicholas Hellmuth answers your questions via Skype, conference call, or e-mail over a period of one to three months (instead of flying to your offices for a single day).

After we have visited your facility, met your key people, and have established a consulting relationship you may retain FLAAR staff as consultants via e-mail, telephone, or in-person.  More often than not, a one day consultation visit is ample time to provide all the tips, help, info, and consulting services.  This of course is dependent upon each individual business needs and demands.

Market Analysis, Marketing Survey Data, etc.

FLAAR also offers market survey information and product analysis for ink, media, hardware, and software manufacturers.  FLAAR’s market information can help your business focus on the features end-users are most happy with or would like to see improved.

If you wish to hire Professor Hellmuth as a consultant to come to your company, please write to ReaderService@FLAAR.org, in case you receive no answer, write CustomerSupport@FLAAR.org. We prefer all initial contact to be by e-mail, but if you are unsure whether your e-mail has gone through, use our VoIP / Vonage telephone # 1 419 823-9218.

FLAAR serves as consultant for Fortune 500 companies as well as companies who wish to reach that level.  Because about 100,000 people every month read the FLAAR reports on our dozen web sites it is not possible to respond to fax inquiries unless to establish a professional relationship on a fee basis.

If you are an individual, a small business, as well as a large company, we reply to the Inquiry-Survey Form usually within 48 hours, so submitting the form via e-mail is the best way to contact us.  There is no cost for FLAAR to send you the free reports that you request via the Inquiry-Survey Form..

Please understand that due to the size of the readership it is not realistic to handle inquiries by telephone unless we have a working relationship with your company initiated by your fax followed by a day of consulting at your place or at FLAAR’s home facility.

We can read Español, Deutsch, and English. But you can also write us in Italian, French, and Portuguese. We can respond (in writing) in Spanish or English but can read the rest. Consulting can be in Spanish, German, or English.

If you wish to consult with Dr Hellmuth, here are the locations and dates you can book an appointment (need to book in advance, contact FrontDesk "at" FLAAR.org). Be sure to download the consulting PDF to get the price range.



Consulting for end users
Consulting for end users
Consulting for end users
Consulting for Giclee
For all wide-format inkjet printers, RIP, Ink & Substrates. (FREE Download) Consulting for UV printer manufacturers, available to manufacturers only: ink, media, substrate, scanner, RIP software, printer manufacturers, integrators, parts manufacturers, please request this by e-mail from ReaderService@FLAAR.org To obtain this PDF on consulting services for financial analysts and
business strategy consultants, please request this by e-mail from ReaderService@FLAAR.org
Consulting for giclee, decor, fine art photography and scanning. (FREE Download)

FLAAR Schedule 2010 - 2016

Schedule for 2010-2016

  • Notice that every year we go to SGI in Dubai.
  • Every year we lecture at GoA.
  • Each year we attend APPPEXPO (six of us will be there in 2016).
  • And two years out of three we attend AFRICA Print (now co-located with FESPA Africa).

We would not fly across the world to so many places if it was not worth our time (especially since we send several people to each expo).

  • If you are a trade show organizer in Europe, Asia, Canada, or Latin America, and you wish FLAAR Reports to list your expo, communicate with us, FrontDesk "at" FLAAR.org
  • We are interested in adding mention of expos in Scandinavia, Baltic area, Eastern Europe, Middle East, northern Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, Philippines, and all of Mexico, Central America, and South America.
  • To write about an expo we need a team of two of us flown to get to know the city where the venue is, to see the expo, and to get to know the team of the expo organizers. Plus we enjoy meeting the local distributors and print shop owners and managers.


January 2016 Jan. 10 - 12 : SGI 2016 (Dubai)
February 2016 Feb. 18 - 20 : GoA 2016 (Miami)
March 2016 Mar. 08 - 11: FESPA (Amsterdam)
Mar. 09 - 12: APPPEXPO (Shanghai)
April 2016 Apr. 20 - 23: ISA (Orlando)
July 2016 Jul. 24 - 28: SIGGRAPH (California)
August 2016 Jul. 18 - 20: FESPA (Mexico)
September 2016 Sep. 07 - 09: Africa Print/FESPA Africa (SA)
Sep. : Sign Istanbul (Turkey)
Sep. 20 - 23: Glasstec (Duesseldorf)
Sep. 20 - 25: Photokina (Cologne)
Sep. 26 - 30: Tecnargilla (Rimini, Italy)
October 2016 Oct. 21 - 25: ITMA Asia + CITME (Shanghai)
2016 FESPA Eurasia (Turkey)


January 2015 Jan. 11-13 : SGI (Dubai)
February 2015 Feb. 26-28 : GoA (Miami)
March 2015 Mar. 6 - 9: D-PES (Guangzhou)
Mar. 11-14 : APPPEXPO (Shanghai)
April 2015 Apr. 8-11: ISA (Las Vegas)
May 2015 May. 18-22: FESPA (Köln)
June 2015 Jun. 1-4: Ceramics China (Guangzhou)
Jun. 15-18: ShanghaiTEX
July 2015 Jul. 22-24: AFRICA Print/FESPA Africa, Johannesburg
September 2015 Sep. 10-13: Sign Istanbul (Turkey)
November 2015 Nov. 4 -6: SGIA (Atlanta)
Nov. 12-19: ITMA Europe (Milan)


January 2014 Jan. 7-9 : Dubai (SGI)
February 2014 Feb. 21 - 24: D-PES (Guangzhou)
Feb. 23-26 : SignChina (Guangzhou)
March 2014 Mar. 27 - 1: GOA (Orlando)
April 2014 Mar. 31 - Apr. 3: Ceramics China (Guangzhou)
May 2014 May. 24 - 26: ISA (Orlando)
May. 20- 23: FESPA (Munich)
July 2014 Jul. 3 - 6: APPPEXPO (Shanghai)
August 2014 Aug 21-23: Sign Africa (SA)
September 2014 Sep 11-14: Sign Istanbul (Turkey)
Sep 16-21: Photokina (Cologne)
October 2014 Sep 28 - Oct 1: PRINT (GraphExpo) Chicago
Oct 23 - Oct 25:SGIA (Las Vegas)


January 2013 Jan. 20 - 22: Sign and Graphic Imaging Middle East in Dubai
February 2013 Feb. 21 - 23: GoA, Graphics of Americas in Orlando, FL
Feb. 25 - 28: D-PES in Guanzhou, China
March 2013 Mar. 1 - 4: Sign China in Guanzhou, China
April 2013 Apr. 3 - 6: ISA Sign Expo, Las Vegas, NV
May 2013 May. 21 - 25: PacPrint 2013 in Melbourne, Australia
May. 29 - Jun - 1: Ceramics China 2013 in Guanzhou, China
June 2013 Jun. 10 - 13: ShanghaiTex in Shanghai, China
August 2013 Aug 21-23: Sign Africa (SA)
September 2013 Sep 8-12 : PRINT (GraphExpo)
October 2013 Oct 23-25 : SGIA (Orlando)
Nov-Dec 2013 28 Nov- 1 Dic : Sign Istambul (Turkey)


February 2012 Jan. 31 - Feb. 02: Sign and Graphic Imaging Middle East in Dubai
Feb. 18-21: D-PES Guanzhou, China
Feb. 20-23: China Sign , Guanzhou
Feb. 21- 24: FESPA Digital in Barcelona, Spain.
March 2012 March 1-3: Graphics of the Americas, Miami
March 22-24: ISA Orlando
April 2012 Apr. 17-19: China Sign Expo (CIEC) in Beijing, China

May 2012

May 3-16: DRUPA in Dusseldorf, Germany
May 22-25: Rapid 3D & Imaging Exposition 2012 in Atlanta, GA

Sept 2012

Sept 18-23: Photokina 2012 in Cologne, Germany
Sept 24-26: Tecnargilla in Rimini, Italy
Sept 27-29: Reklama in Moscow, Russia
Oct 2012 Oct 18-20: SGIA Expo, Specialty Printing & Imaging Technology in Vegas


January 2011 January 24-26: Dubai SGI, Sign and Graphics Imaging, the first major international sign industry event in the world each year. 25th January 2011, Seminar Room, Airport Expo, Dubai, UAE. Lectures by Nicholas.
  • Seminar 1, 11:00 hrs. Green Inkjet Printing (Ink & Media) vs Greenwashing (over-exaggerated claims)
  • Seminar 2, 14:00 hrs. After-Market (wide-format inkjet) Inks: How to Assess and Evaluate
February 2011 February 24 -26: FLAAR at FESPA Americas + Graphics of the Americas (GoA)

Lectures by Nicholas Hellmuth

At GoA:
Feb 24: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM New Technologies in Wide Format Printers
Feb 25: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM Wide Format Opportunities with resin ink Technology

Feb 25: 3:00 - 4:00 Cartón con estructura de nido de abeja: Materiales innovadores y amigables con el medio ambiente
Feb 26: 12:00 - 1:00 Impresión sobre todo tipo de materiales: La impresión decorativa para sobresalir ante su competencia

February 28: Dongguan
March 2011 March 22 - 26: Graphispag Digital Barcelona
March 25 - 27: Art Expo
April 2011 April 28 - 30: ISA Vegas
May 2011 May 4 - 6: Visual Impact Expo, Sydney, Australia, and PrintEx11
May 24- 27 : Fespa Hamburg, Germany, Six of us attended, great expo.
June 2011 June 17: 11:30 AM Lecture Toner at Wide-Format Print Size, How can toner best compete with Wide-Format Inkjet? Santa Monica, C.A. Double Tree Suites by Hilton Hotel Santa Monica, 1707 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA, United States
July 2011 July 6 - 9 : APPPEXPO:Shanghai, China. Four of us from FLAAR will attend, including our specialists in textile printers, inks, media, coaters and laminators
July 18- 22 : Archaeology Congress, Guatemala
July 20- 23 : Serigrafia Sign, Sao Paulo, Brazil
August 2011 August 16 - 20: Fespa Mexico, we gave not yet decided if we will attend this expo.


November 2010 November 12 -14: FESPA Asia Pacific – Bangkok, Thailand.
November 19: FESPA Brussels Belgium. Lectures on Green inks and Latest Digital Technologies by Nicholas Hellmuth.
  • 10:20 AM-10:50 AM New technology – Digital Printing
  • 11:40 AM-12:10 PM New technology – Sustainable Inks
  • 12:10 PM-12:40 PM Panel Session: Innovation, Exploring the drivers for innovation (is it technology; customers; printers; or all of these and more)
  • 3:30 PM- 4:00 PM Panel Debate: Developing powerful print, Where print meets marketing (innovative use creates a strong message and provides added value to your customers)
November 25-28: Sign Istanbul .
November 29-30: SIM in Abu Dhabi. Nicholas will be one of the speakers at this sign expo:
  • Monday 29, Major Lecture Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)
  • Tuesday 30, Lecture Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)
December 2010 December 7: Costa Rica conference on cultural heritage (Dr Hellmuth will be a speaker).




Most recently updated December 3, 2014.

Previous updates: November, 2011, July 2, 2009, July 4, 2007; May 2, 2006, January 2010. January, 2011

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