Information Management Institute Schofield Imaging Associates

24th Annual

Connecting with New Technologies, Applications & End User Trends

November 18-20, 2013

the Saguaro Scottsdale
Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona

Sponsored by

Information Management Institute, Inc.
Schofield Imaging Associates

Latest worldwide industry survey results
Suppliers, channels, competitive challenges, world trends
Connecting with new technologies, applications & end- user trends

Conference Focus

IMI's 24th Annual Thermal Printing Conference will, as always, provide comprehensive coverage of the thermal printing industry's status and trends. Key worldwide thermal market sectors will be reviewed from supplier, channel sales and end-user perspectives. Advances in wireless communications, hand held devices and cloud hosted software that represent driving market forces in distributed printing will be presented in the context of their likely impact on thermal printing 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/media technology. New product and technology innovations that include competitive technology based products aimed at traditional thermal markets will also be surveyed. Finally a review of thermal industry sales channel dynamics, worldwide capacities and the impact of the current competitive worldwide economic environment will cap off this comprehensive conference agenda.

For forty years, forecasters and "experts" have predicted the demise of thermal printing at the hands of ink jet and electrophotography - BUT today's $35 billion thermal printing industry is larger and more diversified than ever!

However, it is also in the midst of more volatility than ever. Current trends such as the hand held computing revolution, virtual receipts/documents, social media, smart phones, cloud computing, competitive technology advancements, etc. all combine to present both challenges and opportunities for the thermal printing industry.

Thermal printing continues to experience steady growth in all aspects of tag, ticket and label printing, as well as POS printing. It also enjoys continued growth in an ever expanding array of mobile workforce applications driven by hand held computing, and more recently by cloud computing. Specialization in thermal transfer printing has expanded its usage in industrial printing. Thermal printing's contributions to workflow automation and improvements to business efficiencies at all levels have resulted in specialized, thermal media and printing devices to fulfill application specific requirements for which it is often uniquely suited.

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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. While sometimes overlooked in mainstream printing applications, thermal printing's reliability, cost performance and unique capabilities have enabled it retain its enduring market share while still to expanding into new and exciting applications. This years' conference will provide in depth, strategic insight into all aspects of thermal printing from a supplier, channel sales and end use applications perspective. The program offers the most comprehensive coverage of thermal printing industry trends and future prospects available. Don't miss it!

IMI's 24th 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 taking place in our society and economy. 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 24th Annual Thermal Printing Conference program will combine 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.

Make plans now to join the thermal printing industry's "Movers and Shakers" in Scottsdale on November 18-20, 2013!

Conference Chairman
Harold Schofield, Schofield Imaging Associates, LLC
Conference Speakers
Jeff Abell, Kyocera
Mike G. Cove, APPVION
Jennifer Eskra, IIMAK
Sandra Gandolfo, KICTeam
Richa Gupta, VDC Research
Jiro Oi, HIT Devices
Clint Studebaker, Rohm Semiconductor
Endre Vargha, GMR Management Consulting
Mike Vigunas, MAX International

IMI Thermal Printing Conference 2013

24th Annual Thermal Printing Conference
November 18-20, 2013
the Saguaro Scottsdale
Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona

Program Coverage and Schedule

  Monday, November 18, 2013

  11:30 a.m.Conference Registration

  2:00 p.m.Opening Session - Global Thermal Printing Industry

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

State of the Thermal Industry for 2013
Harold Schofield, Schofield Imaging Associates, Narragansett, Rhode Island

  • Conference Overview
  • Worldwide Thermal Printing Industry Survey
    - Media & Printer Shipments & Revenues by Market Sector
    - Competitive Assessments by Market Segment
    - Supply Chain Overview
  • End User Trends & Application Evolution Pose Challenges & Opportunities
    - Retailing & Entertainment
    - Industrial Labeling
    - Photo Image Printing
    - Specialty Marking & Printing
  • Technology Update
    - Printheads & Media
    - Recent Product Innovations
    - Status of Competing Technologies
  • Future Outlook
    - Role of Virtual vs Printed Images
    - Value of Emerging Markets
    - Prospects for Continued Industry Growth & Success

Mobile Printing for the Connected World
Richa Gupta, Senior Analyst, Auto ID & Capture, VDC Research, Natick, Massachusetts

  • State of the Portable Printer Market
    - Key Trends
    - Applications & Innovations Driving Adoption in Broadening Range of Installation & Usage Environments
  • Leading Factors Impacting Mobile Printing
    - mPOS - Mobile Point-of-sale
    - Connectivity
    - Consumer Device Pairing
    - Empowering the Mobile Workforce
  • What's New, Now & Next in Terms of Mobile Printers

  5:00 p.m. Networking Reception in Display Area

  Tuesday, November 19, 2013

  9:00 a.m. Session 2 - Technology, Channels & End User Opportunities

New Developments in Thermal Imaging Technologies
Jennifer Eskra, R&D Manager, International Imaging Materials, Inc., Amherst, New York

  • Thermal Transfer: SP575 - High Durability Resin Ribbon for Automotive Parts Labeling & Other Challenging Applications
    - Applications
    - Performance Characteristics
    - Development Challenges
    - Comparison to Competitive Offerings
  • Direct Thermal: Advanced Direct Thermal Labeling Applications for Produce & Perishables
    - Fruit Labeling
    - Meat/Seafood
    - Clear Film or Blister Paks
  • Future Development Trends

Advancements in Liner-Free Label Technology
Mike Vigunas, President, MAX International, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

  • Traditional Liner-less Label Market
  • Development & Design of MAXStick Liner-free Direct Thermal Label Media
    - Genesis/Criteria
    - Market Research/Why Develop?
    - Difference/Uniqueness of MAXStick vs. Traditional Label Media (Repositionable, Removable & Eco-friendly)
  • Product Testing (Lab & Market), Certifications, Patents
  • Development of 55 gsm Liner-free Label MAXStick - Market Applications
  • Adhesive Developments based on Applications - Applications Listing
  • Case Studies
  • New Product Development
    - Market Driven Applications
    - Tamper Resistant Product
    - Other Media Substrates
    - Market Direction

New Approach for Lamination/Overcoating for Security
Jiro Oi, US Business Manager, HIT Devices US Office, Brentwood, Tennessee

  • Current Industry Practice
  • Why is it Important for Cards to be Laminated/Overcoated
  • Heating Head vs. Heating Roller
  • Benefits/Shortcomings for both Technologies
  • Why we Recommend Heating Head for In-line Process
  • Potential Applications beyond Current Usage

 12:00 Noon Luncheon

  1:30 p.m. Session 2 - Future Opportunities

The Future of Bar Code Printing: Using On-Demand Thermal Printing
Endre Vargha, GMR Management Consulting, San Luis Obispo, California

  • The Market: Size, Historical Growth, Vertical Industries, Typical Applications & Product Range
  • Bar Code vs. Receipt Printers
    - The IT Ecosystem
    - Key Characteristics
  • 5 Forces of Competition: Suppliers, Buyers, New Entrants, Substitutes & Existing Competitors
  • The Distribution Channel: Go to Market Strategies
  • The Key Players
    - Printer Manufacturers
    - Media Sources
  • Growth Opportunities: Markets, Applications & Innovations
  • Bar Code vs. RFID
  • What's Next?

Thermal Printing - A Whole New Perspective!
Mike Cove, Strategic Growth Portfolio Manager- Technical Papers Division, APPVION, Inc., Appleton, Wisconsin

  • Thermal Printing's Remarkable Success Story in Inception in the 1960's
  • Primary Variable Data Printing Choice for 1000's of Applications Across the Globe
  • But, What of its Future?
  • A Whole New Perspective on Thermal Imaging
    - Potential for Thermal Printer Far Beyond Today's Conventional Thinking
    - A Must Hear Presentation for Printer Manufacturers & Technologist Seeking New Applications & Markets for Hardware beyond Conventional Thermal Imaging
  • Mike says, "It's like looking at a dishwasher and seeing it as a dishwasher or a salmon cooker and so it is with Thermal Printers…."

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.

  5:00 p.m. Networking Reception in Display Area

  Wednesday, November 20, 2013

  9:00 a.m.Session 4 - Future of Thermal Printing

Printer Cleaning: Key Economic & Performance Factor
Sandra Gandolfo, Business Development Executive, KICTeam, Auburn, Maine

  • Proper Printer Cleaning Provides
    - Lower Cost of Ownership
    - More Consistent Print Quality
    - Longer Printer Life
    - Improved Overall Cost Performance
  • Education of OEM's & Users A Critical Step
  • Technology Development for Successful Cleaning
  • Linerless Labels: Issues with Adhesive Buildup - Be a Step Ahead with the Right Solution
  • Thermal Printer Study: Results from Current Study of Thermal Printhead Cleaning

Thermal Printhead Technology Advancements Panel
Panel Moderator: Harold Schofield, Schofield Imaging Associates, Narragansett, Rhode Island
Panel Presentations:
Kyocera: Jeff Abell, National Sales Manager - Thermal Print Head Division, Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation, Vancouver, Washington
Rohm: Clint Studebaker, Printer Group Sales Manager, Rohm Semiconductor, Huntington Beach, California
HIT Devices: Jiro Oi, Director, HIT Devices, US Office, Brentwood, Tennessee

Presentation Topics

  • New Printhead Constructions For New Applications
  • Performance Benchmark Data
  • Performance Issues
  • Enhanced Printhead Performance
  • Cost Benefits
  • Future Directions

 12:00 Noon Adjournment

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IMI Completed Conferences on this Subject

23rd Annual Thermal Printing Conference
November 12-14, 2012

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

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

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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 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 "The Numbers - Worldwide Digital Printing 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 24th Annual Thermal Printing Conference on November 18-20, 2013 will receive a complimentary copy of the latest edition of the "The Numbers - Worldwide Digital Printing 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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