The Michael H. Bruno Award from TAGA recognizes professionals with distinguished careers in appreciation of their dedicated service and contributions to the advancement of graphic arts internationally. Established in 1948 as a forum for reporting on new research and technology in the graphic arts, TAGA is an international organization of technologists, scientists, technical, and production personnel in the printing and allied industries.
Cousineau’s career in newspaper manufacturing at Dow Jones spans 30 years and many locations across the United States. He has contributed to the industry through research, development of technologies, and support of college programs and students, all while providing leadership and in-depth product knowledge for Dow Jones. Cousineau has held various roles within operations and today he works at Dow Jones’ northeast headquarters managing prepress, continuous improvement, and IT within operations.
Cousineau primarily works on the production of Dow Jones’ printed products from receipt of image through the finished paper. He has been a key executive in developing Dow Jones’ quality control program, while managing all systems and functions related to plant expansion projects, continuous improvement, and maintaining a connection with the industry and education. He possesses an extensive knowledge of the processes of print manufacturing and is called upon by peers and industry colleagues for his counsel.
Cousineau has developed technologies in use today, one of which is the topic of a white paper published in the 2010 TAGA Proceedings, “Use of Ink Modeling and Volumetric Equations for Closed Loop Control of Optical Density in Cold-set Newspaper Applications.” During his career, he has implemented many improvements in technology and processes.
Tony Bean started his career at Sun Chemical in 1967 working in the packaging ink development laboratory in the company’s newly acquired Northlake, IL facility. After graduating in 1969, he accepted a chemist position in Sun’s Carlstadt, NJ R&D laboratory. As UV curing technology was just being developed, this became an opportunity and major interest of Bean’s when he took over the Long Range development group in 1971. While in this capacity, he received three patents on his work in UV curing. His work in UV curing also led to his first paper at TAGA in 1974, which was co-authored with Robert Bassemir. He progressed through various assignments at the R&D laboratory, which covered sheetfed, web heatset, letterpress, publication gravure, metal decorating, and coatings.
In 1980 he was asked to move into a sales position as the eastern regional manager for Publication Gravure and held the position until an opportunity to work internationally arose. Bean was the manager of international technical service for six years and coordinated the technical aspects of connecting the various companies that Sun had acquired outside of North America. During this time frame, DIC purchased the shares of Sun Chemical, and Bean also became involved with liaising with the new Japanese owners.
With a restructuring of the technical effort at the Carlstadt R&D laboratory, Bean was asked to repatriate and take on responsibility for packaging ink development covering flexographic, gravure, metal decorating, and UV/EB technology. As the UV/EB market expanded, Bean took on the new position of managing the energy curing inks and coatings business. This led to several positions as this business grew and the organizational structure changed. In mid-2015 Bean retired.