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Information Management Institute

Ink Jet Printing 2015 Conference

February 4-6, 2015

The Florida Hotel & Conference Center
Orlando, Florida

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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; Ink Jet Printing 2015 Conference (24th consecutive year) provides a unique opportunity for representatives from all segments of the ink jet printing industry to obtain information critical to their understanding of ink jet printing technology and market dynamics that are shaping the industry's future.

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  • Participate in the only 2015 U.S. conference program devoted solely to ink jet technology, applications and markets

  • Explore the key issues important to your understanding of ink jet printing with your counterparts from all sectors of the ink jet printing industry

  • Establish personal contacts with leading technologists, managers and innovators in the ink jet printing industry

  • Gain knowledge on the latest ink and media developments and consumables market opportunities

  • Orlando, Florida

  • Learn from interactive sessions and informal discussions of technology trends, applications developments and other aspects of ink jet printing

  • Obtain critical insights into technological, application and market developments critical to your company's decision making process relative to ink jet printing and its role in the overall printer marketplace

  • Hear industry expert's projections for ink jet printing's opportunities in traditional and growth markets

  • Have a complimentary display space to inform the industry of your products and services

  • Give a five minute presentation during the popular Suppliers' Forum

  • Conference Co-Chairman
    Dr. Ross N. Mills, Vexajet
    Mike Willis, Pivotal Resources
    Conference Speakers
    Donald R. Allred, Eastman Kodak
    Tom Ashley, Pivotal Resources USA
    Dr. Rich Baker, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration
    Paul Best, ImageXpert
    Joel Bienvenu, Fujifilm Dimatix
    Vince Cahill, VCE Solutions
    Mark Hanley, I.T. Strategies
    John Harman, Ricoh Printing Systems America
    Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Alchemie Technology
    Norbert Kern, Bühler AG
    Chris Lynn, Hillam Technology
    Gary Parish, Complete Inspections Systems
    Mike Raymond, TTPMeteor
    Steve Smith, DPInnovations
    Debbie Thorp, Global Inkjet Systems
    Gilad Tzori, Landa Digital Printing
    Dr. Joseph E. Ward, RJA Dispersions
    Dr. Dehua Yang, EBATCO (Kyowa Interface Co.)

    Ink Jet Printing 2015 Conference
    February 4-6, 2015
    The Florida Hotel & Conference Center
    Orlando, Florida, USA

    Topic Coverage and Schedule

      Wednesday, February 4, 2015

      11:00 amConference Registration

      1:30 pmOpening 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

    The Renaissance of the Print Industry: Based on Ink Jet’s Unstoppable Forward Momentum
    Mark Hanley, President, IT Strategies, Inc., Hanover, Massachusetts
    Mark Hanley, IT Strategies, Inc.
    • The Inflection of Investment in Ink Jet Technology
    • Importance of Single-pass Ink Jet Technology
    • Ink Jet Technology's Application Expansion
    • Ink Jet Printing on Uncoated & Coated Offset Papers
    • Ink Jet Printing for Décor
    • Reality Check: Understanding Drivers & Barriers of the Eco-system where Ink Jet Could be Implemented

    SiMEMs Technology: Enabling the Future of Industrial Inkjet Single Pass Printing
    Joel Bienvenu, Technical Marketing Manager, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Lebanon, New Hampshire
    Joel Bienvenu, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.
    • Ink Jet Evolution: Path to Industrial Printing
    • Markets with a Focus on Packaging
    • Samba Technology including "Inside the SiMEMs Factory" Video Tour
    • Samba Enabled Application Space

    Ink Jet for Functional Printing and Manufacturing Processes
    Dr. Ross N. Mills, President, Vexajet, Boulder, Colorado
    Dr. Ross N. Mills, Vexajet
    • Is Ink Jet the Right Technology for Every Application?
    • Functional Printing & Digital Fabrication
    • Printing vs. Digital Manufacturing
    • Specific Requirements that Make Ink Jet Hard to Do
    • Bringing the Printing World to Digital Fabrication & 3D Printing
    • Future for Ink Jet & Digital Manufacturing

    Nanography: The Path to Commercialization
    Gilad Tzori, Vice President Product Strategy, Landa Digital Printing, Rehovot, Israel
    Gilad Tzori, Landa Digital Printing
    • From Drupa 2012 until Today
    • Introduction to Nanography
    • The Difference is the Dots
    • What's New with Nanography: Technology & User Experience
    • Economic Considerations & Comparisons
    • Opportunities & Challenges Facing the Print Market

    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 al@imiconf.com or check off box on Registration Form.

      6:30 pm Networking Reception in Display Area

      Thursday, February 5, 2015

      8:30 amSession 2 - Technology Advancements Promote Growth

    Ink Jet Developments at Kodak
    Donald R. Allred, Director, Business Development, Inkjet Technology Partnerships, Graphic Communications Group, Eastman Kodak Company, Dayton, Ohio
    Donald R. Allred, Eastman Kodak Company
    • Digital Printing has made Great Strides over past 20 Years
    • Digital Printing has Identified & Capitalized on Short Run Production of Books, Newspaper & Many other Applications
    • BUT - Digital Printing is still Relatively Small Part of Overall Print Market
    • Hurdles to Overcome for Ink Jet to Compete Directly with Large Volume Production Processes - Offset & Litho
    • Analysis of What to Expect in Next Several Years

    Printhead Technologies to Digitally Pattern Liquids & Powders for Lowest Cost & Highest Coverage
    Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Director and Founder, Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK
    Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Alchemie Technology
    • Jetronica Piezo Needle Array Printhead Capabilities & Progress
    • Digitally Patterning Powders (Powderjet)
    • TriJetica Solutions based on Trident Printhead to Dispense Functional Fluids
    • Application Concept Combining Printhead Technologies & Chemistries to Create Very High Resolution Durable Web Based Images at Low Cos

    Advanced Micro Media Dispersing System for Ink Jet Inks
    Norbert Kern, Head of Process Engineering, Bühler AG, Uzwil, Switzerland
    Norbert Kern, Bühler AG
    • Ink Jet Ink Performance Requirements Demand Nano-Scale Dispersions
    • Most Important Grinding Process Parameter is Bead Diameter
    • Must Understand Forces Acting between Single Beads as Function of Beads, Mill & Product
    • Main Drivers in Production System Design to Meet Ink Requirements
      - High Flow Capability to Fulfill Requirements for High Recirculation Turnovers (Narrow Particle Size Distribution)
      - Separation of Smallest Beads (Smallest Beads Necessary for Achieving Next Quality Levels)
      - Scalability - by Keeping Significant Parameters Constant (From Small Volumes to Mass Production)
    • Performance Results

    Challenges & Opportunities for Ink Jet Dispersions in Emerging Applications
    Dr. Joseph E. Ward, Vice President Marketing, RJA Dispersions, Hudson, Wisconsin
    Dr. Joseph E. Ward, RJA Dispersions
    • Applications & Requirements for Aqueous, Solvent & UV Curable Materials
    • Requirements for Dispersions of Colorants and Functional Materials that Provide Jetting Reliability & Extreme Quality Results
    • Application Specific needs & Solutions
      - Curable White Materials for 3D Printing
      - High Speed Package Printing (including Direct to Package) Requires Highly Reliable Materials Performance
      - Textile Printing Requires Aqueous Inks that Remain Near Surface
      - Architectural Applications (Graphics, Decorative & Functional Printing) are Growing Rapidly
      - Test Market Materials for 300 fpm Roll-to-Roll Press Applications
      - New Flexible Printed Electronics Materials becoming Reality
    • Applications for New Dispersions are Everywhere!

    Ink Jet Patents: An Insight into the Future
    Mike Willis, Managing Director, Pivotal Resources, Cambridge, UK
    Mike Willis, Pivotal Resources
    • 300 Ink Jet Patent Applications per Month: Worth Reading or Not?
    • Insights into Development Trends
      - Silicon as a Printhead Material
      - Thin Film Piezo
      - Intermediate Transfer
      - New Applications for Ink Jet
      - New Entrants

     12:30 pm Luncheon

      2:00 pmSession 3
    Analysis Key to Ink Jet Improvements & Success

    Analyzing, Understanding & Improving Print Quality
    Debbie Thorp, Business Development Director, Global Inkjet Systems, Cambridge, UK
    Debbie Thorp, Global Inkjet Systems
    • Factors Affecting Imaging Quality: Understanding the (Many) Variables
    • System Configuration Issues
      - Mechanical
      - Registration
      - Ink Systems
    • Process Issues
      - Inks & Substrates
      - Stitching
    • Software
      - Effects of Grey Levels
      - Color Calibration & Ink Limiting
      - Color & gamut
      - Screening & Linearization
      - Innovative Techniques

    Microscopic Wetting Studies of ink Jet Printing
    Dr. Dehua Yang, President, Exponential Business & Technologies Company (EBATCO), Eden Prairie, Minnesota
    Co-authors: Kazumasa Kato & Takashi Sekine, Kyowa Interface Co., Ltd., Satama, Japan
    Dr. Dehua Yang, Exponential Business & Technologies Company (EBATCO)
    • Wetting Phenomena & Behaviors Significant Ink Jet Advances in Print Quality, Application Expansion & Cost Effective Performance
    • Introduction of Contact Angle Measurement Instrument to Perform Wetting Studies at Microscopic Scale
    • Configurations for Microscopic Liquid Dispensing
      - Capillary Liquid Dispensing System
      - Ink Jet Nozzle with Piezo Drive
    • System Features
      - Drops 20µm in size and picoliter in volume
      - Dual, Orthogonal Measuring & Observing Optics
      - CCD cameras with speed up to 100,000 frames per second
      - Recording of Instantaneous & Transient Events
    • Experimental Results
      - Observation of Droplet Discharge Behavior
      - Picoliter Droplet Wettability Studies on Media, Micro Areas & Fiber-like Items
      - Influence of Droplet Size on Contact Angle Measurement Results

    Machine Vision for Ink Jet R&D and Quality Assurance
    Paul Best, Manager Applications Engineering, ImageXpert, Nashua, New Hampshire
    Paul Best, ImageXpert
    • Examples of Exciting New Ink Jet Applications
    • Machine Vision for Ink Jet Development
      - Drop Flight Visualization & Analysis
      - New Automation Options: Updates to Frequency Sweep, Latency Sweep & Stitch
      - Print Station: Belt or Stage - Can Include Vacuum Chuck
    • Machine Vision for Parts and Print Quality Inspection
      - Scanner for High Resolution Print Quality Analysis, Nozzle Registration & Printed Electronics Part Inspection
      - Linescan for High Resolution, Low Distortion Printed Electronics Part Inspection
      - New High Resolution Laser for 3D Measurement of Printed Electronicws
      - Full Motion

    Test Before You Invest - A Manufacturing Simulation Tool to Judge Digital Printing Investments
    Chris Lynn, Partner, Hillam Technology Partners, Marietta, Georgia
    Chris Lynn, Hillam Technology Partners
    • "Discrete Event Simulation" is Well-established In many Manufacturing Industries
    • It is Not Widely Used in Printing Industry but Can Be Useful in Benefits Evaluation for Digital Printing Technology Investments
    • It Can Answer Questions on Workflow, Profitability, Ideal Shift Patterns & Whether 'Hybrid' or 'Stand-alone' Printers will Work Best
    • Value of Manufacturing Simulation
    • Case Study will Illustrate Simulation Analysis in Label Printing Sector

    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 al@imiconf.com or check off box on Registration Form.

      6:30 pm Networking Reception in Display Area

      Friday, February 6, 2015

      8:30 amSession 4
    Integration & Implementation for Real World Applications

    The Coming of Age for Digital Textiles
    Mike Raymond, Global Marketing and Business Development, TTPMeteor, Newark, Delaware
    Mike Raymond, TTP Meteor
    • Amazing Market Potential & Growth Patterns
    • Performance & Quality Meets Real Production
    • Ink Jet Technology Developments
    • Digital Textile Ink Technology Advancements
    • Limiting Factors at Present Market Stage
    • Opportunities for Growth & Profit

    So You Want to Build a Digital Textile Printing Business, Driven by ecommerce
    Steve Smith, Owner, DPInnovation, St. Cloud, Florida
    Steve Smith, DPInnovation
    • Digital Printing Price/Meter2 & Print Speed Challenges Traditional Print Benchmarks
    • Challenge: Keep Printer Running
    • Color Matching: Equipment & Technology to Ensure Best Possible Color Match - First Time, Every Time when Creating Digitally Printed Fabrics
    • W2P (Web2Print) is well established, but what about W2F (Web2Fabric)?
    • Utilization of 'off the shelf' ecommerce Packages
      - Subtle Customization & Add-ons
      - Establishment of Sophisticated Solutions
      - Printing Lengths of Fabric
      - Printing Fabric Based Finished Products
    • How to Get "Up & Running"

    Market Impact of New Enhanced Performance & Lower Cost Piezo Printheads
    John Harman, Business Development Manager, Ricoh Printing Systems America, Simi Valley, California
    John Harman, Ricoh Printing Systems America
    • New Industrial Printheads Expand Existing Boundaries of Piezo Ink Jet Applications
    • Key Enhancement Characteristic: Better Performance with Wider Range of Fluids Due to:
      - Flow Through Design
      - Significantly Improved Price Point
    • Piezo Technology Can Now Satisfy Industrial Applications Once the Realm of Consumer-Based Technology

    Digital Manufacturing and the Adoption of Ink Jet
    Dr. Rich Baker, President, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, Lebanon, New Hampshire
    Dr. Rich Baker, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration
    • Ink Jet for Digital Manufacturing (Fabrication, Decoration & Functionalization)
      - Drivers & Barriers
      - Broad Spectrum of Applications
    • Unique Challenges of Manufacturing Environments
    • Road Map for Evaluation, Development & Implementation
    • Market Horizons
    • Case Studies (Biotech, Electronics, Functional Coatings, Food Decoration, etc.)

    Role of Ink Jet Technology in Exploding Markets: 3D Printing & Printed Electronics
    Tom Ashley, Director, Pivotal Resources USA, Lexington, Kentucky
    Tom Ashley, Pivotal Resources USA
    • History & Status of Printed Electronics
    • Future Prospects for Printed Electronics
    • Ink Jet’s Changing Role
    • From Rapid Prototyping to Additive Manufacturing
    • Segments: Technologies & Markets
    • High Expectations

    Successful Implementation of Ink Jet in Barcode & Human Readable Data Applications
    Gary Parish, President, Complete Inspection Systems, Indialantic, Florida
    Gary Parish, Complete Inspection Systems
    • Drop-on-Demand vs. Continuous Ink Jet Differences in Automated Systems Readability
    • Impact of Printing Systems on Different Barcodes
    • Vision Systems for Verification/Readability
    • What is HD Barcode™
    • Applications & Case Studies: Packaging, Pharmaceutical, Anti-counterfeiting, etc.

    The Hurdles Ahead for Ink Jet to Match Future Application Requirements
    Vince Cahill, President, VCE Solutions, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
    Vince Cahill, VCE Solutions
    • Each Application Expansion Application has Required Ink Jet & Ancillary Technology Development & Refinement to Satisfy Market Demands & Performance Requirements
    • What Limitations Must Ink Jet Overcome to Satisfy Customer Expectations for Growth Applications
      - Commercial Production Printing
      - Digital Textile Printing
      - Ceramics
      - Packaging
      - 3D Printing
    • Comparison of Current Analog & Manufacturing Methods vs. Ink Jet's Current Performance Capabilities
    • Possible Strategies for Overcoming Ink Jet's Current Limitations
    • Exploration of Novel Deposition Technologies that May Disrupt Ink Jet for Specific Applications

     1:00 pm Adjournment

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    The Ink Jet Academy
    February 3-4, 2015

    Ink Jet Printing 2015 Conference
    February 4-6, 2015

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    23rd Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
    February 5-7, 2014

    Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2014
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    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 imi@imiconf.com 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 al@imiconf.com to ensure that proper arrangements are made for product displays and demonstrations.

    Alvin Keene, IMI

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


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    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 Ink Jet Printing 2015 Conference on February 4-6, 2015 will receive a complimentary copy of the latest edition of the "Worldwide Printer and Supplies Market Report."

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    Meet Industry Leaders at Ink Jet Printing World 2015

    Establish personal relationships with representatives from the following organizations (representing Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, UK & US) who (as of 2/02/2015) have pre-registered over 125 delegates for IMI's Ink Jet Printing World 2015 programs on February 3-6, 2015:

    Alchemie Technology, American Ink Jet Corporation, Appvion, BDT Media Automation, Bell-Mark, BlueScope Research, Boeing, Brother International, Buhler AG, Canon, Canon Information Systems Research, Circle Graphics, Collins Inkjet, Complete Inspection Systems, Dealer Communication News, Deluxe Corporation, Domino North America, DPInnovations, Durst Phototechnik, Eastman Kodak, EBATCO(Kyowa Interface Science), EFI, Emerald Specialties Group, Excelitas Technologies, Flow-Eze Company, FM Brooks (InPrint), Fujifilm Dimatix, Gem Gravure, George Washington University, Global Ink Jet Systems, HID Global, Hillam Technology Partners, IIMAK, ImageXpert, IMI, Indujet GmbH, Inkcups Now Corporation, Integration Technology, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, Ink Systems, Innovative Marking Systems, I.T. Strategies, ITW Security and Brand Identity, Kyocera, Landa Digital Printing, Lubrizol, Luminescence International, Marabu, Microplex Printware Corporation, Nike, ORMO Print GmbH, Pall Corporation, Penn Color, Pentair Engineered Filtration , Phoseon Technology, Pivotal Resources, Print3 Technologies, Quad Graphics, Quality Engineering Associates, QuickLabel Systems/Astro-Med, Rapid Cure Technologies, Ricoh Printing Systems America, RJA Dispersions, Samuel Coding & Labeling, Sao Francisco Grafica, SII Printek(Seiko Instruments USA), Sun Chemical, SunJet, The Technology Partnership, Troy Group, VCE Solutions, Vexajet, Videojet, West Linn Paper Company, Wikoff Color, Work Associates and YewSavin.

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