Information Management Institute Schofield Imaging Associates

22nd Annual

Connecting with New Technologies, Applications & End User Trends

January 31 - February 2, 2011

Tropicana Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada

Sponsored by

Information Management Institute, Inc.
Schofield Imaging Associates

New, in-depth conference agenda:
Latest worldwide industry survey results
Suppliers, channels, competitive challenges, world trends
Connecting with new technologies, applications & end- user trends

Conference Focus

IMI's 22nd Annual Thermal Printing Conference will provide the thermal printing industry's most comprehensive coverage ever. Key worldwide thermal market sectors will be reviewed from supplier, channel sales and end-user perspectives. Advances in wireless communications, hand held devices and web-hosted software that represent driving market forces in distributed printing will be presented in the context of their likely impact on thermal markets. Innovation and compliance initiatives that represent new growth drivers for direct thermal and thermal transfer usage will be presented from an application perspective along with the latest events and advances in photographic quality printing and thermal printhead technology. Finally a review of thermal industry sales channel dynamics, worldwide capacities and the impact of the current worldwide economic slowdown will cap off this comprehensive conference agenda.

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Conference Speakers
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February 2011 Conferences Brochure
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Specific topics include the following
  • Direct thermal trends and application dynamics
  • Advances in thermal transfer products and applications
  • Photographic quality printing
  • Thermal printheads
  • PDA based application platforms
  • Relevant wireless communications trends
  • Mobile printing
  • RFID chips and fabrications for smart labels
  • Item level RFID tracking and printable electronics
  • ID, brand protection and document security
  • Competitive & Economic Barriers and Market Drives
As a mature technology, thermal printheads and media are highly refined, distribution channels are well established and thermal printing continues to dominate its primary markets. In spite of its maturity thermal printing continues to grow although current economic conditions have impacted that growth. This years' conference will provide in depth, strategic insight into all aspects of thermal printing from a supplier, channel sales and end user perspective. Don't miss it!

IMI's 22nd Annual Thermal Printing Conference format is designed to gain insights into the opportunities and challenges of exploiting world markets and capitalizing on the many new and exciting information, communications and media related innovations. Historically these trends have impacted thermal printing more than progress in competing technologies such as ink jet and electrophotography. Come and explore ways in which camera phones, mobile computing and wireless advancements can mold the future usage of the unique and resilient technology known as thermal printing.

IMI's 22nd Annual Thermal Printing Conference program combines a diverse group of speakers addressing new, innovative information and communication products as well as technology developments plus consumer, business and industrial end-user trends. The format is designed to connect industry participants with systems and end-user product innovations and prepare thermal printing industry participants for future challenges and opportunities. It is also an ideal training format for new personnel.

Benefits of Conference Participation

  • Participate in the digital printing industry's only 2010 program dedicated entirely to the Thermal Printing Industry

  • Learn thermal printing technology developments and innovations being utilized and proposed to enhance printer applications and performance

  • Participate in interactive sessions and informal discussions on topics critical to the continued technological and market success of thermal printing systems

  • Obtain information on the current growth markets and applications that offer attractive opportunities

  • Learn subsystem component options and design tools to enable the most cost effective printer designs

  • Establish personal contacts with leading experts in thermal printing to evaluate factors essential to the continued advancement and market expansion of thermal printing

  • Gain knowledge to aid your company's strategic planning relative to thermal printing development, marketing and implementation

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

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

Conference Chairman
Harold Schofield, Schofield Imaging Associates, LLC

Conference Speakers
Hidekazu (Henry) Akamatsu, Kyocera
Tom Ashley, Pivotal Resources USA
Abumi Enomoto, Toshiba Hokuto Electronics Corporation
Dr. David G. Foster, Eastman Kodak
Mark Hanley, I.T. Strategies
Dr. Daniel J. Harrison, International Imaging Materials
Brett Imberger, Mitsubishi Hitec Paper Europe
Dr. Hou T. Ng, Hewlett Packard
Jiro Oi, HIT Devices
Roger Quesnel, Gulton Industries
Clint Studebaker, Rohm Semiconductor
Dr. James R. Williams, Polyonics

IMI Thermal Printing Conference 2011

22nd Annual Thermal Printing Conference
January 31 - February 2, 2011
Tropicana Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada

Program Coverage and Schedule

  Monday, January 31, 2011

  11:00 a.m.Conference Registration

  1:00 p.m.Opening Session - Global Thermal Printing Industry

Alvin G. Keene, President, Information Management Institute, Inc., Carrabassett Valley, Maine
Harold Schofield, Schofield Imaging Associates, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Harold Schofield, Schofield Imaging Associates, Narragansett, Rhode Island

  • Conference Overview
  • Industry Update For 2010
  • Results of New Worldwide Thermal Printing Survey
    - Revenues
    - Growth
    - Competition by Market Segment
  • Technology Update For 2010
    - Printheads & Media
    - Impact of Communications Trends & Related Technologies
    - Products & Systems
  • Supply Chain Trends
    - OEM vs. Aftermarket Sales
    - Emerging Markets
  • Competitive Outlook
    - Advancements in Ink Jet & Electrophotography
    - Soft Displays vs. Hard Copy
  • Future Trends

Advances in Thermal Imaging Technologies
Dr. Daniel J. Harrison, Senior VP R&D & Group Manager, IIMAK Fluid Inks, International Imaging Materials, Inc., Amherst, New York

  • Direct Thermal Imaging
    - High End Applications
    - Color
    - Chemical Resistance
  • Printed Electronics
    - Digital Printing with TTR
    - Durability
    - Performance Characteristics
    - Applications
  • Demanding TTR Applications
    - Fabric Printing
    - Card Printing
    - Automotive/Parts Labeling
    - Outdoor Signage

Thermal Paper Market: Market Analysis & Future Trends
Brett Imberger, Areas Sales Manager, Mitsubishi Hitec Paper Europe, Bielefeld , Germany

  • Market Data: By Application & By Region
  • Growth Application Areas
  • Latest Innovations
  • Environmental & Recycled Grades
  • BPA & BP Free Papers
  • Competing Technology

Recent Advances in Thermal Donor Technology
Dr. David G. Foster, CDG US Retail R&D, Thermal Donor Development Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York

  • Overview of Thermal Printing System
    - A Synergistic Combination of Pieces
    - Color Reproduction
    - Chemical Resistance
  • Media Design: Recent Work
    - Layers & Their Function
    - Materials & Considerations
    - Focus on Slipping/Heat-Resistant Layer Advancement
  • Process & Coating
    - Gravure Coating
    - Recent Advances

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

  Tuesday, February 1, 2011

  7:30 a.m. Breakfast

  8:30 a.m. Session 2 - Printhead Technologies Drive Markets

Kyocera Thin Film Thermal Printheads
Hidekazu (Henry) Akamatsu, Manager of Application Engineering, Thermal Printhead Division, Kyocera Corporation, Kagoshima, Japan
  • Features of Thin Film Thermal Printheads
  • EcoGeneration Technology
  • High Efficiency Thermal Printhead
  • High Performance Thermal Printhead for Card Printer
  • Ultra High Resolution Thermal Printhead

Rohm Thermal Printhead Technology & Updates
Clint Studebaker, Printer Group Sales Manager, Rohm Semiconductor, Huntington Beach, California

  • Addressing Market Requirements
    - General: Quality, Cost, Delivery & Support
    - Printhead Specific: Print Quality, Energy Savings, High Speed & Low Cost
  • Printhead Basic Technologies
    - High Reliability
    - Step Free
    - High Speed Printing
    - Anti-Sticking Treatment
    - Rewritable Printing
  • New Developments
    - Energy Savings
    - Miniaturization
    - High Speed 600 dpi

Toshiba Hokuto Thermal Print Head Technologies 2011
Abumi Enomoto, Manager, Thermal Print Head Sales & Application Engineering Group 1, Thermal Print Head Sales & Marketing Department, Thermal Print Head Division,Toshiba Hokuto Electronics Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

  • Common Technologies
  • Black & White Printing Market
  • Color Printing Market

 12:00 Noon Luncheon

  1:30 p.m. Session 3 - Providing Market Solutions

Printer Lifecycle & Printhead Sourcing
Roger Quesnel, Vice President Business Development, Gulton Inc., South Plainfield, New Jersey
  • Markets Served
  • Printer Lifecycle
  • Printhead Sourcing Decisions
  • Case Studies

Novel Approach to Thermal Transfer Ribbon Residual Security Problem from Printer Component Viewpoint
Jiro Oi, Director, HIT Devices, US Office, Brentwood, Tennessee

  • Thermal Transfer Printing: Well Established, Reliable, Economical, Durable, Excellent Printing Method
  • Transferable Ribbon Residual Image: Contains All Information of the Printed Information & Tremendous Security Issue
  • How Can the Information be Removed from the Ribbon: Recycle It, Shred It, Melt It, Burn It Orů..
  • Use Hit Devices' Heating Head to "Erase" the Residual Image
  • What is The Heating Head?
  • Discussion of Unique Features of Heating Head: Why it is a Good Match for the Application

Thermal Printing: Effective Digital Printing Solutions for Harsh Environment Product Identification
Dr. James Williams, Chairman & Chief Scientist, Polyonics Inc., Westmoreland New Hampshire

  • Unique Characteristics of Thermal Printing Technologies Enable Successful Employment in Harsh Manufacturing World "On the Shop Floor"
  • Adaptability of Technologies Highlighted by Specific Examples
    - High Temperature Resistance (Up to 1300 F)
    - Chemical Resistance
    - Abrasion Resistance
    - And More
  • Laboratory Studies & Results
  • Performance Enhancement of Printed Tags, Tickets & Labels

SUPPLIERS' FORUM: 5-Minute Presentations Related To Technology, Capabilities, Services, New Product Introductions, etc. In combination with having a display, this provides an opportunity to present your technology, products or services to all conference participants. Contact Al Keene at IMI for information on having a display and signing up for the Suppliers' Forum.

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

  Wednesday, February 2, 2011

  7:30 a.m. Breakfast

  8:30 a.m.Session 4 - Future Digital Printing Industry Requirements, Challenges & Opportunities
(Joint Session with 14th Annual Toner Printing Conference)
(20th Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference Attendees Also Invited)

Toner's Sunset?
Mark Hanley, President, I.T. Strategies, Hanover, Massachusetts
  • The Past & Future Contributions of Toner
  • The Limits of Toner
  • Slow Motion Sunset Maybe

The Challenges to Digital Printing
Tom Ashley, Director, Pivotal Resources USA, Lexington, Kentucky

  • The Perfect Storm
  • Print in the Office
  • The Acceptance of e-Reading
  • Long Term Trends vs. The Recession

Deinking of Digital Prints in Mixed Office Waste
Dr. Hou T. Ng, Research Manager/Principle Scientist, Printing and Content Delivery Lab, HP Labs, Hewlett-Packard Company, Palo Alto, California

  • Brief Introduction of Deinking Technology
  • Key Challenges in Deinking of Digital Prints
  • Lab Scale Deinking of Digital Prints vis HPED & HPMA Chemistries
  • Working Mechanisms of HPES Chemistry
  • Pilot Scale Recycling of Commercial Digital Prints in Mixed Office Waste

Roundtable: Where Will Digital Printing Be in 2020?

What Impact will Trends & Issues such as the following have on the future of Toner, Thermal and Ink Jet Printing Applications and Markets?

  • Mobile Communications
  • Health, Safety & Environmental Pressures & Regulations
  • Recycling & Waste Management
  • Social Networking
  • Print Suppression Initiatives
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Personalization & Customization
  • Printing Technology Developments

Roundtable Panel Members
Marc Cousoulis, Electrophotographic Technology Lead, High-End Color Laser Products, Lexmark International Inc., Lexington, Kentucky

Tom Ashley, Director, Pivotal Resources USA, Lexington, Kentucky
Mark Hanley, President, I.T. Strategies, Hanover, Massachusetts
Dr. Hou T. Ng, Research Manager/Principle Scientist, Printing and Content Delivery Lab, HP Labs, Hewlett-Packard Company, Palo Alto, California
Harold Schofield, Schofield Imaging Associates, Narragansett, Rhode Island
Dr. James Williams, Founder & Chairman, Polyonics Inc., Westmoreland New Hampshire

Additional Roundtable Members Welcome: To Volunteer, Contact

 12:00 Noon Adjournment

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IMI Conferences in January - February 2011

Ink Jet Academy: Theory of Ink Jet Technology
January 31 - February 1, 2011

22nd Annual Thermal Printing Conference
January 31 - February 2, 2011

14th Annual Toner & Toner Chemicals Conference
January 31 - February 2, 2011

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

IMI Completed Conferences on this Subject

21st Annual Thermal Printing Conference
February 1-3, 2010

20th Annual Thermal Printing Conference
May 11-13, 2009

7th Annual Security Printing Conference
November 15-17, 2010

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.

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.

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


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 "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 22nd Annual Thermal Printing Conference on January 31 - February 2, 2011 will receive a complimentary copy of the latest edition of the "Worldwide Printer and Supplies Market Report."

Information Management Institute

Information Management Institute, Inc. is a leading worldwide sponsor of conferences designed to assist the digital printing industry in understanding technology developments, markets and applications requirements. IMI conferences offer a unique opportunity for leading hardware, consumables, software and user companies representatives to network and develop a more comprehensive understanding of current as well as future developments in the digital printing industry. Since 1990, IMI has held over 400 programs and each year over 2,000 technical, marketing and management personnel from over 600 companies worldwide attend IMI programs.

IMI conference programs are designed to enable attendees to obtain the latest technical, market and application information while allowing time to network with other attendees in a time and cost efficient manner. Attendance at an IMI conference enables attendees to meet with the digital printing industry's leading experts in a single location over a short period of time thus maximizing information transfer efficiency and minimizing travel and time expenses.

For further details, contact Information Management Institute:

Information Management Institute, Inc.
1106 Valley Crossing
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947
Phone: +1-207-235-2225
Fax: +1-207-235-2226
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