Information Management Institute

22nd Annual

January 30 - February 1, 2013

Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites
Scottsdale (Phoenix) Arizona

sponsored by

Information Management Institute, Inc.

Conference Focus

IMI's unique annual Ink Jet Printing Conference is the only U.S. ink jet printing industry event devoted entirely to ink jet printing technologies, markets and applications. Ink jet printing continues to make technology advancements in product functionality, cost performance, print quality and nonprinting/deposition capabilities. Such improvements have made ink jet printing the leading digital printing technology with expansion into many new markets and applications. In addition to traditional personal and office computer printing; applications such as display graphics, materials deposition, digital photography, digital printing presses, multifunction printers, printable electronics, 3D modeling, biomedical, textile printing, packaging printing and many other specialty printing and nonprinting applications are increasingly using ink jet as the technology of choice. As ink jet printing becomes a manufacturing tool as well as a printing technology, market opportunities have never been better, albeit in a very competitive environment.

With the rapid technology developments, applications expansion and increasing market potential; it is all the more important for you to keep up to date to maximize your participation and profitability in the ink jet industry. IMI's conference program is designed to bring together the ink jet industry's leading experts to provide a comprehensive assessment of the ink jet printing industry. The program addresses the most recent innovations, trends and issues critical to continued adoption, growth and expansion of ink jet printing applications and markets. As ink jet printing continues to increase market share in numerous application sectors; IMI's 22nd Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference provides a unique opportunity for representatives from all segments of the printing industry to obtain information critical to their understanding of ink jet printing technology and market dynamics that are shaping the industry's future.

Conference Speakers

Program Schedule

2013 Conference Brochure

CD Order

Completed Programs


Conference Co-Chairman
Dr. Ross N. Mills, Vexajet
Mike Willis, Pivotal Resources
Conference Speakers
Dr. Ronald R. Adkins, RJA Dispersions
Tom Ashley, Pivotal Resources USA
Clive Ayling, TTP
Dr. Rich Baker, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration
Paul Best, ImageXpert
Marco Boer, I.T. Strategies
Guy Broadhurst, Canon Solutions America, Inc
Russ Brown, Fujifilm Dimatix
Vince Cahill, VCE Solutions
Yuan (Charlie) Chang, Amica Systems
Brian Keefe, Hewlett Packard
Akiyoshi Ohno, Konica Minolta IJ Technologies
Robert Palmer, Palmer Consulting
Stewart Partridge, Qudos Digital
Mike Raymond, SII Printek
Julie Shaffer, Printing Industries of America
Debbie Thorp, Global Inkjet Systems
Dr. Yonglin Xie, Eastman Kodak
Mack Xin, Human Digital
Speakers' Biographies

22nd Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
January 30 - February 1, 2013
Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites
Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona

Topic Coverage and Schedule

  Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  11:00 a.m.Conference Registration

  1:30 p.m.Opening Session - The Expanding Ink Jet Industry

Alvin G. Keene, President, Information Management Institute, Inc., Carrabassett Valley, Maine
Dr. Ross N. Mills, President, Vexajet, Boulder, Colorado
Mike Willis, Managing Director, Pivotal Resources, Cambridge, England

Printing's Role in a Multi-Media World
Julie Shaffer, Vice President, Digital Technologies, Printing Industries of America, Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Julie Shaffer, Printing Industries of America
  • Never in the History of Mankind have we Enjoyed so Many Different Ways to Communicate
  • With Exponential Growth in Tablets & Smart Phones,- it’s Easy to Pronounce the Demise of Print — but That is Dead Wrong!
  • Sure the Publication World has taken a hit, but Print Remains Vastly Important in Multichannel Communications & is Significant in Manufacturing, packaging, Electronics & even Food Prep
  • How Printing Industry is Changing & World of Opportunity that’s Opening Right in Front of Our Eyes
  • Be Ready to Get Excited about Print All Over Again!

Turbulent Times in the $130 Billion Digital Printing Industry: Ink Jet's Role
Marco Boer, Vice President, I.T. Strategies, Hanover, Massachusetts
Marco Boer, I.T. Strategies
  • Digital Printing Industry Hardware & Supplies Revenue by Segment 2012 vs. 2016
  • Where are the Top 4 Digital Printer Manufacturers (who control 75% of Market Revenue) going Strategically?
  • Where Would You Invest?
  • Managing Expectations for Ink Jet Growth

Digitization, Outsourcing & Mobility: The Evolving Office Imaging Market
Robert Palmer, President, Palmer Consulting, Wichita, Kansas
Robert Palmer, Palmer Consulting
  • Office Imaging Technology Trends & Market Overview
  • Printing in Under Attack from Variety of Disruptive Forces
  • Office Imaging Technology Trends & Market Overview
  • From Print to Display: How will Tablets Impact Office Printing?
  • Mobility & Changing Workforce Dynamics
  • MPS & Growing Acceptance of Outsourced Services
  • Color in the Office including Current & Future Opportunities for Business Ink Jet

Textile & Industrial Ink Jet: Developments & Trends in China
Mack Xin, President, Human Digital, Shanghai & Jiashan, China
Mack Xin, Human Digital
  • Brief on China Demographics & Development
  • Development of Chinese Ink Jet Manufacturing Base
  • Evolution of a Chinese OEM - Human Digital
  • Development of New Textile Printing & Supply Chain Business Model in China

SUPPLIERS' FORUM Session 1: 5-Minute Presentations Related To Technology, Capabilities, Services, New Product Introductions, etc. The Suppliers' Forum is open to all Conference Registrants (1st 15 Sign-ups in Session 1 - Additional in Session 2). For additional information or to sign up, contact Al Keene or check off box on Registration Form.

  6:00 p.m. Networking Reception in Display Area

  Thursday, January 31, 2013

  8:00 a.m.Session 2 - Technology Advancements

Increased Demands for Printheads in New Industrial Applications
Russ Brown, Marketing Manager OEM Printheads, Fujifilm Dimatix, Lebanon, New Hampshire
  • New Emerging Markets, Applications & Drivers
  • Printhead Products, Positioning & Fabrication Technologies
    - StarFire Family
    - RediJet™ Ink Recirculation
    - VersaDrop™ Grayscale
  • Performance & Productivity
  • Repairability & Ease of Use

HP PageWide Technology: Breakthrough Speed, Professional Quality
Brian Keefe, Distinguished Technologist, Printing & Technology Development, Hewlett Packard Company, San Diego, California

  • Scaling Advanced Commercial Printing Technologies to a New Class of Multifunction Printers
  • Designing for Pigment Inks using HP Scalable Printing Technology in a Single Pass
  • Building a Low-Cost, High-Speed Pagewide Writing Assembly with Integrated Ink Supply
  • Managing Nozzle Performance for Dependable Print Quality including Sensing & Nozzle Substitution
  • Printhead Servicing through Capping, Nozzle Conditioning, Nozzle Plate Wiping & Ink Containment
  • Transporting Paper through Effective Sheet Stabilization in a Compact, Reliable Mechanism
  • Projecting Future Evolution based upon Core Capability for Design, Process &Tooling

Ink Jet Technology for the Future
Dr. Yonglin Xie, Senior Principal Scientist, Eastman Kodak, Rochester, New York
Dr. Yonglin Xie, Eastman Kodak
  • Ink Jet Printheads are one of Most Successful MEMS Applications with strong projected growth rates
  • Kodak Stream Technology (CIJ) was 1st offset class digital printing solution with high speed, superb image quality & low cost
  • Core of Stream Technology is a silicon chip made by the state-of-the-art MEMS Fabrication Process
  • Discussion of Next Generation Kodak MEMS Ink Jet Technologies
    - Improvements in Speed, Cost, Image Quality & Reliability
    - Resultant New Market & Business Opportunities
    - Potential to Combine Best of DOD & CIJ for "Fast & Small" Ink Jet Solution

Super High Quality Single Pass Ink Jet Printing: Impact & Challenge
Akiyoshi Ohno, President & CEO, KonicaMinolta IJ Technologies, Inc., Tokyo, Japan

  • Nine Months Later from Drupa - What's going on now?
  • KonicaMinolta's solution - a bit of detail
    - Concept
    - New Head
    - Other Technology to Realize Super High Quality
  • Chaos in Ink Jet Industry & Future Direction?

Configuring Electronics for Cost & Reliability: Product Decoration Drives the Need
Clive Ayling, Consultant, TTP, Royston, Hertfordshire, UK
Clive Ayling, TTP
  • Ink Jet Product Decoration (Rigid Board, Ceramic Tiles & Textile) is Maturing Fast & Becoming more Competitive - Driving the Need for Low Cost & Reliable Print Systems
  • Characteristic Electronic & Data Challenges of Ink Jet Decoration
  • Key Industrial Printheads used in 2012 for Product Decoration
  • Unexpected Challenges Discovered from Real-Life Issues
  • How to Design-Out Equipment Cost & Design-In Data Reliability

 12:00 Noon Luncheon

  1:30 p.m.Session 3 - Consumables: Lifeblood of the Industry

Nanoparticle Pigment Dispersion Technology for Ink Jet Applications
Dr. Ronald R. Adkins, VP R&D, RJA Dispersions LLC, Hudson, Wisconsin
Dr. Ronald R. Adkins, RJA Dispersions LLC
  • Introduction to Dispersion Technology
  • Dispersion Requirements for Ink Jet Applications
  • Application Examples for Dispersions in UV Curable Monomer, Solvents including Ethyl Diglymes & Low Viscosity Water Based Pigment Dispersions
  • Challenges for Dispersion Technology in New Applications

Water-Based Resin & Latex Inks: How Will They Change the Industry?
Stewart Partridge, Managing Director, Qudos Digital Asia Pacific, Shanghai, China
Stewart Partridge, Qudos Digital Asia Pacific
  • Water-based Ink Jet Inks: Then & Now
  • Drivers for Development & Adoption of Aqueous Resin & Latex Inks
  • Roadblocks, Challenges & Emerging Solutions
  • Available Resin/Latex Aqueous Ink Jet Systems
  • Future Green Scenario: UV-curable or 3rd Generation Aqueous Inks?

Ink Cost vs. Coverage
Guy Broadhurst, Vice President, Technology and Client Solutions, Canon Solutions America, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida
Guy Broadhurst, Canon Solutions America
  • How do End-Users Calculate Coverage?
  • How can End-Users Really Measure Coverage & Compare Vendors?
  • An Approach to Achieve Proven Results
  • Real World Usage Results

Innovative Ink Jet Analysis Systems for R&D and Production
Paul Best, Engineer, ImageXpert, Nashua, New Hampshire
Paul Best, ImageXpert
  • Drop-in-Flight Measurement & Visualization
  • Machine Vision Inspection - including Print Quality Analysis
  • New Hybrid Print System
  • New Smartcam for in-situ
  • New Controller for Epson DX5

Keys to Ink Jet Reliability & Print Quality
Dr. Ross N. Mills, President & Director of Technology, Vexajet, Boulder, Colorado
Dr. Ross N. Mills, Vexajet
  • Production Environment
  • Print Quality: Drop Velocity & Meniscus Pressure
  • Printhead Support: Maintenance, Ink Flow & Drop Ejection
  • Ink Supply Systems: Air-Ink Interface, Active vs. Passive, Gravity Feed & Controlled Pressure

SUPPLIERS' FORUM Session 2: 5-Minute Presentations Related To Technology, Capabilities, Services, New Product Introductions, etc. The Suppliers' Forum is open to all Conference Registrants. For additional information or to sign up, contact Al Keene or check off box on Registration Form.

  6:00 p.m. Networking Reception in Display Area

  Friday, February 1, 2013

  8:00 a.m.Session 4 - Integration & Implementation for Real World Applications

Ink Jet Technology in Emerging Print Applications
Tom Ashley, Director, Pivotal Resources USA, Lexington, Kentucky
Tom Ashley, Pivotal Resources USA
  • Printed Electronics
  • 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing
  • Bioprinting & other Bio-Medical Applications

Curved Surface Direct Product Decoration - Challenges & Solutions
Debbie Thorp, Business Development Director, Global Inkjet Systems Ltd., Cambridge, UK
Debbie Thorp, Global Inkjet Systems Ltd.
  • Current Technologies: Why Use Ink Jet?
  • Understanding Shapes: Flat is Easy, Curved is Challenging
  • Printing onto Various Shapes: Cylinders, Cones, Bottles
  • Supporting Technologies
  • From Inks, Heads & Software to Product Handling & Process Management
  • Integration into Production Line: Parallelization and/or Pipellining

High Speed Printing Applications Using Latest Kyocera Printheads
Yuan (Charlie) Chang, Vice President of R&D, Amica Systems, Irvine, California
Yuan (Charlie) Chang, Amica Systems
  • Recent Kyocera Printhead Developments
  • System Requirements using the High Speed Printheads
  • Ink Jet Printing Challenges exceeding 200 meters per second speed
  • Lottery Printing Case Study
  • Performance & Cost Comparison to Continuous Ink Jet

New Printhead Targeted for Ceramic Tile, Textile & 3D Printing
Mike Raymond, Director of Sales & Marketing, SII Printek Inc., Newark, Delaware
Mike Raymond, SII Printek
  • Printhead Development Needs for Ceramic Tile, Textile & 3D Printing Applications
  • Technology Background & Progression
  • New 512 Nozzle Printhead with Meniscus Formation & Recovery
    - Ink Path through Actuator
    - Set of Multiple Waveforms Selectable for 8 Grey Levels and/or Compensation of Nozzle Variability
  • Application Scenarios

Ink Jet in Manufacturing: Applications, Considerations & Challenges
Dr. Rich Baker, President, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, Lebanon, New Hampshire
Dr. Rich Baker, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration
  • Manufacturing Companies Increasingly Using Ink Jet as Decoration or Deposition Process
    - Drivers & Barriers
    - Broad Spectrum of Applications
  • Unique Challenges of Manufacturing Environments
  • Road Map for Evaluation, Development & Implementation
  • Successful Case Studies

From Prototypes to Production: Emerging Ink Jet Fabrication Application Opportunities, Hurdles & Dreams!
Vince Cahill, VCE Solutions, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
Vince Cahill, VCE Solutions
  • Projected Ink Jet Growth for Manufacturing 3D Products, Printed Electronics, Thin Film Photovoltaic Solar Cells & More
  • Evaluation of Ink Jet Printheads, Material Deposition Systems & Deposition Build Chemistries
    - Capacity to Satisfy Typical Application Performance Requirements
    - Strengths & Limitations of Available Methods
    - Hurdles to Overcome Moving from Prototype Fabrication to Full Scale Digital Production Solutions
  • Emerging Applications & Likely Market Trends

 1:00 p.m. Adjournment

Download the PDF version of this program  
Digital Printing World 2013.pdf

IMI Conferences in January - February 2013

3D Printing: Opportunities & Challenges Symposium
January 28-29, 2013

AWA Inkjet Label & Packaging Print Seminar
January 29-30, 2013

22nd Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
January 30 - February 1, 2013

IMI Completed Conferences on this Topic

Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2012
September 5 - 6, 2012

21st Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
February 1 - 3, 2012

20th Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
February 2 - 4, 2011

A Complete Listing of IMI Completed Programs

Speaking Opportunities at IMI Conferences

If you have a potential topic for presentation at this or another IMI conference, please submit your proposed presentation topic and a brief outline to Al Keene at IMI (Email to or fax to +1-207-235-2226) for review.

IMI is always looking for potential speakers for upcoming conference programs and will be pleased to discuss your ideas for potential presentation topics.

Product Demonstrations & Free Displays

Printer and other product demonstrations/displays by both conference speakers and registrants are encouraged. IMI will cooperate with all interested parties to provide appropriate space so products can be displayed and demonstrated during the conference breaks. There is no charge in addition to the conference registration fee to have a display table. Interested companies should contact IMI President Al Keene to ensure that proper arrangements are made for product displays and demonstrations.

You can also reserve your display space and Suppliers' Forum presentation slot by registering online and checking off the appropriate boxes indicating your participation OR complete the registration form at the end of this program and fax to +1-207-235-2226 OR send an email to

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

Scottsdale is serviced by Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) which is approximately 12 miles from the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is one of the busiest airports in the U.S. and is served by over 15 domestic and international airlines with convenient and economical nonstop service to over 80 domestic and 20 international destinations.

Super Shuttle is available at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and is located outside the baggage claim areas. Super Shuttle's current price from Sky Harbor Airport to the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites is $16 per person each way. Taxi fare should be approximately $30 to $35. Door to door limousine service is also available outside baggage claims.

Additional information on Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and available services can be found at

Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites Location & Information

Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites is a peaceful, green 25 acre retreat tucked into the Sonoran Desert.

Nestled at the foot of Camelback Mountain and drenched in sunshine an astonishing 300 days a year, the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites desert resort is an inviting oasis in Scottsdale featuring exotic desert flora, clean crisp air, and breathtaking mountain views. Everything has been designed for ultimate comfort and supreme relaxation including our beautifully manicured grounds, two swimming pools, fitness center, tennis courts, putting greens, and nature trail where guests often spot cottontail rabbits and quail in their natural habitat.

The casita-style guest rooms are unique and offer a private at home feel. All casita-style guest rooms feature beautiful appointed décor, luxury bedding with duvet, 300 thread count Persian linens and pillow top mattress and private patios. Complimentary internet is provided in guest rooms and the conference center.

Dining options within a ten minute walk of the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites include J. Alexander's, Blanco Tacos & Tequila, Veneto Trattoria, Houston's, Rancho Pinot, Tottie's Asian Fusian, Fogo De Choa, Blue Wasabi and more! There is also a Trader Joe's Supermarket adjacent to the hotel as well as numerous shops.

The Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites is located approximately 1 ½ miles from Old Town Scottsdale and Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. Ollie the Trolley operates from December thru March stopping at the The Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites every twenty minutes (2012/2013 schedule will be posted when announced). Also, the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites Town Car Service operates within a 3 mile radius of the hotel - subject to availability.

Arizona means golf to some visitors. While golf abounds in all areas of Arizona, there are four courses within minutes of the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites. Concierge can assist with your arrangements to play McCormick Ranch Golf Course, Camelback Golf Club, Kierland Golf Club and Talking Stick Golf Club as well as others. Dolce Salon and Spa is located adjacent to the hotel. Dolce is a two-story 13,083 square foot location with 21 spa rooms, 10 manicure and pedicure thrones, 28 styling stations, 1 Versa Spa spray tanning booth, 1 make-up counter, 1 Brow Bar and a cafe. Hotel concierge can make arrangements for your desired treatments.

The Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites plus the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas and the State of Arizona provide excellent opportunities to extend your visit into a memorable vacation experience.

Dress for IMI's 22nd Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference will be casual.

The Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites address is:

Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites
6160 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Arizona USA
Phone: +1-480-991-1414
Fax: +1-480-951-3350
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