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Information Management Institute Schofield Imaging Associates

25th Annual

Connecting with New Technologies, Applications & End User Trends

November 17-19, 2014

Hollywood Beach Marriott
Hollywood (Ft. Lauderdale), Florida

Sponsored by

Information Management Institute, Inc.
Schofield Imaging Associates

Latest worldwide industry survey results
Suppliers, channels, competitive challenges, world trends
Connecting with new technologies, applications & end- user trends

Conference Focus

IMI's 25th Annual Thermal Printing Conference will, as always, provide comprehensive coverage of the thermal printing industry's status and trends. Key worldwide thermal market sectors will be reviewed from supplier, channel sales and end-user perspectives. Advances in wireless communications, hand held devices and cloud hosted software that represent driving market forces in distributed printing will be presented in the context of their likely impact on thermal printing markets. Innovation and compliance initiatives that represent new growth drivers for direct thermal and thermal transfer usage will be presented from an application perspective along with the latest events and advances in photographic quality printing and thermal printhead/media technology. New product and technology innovations that include competitive technology based products aimed at traditional thermal markets will also be surveyed. Finally a review of thermal industry sales channel dynamics, worldwide capacities and the impact of the current competitive worldwide economic environment will cap off this comprehensive conference agenda.

For forty years, forecasters and "experts" have predicted the demise of thermal printing at the hands of ink jet and electrophotography - BUT today's $35 billion thermal printing industry is larger and more diversified than ever!

However, it is also in the midst of more volatility than ever. Current trends such as the hand held computing revolution, virtual receipts/documents, social media, smart phones, cloud computing, competitive technology advancements, etc. all combine to present both challenges and opportunities for the thermal printing industry.

Thermal printing continues to experience steady growth in all aspects of tag, ticket and label printing, as well as POS printing. It also enjoys continued growth in an ever expanding array of mobile workforce applications driven by hand held computing, and more recently by cloud computing. Specialization in thermal transfer printing has expanded its usage in industrial printing. Thermal printing's contributions to workflow automation and improvements to business efficiencies at all levels have resulted in specialized, thermal media and printing devices to fulfill application specific requirements for which it is often uniquely suited. The thermal printing industry is projected to grow to $42.5 billion (end-user revenues) by 2019.

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As a mature technology, thermal printheads and media are highly refined, distribution channels are well established and thermal printing continues to dominate its primary markets. While sometimes overlooked in mainstream printing applications, thermal printing's reliability, cost performance and unique capabilities have enabled it retain its enduring market share while still to expanding into new and exciting applications. This years' conference will provide in depth, strategic insight into all aspects of thermal printing from a supplier, channel sales and end use applications perspective. The program offers the most comprehensive coverage of thermal printing industry trends and future prospects available. Don't miss it!

IMI's 25th Annual Thermal Printing Conference format is designed to gain insights into the opportunities and challenges of exploiting world markets and capitalizing on the many new and exciting information, communications and media related innovations taking place in our society and economy. Historically these trends have impacted thermal printing more than progress in competing technologies such as ink jet and electrophotography. Come and explore ways in which camera phones, mobile computing and wireless advancements can mold the future usage of the unique and resilient technology known as thermal printing.

IMI's 25th Annual Thermal Printing Conference program will combine a diverse group of speakers addressing new, innovative information and communication products as well as technology developments plus consumer, business and industrial end-user trends. The format is designed to connect industry participants with systems and end-user product innovations and prepare thermal printing industry participants for future challenges and opportunities. It is also an ideal training format for new personnel.

Make plans now to join the thermal printing industry's "Movers and Shakers" in Scottsdale on November 17-19, 2014!

Conference Chairman
Harold Schofield, Schofield Imaging Associates, LLC
25th Annual Thermal Printing Conference
November 17-19, 2014
Hollywood Beach Marriott
Hollywood (Ft. Lauderdale), Florida

Tentative Program Coverage and Schedule

  Monday, November 17, 2014

  11:00 a.m.Conference Registration

  1:00 p.m.Opening Session - Global Thermal Printing Industry

Welcome & Introductions
Alvin G. Keene, President, Information Management Institute, Inc., Carrabassett Valley, Maine
Harold Schofield, Schofield Imaging Associates, Narragansett, Rhode Island

State-of-the-Industry Address
Harold Schofield, Schofield Imaging Associates, Narragansett, Rhode Island

  • Competitive Trends

  • Disruptive & Competing Technologies

  • Evolving End User Requirements

  • Global Economics & Market Structures

  • Market Drivers, Barriers & Challenges

SUPPLIERS' FORUM: 5-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 or services to all conference participants. Contact Al Keene at IMI al@imiconf.com for information on having a display and signing up for the Suppliers' Forum.

  6:00 p.m. Networking Reception in Display Area

  Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  8:30 a.m. Session 2 - Technology, Channels & End User Opportunities

Successful Thermal Printing Applications - Future Assessments
  • Future of POS Documents in Expanding Mobile/Wireless Environments

  • Photographic, Medical, Military and Ruggedized Image Printing

  • Printing for Compliance, Logistics, Safety & Business Improvement

  • Future of On Demand (including Mobile & Cloud Based) Printing in Entertainment, ID & Transportation Documents

  • On Demand Retail Document Trends & Requirements

 12:00 Noon Luncheon

  1:30 p.m. Session 2 - Technology, Channels & End User Opportunities

Impact & Assessment of Emerging Trends & New Technologies in Retail, Industrial & Entertainment Markets:
  • On Demand Thermal Labels

  • Real vs. Virtual Receipts, Tickets & Coupons

  • Lottery & Gaming

  • Harsh Environment Labels

  • Liner-Free Labels

  • Color Labels & Industrial Ink Jet

  • Cloud, Mobile & Handheld Printing

  6:00 p.m. Networking Reception in Display Area

  Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  8:30 a.m.Session 4 - Future of Thermal Printing

Trends & Issues Impacting Future of Thermal Printing
  • Technology Advancements: Printheads, Media, System Components

  • Mobile, Handheld & Wireless Technology Advancements

  • Ink Jet Printing's Competitiveness

  • Impact of Increased Use of Virtual Data & Cloud Computing

  • 2D, 3D & New Smart Symbologies

  • Environmental & Sustainability Issues

  • & More

 12:00 Noon Adjournment

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IMI Conferences in November 2014

25th Annual Thermal Printing Conference
November 17-19, 2014

11th Annual Security Printing Conference
November 19-21, 2014

IMI Completed Conferences on this Subject

24th Annual Thermal Printing Conference
November 18-20, 2013

23rd Annual Thermal Printing Conference
November 12-14, 2012

22nd Annual Thermal Printing Conference
January 31 - February 2, 2011

21st Annual Thermal Printing Conference
February 1-3, 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 imi@imiconf.com 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 al@imiconf.com 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 check off the box indicating your participation OR complete the registration form at the end of this program and fax to +1-207-235-2226 complete the registration form at the end of this program and fax to +1-207-235-2226 OR send an email to al@imiconf.com


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 "Worldwide Digital Printing Market Report" 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 25th Annual Thermal Printing Conference on November 17-19, 2014 will receive a complimentary copy of the latest edition of the "Worldwide Digital Printing Market Report."

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 400 programs and each year over 2,000 technical, marketing and management personnel from over 600 companies worldwide attend IMI programs.

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
Email: imi@imiconf.com
Web Site: www.imiconf.com

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