Information Management Institute

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!

    Register Now


    Conference Program

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    Conference Brochure

    Completed Programs

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    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

    Download the PDF version of this program  
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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

    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 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


    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 Thermal Printing 2016 Conference on May 9-11, 2016 will receive a complimentary copy of the latest edition of this Worldwide Digital Printing Market Report

    the Saguaro Scottsdale Hotel Reservations

    IMI's Thermal Printing 2016 Conference is being held at the Saguaro (suh-warh-oh) Scottsdale, Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona. Hotel reservations are the responsibility of each meeting registrant.

    To receive the special meeting rate of $145 for single or double occupancy, you can make reservations online at or by calling +1-877-808-2440 or +1-480-308-1100 (Option 1 for Reservations) and use Group Code 1605INFORM. You may also contact Reservations Supervisor Emily Webster at +1-480-444-0548 (Direct Line) or Early booking is advised as the reduced rate is guaranteed only until April 25, 2016 and will be on a space available basis after April 25, 2016.

    Saguaro Scottsdale

    IMI’s $145 ($165.18 with tax and fees) rate includes the Saguaro’s resort fee and guest access to complimentary wireless internet access in guest room & meeting space, complimentary parking (self & valet), complimentary use of hotel bicycles, complimentary access to fitness center as well as complimentary shuttle to Entertainment District, Art District, Shopping District & Fashion Square Mall.

    Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

    Saguaro Scottsdale Scottsdale is serviced by Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) which is approximately 9 miles from the the Saguaro Scottsdale. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is one of the busiest airports in the U.S. and is served by over 15 domestic and international airlines with convenient and economical nonstop service to over 80 domestic and 20 international destinations.

    Super Shuttle is available at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and is located outside the baggage claim areas. Super Shuttle's current price from Sky Harbor Airport to Old Town Scottsdale area is $16 per person each way. Taxi fare should be approximately $25. Door to door limousine service is also available outside baggage claims.

    Additional information on Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and available services can be found at

    the Saguaro Scottsdale & Scottsdale, Arizona Location

    Acquired in early 2011 by The Sydell Group, the Saguaro Scottsdale has been fully renovated into a contextual resort, celebrating its convenient location in the center of Scottsdale adjacent to Old Town Scottsdale's central shopping & arts district and Civic Center Mall. Architects Peter Stamber and Paul Aferiat (known for their bold use of color) recreated the Saguaro around a palette of 12 vibrant tones found in native desert wildflowers in addition to better connecting the hotel to the public plaza next door.

    The brilliant colors now adorn each balcony and patio and anchor the guestrooms, while also enlivening the indoor and outdoor public spaces. The color set follows the light spectrum, which in turn creates different perspectives of the hotel according to the time of day.

    Saguaro Scottsdale

    The Sydell Group wanted the hotel to reflect the friendly hospitality for which Scottsdale is famous and accordingly tapped Joie de Vivre Hospitality of San Francisco, known for their super friendly and all welcoming hotels to oversee the property's operations. Sydell and Joie de Vivre oversaw all aspects of The Saguaro's physical renovation, including a transformed lobby, rooms (now featuring hand-crafted furniture imported from Mexico) and two heated pool areas. New lighting and carpeting for the indoor and outdoor corridors were installed, as were extensive landscaping and garden elements.

    the Saguaro Scottsdale is the official spring training hotel for the San Francisco Giants and is located less than ½ mile from Scottsdale Stadium.

    the Saguaro Scottsdale has received the following awards since completing its recent renovations:

  • Condé Nast "Hot List" 2012 - Editors' picks of world's best new hotels, restaurants and spas (featured on May 2012 Cover)
  • 2012 Trip Advisor "Certificate of Excellence" Award
  • Condé Nast "Reader's Choice" 2012 - Best in the World List

    Iron Chef Jose Garces, a James Beard Award winner and one of the country's best young chefs, is responsible for all food and beverage services. Garces manages three distinct dining outlets in addition to event catering. Distrito (modern Mexican cuisine focused on diverse street food of Mexico City); Old Town Whiskey (a bar evocative of frontier drink parlors with over 100 tequilas) and Garces Trading Company Coffee To-Go (featuring custom roasted GTC coffees & house baked goods). Awards earned since opening include:
  • Arizona Taco Festival 2011 - Distrito was "Grand Champion"
  • AZ Central's "Best of" 2012 - Old Town Whiskey "Best New Bar"
  • Best New Restaurants of 2012 - Top New Greater Phoenix Restaurants
  • Phoenix New Times "Phoenix Best of Awards" - 7 Honors
  • Scottsdale, Arizona

    the Saguaro Scottsdale plus the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas and the State of Arizona provide excellent opportunities to extend your visit into a memorable vacation experience.

    the Saguaro Scottsdale address is:

    the Saguaro Scottsdale
    4000 North Drinkwater Road
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85251USA
    Phone: +1- 877-808-2440
    Fax: +1- 480-385-4810
    Web Site:

  • 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
    Web Site:

    Information Management Institute


    Thermal Printing 2016 Conference
    May 9-11, 2016
    the Saguaro Scottsdale
    Scottsdale, Arizona 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, one lunch, two receptions, coffee breaks and the conference reference materials.

    Dress for IMI’s Thermal Printing 2016 Conference will be 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 Thermal Printing 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

    To register for the Thermal Printing 2016 Conference

    • submit the registration form now and follow with your payment by mail. Or
    • print the Mail-in Registration Form and mail or fax it to Susan Vandrey, Conference Administrator, Information Management Institute, Inc., 1106 Valley Crossing, Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947 USA – Fax: +1-207-235-2226.

    • Or
    • You may reserve space by calling +1-207-235-2225

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