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Inkjet Age of Materials Conference 2018

Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook

Lombard (Chicago Area), Illinois

September 5-6, 2018

Conference Focus

IMI’s Inkjet Age of Materials Conference 2018 is designed to address the current and needed developments in inkjet materials necessary to realize the full potential for inkjet technologies in current and new applications.


The inkjet industry has made great strides in developing successful inks and functional fluids for many applications, yet continued ink and fluids development is considered by many to be the most essential component for inkjet’s continued applications diversification and market growth.


IMI’s Inkjet Age of Materials Conference 2018 addresses the challenges, options, and opportunities associated with future inkjet materials requirements, technology choices, drivers & barriers, and other issues required to effectively implement inkjet ink and fluids technologies for applications expansion and diversification. This strategic conference for the inkjet industry provides high value information on innovations, trends, and issues for senior executives, commercial managers, development teams, end users, and others looking to expand their knowledge and understanding of materials developments, products, and technologies shaping the future of inkjet as well as exchanging ideas with industry experts and peers.


This two day event includes the following elements:

  • Updates & views from industry pacesetters

  • Market & opportunity perspectives from industry experts

  • New technology needs &introductions

  • Networking lunches, breaks & reception

  • Complimentary display space

  • Suppliers Forum presentation opportunity

  • IT Strategies market report: Digital Document & Industrial Print Beyond the Office

Sponsors of the IMI Inkjet Age of Materials Conference 2018

Media Partners

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Conference  Partners

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The Strategic Advisory Board of industry luminaries, whose expertise covers a wide range of inkjet and inkjet ink technologies, provide guidance and advice in developing the conference program of topics and presentations. The Strategic Advisory Board members are


  • John Cooper, President, TRS Consulting

  • Lawrence Gamblin, President, Kao Collins Inc.

  • Mark Hanley, President, I.T. Strategies

  • Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Director & Founder, Alchemie Technology

John Cooper

TRS Consulting

Lawrence Gamblin

Kao Collins

Mark Hanley

I.T. Strategies

Dr. Alan L. Hudd

Alchemie Technology

Conference Speakers

Dave Bell, Ricoh Production Print

Dr. Nasser Budraa, Ricoh Printing Systems America

Kim Champion, Memjet

John Cooper, TRS Consulting

Lawrence Gamblin, Kao Collins

Mark Geeves, Color-Logic

John E. Grant, Honeywell

Daisuke Hamada, Kao Collins

Mark Hanley, I.T. Strategies

Peter Hessney, Sensor Films

Molly Hladik, Michelman

Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Alchemie Technology

Valerie Kaiser, Shepherd Color

Bob Keller, Marabu  North America

Dr. Simon Kew, Alchemie Technology

Andreas Knecht, Zhuhai Print Rite

Tom Molamphy, Siegwerk

Im Rangwalla, Energy Sciences  

Dr. Ray A. Work, III, Work Associates


September 5-6, 2018

Embassy Suites Chicago - Lombard/Oak Brook, Illinois, USA


Topic Coverage and Schedule

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

8:00 a.m.                      Conference Registration

9:00 a.m.                      Opening Session

                          Welcome & Introductions

                             Alvin G. Keene, President, IMI, Carrabassett Valley, Maine

                          Inkjet at the turning point

                             Mark Hanley, President, I.T. Strategies, Hanover, Massachusetts

                                - Inkjet being drawn into graphic arts, packaging, & industrial markets

                                - What is inkjet development status on film, paper, textiles, & hybrid substrates?

                                - How much ink is used in which markets & on which substrate (liters & $)?

                                - What are the performance limitations by market, substrate, & ink type?

                                - What has to be done to maximize inkjet capability?

                                - When can it be done?


                         Specialty chemicals for jetted fluids

                            John Cooper, President, TRS Consulting, Hendersonville, North Carolina

                                - Diverse jet ink applications

                                      > Documents

                                      > Textiles

                                      > Decoration

                                      > Functional

                                      > And the list keeps growing!

                               - Major chemicals for jet inks

                                      > Polymer binders

                                      > Dispersants

                                      > Dyes & pigments

                                      > Solvents

                                      > Biocides, surfactants

                              - Challenges/Opportunities

                                      > Economic

                                      > Environmental – VOC, Reach, Others

                          Inkjet materials play key role in applications diversification

                          Lawrence Gamblin, President, Kao Collins, Cincinnati, Ohio

                               - It takes a village

                               - Economic factors

                   -           - Technological developments with potential to accelerate innovation            

                                       > Chemistries

                                       > Drying

                                       > Equipment

                                - Technical developments driving market growth

                                       > Water based inks

                                       > UV/EB inks

                                       > Solvent inks

                                       > Electronics

                                       > 3D printing

                                       > Medical

                                       > Food

                                - Expected winners & losers



12:00 Noon               Networking Luncheon

1:30 p.m.                   Session 2

                       All print starts at design – Why you should care?

                          Mark Geeves, Director of Sales & Marketing, Color-Logic Inc., West Chester, Ohio

                               - All print, conventional or digital, starts with design

                               - Today, brands managers (not just printers/converters) are involved in

                                    > Printing process selection & implementation

                                    > Approval of printed materials

                               - Ink developments must have brand strategy & designer in mind

                               - Benefits for brands in differentiating themselves          

                               - Decorative & reflective color plus white communications system

                                    > Brand with shelf impact at lower cost than standard printing

                                    > Print foil and reflective substrates using white ink & CMYK

                                    > 250 new metallic colors using only 5 inks

                                    > Adapts to future substrates, inks, and coatings 

                              - Case studies of digital print ink advancements resulting in

                                    > No major capital expense – print on current presses
                                    > Economical production

                                    > Getting to market faster



                       Pre & post coat fluids development for aqueous inkjet commercial & packaging printing

                          Kim Champion, Vice President Inks & Materials, Memjet, San Diego, California & Molly Hladik,                                    Technical Product Manager, Michelman, Cincinnati, Ohio

                                - Goal: Enable inkjet printing on standard offset coated commercial papers, coated corrugated liners,                                      & folding cartons

                                - Goal: Apply with standard flexo coating equipment

                                - Goal: Enable leading cost/performance for inkjet commercial & packaging print

                                - Memjet introduction & Duralink overview with focus on aqueous, pigment inks

                                - Market dynamics for standard media vs inkjet coated media

                                - How we “win” with use of pre/post coats 

                                - Pre/post coat fluids development: Why & how Memjet partnered with Michelman

                                - Michelman introduction

                                - Process development of novel pre coat fluid: How technology differs from other offerings in the                                              market 

                                - Optimization of post coat fluid

                                - Results & performance

                          Ink innovation fuels expansion of applications

                          Dave Bell, Manager Product Marketing (Media), Ricoh Production Print, Boulder, Colorado

                              - Understanding the basics of applying aqueous inks to paper

                              - Early development & challenges of aqueous inks with uncoated & coated substrates

                              - Difference between inkjet treated & inkjet coated media

                              - Significant increase in inkjet specific substrates drives new applications

                              - Properly matching the inks & substrates to the  application

                              - Options in today’s market & the race to capture the commercial print market

                          Complex inorganic color pigments – Durable pigments for inkjet applications

                          Valerie Kaiser, Technical Sales Representative, Shepherd Color, Cincinnati, Ohio

                               - Where CICPs are currently used in various markets/industries

                               - What properties make CICPs so valuable

                               - How CICPs are made & what they are mad of make them different

                               - Adapting this technology to inkjet applications


                       Authentication solutions using inkjet technology

                         John E. Grant, Business Development Manager, Honeywell Performance Materials and                                                 Technologies, Morris Plains, New Jersey

                               - Global impact of counterfeiting

                               - Levels of authentication for document security & brand protection

                               - Technology of fluorescent dyes & pigments in inkjet inks

                               - Invisible bar code scanning equipment

                               - Machine readable UV + pigments/dyes

                               - Detectors custom designed for specific client applications

                          New dye sublimation ink for textile printing

                          Andreas Knecht, GM Export Sales, Zhuhai Print Rite New Materials Corporation Ltd., Zhuhai, China

                                - Dye sublimation principles, inks, media interaction, transfer, economics

                                - SuperPremium dye sublimation solution

                                - Ink formulation enables higher yield & density, sharper images & lower cost

                                - Performance results

                                - Development capabilities

Suppliers Forum: 5-Minute presentations related to materials technologies, 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.

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6:30 p.m.                      Networking Reception in Display Area

Thursday, September 6, 2018

8:30 a.m.                      Session 3

                          How to support extended range of ink materials through printhead improvements

                             Dr. Nasser Budraa, Director of R&D, Ricoh Printing Systems America, Simi Valley, California

                                  - Ink is most important aspect of inkjet technology

                                        > Printhead technology must follow

                                  - Printhead design improvements to support wider range of inks

                                  - An outline of ink compatibility test requirements

                                  - Current printhead portfolio vs ink requirements

                                  - Future printhead design & performance directions

                          A material impact: Ink selection in printed electronics production

                             Peter Hessney, President, Sensor Films, Victor, New York

                                  - Materials considerations when developing robust production processes for printed electronics

                                  - Performance evaluation of commercially available conductive inks in

                                         > High throughput operations

                                         > Production systems for multilayer, multi-material structures

                                  - Enablers for rapid & efficient printed electronics production

                                  - Materials trends and future requirements

                         Precision digital coatings

                            Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Director & Founder &  Dr. Simon Kew, VP Technology& Business Development,                              Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK

                                 - Digital materials science overview

                                 - Technologies for digital precision coatings of functional materials

                                 - Challenges of applying precise coatings in a digital world

                                 - Deposition using liquid and powder digital technologies

                                 - Typical industrial applications

                                 - Future trends and predictions     


                         Water based inkjet inks for coated paper stocks

                            Daisuke Hamada, Executive Vice President (R&D), Kao Collins, Cincinnati, Ohio

                                 - Many attempts to substitute water-based solutions for solvent-based & energy

                                   curable ones due to its environmental friendliness

                                 - Requirements for water-based inkjet ink for industrial applications such as flexible packaging

                                        > High reliability

                                        > Good image quality on large varieties of substrates

                                        > High image durability on non-absorptive substrates

                                - Desire to improve image durability of water-based systems vs. UV systems

                                - Development of new water-based ink providing high durability ink film by combination of two

                                  different technologies

                                       > Pigment nano-disperson technology

                                       > Polyester resin technology used for toner binder in electrophotography

                                - Introduction of  water-based pigment ink with high image durability and its working mechanism

                                - Summary & discussion about potential applications     


12:00 p.m.                             Networking Luncheon


1:00 p.m.                                Session 4


UV/EB session in collaboration with

                          New designs in UV & latex inks for graphics

                             Dr. Ray A. Work, III, President, Work Associates, Bradenton, Florida

                                 - UV/LED gel inks from Oce/Canon

                                 - Hybrid UV/LED from Sun, EFI, & Durst

                                 - New generation latex inks from HP, flatbed application & white ink

                                 - Technical capabilities, benefits, and challenges

                                 - Implementation of these technologies today

                                 - Potential for the future


                          UV low migration capable inkjet inks for packaging – where do they fit?

                             Tom Molamphy, Sales & Technology Manager Inkjet – North America, Siegwerk, Portland, Oregon

                                  - Inkjet continues to gain foothold in packaging markets

                                  - UV ink application areas in packaging

                                  - Focus on “low migration” UV capable inks

                                  - Comparison of UV & water based inks

                                  - “Low migration” issue: Specifics of what this means for inkjet when used as part of “low migration”                                         capable system for packaging

                          Digital ink for glass drinkware – a success story for digital manufacturing

                             Bob Keller, General Manager, Marabu North America, North Charleston, South Carolina

                                  - Evolution from inorganic to organic UV screen inks

                                        > Establishing the path to digital   

                                  - Inherent challenges for UV on glass

                                  - UV ink component selection – the basic (and trade-offs)

                                  - Industry durability requirements

                                  - The impact of pre-treatment

                                  - Major players & projects

                                  - Future advancements

                          New compact low voltage EB equipment for curing inkjet inks for packaging

                          & label markets

                             Im Rangwalla, Market Development Manager, Energy Sciences, Inc., Wilmington, Massachusetts

                                  - What is EB curing & its applications today

                                  - Advantages of EB curing for food packaging applications

                                  - Theory of EB technology – how does it work?

                                  -  EB requirements for curing inkjet inks, coatings & adhesives

                                  -  New compact EB equipment for inkjet applications

4:00 p.m.                   Conference Adjournament

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Conference Sponsorships

IMI is excited to announce a new sponsorship opportunities to enable inkjet industry participants to position themselves “front and center” before a key groups of inkjet industry business leaders including executives, product developers, technologists, major users, etc. PLUS distributing their message to IMI’s global database of over 20,000 relevant contacts.


Our goal is to develop a “community” focused on the conference programs and the Sponsors to generate excitement about inkjet technology, market, and application developments - benefiting all industry participants and end users.


For additional information on this sponsorship opportunity, contact Al Keene or click here


Speaking Opportunities

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


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

Free Displays & Suppliers Forum

Printer, materials, 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 & receptions.  There is no charge in addition to the conference registration fee to have a display table and/or give a 5-minute Suppliers Forum presentation.  Interested companies should contact IMI President Al Keene to ensure that proper arrangements are made for product displays and demonstrations.


IT Strategies Market Report

All participants will receive a free copy I.T. Strategies latest annual Market Report "Digital Document & Industrial Print Beyond the Office.” Commissioned by IMI and generated from I.T. Strategies’ worldwide digital printing industry model, it provides an ongoing source of market information based on a consistent methodology and reporting structure.



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