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Inkjet Conference 2023

May 18-19, 2023

The Florida Hotel & Conference

Orlando, Florida


Conference Focus

The IMI Inkjet Conference 2023, the inkjet industry’s annual flagship strategic conference, will be May 18-19, 2023 at The Florida Hotel & Conference Center in Orlando, Florida. Trusted as a primary source of high value information by senior executives and commercial managers for 30+ years; the program addresses the most recent innovations, trends, and issues critical to continued adoption, growth, and expansion of inkjet printing applications and markets. 


Inkjet’s rapid pace of technology developments, applications expansion, and increasing market potential - it is now more important than ever for you to keep up to date thus enabling maximization of your participation, success, and profitability in the inkjet industry.


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 BakerIntegrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration

Dr. Mark Bale, DoDxAct

Dr. Terry Clayton, Summit Analytical

Lawrence Gamblin, Kao Collins

Michael Hughes, Phoseon Technology

Andrew Ippoliti, BotFactory

Marc Mascara, Canon Solutions America

Steve Mills, Digital Ink Technology

Tim Murphy, Printware/iJetColor

Gary L. Parish, HD Barcode LLC

Prof. Steffen Scholz, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Holly Steedman, IST INTECH

Dr. Adam Strevens, i4 inkjet technology

Debbie Thorp, Global Inkjet Systems

Sophia Walsh, Alchemie Technology


Inkjet Conference 2023

May 18-19, 2023

The Florida Hotel & Conference 

Orlando, Florida

Schedule & Agenda

Thursday, May 18, 2023

8:00 a.m.                                          Conference Registration

9:00 a.m.                                                  Opening Session

The Inkjet Industry Going Forward


Welcome & introductions

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

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New reality or innovation leapfrog, what just happened? 

Inkjet & digital print workflow’s sudden domination in transforming the customer experience

Marc Mascara, Manager Professional Services, Canon Solutions America, Palmyra, New York

  • Innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum & didn’t stop during global pandemic 

  • The data tells us 

    • Digital print has leapfrogged e-communications 

    • Digital print has cemented itself as the communication enabler 

  • 3 years of COVID-19’s deep impact 

    • Changed print service providers view of print manufacturing 

    •  Accelerated innovations in smart print manufacturing 

    •  Favored digital print over e-communications 

  • 360-degree view of print manufacturing 

    • What forces are in play? 

    • AI, IoT, & AR innovations positioning digital inkjet print applications  as the new communication enabler 

  • Variable data & digital workflows are driving newfound relevance for customer satisfaction & brand loyalty in an opti-channel communication world 

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Creating alternative hybrid inkjet printing devices
Lawrence Gamblin, President, Kao Collins Inc. Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Introduction & background

  • Recent printhead & ink technology advances created new opportunities for hybrid inkjet printing devices

    • Thermal alternatives’ capabilities, advantages, & disadvantages

    • Piezo alternatives’ capabilities, advantages, & disadvantages

    • Who cares & why?

  • Potential applications

    • Continuous forms

    • Labels & packaging

    • Textiles

  • Lessons based on one company’s experience

    • Background

    • Storyline: Identifying & overcoming obstacles while planning for the future

    • Results

  • Future developments

  • Is it worth it?

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The analog to digital conversion  
Dr. Terry Clayton, Partner – Consultant, Summit Analytical, Gilford, NH

  • Innovation 

    • A couple examples 

    • When things go wrong 

  • The final product 

    • Physical properties 

    • Ageing & weathering 

  • The process: Substrate, chemistry, cure, & post processes 

  • The environment: The plant, reliability, training, & service 

  • Regulatory: Waste & migration 

  • Unique customer application & versatility 

  • The solution 

    • Work backwards! 

    • Develop a strategy

12:00 p.m.                                          Networking luncheon

1:30 p.m.                                                  Session 2

Recent advances in high-resolution 3D inkjet printing: Experimental investigations, simulation studies & process optimisation 
Prof. Steffen G. Scholz, Institute for Automation & Applied Informatic, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany 

  • Additive manufacturing (AM/3D printing) is key industrial enabling technology:

    • Capability to fabricate complex components

    • Substantial reductions in material wastage

    • Reduced lead times

  • 3D printing (material jetting-MJ) demonstrates considerable potential:

    • Produces muti-material intricate 3D components

    • 3D components & systems with integrated functionality

    • Process easily integrated into manufacturing procedures

  • Technological challenges for MJ’s full industrial exploitation

    • Limited range of materials achieving consistent jetting properties

    • Need to optimise droplet formation, waveforms, substrate/jetted materials interactions, curing, post-processing, & 3D part characterisation   

  • Recent advances & future experimental & numerical work to enable MJ adoption:

    • Improve technology performance

    • Make more attractive for large scale industrial adoption

    • Increase market acceptance

    • Increase MJ’s penetration for advanced applications

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LED Curing Technology and Single Pass Curing 
Michael E. Hughes, Northeast & Eastern Canada Sales Manager, Phoseon Technology, Bolton, Massachusetts

  • Introduction

    • Digital inkjet solutions

    • Future of digital inkjet

  • Single pass compared to double pass inkjet UV LED curing

    • UV LED intensity comparisons between 20mm & 40 mm window

    • UV LED output options for digital UV inkjet

  • Phoseon technology/equipment offerings

    • Water curing options

    •  Air-cooled options

  • UV LED sustainability

    • Waste reduction

    • Energy reductions

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Industry 4.0 - Curing to perfection with IST INTECH's Addressability
Holly Steedman, Business & Technology Development, IST INTECH, Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, UK

  • Increasing adoption of remote process control in production:

    • Efficiency & data management cannot be overemphasized

  • Curing is a crucial stage in manufacturing sector requireing meticulous attention

  • Inadequate curing of coatings, adhesives, & inks can result in quality control product rejections

  • UV LED technology can provide the required curing process control

  • IST INTECH’s patented addressability feature

    • Incorporates 100’s or 1000’s of LEDs in curing head

    • Can be turned on/off as required

    • Can have their intensity varied

  • Application examples of curing process optimization

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Somethings improved, somethings new
Dr. Adam Strevens, Director, i4inkjet, Athlone, Westmeath Ireland

  • Innovative inkjet improvements: Printhead design, ink recirculation, air flow  management & others 

  • Some novel technology 

    • Evident directly from external inspection 

    • Some “under-the-hood” 

  • Links between patent inventions & actual products 

    • Improvements in today’s key industrial applications 

    • Interesting emerging applications

Suppliers Forum: 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.

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

Friday, May 19, 2023

8:30 a.m.                                                  Session 3

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Off the shelf inks vs. customized formulations for new applications
Steve Mills, CTO, Digital Ink Technology, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Will off the shelf formulations work or is customized formulation needed?

  • Selecting your ink partner based on application requirements

    • Well defined application requirements & performance parameters

    • High volume no customization vs. low volume highly customized

    • Development & manufacturing capabilities

    • Volume expectations & minimum order quantity

    • Development & production timeline

    • Development & production costs

  • Well defined ink strategy – critical element for success

    • Advantages of collaborative approach

    • Customer and performance centric


Common principles for successful inkjet applications
Dr. Mark Bale, Director, DoDxAct, Binegar, Somerset, UK 

  • It’s the ink that gets the job done 

  • Optimizing the jetting to deliver that function where it’s needed 

  • Finding the process to make the product look like it needs to 

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Inkjet's breadth & depth in industrial applications 
Dr. Rich Baker, President, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, West Lebanon, New Hampshire

  • The properties of inkjet: Strengths, limitations & challenges for industrial applications.

  • The breadth of the application space and how to begin

  • A few example cases: Packaging, 3D, Emerging Markets

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The growth of inkjet in non-graphic applications
Debbie Thorp, Business Development Director, Global Inkjet Systems, Cambridge, UK

  • Recent trends & inkjet requirements

  • Overview of applications including printed electronics, display, 3D, solar & functional coatings.

12:00 p.m.                                          Networking luncheon

1:00 p.m.                                                    Session 4

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How digital dyeing & finishing technology will change the world
Sophia Walsh, Marketing Executive, Alchemie Technology, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK

  • Traditional textile dying’s environmental impact

    • 2nd largest source of global industrial water pollution

    • CO2 emissions set to reach 2.5 gigatons by 2050

  • Digital dyeing & finishing solutions will enable textile/fashion industry to

    • Use 95% less water

    • Use 85% less energy

    • Halve polluting chemicals consumption

    • Compelling productivity, profit, & onshoring benefits of digital transition

  • Why brands & supply chain need to rethink their approach & relationships to resonate with today’s environmentally conscious consumers

  • Technology Introduction: Alchemie’s patented disruptive clean-tech digital textile manufacturing technologies

    • Precision digital liquid application

    • Activated dye penetration

    • One-step fabric coloration

    • Digital finish application

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Creative applications incorporating: Variable inkjet printing, barcode technology, & smart phones
Gary L. Parish, President, HD Barcode LLC, Indialantic, Florida

  • Barcodes: The technical side        

  • 2D barcodes: Not all created equal

    • Understanding the differences in 2D barcodes

    • The danger in public 2D barcodes

    • What’s wrong with just using a QR code

    • What 2D barcodes can provide

  • Selecting the correct inkjet printer to print barcodes

  • Not all smartphones are alike

  • Print quality is important

  • Case study results for high quality inkjet HD barcodes

    • Document security

    • Pharmaceutical & food safety

    • Public safety – police applications

    • Brand protection & anti-counterfeiting

    • Track & trace

  • HD barcodes UV & IR imaging

  • Unique features make the difference

    • Organization specific code generator with unique authorization key & password

    • Patented technology

    • Images, text, biometric data, small space & more!

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Digital transformation: Inkjet the last piece of the puzzle 

Tim Murphy, President, iJetColor by Printware, St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Technologies assessment: Operational parameters & economics 

  • Printing that is being converted from offset to inkjet 

  • Focus on single wide printheads in equipment less than $100k 

  • Leveraging inkjet technologies 

  • Applications & markets: Current & future

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Inkjet printing for electronics vs traditional manufacturing
Andrew Ippoliti, CTO, BotFactory, Long Island City, New York

  • Value proposition for inkjet printed electronics

  • Comparison of fabrication processes

  • PCB manufacturing market

  • Comparison of outputs

    • Signal integrity: Power & frequency response

    • Physical characteristics

    • Standards compliance

  • Conclusions & next steps for inkjet printed electronics

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

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 ( 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 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.


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.


IMI conference programs are designed to enable attendees to obtain the latest technical, market and application information while allowing time to network with other attendees in a time and cost-efficient manner.  Attendance at an IMI conference enables attendees to meet with an industry’s leading experts in a single location over a short period of time thus maximizing information transfer efficiency and minimizing travel and time expenses.

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