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Theory Of Ink Jet Technology

July 31-August 1, 2002
Grand Summit Hotel
Sugarloaf/USA, Maine


Pivotal Resources Limited


Xennia Technology Limited

sponsored by

Information Management Institute, Inc.

Communicating Experience and Expertise To Those Who Want To Know

Ink jet printing is the fastest growing imaging technology for both office and industry. New applications are opening up for materials suppliers, media developers, consumables manufacturers, systems suppliers and others. But entering the ink jet market or just branching out into new parts of it can present a considerable technical challenge and a barrier to commercial success. The development of printhead technology and inks is advancing at a rapid pace - around 100 patents in this field are published each month. So getting up to speed is not easy. Until now.

The Ink Jet Academy provides a program and format to get an expert start in the ink jet field, to get an update or to open up new ink jet fields.

The Theory Of Ink Jet Technology

Understanding the fundamentals is a prerequisite to any development. The Ink Jet Academy offers a one and one-half day course covering the basic theory of all the diverse types of ink jet technology in use today. Learn how the printheads work, what materials are used in their fabrication and the theory of operation. Learn about inks and media used, how they are formulated and the supply and support systems used. This course assumes a basic scientific knowledge and will provide a useful background to anyone entering the ink jet industry or seeking an efficient update of ink jet technology.

Theory Of Ink Jet Technology

July 31-August 1, 2002
Grand Summit Hotel
Sugarloaf/USA, Maine

Agenda and Schedule

Tuesday, July 30, 2002

 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.Pre Registration

 6:30 p.m.Reception & Dinner

Wednesday, July 31, 2002

 7:30 a.m.Registration & Breakfast

 8:00 a.m.Opening Session

Alvin G. Keene, Director, IMI Europe, Cambridge, England & President,
Information Management Institute, Inc., Kingfield, Maine, USA

Dr. Alan Hudd, Managing Director, Xennia Technology Limited, Royston, Hertfordshire, England
Dr. Kevin Hall, Business Support, Xennia Technology Limited, Royston, Hertfordshire, England
Mike Willis, Managing Director, Pivotal Resources Limited and IMI Europe, Cambridge, England




12:00 Noon Lunch

 1:00 p.m.

Session 2




5:00 p.m.Session Closes

6:30 p.m.Reception & Dinner

Thursday, August 1, 2002

 7:30 a.m.Breakfast

 8:00 a.m.Session 3






12:00 Noon Adjournment & Lunch


Mike Willis, Managing Director, Pivotal Resources Limited, Cambridge, England

Mr. Willis founded Pivotal Resources, a consultancy in the fields of electronic printing, graphic arts and photography. He has experience in a wide range of technologies and markets including drop-on-demand and continuous ink jet printing, electrophotographic technology, greyscale and color reproduction methods and light sensitive materials. Prior to founding Pivotal Resources, he was Director of Electronic Printing at Meta Generics.

Prior to joining Meta Generics, Mr. Willis was at Xaar of which he was a founder member. Xaar was a spin-off company from Cambridge Consultants Ltd., where Mr. Willis spent ten years working in a number of roles, culminating as Group Leader of Nonimpact Printing. Before that, he spent six years at Gestetner Ltd., developing photocopier processes.

Mr. Willis graduated from the Polytechnic of Central London with an honours degree in Photographic Sciences.

Dr. Alan L Hudd, Managing Director, Xennia Technology Limited, Royston, Hertfordshire, England

In April 1996, Dr. Hudd co-founded Xennia Technology; the world's first independent contract ink jet technology house dedicated to developing new ink jet inks for both the industrial and office ink jet industries.

In 1987, he joined Domino Printing Sciences and spent eight years as the Fluids Technology Manager, developing a wide range of ink jet ink for diverse applications and is credited with a number of patents and significant innovations within the industrial ink jet industry. He spent almost eight years with the Ministry of Defence and Royal Ordnance in the UK, developing new solid polymer rocket propellants for air to air missiles.

Dr. Hudd graduated with B.Sc. Honours degree in Chemistry and Physics, M.Sc and Ph.D research degrees in Polymer Chemistry from Manchester University.

Dr. Kevin Hall, Business Support Manager, Xennia Technology Limited, Royston, Hertfordshire, England

Dr. Hall joined Xennia Technology in 1998 and as Business Support Manager is responsible for new business development and project support.

From 1996 Kevin was the Technical Manager of Imation's European Research Centre in the UK with responsibility for development of new photographic media. Successes included technologies used in medical and colour photographic silver halide films known under the TrimaxTM and ScotchTM film brands. He has also worked in the field of liquid toner electrophotgraphy. Kevin joined 3M in 1984 working as an emulsion scientist at the 3M UK research facility. His work in the areas of antistatic coatings, high contrast and contact emulsions led to graphic arts products such as 3M Excelerate TM and DRCTM with the antistatic technology being used in a range of film products. He holds over 13 patents and has presented at a variety of industry conferences.

Dr. Hall graduated with a 1st class BA Honors degree in Chemistry and a D.Phil in Gold Chemistry from Oxford University, UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.


Pivotal Resources Limited provides market and technical research for digital printing. Founded in 1995, Pivotal Resources helps companies of all sizes understand the intricacies of ink jet and how to win in the marketplace.

For further details, contact Pivotal Resources Limited. Michael Willis Managing Director Pivotal Resources Limited 11 Glebe Way Histon, Cambridge CB4 4HJ England Phone: +1-44-1223-235900 Fax: +1-44-1223-235901 Email: mike@pivotal.co.uk Web Site: http://www.pivotal.co.uk

Xennia Technology Limited provides contract ink jet ink research and development. Founded in 1996, Xennia Technology has become a leading source for innovative ink materials research and development.

For further details, contact Xennia Technology Limited. Dr. Alan Hudd Managing Director Xennia Technology Limited Lumen House, Lumen Road Royston, Hertfordshire SG8 7AG England Phone: +1-44-1763-246 600 Fax: +1-44-1763-245 400 Email: ahudd@xennia.com Web Site: http://www.xennia.com

Information Management Institute, Inc. provides conference programs in the worldwide computer printer industry. Founded in 1988, IMI offers the largest and most comprehensive conference and seminar program in the digital printing industry. Each year over 2000 industry technical, marketing and management personnel from over 600 companies attend programs covering ink jet, thermal, laser, digital printing presses, textile printing, printing consumables and other digital printing technology and application topics.

For further details, contact Information Management Institute:

Alvin G. Keene President Information Management Institute, Inc. RR1 Box 2030 Kingfield, ME 04947 USA Phone: +1-207-235-2225 Fax: +1-207-235-2226 Email: imi@imiconf.com Web Site: http://imi.maine.com

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2001 Digital Printing Summer Camp Program
July 30 - August 3, 2001

IMI Completed Programs


IMI's 2002 Digital Printing Summer Camp is being held at the Sugarloaf Grand Summit Hotel located at the Sugarloaf/USA base village. The 120 rooms and suites offer modern comfort in natural splendor and appeal of the Western Maine Mountains.

Hotel reservations are the responsibility of each registrant. To receive the special meeting rate of $80 for single or double occupancy, you must identify yourself as a registrant to IMI's 2002 Digital Printing Summer Camp. Early booking is advised as the reduced rate is guaranteed only until July 8, 2002. Phone +1-800-527-9879 and ask for Lynn Chase to make hotel reservations.

All Sugarloaf Grand Summit Hotel rooms are air conditioned, equipped with TV and VCRs, and the hotel has its own health club facility. The Sugarloaf Sports and Fitness Center, outdoor pool and tennis courts are also available for guest use at no additional charge. Outdoor recreation possibilities such as golf, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, rafting, moose watching, etc. abound in the area.


Sugarloaf/USA is a major eastern ski resort and summer recreational area located in Carrabassett Valley in the western mountains of the State of Maine. Celebrating their 50th year of operation last year, Sugarloaf/USA offers a wide range of summer activities including golf, hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, swimming, white water rafting, canoeing or just relaxing in a beautiful, natural environment. It is a great place to combine your learning experience at the 2002 Digital Printing Summer Camp and a family vacation where you can experience the wonders of nature and healthy outdoor activities such as:


The Sugarloaf Golf Club is the number one rated course in Maine and Golf Digest rated the course one of the top 75 resort courses in the United States. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the 18-hole course is known for its quality of play and scenery. It plays through the valley with mountains overhead and winds over and around the Carrabasset River.

The awe-inspiring 18-holes that make up the Sugarloaf Golf Club & Golf School have proven, for so many golfers, an unforgettable experience. An experience punctuated by the rugged, demanding terrain that is the hallmark of mountain golf.

Golf Digest called Sugarloaf Golf Club a "top 10 for memorability" and a "top 10 for aesthetics." And its legendary designer, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., calls it "One of the most spectacular courses I've ever been associated with."


Hiking opportunities abound in the Western Maine Mountains. You can hike the 4,237 foot summit of Sugarloaf right outside the hotel or to one of the surrounding mountains in the Bigelow Range. You can also connect with the Appalachian Trail. Hiking trails for all abilities provide wilderness beauty on many miles of alpine terrain.

Mountain Biking

Sugarloaf/USA maintains over 50 miles of mountain bike trails featuring some of the choicest single track in New England, wide open dirt roads, the historic Narrow Gauge Railroad bed (don't worry-the tracks and ties have been removed) along the picturesque Carrabassett River and a trail network that has supported one of the biggest mountain bike races in the East - The Widowmaker Challenge.

White Water Rafting

The Kennebec River is one of the most popular whitewater rafting runs in the country. It combines a beautiful wilderness setting with Class 5 rapids and narrow passages. A full day Kennebec trip is a great family or group adventure for ages 12 and up. Trips can be arranged with numerous rafting companies and Sugarloaf/USA has an exclusive partnership with Norther Outdoors, a premiere whitewater outfitter.

Moose Watching

Maine's infamous moose love the Carrabassett Valley. Hotel staff can direct you to spots where you will have a good chance of seeing moose or you can join organized "Moose Cruises." At the very least, you'll enjoy great wilderness scenery and the setting sun over Crocker Mountain.

Planning Your Supplemental Recreation

We could go on about fly fishing, canoeing, swimming in a crystal clear mountain stream, relaxing wilderness picnics, etc. but we think you get the idea that combining some outdoor, wilderness related activities with IMI's 2002 Digital Printing Summer Camp would be fun and easy to do. Most of these activities can be done on your own or you can make arrangements by contacting Lynn Sundelin at Sugarloaf/USA at 207-237-2000.

When you register for one or more of the courses at IMI's 2002 Digital Printing Summer Camp, we will provide you with an information package covering summer activities and recreational opportunities at Sugarloaf/USA and in the adjacent areas.

Getting to Sugarloaf/USA

To access all this wonderful natural beauty, it is obvious that Sugarloaf/USA is not located in an urban center! However, it is closer than you think.

For those flying into the Northeastern U.S., we recommend flying into one of the following airports and renting a car so that you can enjoy the wonderful scenic auto routes throughout New England as you travel to Sugarloaf/USA.

Portland International Airport, Portland, Maine - 2 ½ hour drive
Bangor International Airport, Bangor, Maine - 2 ½ hour drive
Manchester Airport, Manchester, New Hampshire - 3 ½ hour drive
Logan International Airport, Boston, Massachusetts - 4 hour drive

For those of you located in the Northeastern U.S. or once you've rented your car, you will want to plan your trip to and from Sugarloaf/USA to pass by such places as L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine, the Old Port Waterfront District of Portland, Maine, numerous small coastal and lake communities and many of the other attractions of Maine - that's why it says "Vacationland" on our license plates.

Again, when you register for one or more of the courses at IMI's 2002 Digital Printing Summer Camp, we will provide you with an information package with detailed directions and options for enhancing your trip, whether it be just for a brief visit or more extended vacation.

Useful Web Sites for Sugarloaf/USA Area Information

Sugarloaf/USA - www.sugarloaf.com
Town of Carrabassett Valley, Maine - www.carrabassettvalley.org
Sugarloaf Area Chamber of Commerce - www.sugarloafareachamber.org
The Stanley Museum - www.stanleymuseum.org
University of Maine at Farmington - www.umf.maine.edu
State of Maine - www.state.me.us


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