Information Management Institute

20th Annual

February 2-4, 2011

Tropicana Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada

sponsored by

Information Management Institute, Inc.

Conference Focus

IMI's unique annual Ink Jet Printing Conference is the only U.S. ink jet printing industry event devoted entirely to ink jet printing technologies, markets and applications. Ink jet printing continues to make technology advancements in product functionality, cost performance, print quality and nonprinting/deposition capabilities. Such improvements have made ink jet printing the leading digital printing technology with expansion into many new markets and applications. In addition to personal and office computer printing, applications such as display graphics, materials deposition, digital photography, digital printing presses, multifunction printers, printable electronics, 3D modeling, biomedical, textile printing, packaging printing and many other specialty printing and nonprinting applications are increasingly using ink jet as the technology of choice. As ink jet printing becomes a manufacturing tool as well as a printing technology, market opportunities have never been better, albeit in a very competitive environment.

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This conference program is designed to bring together the ink jet industry's leading experts to provide a comprehensive assessment of the ink jet printing industry. The program will address the most recent innovations, trends and issues critical to continued adoption, growth and expansion of ink jet printing applications and markets. As ink jet printing continues to increase market share in numerous application sectors; IMI's 20th Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference provides an unique opportunity for representatives from all segments of the printing industry to obtain information critical to their understanding of ink jet printing technology and market dynamics that are shaping the industry's future.

Benefits of Conference Participation

  • Participate in the only 2011 U.S. conference program devoted solely to ink jet technology, applications and markets

  • Explore the key issues important to your understanding of ink jet printing with your counterparts from all sectors of the ink jet printing industry

  • Establish personal contacts with leading technologists, managers and innovators in the ink jet printing industry

  • Gain knowledge on the latest ink and media developments and consumables market opportunities

  • Learn from interactive sessions and informal discussions of technology trends, applications developments and other aspects of ink jet printing

  • Obtain critical insights into technological, application and market developments critical to your company's decisionmaking process relative to ink jet printing and its role in the overall printer marketplace

  • Hear industry expert's projections for ink jet printing's opportunities in traditional and growth markets

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

  • Give a five minute presentation during the popular Suppliers' Forum

IMI Ink Jet Printing Conference 2011

Conference Co-Chairmen
Dr. Ross N. Mills, Vexajet
Mike Willis, Pivotal Resources
Conference Speakers
Donald R. Allred, Eastman Kodak
Tom Ashley, Pivotal Resources USA
Russ Brown, FUJIFILM Dimatix
William Buskirk, ImTech
John Corrall, Industrial Inkjet
Chris DeMell, ITW Trans Tech
Mark Hanley, I.T. Strategies
Jennifer Heathcote, Integration Technology
Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Xennia Technology Ltd.
Graham King, TTP
Yair Kipman, ImageXpert
John Lapp, FUJIFILM Dimatix
Robert Palmer, InfoTrends
Willard Raymond, Prototype and Production Systems
Debbie Thorp, Global Ink Jet Systems

20th Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
February 2-4, 2011
Tropicana Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada

Topic Coverage and Schedule

  Wednesday, February 2, 2011

  11:00 a.m.Conference Registration

  1:30 p.m.Opening Session - The Expanding Ink Jet Industry

Alvin G. Keene, President, Information Management Institute, Inc., Carrabassett Valley, Maine
Dr. Ross N. Mills, President, Vexajet, Boulder, Colorado
Mike Willis, Managing Director, Pivotal Resources, Cambridge, England

Ink Jet's Promise & Its Risks
Mark Hanley, President, I.T. Strategies, Hanover, Massachusetts

  • Waterworld
  • Sheet Mode
  • The Dominant Pull in Future of the Graphic Arts Channels

What's New in the Desktop Ink Jet Market
Tom Ashley, Director, Pivotal Resources USA, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Desktop Printers
    - Trends in Desktop Printing
    - Latest Products from the OEMs
    - What's New in Technology
  • Inks & Media
    - Developments in Ink & Cartridges
    - The Supplies Market
    - Media Developments
  • Original vs. Aftermarket Supplies
    - Trends in Suppliers Markets
    - More and More Litigation
    - Changing Laws

Business Ink Jet: Moving Beyond the Desktop into SMB and Office Workgroup
Robert Palmer, Director, Digital Peripheral Solutions, InfoTrends, Weymouth, Massachusetts

  • Market Overview & Key Players
  • Business Ink Jet Forecast (Page-Wide & Serial Technologies)
  • Current Market Penetration & Competitive Landscape
  • Understanding the Value Proposition
  • Barriers & Threats
  • How & When is Ink Jet Technology expected to gain further Penetration in the Office Workgroup
  • How do Current Ink-Based Solutions Compare to Laser-Based Products at Similar Price Points
  • Is Ink Jet Technology a Real Threat to Laser in the Office Environment?
  • Future Opportunities

Opportunities & Challenges for Ink Jet in Digital Fabrication
Dr. Ross N. Mills, President, Vexajet, Boulder, Colorado

  • Ink Jet In The Printing World
  • Traditional Printing Vs. Digital Fabrication
  • Special Requirements
  • The Complete Solution
  • The Future for Ink Jet & Digital Fabrication

Inside High-Speed Presses - The Technology Breakthroughs & Issues
Mike Willis, Managing Director, Pivotal Resources Ltd., Cambridge, UK

  • How Did Ink Jet Suddenly Get Good Enough for the Printing Industry?
    - Print Quality
    - Print Speed
    - Reliability
  • The Technology of Page Array Printheads
  • Inside the Sheet-fed Presses
    - Problems of Paper Handling & Registration
    - Drying
  • Where is Memjet in All of This?

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

  7:00 p.m. Bus Departs for Tour & Networking
Reception at
Industrial Inkjet's new Demo Center for The Americas

Industrial Inkjet Ltd. is opening a new "Demo Center for The Americas" in Las Vegas and has agreed to host a Grand Opening Tour and Reception in conjunction with IMI's 20th Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference.

Serving as Industrial Inkjet's Americas' office, print lab, print demonstration and training center, it will be directed by Ed Garcia, Industrial Inkjet's Technical Support Manager under the name Southwest Technical Solutions, Inc. The Demo Center will feature an Industrial Inkjet Colourprint 142, using Konica Minolta 1024 printheads and Global Inkjet Systems software and electronics, mounted to a single pass, continuous feed transport set up for demonstration purposes. There will also be an XY print jetting rig for printhead reliability testing.

Come join us for this exciting event.

  8:30 p.m. Bus Departs for Return to Tropicana Las Vegas

  Thursday, February 3, 2011

  7:30 a.m. Breakfast

  8:30 a.m. Session 2 - Technology Advancements Advance the Markets

Q-Class…An Entirely New Way to Think about Ink Jet System Design
Russ Brown, Marketing Manager-OEM Printheads, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc., Lebanon, New Hampshire
  • Technology Platform
  • Configurability
  • Electronics
  • Options & Implementations
  • Grayscale & Beyond
  • Real Implementations
  • New Horizons

Offset Class Ink Jet from Eastman Kodak
Donald R. Allred, Director, Business Development, Inkjet Printing Solutions, Graphic Communications Group, Eastman Kodak Company, Dayton, Ohio

  • Defining Offset Class Performance
  • Continuous Ink Jet Technology Provides High Print Speed & Expandable
    Width Capabilities with very high Productivity for Real Production Processes
    - Direct Mail Printing
    - Wood Flooring & Paneling
    - Other Industrial Applications
  • Stream Ink Jet Technology
    - Technology Overview
    - Product Overview: Prosper S10 Imprinting System

Challenges of Large Scale Single Pass Inkjet Systems
Debbie Thorp, Business Development Manager, Global Inkjet Systems Ltd., Cambridge, UK

  • Increasing Demand on Print Data
  • Advanced Print Modes
  • Real Time Optimization
  • System Configurations - Data & Power Supplies

Ink Jet Penetrates Industrial Applications & Markets
Dr. Alan L Hudd, CEO, Xennia Technology Ltd., Letchworth, Hertfordshire, UK

  • The Changing Industrial Ink Jet Landscape
  • Ceramics 2 Years On - Ink Jet has become the Dominant Technology
  • Functional Digital Textiles - Self Cleaning Fabrics become a Reality
  • New Applications - Solar Energy Coatings set to become a New Highway

 12:00 Noon Luncheon

  1:30 p.m. Session 3 - Technology Advancements Advance the Markets

How Do I Know If UV LEDs Are Right For My Application?
Jennifer Heathcote, General Manager North America, Integration Technology, Chicago, Illinois
  • UV LED Mechanics: Curing Systems & Ink Chemistry
  • Remembering to Apply Conventional UV Principles
  • Understanding & Overcoming UV Measurement Challenge
  • Matching LED Technology to the Applications: One Size Does Not Fill All
  • Where is the Technology Being Used Today & What Does the Future Hold?

Ink Jet Development Tools & Techniques
William Buskirk, President, ImTech, Inc., Corvallis, Oregon

  • Who Needs Development Tools?
  • Which Tools for Which Purpose?
  • Is There an Expert in the House
  • To Own, Rent or Hire?

Scanning & Single Pass Development Tools for Graphics & Materials Deposition Applications
John Lapp, Director, Strategic Accounts, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc., Lebanon, New Hampshire

  • Industry Trends
  • Printhead Families, Applications & Technologies
  • Evaluation, Development, Scalable Tools & Systems
  • VersaDrop-Jetting Technology

Analysis Tools & Techniques for Profitable New Ink Jet Opportunities
Yair Kipman, President, ImageXpert, Nashua, New Hampshire

  • Interactive & Automated Systems for Vision Based 2-D & 3-D Metrology for Printed Electronics
  • Printhead Performance Evaluation & Fluid Characterization through Analysis of Drops-in-Flight
  • Solar Cell Inspection Systems

SUPPLIERS' FORUM: 5-Minute Presentations Related To Technology, Capabilities, Services, New Product Introductions, etc. The Suppliers' Forum is open to all Conference Registrants

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

  Friday, February 4, 2011

  7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

  8:30 a.m. Session 4 - Integration & Implementation for Real World Applications

In-Line Ink Jet vs. Traditional Flexo Printing
Willard Raymond, President, Prototype and Production Systems Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • The Technology - DICE "Bolt On" Ink Jet Retrofit
  • The Integration
  • Case Stud Details: Costs, Prices, Jobs, Savings, etc.
  • ROI Analysis & Results

Successful Transition from Analog to Digital in Industrial Ink Jet
Chris DeMell, Technical Sales Manager Digital, ITW Trans Tech, Carol Stream, Illinois

  • From Theory to Reality
  • Moving from Analog to Digital
  • Driving Factors: The Benefits Realized through Digital
  • Current Platforms & Capabilities
  • What is Needed for Successful Operation
  • How Digital is Affecting Customer Operations
  • Future Trends & Needs

Asymmetrical Resolution in Single-Pass Inkjet Printing
John Corrall, Managing Director, Industrial Inkjet, Cambridge,UK

  • Many New Applications Require Single-Pass Printing (Rather than Scanning
    or Multi-Pass Mode): Label Printing, Product Decoration, Packaging,
    Ceramics, etc.
  • Asymmetric Resolution Binary Print vs. Grayscale
  • Test Results Using UV-Cured Inks on Non-Porous Substrates
    - Surface Energy vs. Surface Tension Effects
    - Effects of UV Cure Delay
    - Effect of Resolution
  • Guidelines for Single-Pass Printer Development
  • Design Optimization Benefits include Reduced Ink Consumption, Faster
    Print Speeds & Improved Coping with Media Defects for Applications using
    UV Inks on Non-Porous Materials

Benefits of Application Specific Data Paths
Graham King, Business Development Associate, TTP, Royston, Hertfordshire, UK

  • Data Path Building Blocks
  • Defining the Application Needs
  • Unusual Applications & Workflow Impact
  • Engineering for the Market
  • Delivering the Solution

 1:00 p.m. Adjournment

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IMI Conferences in January - February 2011

Ink Jet Academy: Theory of Ink Jet Technology
January 31 - February 1, 2011

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

14th Annual Toner & Toner Chemicals Conference
January 31 - February 2, 2011

20th Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
February 2-4, 2011

IMI Completed Conferences on this Subject

19th Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
February 3-5, 2010

18th Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
February 4-6, 2009

Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2010
September 8-9, 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 "Worldwide Printer and Supplies 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 20th Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference on February 2-4, 2011 will receive a complimentary copy of the latest edition of the "Worldwide Printer and Supplies 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
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