Information Management Institute

Digital Printing Presses 2016 Conference
Emerging Applications
Product Decoration & Functional Printing
3D Printing & Product Manufacturing
Packaging, Tags/Tickets/Labels
& More!

May 2-3, 2016

Florida Hotel and Conference Center
Orlando, Florida

sponsored by

Information Management Institute, Inc.

Conference Focus

Digital orienting is truly entering a new era as technology developments have enabled direct product decoration, functional printing, product manufacturing and other applications impossible with conventional printing or earlier generations of digital printing.

Digital printing advancements (print technologies, inks, materials, substrates, etc.) along with expansion of applications and evolving communications paradigms are just some of the factors reshaping the printing industry as it transitions from analog to digital and develops a new look. What will the printing industry look like and who will be the key players by 2020? These intriguing questions and others will be explored at IMI’s Digital Printing Presses 2016 Conference.

IMI's Digital Printing Presses 2016 Conference will provide a comprehensive review of digital printing opportunities, requirements, challenges and potential solutions for major new applications plus those traditionally using screen, flexographic, gravure and offset printing. The program will investigate the impact of trends such as:

  • 3D Production Printing
  • Mass Customization
  • Document and Product Personalization
  • Printed Statements, Bills, Newspapers, etc. vs. Online Delivery
  • On-demand Production of Documents and Products
  • Printed Electronics, Displays, Solar Panels, etc.
  • Smart Labels, Interactive Packaging, etc.
  • Ceramic Tiles, Textiles, Flooring, Wall covers and Other Decorated Consumer Products
  • Personalized Medical & Biomedical Products
  • Medical Implants, Tissue, Organs, etc.
  • Electronic Social Media vs. Written Communications
  • Cultural Analog to Digital Transition
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    Leading industry experts and end users will address the current state-of-the-art, evolving printing requirements, market opportunities, enablers for market penetration, barriers and more. Application sectors such as Product Decoration, 3D Printing, Product Manufacturing, Packaging, Tag/Ticket/Labels, Documents, etc. will be included. The conference program will provide a unique chance to obtain an assessment of multiple major evolving digital printing technology, market and application trends that are shaping the print industry of the future.

    Conference Chairman
    Mike Willis, Pivotal Resources

    Conference Speakers
    Anthony (Tony) Carignano, PCT Engineered Systems
    George Gibson, PARC, a Xerox Company
    James Gill, FUJIFILM Dimatix
    Mark Hanley, I.T. Strategies
    Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Alchemie Technology
    Dr. John J. Kuta, BDT Media Automation
    Chris Lynn, Hillam Technology Partners
    Dan Marx, SGIA
    Patti Smith, Eastman Kodak Company
    Debbie Thorp, Global Inkjet Systems
    Randy Vandagriff, Eastman Kodak Company

    Benefits of Conference Attendance

    • Learn the current state of the art for current and evolving digital printing press technologies and gain firsthand knowledge from current users, recognized experts and industry pioneers

    • Acquire an understanding of infrastructure shifts impacting the printing industry: product decoration, 3D printing, functional printing, multimedia publishing, printable electronics, functional packaging and more

    • Increase your awareness of the challenges and issues critical to the continued market penetration and expansion of digital printing and how to overcome them

    • Establish personal relationships with key players in digital printing and related industries

    • Hear more about the technology developments underway which are still required to meet market and application demands

    • Understand the significant current and projected markets with specific needs for each

    • Gather intelligence about the growth in industrial printing opportunities and how you can participate

    • Display your technologies, products and services with a complimentary display space

    • Present a five minute overview during the popular Suppliers’ Forum session

    Digital Printing Presses 2016 Conference
    May 2-3, 2016
    Florida Hotel and Conference Center
    Orlando, Florida

    Program Coverage and Schedule

      Monday, May 2, 2016

      8:00 a.m.Conference Registration

      9:00 a.m.Session 1 - The Evolving Printing Industry

    Welcome & Introductions
    Alvin G. Keene, President, Information Management Institute, Inc., Carrabassett Valley, Maine

    Digital Presses Are Here Within A New Production Paradigm
    Mark Hanley, President, I.T. Strategies, Hanover, Massachusetts
    Mark Hanley, IT Strategies, Inc.
    • Electrophotography & Inkjet Presses are Multi-sectoral across Labels, Communications Print, Packaging, Ceramics and Textiles et al
    • But There is a Slow Path to Manufacturing Integration
    • And Economics are in Transition for Digital Presses

    Inkjet Presses – Higher Resolution, Print Speeds, Data Rates, Different Shapes: What’s Next? Challenges Facing Manufacturers
    Debbie Thorp, Business Development Director, Global Inkjet Systems, Cambridge, UK
    Debbie Thorp, Global Inkjet Systems Ltd.
    • Billions of Pixels/sec
    • Printhead Density Issues
    • Missing Nozzle Strategies
    • Rotating Images
    • Printing on all Sorts of Shapes

    Year of the Commercial Inkjet Press – A drupe Primer
    James Gill, Account Director, Fujifilm Dimatix, Lebanon, New Hampshire
    James Gill, Fujifilm Dimatix
    • How Ink Jet Got to Where It Is
    • drupa Expectations & Pre-Announcements
    • Market Hurdles & Expectations

     12:00 p.m. Networking Luncheon

      1:30 p.m. Session 2 - Development Drives Adoption


    Yes. This is Inkjet! – Technology Advancements Expand Market Opportunities
    Patti Smith, Sr. Director, Strategy and Partnerships, Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division and Randy D. Vandagriff, VP, Enterprise Inkjet Systems, Research and Development
    Patti Smith, Eastman Kodak

    Randy D. Vandagriff, Eastman Kodak

    • Respected analysts, Smithers Pira, frame the 2015 Inkjet Market at $65B with 12.7% CAGR
    • But technology developments & product introductions are sure to dictate actual scope and rate at which the market expands
    • The wide spectrum of digital printing applications have varying performance requirements such as:
      - High productivity & reliability for traditional publishing & commercial print
      - Demanding image quality & challenging substrate range for packaging & labels
    • Technology advancements in continuous Inkjet (CIJ) are moving production inkjet into mainstream of commercial printing, packaging & even home décor
      - CIJ is now capable of generating smaller drop size & precise placement accuracy to produce higher resolution, clean lines and detailed definition
      - Ink chemistry inventions enable high resolution inkjet printing on paper and plastic substrates using environmentally-friendly, food safety compliant aqueous inks
    • These advancements coupled with lower running costs & application-specific solutions will influence adoption rate & broaden the range of market opportunities
    • Yes. This is Inkjet!

    The Technology Battle among Digital Printing Presses
    George Gibson, Director for Marketing Strategy, PARC, a Xerox Company, Rochester, New York
    George Gibson, PARC, a Xerox Company
    • The Major Technology Alternatives: Dry Toner, Liquid Toner & Ink Jet in its Many Forms
    • Traditional Trade-offs
    • What’s on the Horizon?
    • A Framework for Decision Making

    Wide Format Inkjet: The User Experience
    Dan Marx, Vice President-Markets & Technologies, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), Fairfax, Virginia
    Dan Marx, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA)
    • Wide Format Inkjet is “Go To” Technology for Broad Variety of Specialty Graphics Applications
    • BUT Technology & User Needs NOT “Locked in Place”
    • Updates
      - How Wide Format Technology is being used
      - What Markets & Applications are Being Used
    • Direct From the User Information on New Product Development Suggestions
      - Speed vs. Quality
      - Interest in Single Pass Inkjet
      - Industrial Applications
      - Current Industry Challenges
      - Wish List for Future Capabilities
      - & More!

    SUPPLIERS' FORUM: Five minute presentations related to technology, capabilities, services, new product introductions, etc. In combination with having a display, this provides an opportunity to present your technology, products and services to all conference participants. Contact Al Keene for information on having a display and signing up for the Suppliers’ Forum or check off box on Registration Form.

      5:30 p.m. Networking Reception in Display Area

      Tuesday, May 3, 2016

      9:00 a.m. Session 3 - Emerging Markets & Opportunities

    Digital Printing Presses Role in Smart Packaging
    George Gibson, Director for Marketing Strategy, PARC, a Xerox Company, Rochester, New York
    George Gibson, PARC, a Xerox Company
    • Making the Package “More than the Stuff that Holds the Stuff”
    • The Taxonomy of Smart Packaging
    • Smart Media
    • Smart Design
    • Added Smart Components
    • Enabling Technologies: Near Term & Transformational

    Low Cost High Resolution Inkjet Label Printing Incorporating Smart Materials
    Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Director & Founder, Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK
    Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Alchemie Technology
    • Requirements for High Quality Label Printing
    • Inkjet Compromises of Resolution vs. Speed vs. Cost
    • Combining Low Cost High Resolution Inkjet Printheads with Digital Selectively Patterning Pre or Post Jet Technology
    • Thermal Inkjet & Jetronica Technologies
    • Creating New Opportunities to Jet High Resolut8on Graphics with Difficult Smart Materials

    UV vs. EBeam Ink Jet Inks Curing in Narrow to Intermediate Web Application Space
    Anthony (Tony) Carignano, Sales & Marketing Specialist, PCT Engineered Systems LLC, Roswell, Georgia
    Anthony (Tony) Carignano, PCT Engineered Systems LLC
    • UV/EB Curing Technologies’ Growth Driven by Inherent Advantages of 100% Solid Resin Chemistry over Organic Solvent & Water Based System
    • Comparison of UV vs. Ebeam for Surface Curing Applications
    • Anatomy of an Electron Beam
    • Advances in Ebeam Technology Integration for Low Migration Printing & Converting Applications
    • Value Proposition & Unique Selling Points of Ebeam for DOD Inkjet
    • Emerging Ebeam Application Areas

     12:00 Noon Networking Luncheon

      1:00 p.m.Session 4 - Emerging Markets & Opportunities

    Insight into New Digital Press Developments from Recent Patents
    Mike Willis, Managing Director, Pivotal Resources Ltd, Cambridge, UK
    Mike Willis, Pivotal Resources
    • The View Inside Inkjet Industry’s Research Laboratories through the “Patent Window”
    • Update on Landa & Other Transfer Technologies
    • Challenges for High Speed Printing
      - Misting
      - Condensation
      - Missing Nozzle Detection & Correction
    • Ink Jet Developments for New Digital Press Applications
      - Flooring, Footwear, Cosmetics & More

    Media Handling in an On-Demand Print World
    Dr. John J. Kuta, Director of Sales & Marketing North America, BDT Media Automation, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
    Dr. John J. Kuta, BDT Media Automation
    • Traditional Pre & Post-Press Media Handling Challenged by
      - Shorter Production Runs
      - Larger Media Sizes
      - Wider Array of Media Types
      - Higher Levels of Productivity
    • Existing Technologies for Cut Sheet Media Management
    • Latest Developments in Media Handling

    A Manufacturing Simulation Tool to Judge Digital Press Investments in the Label Industry
    Chris Lynn, Partner, Hillam Technology Partners, LLC, Marietta, Georgia
    Chris Lynn, Hillam Technology Partners
    • Discrete Event Simulation is Well Established in many Manufacturing Industries
    • Not Widely Used in Printing Industry but can be Useful in Evaluating Benefits of Digital Printing Technology Investments
    • Can Answer Questions on Workflow, Profitability, Ideal Shift Patterns & whether ‘Hybrid’ or ‘Stand-Alone’ Printers are Better
    • Case Study to Illustrate Simulation Example in Label Printing Sector

     5:00 p.m. Adjournment

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    IMI Completed Conferences on this Subject

    5th Digital Printing Presses Conference
    April 30 - May 2nd, 2014

    4th Annual Digital Printing Presses Conference Road Map to 2020
    June 20-22, 2011

    3rd Digital Printing Presses - The Next Era Conference
    June 9-11, 2010

    A Complete Listing of IMI Completed Programs

    Speaking Opportunities at IMI Conferences

    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 to or fax to +1-207-235-2226) for review.

    Product Demonstrations & Free Displays

    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. There is no charge in addition to the conference registration fee to have a display table. Interested companies should contact IMI President Al Keene to ensure that proper arrangements are made for product displays and demonstrations.

    Alvin Keene, IMI

    You can also reserve your display space and Suppliers’ Forum presentation slot by registering online and checking off the appropriate boxes indicating your participation OR complete the registration form at the end of this program and fax to +1-207-235-2226 OR send an email to


    Information Management Institute, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has commissioned I T Strategies of Hanover, Massachusetts to prepare a confidential study report entitled "Digital Industrial, Communications, Graphics Print & High Volume Inkjet: Market Statistical Summary" for distribution to all registrants to IMI's programs.

    This exclusive market report is updated on an ongoing basis and provides a source of market information based on a consistent methodology and reporting structure. The report authors, I T Strategies, generate this report from their worldwide model of the printer industry.

    All registrants to the Digital Printing Presses 2016 Conference on May 2-3, 2016 will receive a complimentary copy of the latest edition of the "Digital Industrial, Communications, Graphics Print & High Volume Inkjet: Market Statistical Summary."

    Florida Hotel & Conference Center Registration Information

    IMI's Digital Printing Presses 2016 Conference is being held at The Florida Hotel & Conference Center in Orlando, Florida. Hotel reservations are the responsibility of each meeting registrant. Early booking is advised as the special meeting rate of $149 (includes $18 daily resort fee) for single or double occupancy is guaranteed only until April 11, 2016. After that date, the group meeting rate will be on a space available basis..

    To make reservations online, go to and follow instructions

    Orlando, Florida

    Phone reservations can be made by calling The Florida Hotel & Conference Center Reservations at +1-800-588-4656 or +1-407-859-1500. You must identify yourself as attendees of “Information Management Institute” to obtain the $149 group rate which will assure that you receive the conference rate and that the $18.00 daily service fee is included in your conference rate. You may also contact Hotel Reservations via email at

    Orlando International Airport

    Orlando is serviced by Orlando International Airport (MCO) which is approximately 7 miles from The Florida Hotel & Conference Center. Orlando International Airport is served by approximately 50 domestic and international airlines with convenient and economical service from destinations around the U.S. and the world.

    A variety of shuttle/limousine services (such as Super Shuttle and Mears Transportation are available at Orlando International Airport and are located in the baggage claim areas.

    Please note that there are both group shuttle and "for-hire" limousine services as well as taxis. Group shuttle prices from Orlando International Airport to the Florida Hotel & Conference Center should average about $20 one way and $31 round trip per person. Taxi fare should be approximately $30 to $40. additional information on transportation options can be found at

    The Florida Hotel & Conference Center

    Located only seven miles from Orlando International Airport, The Florida Hotel & Conference Center’s over 500 guestrooms are all equipped with refrigerator, coffee maker, internet service, 42 inch flat panel LCD TV, work desk, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, in room electronic safe and many other amenities

    The Florida Hotel & Conference Center is conveniently connected to The Florida Mall, Orlando's largest retail shopping venue, featuring Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard's, H&M, Armani Exchange, The Apple Store, Microsoft, Zara, Pandora, Disney Store, M&M World and over 250 other leading retail stores.

    Dining options within the hotel include Marcello's Bistro, Crickett's Bar and Starbucks. The Florida Mall restaurants include Bucca di Beppo and Ruby Tuesday's plus an extensive food court. Restaurants in close proximity to the hotel include Carrabbas, Chili's, Garibaldi Mexican Cuisine, Olive Garden, Maraya Restaurant, Orlando Ale House, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster and Sushi House.

    The Florida Hotel & Conference Center's newly refurbished fitness center is open 24 hours daily and features cross trainers, elliptical machines, free weights, exercise bikes, treadmills and rowing machines. The heated outdoor pool and hot tub are open year round.

    Their new business center is open 24 hours daily and features 16 Apple work stations including three computers with windows applications, all-in-one printer/scanner/copier/fax, two laser printers, wired & wireless internet, cell phone charging stations and two small office spaces for private usage.

    The Florida Hotel & Conference Center is located approximately 15 miles from Disney World, 6 miles from Universal Orlando, 7 miles from SeaWorld and 7 miles from Church Street Station-Orlando. The concierge located in hotel lobby can arrange golf reservations, attraction tickets and transportation including Enterprise Car Rental pickups at the hotel.

    The Florida Hotel & Conference Center plus the Orlando area and State of Florida provide excellent opportunities to extend your visit into a memorable vacation experience.

    The Florida Hotel & Conference Center address is:

    1500 Sand Lake Road
    GPS Address: 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail
    Orlando, FL 32809 USA
    Phone: +1-407-859-1500
    Fax: +1-407-855-9863
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    Information Management Institute

    Information Management Institute, Inc. is a leading worldwide sponsor of conferences designed to assist the digital printing industry in understanding technology developments, markets and applications requirements. IMI conferences offer a unique opportunity for leading hardware, consumables, software and user companies representatives to network and develop a more comprehensive understanding of current as well as future developments in the digital printing industry. 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 the digital printing 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.

    For further details, contact Information Management Institute:

    Information Management Institute, Inc.
    1106 Valley Crossing
    Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947
    Phone: +1-207-235-2225
    Fax: +1-207-235-2226
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    Digital Printing Presses 2016 Conference
    May 2-3, 2016
    Florida Hotel & Conference Center
    Orlando, Florida, USA

    $1095 per registrant
    $995 for each additional registrant from same company when registered as a group

    The registration fee includes attendance at all sessions, all scheduled conference functions and the conference reference materials. Conference dress is casual.

    Cancellations will receive a 100% refund if made 96 hours prior to the start of the program. Substitutions may be made at any time. Cancellations made less than 96 hours prior to the start of the conference will not receive a refund, but will receive an electronic copy of the conference materials.

    To register for the Digital Printing Presses 2016 Conference, submit the registration form with payment to Susan Vandrey, Conference Administrator, Information Management Institute, Inc., 1106 Valley Crossing, Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947 USA. You may reserve space by calling +1-207-235-2225, sending a fax to +1-207-235-2226 or by sending an email message to

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