Global Industrial Inkjet Conference

Sponsored by our Global Packaging Partner Tonejet

Profiling excellence, news, and insights on the market opportunity for industrial inkjet and the challenges that may need to be overcome. This event will provide a bridge between opportunity and reality for any business - manufacturer, developer, or integrator.

Global Industrial Inkjet Conference attendees will leave equipped with knowledge on the latest developments for industrial inkjet in functional, decorative, and package printing applications, along with a wealth of new contacts.

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017, Room N210 B&C

1:00 - 1:30pm Opening Remarks
Frazer Chesterman and Marcus Timson, Co-Founders, InPrint
1:30 - 2:00pm Industrial Print Markets Quantified & Projected: US & Global Data, Decorative Markets, Functional Print & 3D, and Packaging & Direct To Shape
Mark Hanley, President, IT Strategies

The North American & Global markets for industrial print will be sectorized and quantified by value. We define Industrial print as print applied to any type of manufactured product. Each sector will be examined in terms of the opportunities for growth and introduction of new print technology it offers. IT Strategies has been entirely specialized in researching the Industrial print markets globally for the last 25 years. This talk will take the form of a strategic review of realistic market development potential.

Mark Hanley founded I T Strategies in 1992 in Boston as a strategic consultancy specialized in industrial digital printing, inkjet technology and early market development practices. The company is based in Boston & Tokyo & operates on a private partnership basis. ITS is a confidential practice with no publishing function and is expert in technology and market analysis based on a wide factual knowledge base.

Prior to this Hanley founded the operations of a major US digital printing consultancy in Europe before moving to Boston. Hanley came to consulting through the paper industry where he began his career in Germany, subsequently working in most of the major European continental countries. Hanley is fluent in German, French and Italian.

2:00 - 2:30pm The Questions You Should Be Asking About Implementing Inkjet (and How to Answer Them)
Wade Neff, Director of Operations, Graphics Division, ProSigns

Beyond the technical and logistical questions of adding inkjet to your company’s offerings, are the strategic and operational questions. The answers to these questions can be pivotal to a successful implementation. During this presentation we will identify the questions you may not have thought of yet, and offer case study examples of how you might answer them. We will discuss the implications to your company’s go-to-market strategy, your existing manufacturing operations and your organization’s culture.

Wade Neff is a twenty-five year veteran of the photo, print and graphics industries whose work has taken him from the front lines of graphics production to the sales field and into the back office. His history with businesses ranging in size from small shops through worldwide leaders in their categories, especially in the areas of wide format and inkjet production, has granted him a unique perspective which he now leverages as a leader in addressing the strategic and operational issues involved in implementing inkjet technology.

2:30 - 3:00pm Contract Digital Can Printing: A Case Study
Simon Edwards, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Tonejet

The first digital can printing operation is now up and running in La Porte, Indiana, servicing the craft beer market. Bevcan Printers has installed the first USA based digital can printing press machine, the result of a partnership between themselves, Tonejet and Patent Machine Builders. The operation is the beginning of a revolution in distributed beverage can production enabled by the ability to digitally print directly onto necked cans. Simon Edwards will present the journey over the past few years, the operation today and explore the future of this revolutionary new technology.

Simon Edwards is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Tonejet Limited, a company that specializes in digital printing products designed for industrial package printing. Simon has over 20 years experience in commercialization and technology sales. Previous roles include Vice President of Research and Technology at SOLA and Technical Director of Research Laboratories of Australia where he was also a director of Tonejet. In 2009 Simon re-joined Tonejet Limited to lead the expansion of their customer base and commercialisation of Tonejet's unique digital print technology.

3:00 - 3:30pm More With Less: How to Profit with Automated Digital Workflows
Mark Abramson, Founder & CEO, Printform Corporation

Today's digital print machinery is operating at faster and faster speeds, but how do you turn that into breakthrough profitability? Mark will share his experience direct from the shop floor at digital-first operations that are producing more units per shift with very few employees by embracing completely automated digital workflows, advanced image processing and leveraging what the manufacturers already know and own. The session will focus on actionable lessons, key takeaways that apply to most digital print workflows and the many pitfalls along the way. Participants will leave with a strong idea of how to take advantage of what they already have in place and successfully automate the highest-value processes while eliminating bottlenecks and inefficiency in their production.

Mark Abramson is Founder & CEO of Printform Corporation. He has particular technical expertise in software for digital workflow, industrial printing and complex global supply chains for high-growth companies. He's also a dad, races bicycles and collects antique woodworking machines.

3:30 - 4:00pm Digitally Adding Value to Production Processes
Christophe Bulliard, Marketing Director, Sensient Imaging Technologies S.A.

Digital printing technologies are growing exponentially from mature markets such as graphic arts to strong growth areas including textiles and labels. On the back of these success stories, there is a further revolution, with inkjet printing ever more considered as the go to technology to deposit a functional or performance material onto a substrate within a production process rather than as a tool purely considered for decoration. In the presentation, we will discuss a few areas where digital technology is expected to play a growing role.

After a PhD in physical chemistry, Christophe Bullliard joined Ciba Specialty Chemicals, where he held several positions in the application and marketing of chemicals for imaging and digital printing technologies. In 2010, he joined the Global Ink Group of Sensient Imaging Technologies, where he is leading the marketing department.

4:00 - 4:30pm The SIMEMS Printhead Factory Revisited
Timothy Rosario, Senior Program Manager, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.

Three years ago, FUJIFILM Dimatix President and CEO Martin Schoeppler introduced his vision of a Silicon MEMS Printhead Factory, based on the experience gained from birthing the Samba printhead technology. This presentation takes a look at how that vision has withstood the passage of time, focusing on the following areas:

  • The proliferation of designs enabled by the Si MEMS process
  • The importance of die packaging to successful printhead deployment
  • Recurring themes in upstream integration requirements
  • The role of scale in emerging applications
  • Evolving options for customer engagement
4:30 - 5:00pm Inkjet for Packaging: Hype or Reality?
Marcus Timson, Co-Founder, InPrint

Inkjet is developing fast into a challenger technology for print in packaging. But what are the growth opportunities, the challenges opportunities and risks? This session draws upon survey’s and research into the development of technology for industrial packaging production.

7:00 - 7:00pm Global Industrial Inkjet Networking Reception
Open to all Global Industrial Inkjet Conference Attendees

Thursday, April 27th, 2017, Room N210 B&C

9:00 - 9:30am Integrating Inkjet Technology into the Industrial Manufacturing Process
Julian Joffe, President, Engineered Printing Solutions

A direct relationship exists between the efficient use of disruptive technology and the competitiveness of the organization. The integration of inkjet has a number of attractive attributes that, if properly implemented, can permit short runs, product differentiation, cost rationalization and other advantageous elements. These systems are highly specific to a individual manufacturer’s production line and product requirements. This discussion aims to provide insight into the discussion that occurs to help decision makers assess, develop and implement an inkjet system for a specific end use.

Julian is the founder and current President of Engineered Printing Solutions (EPS), a company that designs and fabricates custom industrial inkjet solutions. Julian received his BS degree in Zoology from the prestigious University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He moved his family to the United States in 1983, founding his first business in textile manufacturing in Yonkers NY.

Joffe’s interest in engineering and his strong desire to tackle complex projects produced steady company growth. The current 25,000 square foot facility located in East Dorset, Vermont employs a highly capable group of Engineers, Technicians and Sales staff who design, build, and service Industrial Digital Inkjet printers, implement cutting edge robotics and automated pad printing systems. Engineered Printing Solutions was recently purchased by Xaar PLC, Cambridge, UK in July, 2016.

9:30 - 10:00am Digital Textile Printing: Insights into Growth Trends and Technology Developments
Ron Gilboa, Director of Production and Industrial Printing Services, Keypoint Intelligence

This session will examine the trends that are driving the growth in adoption in digital printing of textile reaching a 24% CAGR and reach $31 Billion industry worldwide by 2020. With innovative inkjet printers fabric finishers can now offer brand owners a path for mass customization that not only meet their demand for timely and customer centric products but also offers a path for improved sustainability and reduction in precious resources including water and energy. 

This session will examine:

  • Key trends in worldwide textile consumption and manufacturing
  • The drive to mass customization
  • Examples digital textile printing technologies
  • The digital print market opportunity
  • Innovation that will continue changing the textile supply chain in the future.

Ron Gilboa is a Director of InfoTrends’ Functional Printing & Packaging and is responsible for conducting graphic communications market research, market forecasting, custom consulting projects, strategy and planning engagements and creating editorial content for product and market analysis reports. Ron has been involved in the graphic arts and publishing industries since 1980.

Ron rejoined InfoTrends in 2013 after the better part of a decade with Eastman Kodak Company where he served in executive marketing roles in the Commercial Imaging group. Ron’s roles at Kodak included Vice President of Marketing at Kodak’s production Inkjet group, Director of Worldwide Current Marketing & Operation, and Director of Worldwide Communications. In these roles Ron managed a cross functional team responsible for overall go-to-market including strategy development, marketing operations, and in market execution across the individual regional strategic product groups. Prior to Kodak, Ron held senior positions as Director of the Print On Demand & Publishing Service at InfoTrends (formerly CAP Ventures) and Product Management at Scitex Corporation.

Ron brings skills and experience in key print industries such as commercial, publishing, packaging, transaction, enterprise as well as direct customer knowledge in vertical markets.

10:00 - 10:30am Industrial Inkjet Printing of Packaging and Decoration Applications
Marc Graindourze, Business Development Manager, Industrial Inks, Agfa Graphics

Industrial inkjet printing offers many opportunities to decorate packaging materials and decorative materials to deliver just-in-time production of printing with largest possible flexibility in image variations and run lengths. The inkjet inks form a key element in the performance of the print system and to fulfil all functional requirements.

Real life examples will be explained from ink perspective in relation to the applications. This will include examples of food and beverage packaging as well as pharmaceutical packaging, by use of low migration inks delivering product safety. Other packaging examples include printing on tubes, aerosol cans, plastic containers, wood boxes, carton boxes etc. Also interior decoration applications are discussed.

Marc Graindourze has a degree Dr. Sc. Physical Chemistry at the University of Leuven (K.U.L.) (1988) and joined Agfa in 1988. He has been R&D project manager for various projects in the graphics art industries, including product development of graphic films, proofing materials, inkjet media and inkjet inks. Since 2008, he has taken up up the role of business develop manager for Industrial Inkjet Inks. In this role he connects the needs for the industrial applications with the requirements for inkjet inks, and this in close cooperation with the inkjet system integrators, printhead suppliers, industries etc.

10:30 - 11:00am DIGITAL Meets Analogue! Thermoforming & The Imaging of things! A Stretch Beyond The Imagination!
Michael Plier, Director of Business Development, Inks, EFI

On October 27, 2014 EFI (Electronics for Imaging) added key foundational technology to their already impressive portfolio with the purchase of the intellectual property related to digital thermo-forming, high elongation inks and coatings. As a part of this acquisition Mike was also a key component of the transaction and is now Director Business Development, Inks/EFI.

Since the conception of this cutting edge technology Mike has played a vital role in the development of these products and its market. Prior to these events In December 1, 2006 Mike became President of Polymeric Imaging, Inc., a premier UV ink & coatings manufacturer with a longstanding history of industry leading technological advances.

Mike enjoys an excellent and respected reputation with the screen print & digital printing community. Mike served as Production Manager at a top rated, screen print operation. With over 38 years of experience in printing Mike has a broad working knowledge of all facets of print, production, substrates & process engineering. Mike specializes in identifying and penetrating into new markets as well as introducing customers to new product development and business opportunities. Mike has also authored several feature articles to the trade and has been a guest speaker at a number of industry events throughout his career.

Specialties: Applications specialist & process engineering. Has an excellent working knowledge of adhesives, substrates, digital & screen inks and high performance enhancement coatings.

11:30 - 12:00pm Exploring the Opportunities for Business Growth with Industrial Print Innovation
Frazer Chesterman, Co-Founder, InPrint
12:00pm Luncheon



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