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IMI Inkjet Conference 2020

February 12-13, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe, Tempe (Phoenix), Arizona 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.


The IMI Inkjet Conference 2020 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.  

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 Conference 2020 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 a networking receptions, two networking lunches 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 Digital Printing 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.

George Gibson, Managing Director, G2 Tech Acceleration

Mark Hanley, President, I.T. Strategies

Dr. Harvey R. Levenson, Professor Emeritus, CalPoly

Joseph Ryan, Director Business Development, Ricoh Printing Systems America

Jonathan Wilson, Sales Director, Meteor Inkjet

IMI Inkjet Conference 2020

Strategic Advisory Board


George Gibson

G2 Tech Acceleration

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Mark Hanley

I.T. Strategies

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Dr. Harvey Levenson

Cal Poly, Emeritus

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Joseph Ryan Ricoh Printing Systems America

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Jonathan Wilson          Meteor Inkjet      

2020 Conference Co-Chairs

George Gibson, G2 Tech Acceleration  

Dr. Simon Kew, Alchemie Technology

Dr. Mark Bale, DoDxAct

Conference Speakers

Dr. Rich Baker, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration

Dr. Mark Bale, DoDxAct

Prof. Dr. Reinhard R. Baumann, Technische Universität Chemnitz & Fraunhofer Institute

Charles Brewer, Actionable Intelligence

Joe Calmese, Mark Andy

Stephen Emery, IIMAK

George Gibson, G2 Tech Acceleration

James Gill, FUJIFILM Dimatix

Mark Hanley, I.T. Strategies

Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Alchemie Technology

Shin Ishikura, Kyocera

Dr. Harvey R. Levenson, Cal Poly, Emeritus

Oscar Planas, Engineered Printing Solutions

Michael Poulin, Canon Solutions America

Mike Raymond, Epson America

Joseph Ryan, Ricoh Printing Systems America

Dr. Adam Strevens, Pivotal Resources

Debbie Thorp, Global Inkjet Systems

Jonathan Wilson, Meteor Inkjet

Dr. Ray A. Work, III, Work Associates

Inkjet Conference 2020

February 12-13, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe, Tempe (Phoenix), Arizona

Agenda and Schedule

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

7:30 am                Registration 

8:30 am               Opening Session

                       The Inkjet Industry in 2025


Welcome and introductions

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

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An inkjet perspective on 2025. Plenty of value, growth, and creative potential

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

  • Document print

    • Inkjet & LANDA will matter more

    • Perhaps with a minority share based on fragmented specialty market

  • Packaging

    • Sorry, still learning flexible in 2025

    • Still driving the corrugated industry kicking & screaming to adoption

  • Industrial

    • Still the jewel in the crown

    • Display graphics remaining strong

    • Decorative & DTS rooting themselves in new markets

    • Don’t get too excited over 3D

​Update 1/22/2020: Due to an unexpected medical issue, Mark Hanley will be unable to travel during the conference period. Mark’s presentation materials will be provided to participants in pdf format. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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The expanding inkjet universe as reflected by inkjet patents

Dr. Adam Strevens, ‘Directions’ Inkjet Patent Reviewer, Pivotal Resources, Cambridge, UK

  • Company filings & industry outlook: What the statistics say

  • Thermal expansion: HP, Canon, Memjet & Realfast

  • Piezo expansion: Thin film & bulk piezo patents from Xaar, Konica Minolta,

  • Brother, FUJIFILM Dimatix & others

  • A few of the more unconventional inkjet printhead architectures

  • Interesting system & application patents

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Remember desktop inkjets? Home & office inkjet markets

Charles Brewer, President, Actionable Intelligence, Franklin, Massachusetts    

  • Hardware market declining, however

    • Home market has stabilized

    • Push into business market continues

  • Consumables market revenues impacted by

    • Lower printing volumes

    • Penetration of 3rd party players

    • New hardware designs & business models

  • Top line forecast for hardware & supplies

  • Trends in recent hardware releases: Speeds & feeds, cost per page, cloud printing, mobility, security, etc

  • Update on the 3rd party supplies industry for inkjet cartridges

    • Details of production shift to China: Top 5 manufacturers profiles

    • Channel dynamics: Brick & mortar to online; emergence of Amazon as a leading channel, etc.

  • Legal review: OEM IP activity, OEM actions against online vendors

  • Future visions

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UV hybrid digital presses for labels & packaging

Joe Calmese, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer for Digital Solutions, Mark Andy, Chesterfield, Missouri

  • Growing global labels & packaging industry

  • Opportunities & magnitude for

    • Inkjet technology providers

    • Inkjet printing solutions providers

  • North American case studies to justify investment

    • Insights & productivity statistics

  • Operational metrics: Annual turnover, order quantity break even, ROI, investment payback, & more

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Interactive publications: A technology that will change your publishing/communication world

Dr. Harvey R. Levenson, Cal Poly, Emeritus, San Luis Obispo, California

  • Transformation of how publications are produced

  • Augmented reality

  • Print-to-web and beyond

  • Technology of Ricoh clickable paper

  • Solving the workforce crisis at printing companies-Quickly & economically

  • Print (ink on paper) for multimedia communication

  • Print + digital potential for learning (reading, watching, listening, & discussing)

  • Making the technology of print come alive (publication + smart phone/tablet)

  • Case studies

  • Live demonstrations

12:00 Noon         Networking Luncheon

1:00 pm               Session 2

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How printhead technology is being driven by industrial market trends

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

  • Pressures on inkjet technology from a print head-centric point of view

    • Printhead’s position in the hardware value chain subjects them to pressure to meet physical & electrical challenges demanded by emerging printing environments

    • Printhead’s position in the chemical value chain subjects them to pressure to meet widely expanding rheological requirements                        

  • Printhead technology responding to these pressures by expanding the technical capabilities of the ink jetting devices

    • More nozzles

    • Higher operating temperatures

    • Higher viscosity jetting capabilities

    • Printhead assembly design

    • Designs for applications

    • And more…

  • Summary of printhead technology responses to various market forces and an outlook to the future

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Actuate digital innovations: Another challenge of Kyocera with KJ4 2.0

Shin Ishikura, Manager, Inkjet Design Center, Kyocera, Esslingen, Germany

  • Looking back at Kyocera KJ4 Series

  • Recent inkjet market trends

  • Going forward with Kyocera KJ4 EX Series

  • Conclusion

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A study in high standoff defect control

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

  • Lab procedures for evaluating

    • Fluid dynamics effecting small drops at high speed

    • Methods to control small drops (less than 5pl)

    • With high standoff (5mm)

  • Results: Improved sustainability & image quality

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What’s new in inkjet at Canon

Michael Poulin, Director Inkjet Product Marketing, Canon Solutions America, Boca Raton, Florida

  • Innovations driving inkjet into new commercial applications

    • New applications with specialty media & inks

    • Heavy media support

    • Inline quality control

    • Color uniformity control

    • Nozzle uniformity control

    • Nozzle activity control

    • High resolution RIP

    • Remote service & predictive maintenance

    • Smart media management

    • Partner integration

    • Book smart suite

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Paint the future with full speed: Introducing Epson inkjet printhead technology

Mike Raymond, Business Development Manager, Epson America,

Long Beach, California

  • Evolution of Epson inkjet technology

  • Advantages of TFP PrecisionCore inkjet printing technology

  • Printhead product lineup

Suppliers’ Forum Session: 5-Minute Presentations Related to Technology, Capabilities, Services, New Product Introductions, etc. For additional information or to sign up, contact Al Keene or check off box on Registration Form.

6:30 pm               Networking Reception in Display Area

Thursday, February 13, 2020

8:00 am               Session 3

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Print quality optimization: Understanding the power of software

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

  • Factors affecting print quality

  • Software correction methods including

    • Printhead linearization

    • Stitching

    • Screeners

    • Grey level selection

    • Ink flow compensation

    • Rotation/skew correction

  • Automated closed loop correction

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Heterogeneous imaging systems: Inkjet’s adaptability

Jonathan Wilson, Sales Director, Meteor Inkjet, Cambridge, UK

  • Mixing different printheads & fluids

  • Extending inkjet adoption in industrial applications

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Waveform as a tool for industrial IJP

Dr. Mark Bale, Director, DoDxAct, Cambridge, UK

  • The requirement of industrial inkjet

    • Application comparisons

    • Conventional head selection rationale

    • Pushing the specifications

  • Waveform tuning

    • One head, many solutions

    • Large drops from small

    • Comparing high throw distance behaviour

    • Some different examples

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Inkjet ink innovations driving new markets & applications

Stephen Emery, Sr. Vice President Digital Inks, IIMAK, Amherst, New York

  • Solvent to co-solvent to UV & latex focused largely on display graphics

  • Specialty markets for ceramic, textiles, DTG focus on production and industrial applications

  • Reducing inventory, scrap, lead times, variable on demand printing, and reduced VOC’sl All driving interest in new applications and markets

  • What’s next…Water base XYZ? EBeam, other

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Waterless smart digital dyeing and technical textile coatings  

Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Director & Founder, Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK

  • Does Greta Thunberg have a point?

  • Textiles an industry drowning in pollution

  • Can digital technology bring about a textile dyeing revolution?

  • A production solution to a pollution free, energy efficient textile dyeing process

  • Introducing Alchemie Endeavour a “waterless smart digital dyeing process”

  • An opportunity to re-shore Western textile manufacturing into a clean-tech industry for the next decade.

12:00 pm            Networking Luncheon

1:00 pm              Session 4

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Inkjet as a manufacturing process

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

  • Why inkjet?

  • Approaches & considerations

  • Opportunities for growth sectors   

    • 3D printing/additive manufacturing

    • Bio & pharma printing

    • Functional materials printing & deposition


The role of inkjet technologies in additive manufacturing

George Gibson, President, G2 Tech Acceleration, Fairport, New York

  • Taxonomy of 3D printing systems

  • Where inkjet plays

  • Strengths & weaknesses of inkjet approaches

  • Materials limitations: Jettability & performance

  • Post production processing & finishing requirements

  • Meeting end use performance parameters

  • Innovations needed to improve/expand inkjet’s role

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Functional inkjet printing on 3D substrate surfaces

Prof. Dr. Reinhard R. Baumann, Technische Universität Chemnitz & Fraunhofer Institute, Chemnitz, Germany

  • Applications in automotive & aerospace

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Ink jet applications using disperse/sublimation dye inks both direct and transfer

Dr. Ray A. Work, III, President, Work Associates, Lakewood Ranch, Florida

  • Disperse dyes: Direct & sublimation

  • Applications: direct print & transfer

  • Receptors: fabrics, polymer coatings, hard surfaces, 3D surfaces

  • Durability challenges and causes

  • Transfer media options and applications 

  • Opportunities for future applications

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Decorative printing/product decoration developments & trends

Oscar Planas, Engineered Printing Systems, East Dorset, Vermont

  • Advantages of digital vs. contact printing

  • Project requirements

  • Project considerations

  • Videos demonstrating product decoration systems

4:30 pm               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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