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Thermal Printing 2016 Conference
A New Era!

May 9-11, 2016

the Saugaro Scottsdale
Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona

sponsored by

Information Management Institute, Inc.

Opportunities & Challenges in
• Mobile, Cloud & Handheld World
• eTransactions
• Supply Chain
• Color Labels
• Photos & ID’s
• Security & Brand Protection
• Lottery & Gaming
• Ticketing: Entertainment, Event & Transportation
• and Much More!

Conference Focus

In the midst of more market and technology volatility than ever, the over $30 billion thermal printing industry (end-user revenues: is larger and more diversified than ever!

Current trends such as the hand held computing revolution, virtual receipts/documents, social media, smart phones, cloud computing, IoT, RFID & NFC, competitive technology advancements & others all combine to present both challenges and opportunities for the thermal printing industry.

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 over $40 billion (end-user revenues) by 2019.

Join us at IMI’s Thermal Printing 2016 Conference – an annual program – to learn about and discuss key strategic factors such as:

  • Comprehensive Coverage of Thermal Printing Industry’s Status & Trends.
  • Key Worldwide Thermal Market Sectors Review
  • Industry Structural Changes: Mergers & Divestitures
  • Market Drivers & Barriers
  • Technology Trends Impacting Thermal Printing Usage & Adoption
  • New Business Models for Thermal Printing Industry
  • & Much More!
  • IMI’s Thermal Printing 2016 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 innovators and prepare thermal printing industry participants for future challenges and opportunities. It is also an ideal training format for new personnel.

    To be successful, the Thermal Printing Industry must exploit world markets and capitalize on the many new and exciting information, communications and media related innovations taking place in our society and economy! Only by embracing change and developing new products & business models will the Thermal Printing Industry progress and mold the future usage of the unique and resilient technology known as thermal printing.

    Make plans now to join the thermal printing industry’s “Movers and Shakers” on May 9-11, 2016! Don’t Miss It!

    Reference Material


    Conference Program

    Conference Brochure

    Completed Programs

    IMI Home Page

    Conference Chairman
    Endre Vargha, GMR Management Consulting

    Conference Speakers
    Jennifer Fox, Kyocera
    Bruce Glen, ScanSource
    Terry Jensen, Jindal Films
    Dr. Yijun Ye, Avery Dennison
    Francis Shea, Jr., NuCoat
    Additional Speakers TBA

    Benefits of Conference Attendance

    • Participate in the world’s only 2016 program dedicated entirely to the Thermal Printing Industry

    • Participate in interactive sessions and informal discussions on topics critical to the continued technological and market success of thermal printing systems

    • Obtain information on the current growth markets and applications that offer attractive opportunities

    • Learn thermal printing technology developments and innovations being utilized and proposed to enhance printer applications and performance

    • Learn subsystem component options and design tools to enable the most cost effective printer designs

    • Establish personal contacts with leading experts in thermal printing to evaluate factors essential to the continued thermal printing advancement and market expansion

    • Have a complimentary display space to inform the industry of your products and services

    • Give a five-minute presentation during the popular Suppliers’ Forum session.
    Thermal Printing 2016 Conference
    May 9-11, 2016
    the Saguaro Scottsdale
    Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona

    Program Coverage and Schedule

      Monday, May 9, 2016

      11:00 a.m.Conference Registration

      1:30 p.m.Opening Session

    Welcome & Introductions
    Alvin G. Keene, President, Information Management Institute, Inc., Carrabassett Valley, Maine
    Conference Chairman: Endre Vargha, President, GMR Management Consulting, San Luis Obispo, California (former Vice President of R & D, Datamax-O’Neil)

    State-of-the-Industry Assessment
    Endre Vargha, President, GMR Management Consulting, San Luis Obispo, California
    Endre Vargha, GMR Management Consulting
    • Conference Introduction – Goals, Objectives and Caveats
    • Thermal Printing Industry at a Glance
      - Technologies
      - Applications
    • 2015 Market Update
      - Printers
      - Suppliers
      - Vertical Markets
      - Geographic Distribution
      - Distribution Channels
      - Key Players
      - Market Trends & Developments
    • Competitive Trends
      - Disruptive Technologies
      - Evolving Customer Requirements
      - Market Drivers, Barriers & Challenges
    • Future Outlook

    Kyocera Thin Film Thermal Printhead Advancements & Developments
    Jennifer Fox, Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation,

    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.comfor information on having a display and signing up for the Suppliers’ Forum.

      5:00 p.m. Networking Reception in Display Area

      Tuesday, May 10, 2016

      9:00 a.m. Session 2

    Development of GHS & BS5609 Compliant Labels for Chemicals
    Dr. Yijun Ye, Sr. R&D Leader, Avery Dennison, Mentor, Ohio
    Dr. Yijun Ye, Avery Dennison
    • Labeling Requirements for Water Shipment of Dangerous/Hazardous Goods & Materials
      - OSHA Adopted GHS
      - International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG)
      - British Standard (BS 5609) – Defacto Standard: Requires Identification after 3 months immersion in sea
    • Compliance Granted for Specific Printer/Substrate/Ink Combinations
    • Thermal Transfer Used for over 50% of Drum Labels: Manufacturers have developed New Ribbons, New Labels & New Printers to Meet Requirements
    • Competition from Laser, Flexo, Inkjet & UV Inkjet
    • Label Product Development for Use under Marine Conditions
      - Testing for Ink Adhesion, Abrasion Resistance & Permanence after Artificial Weathering per BS5609
      - Typical Failure Modes
      - Successful Examples
    • How Different Substrates, Printers, Ribbons & Printing Conditions Affect Results

    Platinum Thermal™ - A “Breakthrough” Face Stock for Thermal Printing
    Terry Jensen, Global Business Development Manager, Jindal Films America, Fairport, New York
    Terry Jensen, Jindal Films America
    • Eliminates the Need for Coatings or Thermal Transfer Ribbons
    • Prints on Standard Barcode Printers & Standard or High Resolution Thermal Printers
    • Significant Cost Savings
    • Enhances Print Quality – Reduces Waste & Costs
    • Exceptional Performance: Heat Stability, Weather Resistance, Water & Chemical Resistance, etc.
    • Applications & Markets

    On-Press Printing of Direct Thermal Chemistry
    Francis Shea, Jr., Manager Digital Coatings, NuCoat, Plymouth, Minnesota
    Frank Shea, NuCoat
    • Creating Unique Substrates
    • Disintermediation of Traditional Supply Chain
    • Combining Imaging Technologies
      Example: Memjet Inkjet with Direct Thermal Technology for Variable Color & One-to-One Marketing

     12:00 Noon Luncheon

      1:30 p.m. Session 3

    3D Printing: Opportunity or Threat for Thermal Printing
    Bruce Glen, VP New Technologies, ScanSource
    • History of 3D Printing
    • 3D Printing Technologies, Materials & How 3D Printers Work
    • 3D Printing Applications Today & in the Future
    • 3D Printer Manufacturers Overview
    • Industry Growth Trends
    • Hands On with a 3D Printer
    • Have a Look at some 3D Printed Parts
    • How Barcode Sellers Can Enter 3D Printing Industry

    Whatever Happened to RFID?
    Endre Vargha, President, GMR Management Consulting, San Luis Obispo, California
    Endre Vargha, GMR Management Consulting
    • Brief History of RFID Technology
    • RFID Technology Overview
    • Smart Labels
    • Benefits of RFID vs Barcodes
    • How Can IoT (Internet of Things) Change AIDC?
    • Emerging AIDC Technologies

      5:00 p.m. Networking Reception in Display Area

      Wednesday, May 11, 2016

      9:00 a.m.Session 4

    Open Forum: How Many Really Understand Thermal Printing? Not Many!

    We have all had this experience. Bring up thermal printing and the reactions very from: What’s that? Does it still exist? Why would anyone use it? You mean thermal inkjet? And so on.

    The fact is, most people have no idea that thermal printing touches their lives in so many ways every day. The unique characteristics and benefits of this technology have resulted in an industry with $30 billion plus in global annual revenues.

    Even more surprising is that so many in the supply chain who sell the technology and end users who depend on it don’t fully understand its capabilities. This often leads to “losing out” to other, less suitable printing technologies for certain applications or not capitalizing on all the potential benefits.

    Open Forum Goals:

    • Generate Ideas on How Thermal Printing Industry can “Educate The World”
      about Thermal Printing & its Benefits
    • Develop an Action Plan

     12:00 Noon Adjournment

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    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

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    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

    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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