Information Management Institute
Designing for Digital:
Best Practices for Design & Color Quality

September 7, 2012

Hyatt Rosemont
Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois

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Information Management Institute, Inc.

Course Focus

IMI's Designing for Digital: Best Practices for Design & Color Quality course outlines the distinctive elements which make up print quality in the ink jet process. These elements of design (ink, substrate, resolution, drop size and printheads) all interconnect and impact one another - effecting final output quality. The course objective is to empower a collaborative discussion of manufacturers, developers and creatives, which focuses on current and future technology changes that effect print quality and drives the success of the digital market.

IMI's Designing for Digital: Best Practices for Design & Color Quality course is vital to anyone currently working in ink jet print space wishing to understand how all the process "dots" connect.

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Designing for Digital: Best Practices for Design & Color Quality
September 7, 2012
Hyatt Rosemont
Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois

  Friday, September 7, 2012

  8:30 a.m.Course Registration

  9:00 a.m. Session 1

Course Leader
Mary K. Schilling, Digital Applications Manager, Finch Paper, Glens Falls, New York
Mary Schilling, Digital Applications Manager, Finch Papers
  • Why the Journey to Digital?

  • What is Holding Inkjet Back

  • Success of this Industry…. Manufacturers or Commercial Users?

  • Industry Impact: Design, File Processing, Color Management, Paper/Substrates, Printhead & Fluid Technology, Print Quality and More!

  • Fluid & Printhead Technologies
    - Ink Type Chemistry
    - Printhead Resolution
    - Grayscale vs Binary
    - Limitations

  • Merging Creative and Technical

  • Designing to the Destination
    - Machine/Process
    - Static or Variable
  • Seeing Color , Color Gamuts & Color Space

  • Print Quality - Visual and Formation
    - Resolution
    - Controlling Dot Gain - Gray Balance!
    - pL Size(s)
    - Binary/Multi Bit Raster
    - Fluids - Ink, Binders and Post Coats
    - Substrate
    - Post Converting
    - File Processing or Machine Issues
        o Gradients & Bleeds
        o Rich Blacks
        o Transparency & Flattening
        o Paper/Media Selection

  • Creating the Correct Expectations

  • Fingerprinting the Press

  12:00 NoonAdjournment

Mary K. Schilling, Digital Applications Manager, Finch Paper, Glens Falls, New York

Ms. Schilling works with all the elements of the digital process; from conventional and ink jet technologies to fluids and substrates as well as provides technical support for print providers who are in need of optimizing print quality while lowering total print cost. Her background spans from paper, plastics, wood, metal and glass color profiling and print optimizing to working directly with print head and ink manufacturers solving print quality and surface tension issues in development.

Understanding the dynamics of the digital marketplace, and the incredible growth and advancements in ink jet technology, she provides Finch customers' print quality, color gamut, fluid consumption matrix, machine/environmental assessment and print quality analysis services to ensure optimal color and print quality utilizing G7 methodology. As well as working with the industries inkjet fluid and machine developers to align Finch's paper development of new innovative inkjet substrates.

Ms. Schilling stays actively engaged in the ink jet market and development, researching technology changes and the issues/opportunities presented to the material, fluid and printing processes.

Ms. Schilling has achieved the following Professional designations:
    o G7 Expert Certification
    o Committee member of IdeAlliance Print Properties Committee
    o Innovator of the Year Award from the Flexographic Technical Association 2001
    o Innovator of the Year Award from Xplor International 2002

Mary Schilling, Digital Applications Manager, Finch Papers

IMI Programs During September 2012

Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2012
September 5-6, 2012, Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois

Ink Jet Technology Integration Short Courses
Understanding Piezo Technology
September 7, 2012, Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois

Nanotechnology and Opportunities for Digital Printing
September 7, 2012, Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois

Designing for Digital: Best Practices for Design & Color Quality
September 7, 2012, Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois

Developing More Winning New Products Faster!™
September 7, 2012, Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois

IMI Completed Conferences on this Topic

IMI Europe Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2011
June 8-9, 2011, Barcelona, Spain

Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2010
September 8-9, 2010

Ink Jet Technology Suppliers Showcase 2008
April 16-18, 2008

A Complete Listing of IMI Completed Programs

Hotel Information
IMI's Designing for Digital: Best Practices for Design & Color Quality is being held at the Hyatt Rosemont in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois. Hotel reservations are the responsibility of each program participant. IMI's room rate is only $139 per night and includes in-room internet service. Early booking is advised as the group rate of $139 for single or double occupancy is guaranteed only until August 30, 2012. Hyatt Rosemont, Chicago


IMI has chosen Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois for its central location and great travel connections from within the USA and beyond. Served by over 40 domestic and foreign airlines, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport offers competitive fares and convenient flight schedules. The venue is the Hyatt Rosemont located in Rosemont, Illinois - less than 15 minutes from O'Hare International Airport. The Hyatt Rosemont provides complimentary 24 hour per day airport shuttle service every 30 minutes. The Hyatt Rosemont is also conveniently located for those wanting to drive (over 10 million people in Chicago metropolitan area and over 80 million people within a 500 mile radius) and Hyatt Rosemont provides complimentary parking. Chicago is strategically located in close proximity to many major U.S. cities and manufacturing centers with excellent air, train and highway connections.
Chicago Skyline The boutique-style Hyatt Rosemont offers all you need for a successful stay - beautifully-appointed guestrooms, generous work areas, delicious dining, flexible meeting space and the latest wireless technology. Savor a delicious meal at Networks Restaurant, their newly-renovated restaurant and bar, or order room service and relax in your comfortable hotel suite or guestroom. Conveniently located minutes from O'Hare Airport, this hotel in picturesque Rosemont, Illinois just minutes from downtown Chicago's bustling shopping, nightlife and cultural events. Hyatt Rosemont is located just steps away from Rivers Casino the newest gaming destination in Illinois. Rivers Casino also features multiple food and beverage outlets including Hugo's Frog Bar & Chop House (operated by Gibson's), Flipt Burgers, Mian Asian Cuisine, Canopy Buffet and more!

The Hyatt Rosemont plus the City of Rosemont the Chicago area and the State of Illinois provide an excellent opportunity to extend your visit into a memorable vacation experience.

The Hyatt Rosemont address is:

Hyatt Rosemont
6350 N. River Road,
Rosemont, Illinois, 60018 USA
Phone: +1-847-518-1234
Fax: +1-847-518-0855
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The Numbers: Worldwide Printer & Supplies Market Report
Provided to all Symposium Registrants

Information Management Institute, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has commissioned I T Strategies of Hanover, Massachusetts to prepare a confidential study report entitled "The Numbers: Worldwide Printer and Supplies Market Report" for distribution to all registrants to IMI's programs.

This exclusive market report is updated on an ongoing basis and provides a source of market information based on a consistent methodology and reporting structure. The report authors, I T Strategies, generate this report from their worldwide model of the printer industry.

All registrants to the Designing for Digital: Best Practices for Design & Color Quality on September 7, 2012 at the Hyatt Rosemont will receive a complimentary copy of the latest edition of the "The Numbers: Worldwide Printer and Supplies Market Report."


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