Conferences

A high-quality conference programme ran in two theatres alongside InPrint 2015. It focused on trends and key areas of development in functional, decorative and packaging printing.

Function & Future: This stream looked into the latest technological developments in speciality, screen, digital, inkjet and 3D printing including their exciting new applications.

Decorative: Presenters delivered insight into new developments, techniques and technologies for decorative surface imaging onto glass, wood, metal, ceramics, plastics, leather and textile in the context of an increasing need for mass customised production.

Packaging: The sessions looked at innovations in technologies that will continue to provide new opportunities for printing in primary and secondary packaging in the largest and continually growing segment within industrial print.

InPrint Conference Stage

The InPrint Conference Stage placed a special emphasis on one of the three focal topics per day, and took a closer look at applications in each field with focussed presentations and debates.

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Tuesday, 10th November: Function & Future

Dienstag, 10. November: Funktion & Zukunft

9:45 OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY
 

Frazer Chesterman & Marcus Timson, InPrint 2015

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10:30 What is the Future of Industrial Print?
 

Mark Hanley, I.T. Strategies

11:00 Pushing the Boundaries of Inkjet Applications
 

Dr Patrick Smith, University of Sheffield

11:30 The Shapes of Things to Come
 

Ronen Zioni, HP Inc

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12:30 Echte 3D-Massenfertigung aus Metall, Keramik oder Glas
 

Thomas Studnitzky, Fraunhofer IFAM

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13:00 NextFactory - 3D Printing of Micromechatronic Systems
 

Oliver Refle, Fraunhofer IPA & Dieter Holzinger, Tiger Coatings GmbH

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13:30 Future Technological Developments for Inkjet and Advanced Manufacturing Technology
 

Mark Ritchie, Xaar plc

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14:00 The Inkjet Diaspora – Development and Growth into Global Industrial Applications
 

Pedro Martinez, Afford Inks, S.L.

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14:30 Revolutionising Digital Textile Printing: Introducing One Ink for all Fabrics
 

Guy Evron, Bordeaux Digital PrintInk

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15:00 Inkjet Inks Shaping the Function & Future of Industrial Printing
 

Marc Graindourze, Agfa Graphics

15:30 Dispensing and Coating of Functional Materials, New Opportunities for Digital
 

Dr. Alan Hudd, Alchemie Technology Ltd

16:00 Vorbeugendes Wartungskonzept im Wide Format Single-Pass Inkjet
 

Patrik Lutz, PadaLuma Ink-Jet-Solutions GmbH & Co KG [Palis]

 

Wednesday, 11th November: Decorative

Mittwoch, 11. November: Dekor

09:30 Case Study: Innovative Interior Decoration Applications
 

Markus Benesch, Markus Benesch Creates

10:00 Industrial Single Pass Printing for Decorative Melamine Surfaces
 

Carsten Brinkmeyer, Hymmen Industrieanlagen GmbH & Tiger Coatings GmbH & Co.KG

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10:30 Digital Printing of Glass and Wood-Based/Building Material
 

Andreas Unterweger, Durst Industrial InkJet Application GmbH

11:00 Come and see – discover digital printing opportunities
 

Roberto Zinser, Canon Deutschland GmbH

11:30 Innendekoration: Wachstumsmarkt für den Digitaldruck
 

Holger Naumburg, HP Deutschland GmbH

12:00 Großformat-Digitaldruck von Rolle zu Rolle mit wässrigen Druckfarben
 

Joachim Voigt, Wemhöner Surface Technologies GmbH & Co. KG

12:30 Panel Discussion: The Digital Textile Debate
 

Hosted by: Inkjet Forum India, Aditya Chandavarkar

Panellists: Peter Callahan, Diamond Dispersions; Kevin Myers, Fuji Film Imaging Colorants; Andrea Capuzzi, J-Teck3; Hiroyasu Endou, Konica Minolta


Diskussionsteilnehmer: Peter Callahan, Diamond Dispersions; Kevin Myers, Fuji Film Imaging Colorants; Andrea Capuzzi, J-Teck3; Hiroyasu Endou, Konica Minolta

13:30 Inkjet Chemistry Solutions Required to Enable the Delivery of Industrial Solutions for Furniture and Flooring
 

Phil Jackman, Sun Chemical Ltd

14:00 The Challenges of Digitally Printing on Glass – Creating the Perfect ‘Transparent Image’
 

Prof. Ferdinand Trier, OrmoPrint

14:30 Development of Novel Inkjet Ink Technologies For Durable Deco of Furnishing & Building Materials
 

Pedro Martínez, Afford Industrial, S.L.

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15:00 Making Inkjet Industrial
 

Stephen Tunnicliffe Wilson, Inca Digital Printers Limited

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15:30 GREAT INNOVATIONS AWARD
 

Hosted by: Rockstro Media Services, Sophie Matthews-Paul

Judges: Lorenzo Villa, 2bePartner; Markus Benesch, Markus Benesch Creates; Mike Willis, IMI Europe Ltd

 

Thursday, 12th November: Packaging

Donnerstag, 12. November: Verpackung

10:00 Why Digital Print for Packaging is Here to Stay
 

Paul Jenkins, ThePackHub Ltd

10:30 Digital Printing of Metal Containers
 

Simon Edwards, Tonejet Limited

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11:30 Innovative Digitaldruck-Technologien von HP für die Verpackung
 

Jörg-Peter Kober, HP Deutschland GmbH

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12:00 Product Decoration: 4D Printing Introduction
 

Jason Oliver, Jason Oliver, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

12:30 To Be or Not to Be? A True Story of Inkjet in Packaging
 

Mark Alexander, Xaar plc

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13:00 The Role Of Digital Printing In Thin Wall Packaging
 

Daniel Wider, Polytype AG

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13:30 First Approval and Prototypes for the Packaging Industry
 

Mark Sanderson, CMA Imaging

14:00 Digital Printing on Metal and Plastic Cylindrical Containers
 

Paolo Venturelli, Martinenghi

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14:30 Low Migration UV Inkjet Solutions for Packaging and Labels
 

Phil Jackman, Sun Chemical Ltd

15:00 Benefits of UV LED Curing in Container Printing - Considerations for Implementation and Integration
 

Dirk Exner, Phoseon


The other conference stage, the InPrint Forum, highlighted 3D printing and further investigated functional printing by taking a closer look at its fields of applications featuring panel discussions, Tech Talks and case studies.

InPrint Forum

The InPrint Forum highlighted 3D printing and further investigated functional printing by taking a closer look at its fields of applications featuring panel discussions, Tech Talks and case studies.

Tuesday, 10th November: Function

Dienstag, 10. November: Funktion

10:30 Inkjet Printing for the Automotive Industry: Focus on Styling and Technology Challenges
 

Alain Choquet, REYDEL Automotive

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11:00 Film Insert Moulding Inks, Primers and Dual-Cure Lacquers as Protective Coatings for IMD-FIM Applications
 

Dr. Hans-Peter Erfurt, Pröll KG

11:30 The Importance of Waveform Optimisation
 

Changlong Sun, Ricoh Europe PLC

12:00 CO2 Lasersysteme als multifunktionale Lösung für flexibles Finishing
 

Björn Engler, eurolaser GmbH

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12:30 Panel Discussion: The Relevance of Screen Printing in a Modern Industrial Environment Podiumsdiskussion: The Relevance of Screen Printing in a Modern Industrial Environment
 

Hosted by: Sophie Matthews-Paul, Rockstro Media Services Moderation: Sophie Matthews-Paul, Rockstro Media Services

Panellists: Dr. Christian Maas, KBA-KAMMAN GmbH; William Shorter, McDermid / CPS; Friedrich Goldner, Marabu GmbH & Co. KG; Robin McMillan, Sun Chemical Screen

13:30 Hybrid UV - What, Why, Where and When
 

Rick Hulme, Sun Chemical Ltd

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14:00 Development Process of Functional Inkjet Inks in an Industrial Environment
 

Dr Frank de Voeght, Chemstream

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14:30 IMI Europe Ink Jet Tech Talks at InPrint
 

Hosted by: IMI Europe Ltd, Mike Willis

Ink Testing for Industrial Printers
Dr. Tim Phillips, Sensient Ink Technologies

Designing Printheads Into Printers - What They Don't Tell You
Dr. Nick Campbell, Inca Digital Printers

Keeping It Working - Nozzle Maintenance
Mike Willis, Pivotal Resources

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15:30 LED-UV Trocknungssystem
 

Steve Metcalf, Graphic-Team Air Motion Systems, Inc.

16:00 Optimised Drying and Curing Processes for New Functional Products
 

Dr. Kai K.O. Bär, adphos Digital Printing GmbH

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Wednesday, 11th November: 3D & Function

Mittwoch, 11. November: 3D & Funktion

10:00 Additive Manufacturing (aka Industrial 3D Printing) and the Key Role of Inkjet Technology
 

Professor Neil Hopkinson, University of Sheffield

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10:30 Digital Metal®- A Unique Method for Making Small Metal Precision Components With Binder Jetting
 

Ralf Carlström, Höganäs AB

11:00 The Adoption of Additive Manufacturing into Production: Key Trends and Challenges for the EU
 

Giorgio Magistrelli, 3D and Additive Manufacturing Advisor

11:30 How to Build 3D Models with Inkjet: A Software Approach
 

Johan Troukens, Materialise NV

12:00 The Creative Use of 3D Inks
 

Giorgio Macor, Kuei

12:30 3D Printing In Racecar Prototyping
 

Kevin Fuge, HTW Motorsport

13:00 3D Printing - New Opportunities for Ink Jet Printing in Manufacturing
 

Dr. Ingo Ederer, voxeljet AG

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13:30 Panel Discussion: 3D Printing - A Serious Technology for Industrial Applications? Podiumsdiskussion: 3D Printing - A Serious Technology for Industrial Applications?
 

Hosted by: Giorgio Magistrelli, 3D and Additive Manufacturing Advisor

Panellists: Dr. -Ing. Thomas Studnitzky, Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden; Ralf Carlström, Höganäs AB; Professor Neil Hopkinson, University of Sheffield; Dr. Ingo Ederer, voxeljet AG

14:30 IMI Europe Ink Jet Tech Talks at InPrint
 

Hosted by: IMI Europe Ltd, Mike Willis

Printhead Selection
Clive Ayling, TTP Meteor Ltd

Dispersion Technology for Pigment Based Ink Jet Inks
Dr. Alan Hudd, Alchemie Technology

How to Qualify Inks for Ink Jet Cost Effectively?
Dr. Thomas Gerhardt, ToJET

 

Thursday, 12th November: Function

Donnerstag, 12. November: Funktion

10:00 Innovative Software Techniques for Single Pass Reliability (Missing Nozzle Compensation and Printhead Linearization Technology)
 

Debbie Thorp, Global Inkjet Systems

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10:30 Automatic Visual Inline Monitoring For Digital Decor Printing Automatische optische Überwachung für den digitalen Dekordruck
 

Thomas Franz, Baumer Inspection GmbH

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11:00 Digital Printing - Breathtaking Colours and Pinsharp Writing: Opportunities, Challenges and Chances with Digital Printing on Rigid Containers Digitaldruck - Brillante Farben und gestochen scharfe Schrift: Digitaldruck auf Rundkörpern - Möglichkeiten, Herausforderungen und Chancen
 

Alexander Hinterkopf, Hinterkopf GmbH

11:30 How to Transform Reliability in Ink Jet: The Need to Control Electric Charge
 

Guy Newcombe, Archipelago Technology Group Ltd

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12:00 The Shared Future of Mercury Arc and LED UV Curing Technology
 

David Lyus, GEW [EC] Limited

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12:30 Panel Discussion: Unendliche Weiten – der Inkjet-Druck erobert die industrielle Produktion
 

Hosted by: Chefredakteurin, Sonja Angerer

Panellists: Andreas Unterweger, Durst Industrial Inkjet Application GmbH; Frank Seemann, Erfurt & Sohn KG; Roland Biemans, LMNS/Yiist – Change Agents; Wolfgang Totzauer, PRINTXMEDIA Süd GmbH

13:30 Using Machine Vision to Accelerate Inkjet Development
 

Kyle Pucci, ImageXpert

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14:00 The Future of Functional and Decoration Printing to 2020
 

Sean Smyth, Smithers Pira

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14:30 IMI Europe Ink Jet Tech Talks at InPrint
 

Hosted by: IMI Europe Ltd, Mike Willis

Designing Printheads Into Printers - What They Don't Tell You
Dr. Nick Campbell, Inca Digital Printers

Keeping It Working – Nozzle Maintenance
Mike Willis, Pivotal Resources

Ink Testing for Industrial Printers
Dr. Tim Phillips, Sensient Ink Technologies

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The other theatre, the InPrint Conference Stage, placed a special emphasis on one of the three focal topics per day, and took a closer look at applications in each field with focussed presentations and debates.

Pushing the Boundaries of Inkjet Applications

Dr Patrick Smith, University of Sheffield

Dr Patrick J. Smith will be speaking about his research involving inkjet printing and carbon fibre composites. His research group print polymeric dots onto a composite precursor, which results in tougher composites. Recent investigations have focussed on introducing an intrinsic repair ability as well as increasing strength.

The second part of his talk will discuss the reactive inkjet printing (where two inks are printed, one on top of the other, to form a resultant compound) of silk. Specifically, swimmers have been produced.

3D Printing and its Impact on Future Markets and Consumerism

Sylvain Preumont, MyMiniFactory, Imakr, Founder and Executive Chairman

Sylvain will be focusing on the current and future state of 3D printing, file sharing and community platforms. He will be addressing the current state of the industry and looking at how the new generation of designers will be able to take control of the entire creation and manufacture process. Just as with the advent of cheaper and easier to use hardware and software allowing anyway to become an app developer, the advent of 3D printing, easy to use CAD software and platforms such as MyMiniFactory will allow anyone to become a designer and maker of an almost unlimited array of products and innovations - Sylvain will be exploring this notion in depth.

NextFactory - 3D Printing of Micromechatronic Systems

Oliver Refle, Project Coordinator of the NextFactory Project, Group Leader at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA: Dieter Holzinger, Director R&D Inkjet Inks, PMT UV-Inkjet Inks, TIGER Coatings GmbH

The NextFactory project is developing a novel process for the Additive Manufacturing of customised 3D micro-mechatronic systems.

The NextFactory process will be implemented into a modular machine which will consist of a highly flexible process chain and system architecture, integrating multiple 3D printing and assembly processes to integrate functional components and materials required for manufacturing vast and diverse micromechatronic systems.

Contact: nextfactory-project-office@eurtd.com

The Inkjet Diaspora – Development and Growth into Global Industrial Applications

Pedro Martinez, Afford Inks, S.L.

Pedro Martinez studied for his degree in Chemical Engineering at Complutense University in Madrid, and also studied at Leeds University, UK.

With his wide experience in UV and ink technologies, he became Technical Director of Afford Inks in 1998, and later was appointed as CEO. Since that time, he has successfully steered the Company forward by a programme of innovative product development, organic growth and acquisition.

Afford Inks was one of the few Spanish companies to come out of the recent financial crisis as a much stronger entity. The Company now manufacturers a comprehensive range of inkjet inks, screen and pad printing inks, varnishes and chemicals, which it sells through its own network in Spain and Portugal, and an international distribution network. The company also supplies digital inks to OEM partners in Europe and China, and is developing novel inkjet inks for industrial decorative applications.

Contact: general@afford-inks.com

Revolutionising Digital Textile Printing: Introducing One Ink for all Fabrics

Guy Evron, Bordeaux Digital PrintInk. Marketing Director

Digital textile printing is a market that has been growing significantly in the past years. It is gradually taking the place of traditional textile printing because of the market shift towards shorter print runs. Current digital textile printing method relays on many different inks, each dedicated to one specific type of fabric, a fact which heavily limits the flexibility of producers to provide solutions for multiple applications.

The future of digital textile printing lays in the new water based pigment ink, recently developed by Velvet Jet. This ink allows printing on any type of fabric, including cotton, synthetic as well as on blended fabrics. It even allows printing on leather and décor. The simple printing process of the new pigment ink provides vivid colors with outstanding chemical ink features and maintains the natural feel of the fabrics.

Contact: guy.e@c-m-y-k.com

Inkjet Inks Shaping the Function & Future of Industrial Printing

Marc Graindourze, Agfa Graphics, Business Development Manager Industrial Inks

The presentation will explain how inkjet inks can be designed to become fit-for-purpose for industrial applications. Formulation of inks in relation to the print system, the functional specifications and the fit to the end application will be discussed. Several examples will be reviewed from technical and business perspective.

Contact: marc.graindourze@agfa.com

Vorbeugendes Wartungskonzept im Wide Format Single-Pass Inkjet

Patrik Lutz, PadaLuma Ink-Jet-Solutions GmbH & Co KG [Palis]

Der Produktionsalltag wird mit Hochleistungs-InkJet-Druckanlagen dynamischer. Kurze Zyklen und schnelle Wechsel erfordern intelligente Konzepte im Umgang mit der digitalen Technik. Unser vorbeugendes Wartungskonzept 4.0 reagiert auf die neuen Anforderungen - alles andere als gewöhnlich!

Industrial Single Pass Printing for Decorative Melamine Surfaces

Carsten Brinkmeyer, Hymmen Industrieanlagen GmbH & Tiger Coatings, Head of Division Liquid Coating and Digital Printing

Der Vortrag "Industrial Single Pass Printing for Decorative Melamine Surfaces" gibt einen Einblick in die Details der Verfahrenstechnik bei der digitalen Bedruckung von Papier, das anschließend zu Melaminoberflächen weiterverarbeitet wird. Es werden die Vorteile des digitalen Weges mit UV-Tinten zum herkömmlich analogen Weg bei der CPL-Produktion herausgestellt und die Vorteile von UV-Tinten gegenüber wasserbasierten Tinten erläutert.

Contact: c.brinkmeyer@hymmen.com

Digital Printing of Glass and Wood-Based Building Material

Andreas Unterweger, Durst Industrial InkJet Application GmbH

We have chosen these two industries as examples and to demonstrate the differences in the technical solution regarding printer and ink technology. Part of the presentation will be to communicate possibilities and capabilities of digital inkjet printing and to show trends of possible new production processes and possible new products.

Andreas Unterweger joined Durst in 2011 and is a managing director of Durst Industrial Inkjet Application. This unite was founded in 2013 as a part of the Durst group to drive and develop new industrial applications (such as applications for the glass- metal-, wood-, plastic industry etc.). Prior to joining Durst, Andreas Unterweger was working for an international operating company, developing material handling- and automation systems for various industries. Andreas graduated at University of Innsbruck in Economics and Management

Innendekoration: Wachstumsmarkt für den Digitaldruck

Holger Naumburg, HP Deutschland GmbH, Marketing HP Latex

Individualisierung gewinnt stetig an Wichtigkeit im Innendekorationssegment - sowohl in öffentlichen Einrichtungen wie Hotels oder Cafes, aber vermehrt auch für im Privaten wie z.B. in Kinderzimmern. Für den digitalen Großformatdruck eröffnet dies ungeahnte Möglichkeiten. Liefern Sie mithilfe HP Latex Technologie individuelle Drucke für vielfältige Applikationen in kürzester Zeit unter Berücksichtigung wichtiger Zertifikate - mit interessanter Marge.

Inkjet Chemistry Solutions Required to Enable the Delivery of Industrial Solutions for Furniture and Flooring

Phil Jackman, Sun Chemical Ltd, Product Manager

The printing in the furniture and flooring industries is still mostly analogue today but changes in their markets are asking for shorter runs and more flexibility. This presentation identifies the challenges faced by inkjet in meeting the needs of the wood laminate and vinyl flooring industries and the chemistry approaches required to be successful when adopting digital printing technology.

Digital Printing of Metal Containers

Simon Edwards, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Tonejet Limited

Digital printing of metal containers involves many challenges, requiring strong integration between the printing technology and the overall manufacturing processes, and at the same time addressing a wide variety of end user requirements. While Tonejet is able to print on a wide range of packaging substrates, metal packaging is an application that Tonejet has mastered. Tonejet will discuss the issues and challenges of printing metal containers and provide a case study of a market segment where its technology and products are being applied.

Product Decoration: 4D Printing Introduction

Jason Oliver, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Senior Vice President Digital

Digital decoration of non-flat objects has been mostly a dream until recently.

Enter the age of inkjet printing combined with robotics and 3D RIP technology. Airplanes, cars, bottles, shoes, helmets and other consumer and industrial goods - all will be digitally printed in this 4D future.

To Be or Not to Be? A True Story of Inkjet in Packaging

Mark Alexander, Xaar plc, Senior Product Manager

Mark Alexander looks into the future of functional, rather than decorative, inkjet printing in manufacturing applications. Mark will examine the factors driving change, look at some of the challenges inkjet faces, review applications which are starting to move to digital and give an insight into one specific area: 3D printing using High Speed Sintering technology.

Contact: Mark.Alexander@xaar.com

Low migration UV inkjet solutions for packaging and labels

Phil Jackman, Sun Chemical Ltd, Product Manager

Inkjet as a technology is becoming increasingly adopted in labels and packaging.

With a large portion of the end products intended for food applications, there is a strong need for digital print solutions that are compliant with food packaging regulations.

SunChemical, a global leader in food packaging inks, will demonstrate low migration UV inkjet solutions designed specifically for labels and packaging.

Inkjet Printing for the Automotive Industry: Focus on Styling and Technology Challenges

Alain Choquet, REYDEL Automotive, Marketing Sr Manager

To sell the future generation cars, stylists aspire to more flexibility and fantasy to decorate surfaces. Reydel pushed the limit of inkjet technology and invent “DECOPRINT” to mass produce 3D decorative car interiors parts.

DECOPRINT seduce car makers for its universality, its ability to render textures and its extreme speed to make good material prototypes. Automotive business need now new generation of heads to go even further.

Contact: achoquet@reydel.com

CO2 Lasersysteme als multifunktionale Lösung für flexibles Finishing

Björn Engler, eurolaser GmbH, Senior Service Engineer

Der Vortrag bezieht sich auf die Weiterverarbeitung von Druckerzeugnissen und stellt die wesentlichen Vorteile der berührungslosen Bearbeitung von nicht-metallischen Materialien durch Lasertechnik dar. Typische Materialien sind Holzwerkstoffe, Textilien, Kunststofffolien und Acrylglasplatten.

The lecture refers to the further processing of print products and shows the main benefits of contactless processing of nonmetals by laser technology. Typical materials are wood, textiles, plastics and acrylic sheets.

Contact: sales@eurolaser.com

Optimised Drying and Curing Processes for New Functional Products

Dr. Kai K.O. Bär, adphos Digital Printing GmbH, Managing Director/President

The successful development of high performance functional coatings is strong dependent of suitable substrates and economic production steps. Lower cost substrates mostly are also temperature sensitive, so the drying and curing processes are mandatory for a successful high performance functional product.

It´s outlined, based on the working principle and in comparison to other potential drying, sintering and curing technologies the NIR-photonic systems technology. In combination with screen, flexo and inkjet coating systems, new manufacturing processes for sheet, continuous web and even 3D-components with the NIR-technology are demonstrated and the special benefits outlined.

Contact: alexandra.schoeps@adphos.de

Additive Manufacturing (aka Industrial 3D Printing) and the Key Role of Inkjet Technology

Professor Neil Hopkinson, Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at The University of Sheffield and Director of the Centre for Advanced Additive Manufacturing

This talk will present Additive Manufacturing (aka Industrial 3D Printing) in context, explaining how inkjet is set to play a pivotal role in scaling the technology up. Particular emphasis will be given to the use of inkjet to initiate selective sintering for high volume Additive Manufacturing of parts across a wide range of sectors from aerospace to fast moving consumer goods.

Contact: n.hopkinson@sheffield.ac.uk

How to Build 3D Models with Inkjet: A Software Approach

Johan Troukens, Materialise NV, OEM Project Manager

Currently the inkjet market provides a vast amount of solutions for 2D inkjet printing on both software and hardware side. Unfortunately this is not the case when you are thinking about 3D Inkjet printing.

Materialise with is 25 years of experience in 3D printing software for the most common 3D printing technologies like metal and plastic sintering, Stereolithographic,…. and inkjet fills in that void perfectly.

During the presentation we will present how we enable 3D printing with inkjet from a software side. How to translate 3D models into inkjet printable information, How to do multiple material printing, this and much more will be covered during the presentation.

3D Printing - New Opportunities for Ink Jet Printing in Manufacturing 3D-Druck ist heutzutage in aller Munde. Doch was genau verbirgt sich dahinter?

Dr. Ingo Ederer, CEO, voxeljet AG

Triggered by the availability of highly affordable personal 3D Printers, the 3D printing industry is enjoying wide public interest in a similar way to the attention internet based applications attracted in the late nineties. However, the great promise of 3D printing technologies is less justified in home-based applications than in the area of industrial production. The ink-jet based powder binding technology within 3D printing offers outstanding advantages: no other additive manufacturing process offers comparable productivity combined with large build envelopes. In addition, a recently developed and unique machine concept allows continuous operation and inline production capabilities. The presentation provides an overview of current system concepts as well as possible applications, and gives an insight into future developments in this space.

Die Herstellung komplexer Bauteile sollte schnell und wirtschaftlich erfolgen. Klassische Herstellungsverfahren zeigen hier Schwächen. Mit der voxeljet 3D-Drucktechnologie lassen sich - ganz gleich, ob Prototypen, Einzelteile oder Kleinserien - Modelle schnell, präzise und kostengünstig anfertigen. Geschwindigkeit und freie Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten sind dabei die Kernpunkte der Technologie. Durch den Einsatz großformatiger 3D-Drucksysteme und einer Vielzahl von Materialien eröffnen sich für viele Branchen neue Anwendungsbereiche. Die Automobilindustrie zählt zu den Vorreitern in der digitalen Produktion. Früh erkannte man hier die Zeit- und Kostenvorteile des 3D-Drucks. Heute ist das schnelle Schichtbauverfahren, das ohne aufwändige Werkzeuge auskommt, auch aufgrund der einhergehenden konstruktiven Freiheiten in allen Bereichen der Automobilproduktion fest etabliert. Inzwischen reichen die Anwendungsgebiete der Technologie von Bauteilen der Automobilindustrie über die Architektur und Design bis hin zur Film- und Unterhaltungsindustrie. Der Vortrag gibt eine Einführung in die 3D-Drucktechnologie und beleuchtet sowohl deren Vorteile als auch Herausforderungen kritisch.

Contact: ie@voxeljet.de

Automatic Visual Inline Monitoring For Digital Decor Printing Automatische optische Überwachung für den digitalen Dekordruck

Thomas Franz, Baumer Inspection GmbH, Geschäftsführer

Der digitale Dekordruck gewinnt in der Druck- und Beschichtungstechnologie für die Fußboden- und Möbelindustrie in den kommenden Jahren an großer Bedeutung. Die außerordentlich hohen Anforderungen an Substratqualität, an die mechanische Exaktheit und eine Vielzahl von Umwelt-Einflussgrößen bedürfen einer permanenten automatischen optischen Prozessüberwachung: Das von Baumer Inspection neu entwickelte Inspektionssystem detektiert und identifiziert frühzeitig Prozessabweichungen oder Prozessdriften, damit diese behoben werden, bevor Ausschuss produziert wird. Wesentlich feiner als das menschliche Auge erkennt dieses System jeden Düsenausfall und jede Farbabweichung. Die hierzu verwendeten neuartigen Kamerasysteme sind besonders sensitiv und sehr viel schneller als die bei der Bahninspektion heute verwendeten Scanner-Systeme. Das ColourBrain® System bewertet permanent die Sichtbarkeit von Druckfehlern. Nur solche Fehler, welche im Rahmen der für das jeweilige Dekor geltenden Qualitätsvorschriften eine vorgegebene Sichtbarkeits-Schwelle überschreiten, dürfen zu einem Produktionsstopp führen.

In the near future, digital decor printing gets more importance in print- and coating technology for the flooring and furniture industry. The extremely high requirements placed on the substrate quality, mechanical precision and a number of environmental factors make permanent, automatic, optical process monitoring absolutely essential for a stable digital printing process: The newly developed Baumer inspection system detects and identifies process deviations or process drifts direct behind printing to support troubleshooting and allows immediate readjusting the process. This guaranties reduction in machine downtimes and raw material savings. Substantial more sensitive than the human eye, the system detects any nozzle malfunction and any colour shade deviation. ColourBrain® is equipped with innovative camera modules, which are much more sensitive and faster than the currently used cameras in web scanner applications. The ColourBrain® system offers the customized grading of visibility of printing defects. Only errors that exceed a specific visibility threshold predefined in the quality instructions defined for the decor cause a production stop.

Contact: tfranz@baumer.com

Using Machine Vision to Accelerate Inkjet Development

Kyle Pucci, ImageXpert

It is a general principle that measurement is key to consistently successful innovation, and this principle certainly holds when it comes to inkjet R&D. Drop watching and analysis has been an essential tool for inkjet development for several years, but now, newer tools for inkjet R&D are becoming available, including integration of drop analysis with print station, visualisation of dynamic drop-substrate interaction, in-situ drop analysis, automation, and more. ImageXpert will provide a survey of these new tools and techniques, which vastly improve the effectiveness and efficiency of inkjet development processes.

Contact: info@imagexpert.com

The Future of Functional and Decoration Printing to 2020

Sean Smyth, Smithers Pira, Print Consultant

This presentation will provide a global overview of the very latest trends and developments in functional and decoration printing. Print expert Sean Smyth provides a guide through the latest developments in a host of end-use applications, and insight into how suppliers can best position themselves to take advantage of these emerging opportunities. Smithers Pira is a worldwide authority on packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. Established in 1930, the company provides strategic and technical consulting, testing, intelligence and events to help clients gain market insights, identify opportunities, evaluate product performance and manage compliance.

Contact: apage@smithers.com / sean@seansmyth.co.uk

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