Inkjet Conference 2022

May 4-5, 2022

The Florida Hotel & Conference

Orlando, Florida

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Conference Focus

With the lack of networking and one-to-one interaction during the COVID pandemic plus inkjet’s 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 Conference 2022 is scheduled for May 4-5, 2022 at The Florida Hotel & Conference Center in Orlando, Florida. This will be an in-person conference and we will follow the latest guidance on health and safety practices. 

 

The IMI Inkjet Conference 2022 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 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:

  • Updates & views from industry pacesetters

  • Societal, consumer & industry trends shaping inkjet industry

  • Market & opportunity perspectives from industry experts

  • Perspectives from key end users

  • New technology needs & introductions from inkjet innovators

  • Networking lunches, breaks & reception

  • Complimentary display space

  • Suppliers Forum presentation opportunity

  • Sponsorship opportunities

 

Conference Speakers

Dr. Rich Baker, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration

Dr. Mark Bale, DoDxAct

Juergen Bender, KRONOS International 

Kevin Coffey, ImageXpert  

Angus Condie, Xaar

George Gibson, G2 Tech Acceleration

Craig Greenwood, Xerox

Mark Hanley, I.T. Strategies

Dr. Dan Harrison, Armor IIMAK

Ken Hillier, Meteor Inkjet

Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Alchemie Technology

Gordon Johnson, HP Specialty Printing & Technology Solutions

Terence Kenneth, Ink Intelligence

Stephanie LeRette, FUJIFILM Dimatix

Tim Murphy, iJetColor by Printware 

Gary Parish, HD Barcode

Victor Rincon, KRONOS International 

Joseph J. Ryan, Ricoh Printing Systems America

Dr. Adam Strevens, i4inkjet

Debbie Thorp, Global Inkjet Systems

Dr. Kai Yang, Evonik

Inkjet Conference 2022

May 4-5, 2022

The Florida Hotel & Conference 

Orlando, Florida

Tentative Topic Coverage and Schedule

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

8:00 a.m.                                          Conference Registration

9:00 a.m.                                                  Opening Session

The Inkjet Industry Going Forward

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Welcome & introductions

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

Inkjet markets status & review

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

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  • Market sizes, projections, value, & positioning compared to analog by sector

    • Documents, books, & direct marketing

    • Packaging

    • Decorative

    • 3D Printing

    • Other markets

  • The 5 year potential

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Digital material deposition using inkjet

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

  • Inkjet attributes for industrial manufacturing process technology: Pros & cons

  • Inkjet materials deposition examples

  • Use of inkjet in hybrid applications

  • 2.5, 3D and 4D deposition

  • Multi-material deposition opportunities & challenges

  • Future directions

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Leveraging inkjet patent insights to stimulate new opportunities and advance your business

Dr. Adam Strevens, Director, i4inkjet, Athlone, Westmeath Ireland

  • So-called new ideas stem from what has gone before, a necessity, & desire to improve

  • Invention is creative and competitive

  • How different industries use patent insights to develop their teams & technologies: Inkjet is no different

  • 'Directions' – i4inkjets unique patent technology review service: 25th anniversary!

  • Kinds of insight & information available from patents

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Textile Industry drowning in pollution & accelerating climate change (>1.5C)

Dr. Alan Hudd, Chairman, Alchemie Technology, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK

  • New way to reduce textile dyeing & finishing industry global emissions

  • In the UK Queens 70-year Platinum Jubilee: Digital technology is set to bring about a (sustainable) “Textile Revolution”

  • Pollution free digital dyeing & technical textiles with 85% energy reduction

  • Reshoring to revitalize western textile manufacturing

  • Textiles become a “Clean-Tech” industry for the next decade & beyond

  • The future: Digital dyeing, digital printing, & digital technical textiles

12:00 p.m.                                          Networking luncheon

1:30 p.m.                                                  Session 2

Materials innovations enable inkjet applications expansion

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The future of ink development 

Terence Kenneth, Founder & CEO, Ink Intelligence, Weston, Florida 

  • Inkjet strengthens its footprint into print applications

  • Expansion of everyday packaging, industrial applications & more

  • Increasingly demanding ink performance criteria 

  • Importance & role of ink formulation to meet application requirements  

  • Industry trends: biomaterials, environmental impact, nanomaterials, sustainability

  • Formulation strategies, testing, verification, & commercialization  

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Role & importance of wetting additives in inkjet printing’s success

Dr. Kai Yang, Head of Applied Research & Technology – Printing Inks Americas, Evonik Corporation, Allentown, Pennsylvania

  • Why are wetting additives required?

  • Traditional & developing wetting agent technologies

  • Current challenges for wetting agents in inkjet printing

  • Differences between static & dynamic wetting agents and their benefits

  • Technology offerings & recommendations for major inkjet chemistries

    • Aqueous

    • Solvent

    • UV

  • Future trends

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Novel aqueous white pigment concentrate for inkjet applications

Juergen Bender, Market Development Manager Coatings, Inks & Paper, Global Marketing, KRONOS International, Leverkusen, Germany and  Victor Rincon, Tech Service Manager – Americas, KRONOS Worldwide, Dallas, Texas

  • White TiO2 pigments are used in various printing ink technologies & applications

  • Demand of TiO2 for digital printing inks is increasing significantly

  • Packaging & textile applications are showing peculiar growth

  • KRONOS detected specific market needs

    • Excellent storage stability

    • Highest opacity & whiteness

    • Increase service time between cleaning nozzles

  • Using stage gate process & disruptive technology KRONOS developed a TiO white concentrate, KRONOS 9900 customized for water base inkjet systems

  • KRONOS 9900 features in addition

    • Excellent compatibility with several ink binders and additives

    • Compliance with Swiss Ordinance and Nestle guidance regulator                           

  • From idea to execution, KRONOS is launching KRONOS 9900, a novel technology for challenging marketplace needs

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Tuning UV ink curing for 2D and 3D inkjet applications 

Dr. Mark Bale, Founder, DoDxAct, Somerset, UK 

  • Multiple uses of UV-curable inks across applications

  • Benefits of UV-LED versus Hg lamps for process control

  • UV-LED pinning effects in 2D printing for print quality

    • Color-to-color ink bleed

    • White-color overprint optimization

  •  Controlled curing for versatility in 3D printing

    •  Optimizing uniformity by droplet merging

    •  Improved voxel control by gelling

Suppliers Forum: 5-Minute presentations related to technology, capabilities, services, new product introductions, etc. For additional information or to sign up, contact Al Keene al@imiconf.com or check off box on registration form.

6:00 p.m.                                   Networking reception in display area

Thursday, May 5, 2022

8:30 a.m.                                                  Session 3

Technology developments & innovations facilitating inkjet growth

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Industrial inkjet improving sustainability

Angus Condie, Director of Technology, Xaar, Cambridge, UK

  • How inkjet makes a positive impact on sustainability (with examples)

  • How new printhead technology developments will further improve sustainability

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Technology that enables inkjet into new industrial markets

Stephanie LeRette, Account Manager, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Lebanon, New Hampshire

  • Inkjet has long been a technology alternative to traditional printing

    • Early adoption in ceramic decoration, document production, & wide format graphics

    • Now proliferating into additive manufacturing, décor laminates, packaging, printed electronics, & surface decoration

  • Piezoelectric inkjet fundamentals have not changed

  • But developments provide efficacy improvements by:

    • Growing range of fluids utilization

    • Constant jetting improvements

    • Integration of printing solutions

  • Emerging markets where inkjet is being adopted

  • How technology & expertise in material science, modeling, & applications help enable the transition to inkjet 

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Designing & developing printheads for an everchanging market

Craig Greenwood, Senior Sales Executive, Xerox, Wilsonville, Oregon

  • Printhead technology journey: Relationship & development with Xerox Printing Systems

  • OEM application perspective: Packaging, industrial, 3D, electronics, corrugated

  • What OEM markets want: High resolution, speed, durability, ease of integration & more features

  • Xerox responses in 2021

    • Stainless steel housing for M printhead for company printing chocolate

    • Reservoir design for M series printhead: So that OEM designing phase change ink didn’t have to design a separate ink supply for the development & testing process

    • Added full re-circulation OEM working on difficult application (with high viscosity inks)      

  • Helping the integrator & OEM: Printhead evaluation, system development  support, engineering resources

  • Xerox OEM printhead roadmap

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Jetting mechanisms' capabilities to match new fluids requirements

Joseph J. Ryan, Director Business Development, Ink Jet Technology Division, Ricoh Printing Systems America, Simi Valley, California

  • Typical ink types

  • Needed operational characteristics relating to temperature & viscosity

  • Laboratory support needed to identify viscosity variations to be controlled

  • System implementations to maintain viscosity control

  • Printhead design considerations to enable temperature & viscosity optimization

  • Examples of printheads that offer needed support

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Leveraging thermal inkjet technology for new applications

Gordon Johnson, Strategic Alliance Manager, HP Specialty Printing & Technology Solutions, Leesburg, Florida & Tim Murphy, President, iJetColor by Printware,
St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Evolving thermal inkjet printhead technologies

    • Fixed Imager 1000: Enables variety of full color systems

    • Solvent based TIJ 2.5: Printing on non-porous substrates

  • Case study: Print & mail profitable applications

    • Customer view: Economics, benefits, & uses

    • Market perspective

  • Future opportunities & market direction

    • Print & mail

    • Packaging

    • And more!

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The changing role of machine vision in emerging applications

Kevin Coffey, CEO, ImageXpert, Nashua, New Hampshire

  • How new & emerging applications for inkjet printing and microdispensing are redefining the role of machine vision

  • New applications in pharmaceuticals, 3D printing, & printed electronics are:

    • Calling for more precise drop deposition

    • Relying on machine vision tools in production

  • Drop analysis tools have become a staple of inkjet R&D labs

  • Now, drop analysis tools are working their way into production lines providing feedback about the jetting both offline and in real time

  • Industry trends, recent case studies, & latest machine vision tools to meet industry demands

12:00 p.m.                                          Networking luncheon

1:00 p.m.                                                    Session 4

Inkjet innovations result in successful applications

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Direct-to-shape inkjet printing – Many opportunities – Many challenges

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

  • Update on container printing

  • Complex objects – challenges

  • Opportunities and recent activity

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Digital textile printing: The rapid revolution of DTG to DTF

Dr. Dan Harrison, Chief Technology Officer, Armor IIMAK, Amherst, New York

  • Direct to garment (DTG) inkjet printing

    • Highly successful digital substitute for analog screen printing

    • Limited to dark & light-colored cotton textiles

    • Textile pretreats, super opaque white inks, & wet on wet printing developments have contributed to success

    • DTG has not evolved into printing synthetics – specifically dark colored polyester & nylon sportswear

  • Direct to film (DTF) inkjet printing

    • Leverages mature image transfer decal technology

    • DTF printing cost includes transfer film, but ink usage is considerably less than DTG

    • No pretreating is required for DTF

    • DTF workflow is somewhat more complicated than DTG as an adhesive powder needs to be applied to the wet printed image before pressing the transfer sheet onto the textile

  • DTF opening imaging synthetics applications which can't be addressed with dye sub technology

    • Lower DTF ink deposition gives much softer hand than DTG

    • DTF image quality is much better, sometimes exceeding high-quality screen printing

  • Exploring the application space – Why choose glass?

  • Surface chemistry of glass

  • Traditional & non-traditional inks

  • The engineered interface

  • The future of printing on glass and other ceramic substrates

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Inkjet printing on glass substrates

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

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Developing a universal inkjet pathway for processing 3D object files

Ken Hillier, North American Sales Manager, Meteor Inkjet, Sarasota, Florida

  • Development considerations for inkjet 3D build processor

  • Growing list of file formats for 3D build prep applications

  • Challenges of processing files for use in inkjet systems

  • For those new to 3D/additive manufacturing: Comparison of commonalities between 2D & 3D file processing systems

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Creating quality barcode with inkjet printers

Gary L. Parish, President & CEO, HD Barcode LLC, Indialantic, Florida

  • Overview of barcodes & their specifications

  • Not all barcodes are created equally

  • Selecting the right barcode for use with an inkjet printer

  • Understanding limitations & advantages of inkjet printed barcodes

  • How can barcodes improve your process

 

4:00 p.m.

 Conference Adjournment

Conference Sponsorship

IMI is excited to provide The Inkjet Universe sponsorship opportunity to expand the number of industry suppliers able to digitally position themselves “front and center” before a key group of inkjet business leaders including executives, product developers, technologists, major users, etc. - PLUS distributing their message to IMI’s global database of nearly 20,000 relevant contacts. Sponsors will receive ongoing recognition, exposure, and publicity for an entire year via multiple channels!

Our goal is to develop an “inkjet community” focused on generating excitement about rapidly expanding inkjet technology developments, markets, applications, and opportunities - thus benefiting all Inkjet industry participants and end users.

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, click here OR contact Al Keene al@imiconf.com

Sponsors of theinkjetuniverse

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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 (al@imiconf.com) 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 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 al@imiconf.com 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.

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