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Understanding Inkjet Ink Conference 2018

February 6-7, 2018

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


The inkjet industry has made extensive ink technology improvements to enable new applications and markets possible. And many industry pundits consider additional inkjet ink formulation and chemistry developments the most critical elements for the inkjet industry’s continued application diversification and market growth.

IMI’s Understanding Inkjet Ink Conference 2018 is designed to provide an update and understanding of recent developments in inkjet raw materials, processing, curing/drying, manufacturing, hardware innovations, etc. that have driven ink innovations. The program will also address application and performance requirements needing improvements and innovations to foster continued inkjet expansion driven by ink technologies.

 Topics to be covered include dyes, pigments, resins, polymers, photoinitiators, dispersions, additives, etc. as well as processing techniques, curing/drying technologies, etc. required for successful inkjet ink systems.

  • Technology briefings from leading experts

  • Updates and views from industry pacesetters

  • Challenges and drivers for ink jet ink technology

  • Innovation opportunities for the inkjet ink industry




The IMI Understanding Inkjet Ink Conference 2018 gives you the opportunity to meet key personnel from within the inkjet ink community. With a networking reception, a lunch and additional refreshment breaks, there is ample opportunity to meet with people relevant to future inkjet ink developments.

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

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 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

Stephen Emery, EFI
Lawrence Gamblin, Kao Collins

Conference Speakers

Dr. Rich Baker, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration

Lisa Clapp, Sun Chemical
Daisuke Hamada, Kao Collins
Yair Kipman, ImageXpert
Brad Liggett, Buhler
Adam Tourville, Avery Dennison Digital Ink Solutions
Dr. Ray A. Work, III, Work Associates


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

Stephen Emery, EFI

Lawrence Gamblin, Kao Collins


Key challenges for inkjet ink

Stephen Emery, VP Ink Business, New Business Development, EFI, Meredith, New Hampshire
- Trends: Replacing higher volume analog inks, water base inks, applications
- Tradeoffs: Adhesion, elongation, flexibility, fade resistance, weathering, health & Safety, one ink             set does not fit all…
- Environmental impact: Supply chain/China, regulatory compliance, curing, technology benefits
- System issues: Design to application, media absorbency, media handling/transport, printheads,               ink chemistry - which is more critical?


Understanding inkjet ink: trends & challenges affecting the ink industry
Adam Tourville, Account Manager, Avery Dennison Digital Ink Solutions, Mentor, Ohio
- What is inkjet ink?
- Types of inkjet ink
- Inkjet ink trends
- Challenges in inkjet inks
- Opportunities for growth
- The future

Transitioning pigment, pigment dispersions, & inks from conventional printing to          digital
Lisa Clapp, Vice President of Performance Pigments Technology, Sun Chemical Corporation
- Reasons for shift to digital
- Technical requirements for pigments, dispersions, & inks
- Jetting, color, fit for use (regulatory, etc.)
- Brand identity & protection
- Alternate technologies

12:00 p.m.                   Networking Luncheon

1:30 p.m.                     Session 2

Production concept of MacroMedia with MicroMedia process for digital ink applications

Brad Liggett, Head of Technology, Advanced Materials Division, Buhler, Mahwah, New Jersey
- Typical hurdles for digital ink processing
- MacroMedia technical data
- Effect of MacroMedia on paricle size
- MacroMedia/MicroMedia process module
- Control options & features for the process module


Jetting & print quality analysis
Yair Kipman, President, ImageXpert, Nashua, New Hampshire
- Introduction to drop analysis
- How is in-flight analysis used: Drop formation, reliability, misting, nozzle-to-nozzle consistency,          drop measurement
- Simple application examples
- Overview of techniques
- Fundamental measurements
- Introduction to print quality analysis
- How is print quality analysis used: Dot properties, line properties, solid area, quality, color                  registration, ink interaction
- How is in-flight analysis used: Drop formation, reliability, misting, nozzle-to-nozzle consistency,          drop measurement
- Practical examples

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

Eco-friendly inkjet ink solution for flexible packaging

Daisuke Hamada, Executive Vice President (R&D) Kao Collins, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Market demand shifts due to society diversification
  > Small lot production
  > Short delivery time
  > Increased safety & eco-friendliness requirements (especially food packaging)
- Environmentally friendly inkjet flexible packaging contributes
  > High added value product solution
  > Sustainability of society
- Introduction of:
  > Electron beam cured inkjet ink solution
  > Water based ink for non-absorptive substrates
- Role of pigment dispersion on water based inkjet ink solution


Developments in gel & water based LED UV inkjet inks
Dr. Ray A. Work, III, President, Work Associates, Bradenton, Florida
- Canon & Xerox gel ink challenges & performance advantages
- SunJet, EFI & Durst programs in water based UV inks
- Comparisons with conventional UV LED inks
- Matching ink & process to applications
- Implementation examples 
- Potential for the future


Ink considerations in hardware & system design
Dr. Rich Baker, President, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, West Lebanon, New Hampshire
- Inks and substrates: Wetting, drying, adhesion, image quality, settling/aging, etc.
- Fluid selection/formulation; General properties, Functionality, rheology, substrate prep,                          curing/drying, surface energy & surface tension
- Inkjet ink challenges – often need process development
  > Drying in nozzle vs. drying on substrate
  > Particle settling
  > Low viscosity – Formulation limitations & drop control
  > Ink/surface optimization
- Fluidic design considerations: meniscus pressure, dynamic pressures (motion & G-forces, ink              refill, recirculation, back pressure), degas, flow resistance
- Real world examples of ink system management
- Interesting new chemistries: Hot melt inks, nano particle metal inks, carbon inks,enzymes/anti-          bodies, active pharmaceutical and more

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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