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Security Printing Conference 2018

February 6-7, 2018

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley, San Diego, California, USA


With the rapid advancements in all aspects of security printing technologies and features; the international focus on improved security; and the accelerated demand for product/document/ID protection - it is all the more important to keep up to date to maximize your participation, success, and profitability in the security printing industry.

Security Printing Conference 2018 addresses the challenges, options, and opportunities associated with security requirements, technology choices, materials selection, safety, and other issues required to effectively protect products and documents. This strategic conference for the security printing industry provides high value information for senior executives, commercial managers, development teams and end users covering the most recent innovations, trends, and issues critical to continued growth and expansion of security printing applications and markets. 

  • This one and one-half day event includes the following elements:

  • Market opportunity briefings (pharma labels, food labels/packaging/IDs/ documents/etc.)

  • Updates and views from industry pacesetters

  • Perspectives from key end users

  • New technology introductions from printing & security materials innovators




The IMI Security Printing Conference 2018 gives you the opportunity to meet senior executives from within the security printing industry as well as from companies supplying security materials, using the technology or developing it for new applications. With a networking reception, a lunch and additional refreshment breaks, there is ample opportunity to meet with key people.

Over 200 registered attendees from the following companies attended one or more of IMI's Digital Print Week 2018 programs February 6-7, 2018: Inkjet Academy, Digital Packaging Conference 2018, Security Printing Conference 2018, & Understanding Inkjet Ink Conference 2018 and February 7-9, 2018: Inkjet Printing Conference 2018: Abo Akademi University, Alchemie Technology, Angstrom Technologies, Appvion, ATI Industries, Avery Dennison, Avery Dennison Digital Ink Solutions, BASF Corporation, BDT Print Media Group, Brady Corporation, Buena Vista Resources, Buhler, BYK USA, Cabot Corporation, Canon Inc, Canon Solutions America, Circle Graphics, Clariant Plastics & Coatings, CN Clark Company, Colordyne, Consultant Thomas Poe, Corning Inc., Crawford Technologies, Domtar, DuPont, Eastman Chemical, EFI, Emerson Automation Solutions, Esprix Technologies, Essilor of America, Felix Schoeller, Fujifilm Dimatix, Gem Gravure, Georgia-Pacific, Global Inkjet Systems, Global Graphic Services, Graphics Systems Services, Heidelberg, Hewlett Packard, Holoptica, Hunter Douglas Lamtec Group,  ImageXpert, IIMAK, IMI, inc.jet, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, IT Strategies, Kao Collins, Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials, Landa Digital Printing, LG Electronics, Luminescence, Mack Brooks Exhibitions-InPrint USA, Mankiewicz, Mark Andy, Memjet, Michelman, NanoMatriX International, Nextflex, Nilpeter USA, OpSec Security, Pagemark Technology, Pall Microelectronics, Pivotal Resources, PPG Industries, Polestar, Printform, Procter & Gamble, Quality Engineering Associates, RadTech, Ricoh Printing Systems America, Roki S&S America, Seiko Instruments USA, SI2 Technologies, Sensient Colors, Sensor Films, SICPA, Solimar Systems, Stora Enso, Sun Chemical, Sun Chemical SA, SunJet, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Temptime Corporation, Texas Research Institute Austin, TIAX LLC, Tiger Drylac USA, Total Printing Systems, Trendvision Technology (Zhuhai), Troy Group, Univ of Northern Iowa, US Dept of State, Veritrace, VF Corporation, Work Associates, Xaar, XACTIV, Xerox, and Xpress Data.

Displays & Suppliers Forum

Security printing products and technologies 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 latest "The Numbers" 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.

Conference Co-Chairs

Thomas R. Poe, Independent Consultant (Retired Angstrom Technologies)

Richard H. Ward, Buena Vista Resources   

Conference Speakers

Dr. Ravi M. Adhikari, Angstrom Technologies 
Max Astor, PPG Industries 
Nick Cooper, Luminescence  

Alfons Futterer, NanoMatriX International 
Jim Keller, OpSec Security 
Tyra S. McConnell, U.S. State Department
George Perkous, Holoptica  
Robert Sherwood, Veritrace
Wendell Smith, Polestarltd


February 6-7, 2018

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley, San Diego, California, USA

Topic Coverage and Schedule

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

8:00 a.m.                     Conference Registration 

8:30 a.m.                     Opening Session 

Welcome & Introductions

Alvin Keene, President, IMI, Carrabassett Valley, Maine

Thomas R. Poe, Independent Consultant (Retired Angstrom Technologies)

Richard H. Ward, Buena Vista Resources   


Security printing introduction

Richard H. Ward, CFC, CSP, Principal & Managing Member, Buena Vista Resources LLC, Buena Vista, Colorado 

- Security printing defined
- Brand protection markets: the problem, unmet market needs & opportunity
- Brand protection market size & segments
- Pharma, neutraceuticals & animal pharma: regulations & requirements
- Industrial goods, components, machinery, parts, apparel, etc.
- Conference highlights


Introduction to security printing 
Max Astor, Senior Account Manager, TESLIN® Substrate Products, PPG Industries, Monroeville,


- Tiers associated with security printing
- Printing methods
- Security printing: banknote/currency, document & brand protection
- Security printing trends

A forensic perspective: maximizing security value using design
Tyra S. McConnell, Forensic Document Examiner, U.S. State Department, Washington, DC
- Counterfeit deterrence is not just a function of security feature selection
- Use of technology in security environments vs. commercial environments

- Assessing the value of security feature technologies based on how they are used
- Security technologies: checkbox or design opportunity?
- The public availability of security feature technology
   > What counterfeiters can access
   > How to maximize the security feature using design


Development of draft ANSI/NASPO standard: minimum security requirements for US    certificates of birth
Richard H. Ward, CFC, CSP, Principal & Managing Member, Buena Vista Resources LLC, Buena Vista, Colorado
- Need for Identity Verification Standards
- Initiatives & Challenges
- Draft ANSI/NASPO standard
  > Scope
  > Stakeholders
  > Progress & Timeline


Addressing the data enabled world
Jim Keller, VP Global Product Development, OpSec Security, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
- Internet of things (IoT)
  > Impacts by 2020
  > How security & authentication will change
- Security printing
  > Digital driven unique identifiers (UID’s)
  > Feature richness
  > Mobile authentication
- Solutions in complex supply chains
   > Authentication at all touch points
   > Software interfaces
- Mobile devices
  > Validation
  > Enforcement

- Customer engagement

12:00 p.m.                   Networking Luncheon

1:30 p.m.                     Session 2

Brand protection – securing the supply chain: a multi-layered approach

Robert Sherwood, CPP, VP Security Programs Management, Veritrace Inc., Harrison, Ohio
- Labels & packaging among top 10 counterfeited products
  > Allows counterfeit/adulterated products into supply chain
  > Anti-counterfeit & smart technologies is security multiplier
  > Benefits multiple stakeholders
- What a comprehensive approach looks like
- Challenges to implementing comprehensive approach & how to overcome
- Connected labeling programs across the supply chain
- Anti-counterfeit technology highlight
- Learn how technologies work together providing multiple benefits
- Keeping implementation simple but effective


How QR codes & NFC-based solutions protect brands & drive consumer engagement in Asia

Alfons Futter, Managing Director, NanoMatrix International, Wanchai, Hong Kong

- How QR codes are used & why it works so well in Asia
  > QR codes changes way of life in China
  > Hidden security risks & concerns
  > Why companies us smart QR code rather than static QR codes
  > Secured codes as key part of brand protection solution
- NFC solution is on the rise: How to protect brands & engage consumers
  > Recent trend of using NFC-based smart phone in Asia
  > Unique NFC tags with magnificent highly secured features
  > Innovative possibilities in next generation
  > Growing number of applications on wide range of products
  > Higher flexibility & usability than QR codes
- Smart brand protection & consumer engagement strategies to support data driven decisions


Optimizing the security & durability of ID cards
Max Astor, Senior Account Manager, TESLIN® Substrate Products, PPG Industries,                          Monroeville, Pennsylvania
- Necessities for secure credential ID card
  > Ultra-durable in harsh environments
  > Ultra-secure
  > Secondarily – it has to be cool (aesthetics)
- How to deliver these requirements


Forensic taggants, ink, & marking systems rise up to authenticate track & trace systems in complete supply chain system

Wendell Smith, President, Polestar LTD, Enfield, New Hampshire
- Forensic DNA markings add true authentication: birth to end user
- DNA marker authentication process
- Cell phone as authenticator give same power to end user & every step in logistics chain – by            unique code identifier
- A new paradigm?
- Integrated enterprise-wide approach
- Combined technologies
- Unique applications
- Art Guard™ system – fine art protection
- Leveraging the power of genetic code to combat counterfeiting

Suppliers Forum: 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 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

8:30 a.m.                     Session 3

UV/IR fluorescent pigments: QA/QC tools & methods to ensure consistent                      performance

Dr. Ravi Adhikari, Director of Chemical Operations, Angstrom Technologies, Florence, Kentucky

- Introduction: Covert/UV/IR fluorescent pigments
- Importance in securing documents
- Consequence of inconsistency of pigments in application
- QA/QC tools (optical & non-optical) & methods to ensure quality


Innovations in security inks & threads for document protection
Nick Cooper, Director, Luminescence, Princeton, New Jersey
- Use of invisible RGB links to produce full color under UV for all documents
- New innovations for possible adoption in future documents
- Use of Invisible RGB Inks to produce full color under UV
- Rainbow multicolored stitching thread
- Affirm Inkjet Ink for covert encoding/verification: documents and brand protection
- New UV Flashlight enabling previously impossible UV features, including
  > Fire & Ice Offset Ink (suitable for highly secure documents)


Unique overt & covert anti-counterfeiting elements for security printing industry
George Perkous, CEO, Holoptica, Belmont, California
- Continuing value & advantages of unique holograms & new holographic features
- Value of DNA marking & instant authentication
- Security document track & trace system based on holoQR
- Iot security document verification based on docVAULT
- Advances in new PRODUC high security paper

1:00 p.m.                     Adjournment  


IMI is excited to announce a sponsorship opportunity to 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 this sponsorship opportunity contact Al Keene or go to the Sponsorship page


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 (Email

IMI is always looking for potential speakers for upcoming conference programs and will be pleased to discuss your ideas for potential presentation topics.


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.


All delegates will receive a free copy of the latest "The Numbers" Market Report by IT Strategies. Generated from their worldwide digital printing industry model, it provides an ongoing source of market information based on a consistent methodology and reporting structure.


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