NEW DIGITAL FORMAT – Ongoing Event
Inkjet Conference 2021
February 17 – December 15, 2021
Bimonthly Digital Online Conference Sessions
Dr. Rich Baker, President, Integrity Industrial Inkjet Integration, West Lebanon, New Hampshire
Dr. Rich Baker is President of Integrity Industrial Inkjet Integration, a company that designs and fabricates bespoke industrial inkjet print systems for end user production lines. Integrity has built print systems for numerous companies. Systems range from printing onto individual flat products to contoured direct to shape surfaces to web-based products, and covers applications including, high speed labels, food decoration, functional electronics, pharmaceutical & biotech deposition, window fashions, displays & touch screens and industrial 3D manufacturing. Integrity is printhead and ink agnostic, and integrates with technologies from all the major printhead and ink companies.
Prior to founding Integrity, Rich worked at FUJIFILM Dimatix for 14 years. As Director of Business Development at FUJIFILM Dimatix, he was responsible for fostering relationships between world leading ink companies, OEM systems integrators and end user customers, as well as founding and managing their Systems Integrations Group.
Before FUJIFILM Dimatix, Rich held the position of Chemical Products Manager at Markem-Image, where he was responsible for developing a wide variety of inkjet inks, including hot melt.
Rich has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts.
Alec G Couckuyt, National Sales Manager – JPress, Fujifilm Canada & Managing Director/Chief Business Strategist, AG Couckuyt Consulting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alec G. Couckuyt is an experienced Graphic Arts Business Executive. He currently works with Fujifilm Canada supporting the JPress inkjet product line. Prior, during his 10-year tenure at Canon Canada, he propelled the Production Printing Systems Division (formerly Océ) to Market Leader in high volume Inkjet Printing Systems. Alec initiated his career with Agfa in Belgium, with subsequent assignments in Canada and Germany. Subsequently he joined Transcontinental Printing as Vice President, Direct Marketing, driving growth and profitability by focusing on one-to-one marketing, combining offset and digital technologies. His experience also reaches outside the Printing Industry with assignments at Symcor in Canada and EDS in the US. He is currently completing a book on strategy, sharing his experiences on how to transform any business strategy into the most powerful management tool. “At the Helm” is due out end 2021. Alec holds a BASc, Economics from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
George Gibson, President, G2 Tech Acceleration, Fairport. New York
Mr. Gibson is President of G2 Tech Acceleration, a consultancy designed to assist companies: Find the right technology/Put the technology into the right offering/Get it out of the lab and into the world/Manage your portfolio.
Innovate or die! A shark that stops moving dies – so does a company that stops innovating. As the pace of globalization of commerce accelerates you have more competitors including ones that want to make you obsolete. Many of the brightest minds in your field don’t even work for you. How do you drive success?
There are four key imperatives:
Pick the right technology.
Put that tech in offerings that create huge value for your customers.
Get those offerings out of the lab and into the market.
Create and manage a portfolio of innovation programs
Our practice has developed based on years of experience at the pointy end of innovation. We can advance your thinking and implementation in these critical arenas. There are three technology areas in which we have developed special expertise: Digital printing, Additive manufacturing and Sensors & the IoT.
Mr. Gibson spent over 25 years at Xerox, continually involved in bringing new technologies to technical maturity and to market. Prior to his career at Xerox, he ran the end-to-end consumables business for AM Graphics and was Manager, Toner Development for the Savin Corporation.
He holds a BA and MS in Chemistry from Binghamton University and an MBA from The Simon Graduate School of Business of the University of Rochester. He holds 60 US Patents, has published 20 articles in imaging, product development and decision theory and is a frequent lecturer in these domains.
Craig Greenwood, Senior Sales Executive; OEM Printheads, Xerox, Wilsonville, Oregon
Craig Greenwood is the OEM Sales Manager for Xerox OEM Printheads, a division of Xerox. For more than 20 years, Xerox has developed and manufactured state-of-the-art piezo inkjet technology in Wilsonville, Oregon. The commercial printing market’s rigorous requirements are what drive Xerox’ technology developments, specifically, requirements are for high throughput, high repeat ability and high durability. The unique printheads are now being successfully applied to commercial printing, label, packaging, 3D printing, textiles, direct-to-object printing, pattern etching and other industrial printing uses.
Craig joined XEROX in August 2019. Prior to joining XEROX, Craig Greenwood has served in sales management and business development for several companies including TIGER Coatings/TIGITAL, Quad Graphics, XYZprinting, and Ricoh.
He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B/A degrees in Communication and History.
Tom Grinstead, Chief Operating Officer, 240 Tech-OvalJet, Santa Ana, California
Tom Grinstead has been in the made-on-demand industry since 2008 where he has held executive roles with some of the industry’s largest companies including Zazzle.com, MWW On Demand, The Dream Junction and currently is Chief Operating Officer at 240 Tech-OvalJet. Tom has a track record of driving revenue growth across channels with exemplary results. Key focus is on building long-term profitable relationships with customers & strategic partners.
240 Tech-OvalJet is the inventor and manufacturer of the revolutionary OvalJet high speed Direct-to-Garment printer. OvalJet’s closed loop technology moves each garment through a carousel of automated stations that prepare and print garments in one smooth motion. This allows a single operator to achieve full size, full color prints at unparalleled DTG speeds. Since introduction in Fall 2019, 240 Tech-OvalJet has sold, installed, and supported dozens of systems nation-wide and growth projections for 2022 are more than 50% with new and existing customers.
Mark Hanley, President, I.T. Strategies, Hingham, Massachusetts
Mark Hanley founded I T Strategies in 1992 in Boston as a strategic consultancy specialized in industrial digital printing, inkjet technology and early market development practices. The company is based in Boston & Tokyo & operates on a private partnership basis. ITS is a confidential practice with no publishing function and is expert in technology and market analysis based on a wide factual knowledge base.
Dr. Alan Hudd, Chairman, Alchemie Technology, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK
Dr Hudd is Chairman of Alchemie Technology Ltd. Alchemie supplies products and solutions for a wide range of digital dispensing applications ranging from industrial coatings to textiles. Prior to forming Alchemie Alan was the Founder and Managing Director of Xennia Technology, an industrial inkjet integrator, from 1996 to 2012. Alan has published multiple papers in the field of inkjet and holds a PhD research degree in Polymer Chemistry from Manchester University.
Dr. Robert Ramirez, Chief Scientist, Materials Deposition Group, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Santa Clara, California
Dr. Robert Ramirez is the Chief Scientist leading the Materials Deposition group at FUJIFILM Dimatix in Santa Clara, California. One goal he enjoys is helping customers be successful in applying inkjet to their own technology. With a technical background in organic chemistry, his interests include functional fluids and materials for printed electronics, 3D printing, displays, and bio-related applications. Robert has industry experience in developing products from R&D to large-scale manufacturing.
Prior to joining FUJIFILM Dimatix, Robert spent time in formulations development of inkjet inks for graphic applications, as well as advanced materials for display technology.
Dr. Ramirez earned his BS in Chemistry from California State University, Los Angeles and his PhD in Organic Chemistry from UCLA.
Thomas Roetker, Vice President of Engineering, Memjet Services Ltd., San Diego, California
Mr. Roetker has over 35 years of experience in the development of inkjet products. He has worked at Memjet for 13 years and led the development of a number of Memjet technologies. His current work is as the Customer Success Application Engineering Manager of Memjet’s DuraLink industrial and press printing platform.
Rob Rogers, Product Manager, OEM Printheads, Epson America, Inc., Los Alamitos, California
Rob has been involved in the inkjet industry for over 20 years, where he has been responsible for a wide range of inkjet production printing systems including: high-speed on-press variable data printers, inkjet label printing press, high-speed container printer, solar cell deposition system and many others.
Rob has previously worked for Dimatix / FujiFilm as an Applications Engineer, was a Co-Founder and Principal Engineer of Jetrion later acquired by EFI, Senior Engineer at SunPower, and Technical Consultant for Print3 Technologies. He has recently joined Epson and is the Product Manager for the OEM Printhead business in the Americas.
Kevin D. Roman, Director, Professional Service & Software Solutions, Canon Solutions America, Tampa, Florida
As Director of Professional Services and Software Solutions at Canon Solutions America, Kevin Roman is responsible for driving a strategic awareness of the Workflow Solutions and Professional Services offerings in the U.S. Production Print market.
Mr. Roman leverages more than two decades of experience in the printing industry where he spent time with several multinational companies in areas of system engineering and architecture, business development and sales management. His broad knowledge of both the Commercial and Enterprise print space brings a synergistic view of the challenges in processes and workflows within these segments.
As an engaged member of the Print Community, Mr. Roman serves on the Xplor USA Committee for Xplor International, a past member of the Graphics Users Association and is a Founding member of the Sales Enablement Society.
Ralf Schlözer, Consultant & Technology Analyst, Berlin, Germany
Ralf Schlözer has over 30 years of experience in the Graphic Arts and Graphic System Manufacturing industries. He is a freelance consultant and technology analyst for the printing industry with a special focus on digital print. He is a regular contributor to Inkjet Insight and editor of the European section at WhatTheyThink.com. He provides insights on technologies, applications, business models and market development. He is also an expert on market sizing and statistical sources around the printing industry.
In previous positions at KPI/InfoTrends as Director of the On Demand Printing and Publishing Consulting Service, he was responsible for all service related publications, consulting, and research in production print hardware on a global basis. Before, Mr. Schlözer spent 5 years in the R&D and Digital Printing Business groups of MAN Roland in product planning.
Mr. Schlözer graduated as Diplom Ingenieur in Printing Management and Technology in Berlin, Germany and holds an M.S. Degree in Graphic Arts Systems from the Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) in the United States.
Graham Vleck, President, Industrial Inkjet Ltd USA, Golden, Colorado
Graham is responsible for Industrial Inkjet’s sales and technical support in the USA and also supports Konica Minolta OEM customers.
He has held senior technical roles at ITW Transtech and ITI and has over 10 years of inkjet experience.
Mr. Vleck received his degree in Electrical Engineering-Mechanical Specialties from Colorado School of Mines in 2004.
Eric Worrall, Vice President of Products and Customer Success, Global Graphics, Cambridge, UK
Eric Worrall has been with Global Graphics since 2004 and currently leads the Product Management and Technical Services teams. He has had a wide experience of key roles including Senior Software Developer, Technical Support, Sales Engineer and Product Manager which puts him in an ideal place to understand the complete software business. Eric leads the product strategy, position, and vision within Global Graphics.
Prior to joining Global Graphics Eric spent two years' post graduate research at the University of Leicester focusing on speech recognition in adverse noise environments. He worked in engineering and project management roles for both Marconi and Videojet. He has over twenty years of market knowledge in printing, digital documents, machine vision technologies. Eric has five US Patents and a BEng (Hons) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Rich Woudenberg, Principal Inkjet Engineer, Inkbit Corporation, Medford, Massachusetts
Dr. Rich Woudenberg is Inkbit Corporation’s Principal Inkjet Engineer. Inkbit’s goal is to offer a multi-material additive manufacturing platform that offers the combination of reliability, throughput, precision, and quality materials required by a factory floor.
Rich started his inkjet career at Markem-Imaje where he held numerous technical and management positions over a 20+ year period. From 2016 to 2020, he was Director of Business Development at Integrity Industrial Inkjet Integration.
Dr. Woudenberg earned his B.S in Industrial Chemistry at Keene State College and his Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering at University of Massachusetts Amherst.