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IMI Inkjet Printing Conference 2019

February 6-8, 2019

Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando North,

Altamonte Springs (Orlando), Florida USA

Conference Focus

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, success, and profitability in the inkjet industry.


IMI's Inkjet Printing Conference 2019 is the flagship strategic conference for the inkjet industry, trusted as a primary source of high value information by senior executives and commercial managers for more than 25 years. The program addresses the most recent innovations, trends, and issues critical to continued adoption, growth, and expansion of inkjet printing applications and markets. 

IMI’s Inkjet Printing Conference 2019 program is designed to bring together the ink jet industry’s leading experts to provide a comprehensive assessment of the industry (present & future) and to provide valuable insights into development of your future inkjet business strategy.

This two-day event includes the following elements:

  • Market briefings from leading analysts

  • Updates and views from industry pacesetters

  • Perspectives from key end users

  • New technology introductions from inkjet innovators


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Additional Benefits


The IMI Inkjet Printing Conference 2019 gives you the opportunity to meet senior executives from within the inkjet industry as well as from companies using the technology or developing it for their use. With two networking receptions, lunch and additional refreshment breaks, there is ample opportunity to meet with key people important for your industry alliances and future success.


Displays and Suppliers Forum

Inkjet products and technology will be on display in the break/reception area and the Suppliers Forum enables you to hear short presentations on participating companies and their latest news.


IT Strategies Market Report

All delegates will receive a free copy of the annual Market Report by IT Strategies. Generated from their worldwide digital printing industry model, it provides an ongoing source of market information based on primary research.

Strategic Advisory Board

The Strategic Advisory Board of industry luminaries, whose expertise covers a wide range of technology and applications in digital printing, determines the conference program of topics and presentations. The IMI Inkjet Printing Conference 2019 Strategic Advisory Board members are:

  • Mark Hanley, President, I.T. Strategies

  • Paul Morgavi, Chief Technology Officer Ink Jet and Novel Printing, Xerox

  • Joseph Ryan, Director Business Development, Ricoh Printing Systems America

  • Mike Willis, Managing Director, Pivotal Resources

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Joseph Ryan

Ricoh Printing

Systems America

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Mark Hanley

IT Strategies

Paul Morgavi


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Mike Willis

Pivotal Resources

Conference Chairman

Mike Willis, Pivotal Resources

Conference Speakers

Dr. Rich Baker, Integrity Ink Jet Integration

Mattieu Carni, Siegwerk

Grant French, Digital Ink Sciences

James Gill, FUJIFILM Dimatix

Mark Hanley, I.T. Strategies

Peter Hessney, Sensor Films

Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Alchemie Technology

Rich Huff, Madison Advisors

Yuta Matsumoto, Kao Collins

John Palazzolo, Adphos North America

Dr. Seemit Praharaj, Xerox Corporation

Tom Roetker, Memjet

Joseph Ryan, Ricoh Printing Systems America

Mary K. Schilling, Inkjet Insight

Debbie Thorp, Global Inkjet Systems

Dr. Ray A. Work, III, Work Associates

Inkjet Printing Conference 2019

February 6-8, 2019

Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando North, Altamonte Springs (Orlando), Florida

Topic Coverage and Schedule

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

11:00 am         Registration 

1:30 pm           Opening Session  -  The Expanding Inkjet Industry

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Welcome and introductions

Alvin G. Keene, President, Information Management Institute, Inc., Carrabassett Valley, Maine

Conference Chair; Mike Willis, Managing Director, Pivotal Resources, Cambridge, UK

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All of inkjet – Review & projection of technology & market status

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

  • Commercial print: Books, transaction, direct mail, graphic arts, etc.

  • Packaging: Corrugated, flexible, folding carton, etc.

  • Industrial: Wide format graphics, textile, ceramic, decorative, etc

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Case studies in fast time to market for inkjet solutions to meet demanding applications

Tom Roetker, Vice President Engineering, Memjet, San Diego, California

  • Modularity, flexibility, and systems approach are enabling OEMs to develop printing solutions quickly

  • How to reduce printing solutions time to market

  • Case study: Developing award winning solution while cutting development time

  • Case study: Adapting printing technology to multiple markets thru partnerships

  • Case study: Setting up strategic partnerships to quickly bring digital printing to new markets

The world of inkjet innovation as seen from patents

Mike Willis, Managing Director, Pivotal Resources, Cambridge, UK

  • Statistics: Who is filing inkjet patents

  • Thermal inkjet arrays: Canon, HP, & Memjet

  • New piezo printhead developments: Xaar, Kyocera, & others

  • Intermediate transfer architectures: Canon, Landa

  • Interesting system & application patents

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Inkjet systems provide complex solutions for industry markets & their complicated substrates

Mary K. Schilling, Inkjet Development & Print Quality Manager, Inkjet Insight, Fountaintown, Indiana

  • Main focus of each solution: Deliver production performance, print quality, and ink to substrate        compatibility

  • Training often starts at end of process with hardware – Not at beginning of process development

  • For industrial markets: this “end” focus does not provide depth of understanding

            > Necessary to integrate inkjet into existing manufacturing

            > To deliver needed print quality

  • Addressing the “voids” in development, installation, & implementation which

    • Confuse end users

    • Create longer sales process

    • Compromise or delay successful operations

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 12 Sign-ups in Session 1 – Additional in Session 2 on Thursday).  For additional information or to sign up, contact Al Keene or check off box on Registration Form.

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

Thursday, February 7, 2019

8:30 a.m.                     Session 2

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Printhead developments enable applications expansion

Joseph Ryan, Director Business Development, Ricoh Printing Systems America, Simi Valley, California

  • “Inkjet is hard” even today – But a powerful tool

  • Ricoh inkjet technologies  

  • Matching printheads to specific application requirements

  • Evaluation tools

  • Printhead design improvements to support wider range of inks

  • Future printhead design & performance directions

  • Into the future: We’ve hardly scratched the surface!

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High standoff inkjet defect control

James Gill, Account Director, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Lebanon, New Hampshire

  • Evaluating the worst case control scenario

  • Breakdown of fluid dynamics effecting small drops

    • With high standoff

    • At high speed

  • Methods to control the drops

Closed loop image quality control for inkjet systems

Dr. Seemit Praharaj, Engineering Specialist I, Xerox Corporation, Webster, New York

Precision digital coatings and digital dyeing

Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Chairman & Co-founder, Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK

  • Digital materials science overview

  • Technologies for digital precision coatings & digital dyeing

  • Challenges of applying precise coatings in a digital world

  • Applying functional materials

  • Overcoming issues with

    • Materials of higher viscosities

    • Achieving higher coating thicknesses

  • Creating uniform coatings & dyeing with very high consistency across a web

12:00 p.m.                   Luncheon

1:30 p.m.                     Session 3

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Ideal drying & curing of aqueous inks & coatings

John Palazzolo, Director, Marketing & Sales, Adphos North America, Brookfield, Wisconsin   

  • Review of drying process

    • Adhesion & penetration effects

    • Rub resistance

    • Print quality

  • Porous and non-porous media

  • Absorption characteristics of inks

    • Wet vs. dry inks

    • Substrate & coating effects

    • Effect of water

  • Review of drying techniques

    • Direct contact

    • Convection

    • Radiative drying

  • Near-IR drying: benefits & trends

Progress of thermal inkjet (TIJ) ink for coding & marking market

Yuta Matsumoto, Assistant R&D Director, Kao Collins, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) can print on almost anything- metal to plastics BUT

    • High operation costs

    • Complicated maintenance

    • VOC generation

  • TIJ can provide lower cost, easier operation & much less VOC BUT

    • Limitations on substrate versatility

    • Jetting reliability issues

    • Throw distance limitations on irregular surfaces

  • Recent TIJ developments

    • Water-based TIJ ink on film application: Film forming & good wettability

    • Solvent-based TIJ ink with improved reliability: Slower evaporation by controlling surface      interaction & bulk ink stability

    • Cartridge improvement: Print width & throw distance

  • Potential applications

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Systemic application of inkjet inks for labels & packaging

Matthieu Carni, Director Business Unit Inkjet, Siegwerk, Siegburg, Germany

  • Piezo inkjet inks becoming more common: Current/future market position

  • The need to understand “bigger picture” systemic & regulatory issues 

  • Key parameters for inkjet ink solutions fitting to application requirements

  • Nutrition, pharma, & healthcare compliance

  • Ensuring packaging compliance & performance – a complex challenge

  • Process for compliant & performing packaging

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A function of design: How new inks enable new manufacturing processes

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

  • Parameters that influence novel inkjet ink design

    • Providing desirable surface properties

    • Enabling unique & specific ink performance capabilities

    • On industrially important substrates

  • When depositing via high throughput operations inks can

    • Greatly simplify manufacturing processes

    • Deliver significant economic benefits

  • Examples in electronic materials, decorative inks, sensors, etc.

  • Functional materials trends and future requirements

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 8, 2019

8:30 a.m.                     Session 4

Inkjet in packaging – Trends, challenges, and future developments

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Debbie Thorp, Business Development Director, Global Inkjet Systems, Cambridge, UK

  • State of the market: Key players, products, and positioning

    • Labels

    • Corrugated

    • Cartons

    • Flexible packaging

  • Single pass vs. scanning systems

  • Key challenges for high end single pass systems


Inkjet digital label printing

Dr. Rich Baker, President, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, West Lebanon, New Hampshire

  • Pros & cons of digital printing

  • Commercial systems & state of the art

  • Hybrid systems

  • Digital embellishment

  • Functional labels

  • Market opportunities


Enterprise output management for transactional print

Rich Huff, Principal Analyst, Madison Advisors, Colleysville, Texas 

  •  Color inkjet usage significantly expanded in transactional print

  •  Color engines require added control & management for success

  •  New EOM (Enterprise Output Management) process alleviates challenges of

    •  Electronic document output creation for inkjet production

    •  Mailing preparation

    •  Mailing distribution & delivery channels

  •  How to determine which solution is right for your inkjet environment

  •  Study results of established & new EOM software vendors

    •  Market trends

    •  Comparison of EOM technology solutions

    •  How they support print service providers & enterprise CCM initiatives

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Inkjet’s role in digital textile printing applications

Grant French, President, Digital Ink Sciences,Hemet, California 

  • Ink technology development: Then & now – screen & digital

    • Latest trends: Less water, lower energy, better fastness & run time

  • Benefits

    • Environment: Water, square footage, & power

    • Costs: Labor, square footage, & power

    •  Quick response manufacturing: Less inventory, faster turn, smaller investment,                       strategic location, small foot print

  • Markets: Allows multiple locations to address smaller regional markets, regional fast fashion,      fast change between  chemistries/substrates

  • Challenges: Cost per square foot, end use properties (wash, wet & dry crock)

  • Economics

  • Trends & market review

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Inkjet hard surface dye transfer technology & applications

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

  • 3D transfer/2D transfer

  • Sublimation vs. diffusion

  • Applications: Graphics, signage, & architectural elements

  • Durability challenges

  • Dye interactions

  • Transfer media

  • Unmet needs

  • Opportunities for future developments  

1:00 p.m.                     Adjournment  

Conference Sponsorship

IMI sponsorship opportunities enable inkjet industry participants to position themselves “front and center” before a key group of inkjet printing 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 program and the Sponsors to generate excitement about inkjet technology, market, and application developments - benefiting all industry participants and end users.


For additional information on sponsorship opportunities contact Al Keene

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 at IMI ( 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.

Free Display Space & Suppliers Forum Presentations

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 & 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.


You can also reserve your display space and Suppliers’ Forum presentation slot by registering online and checking off the appropriate boxes indicating your participation.


I.T. 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.

About IMI

IMI sponsors conferences to assist in understanding emerging technology developments, markets and applications requirements. IMI conferences offer attendees unique opportunities for leading hardware, technology development, materials, manufacturing, software, and user companies to network and develop a more comprehensive understanding of current as well as future developments impacting successful product implementations, market entry/expansion and technology utilization. Since 1990, IMI has held over 600 programs attended by well

over 25,000 technical, marketing and management personnel from companies around the world.


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