August 22 – 25, 2018

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA| USA

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Digital Printing Symposium

Tuesday, August 21st from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Symposium Code: DIG


Location: C207

Sponsored by: Association for Print Technologies, Barberan, Baumer Inspection GmbH, Canon Solutions America and Cefla North America

Presented by: Keypoint Intelligence—InfoTrends and Surface & Panel

Speakers:
•  Ron Gilboa, 
Group Director: Keypoint Intelligence—InfoTrends
•  Horst Schwesinger - Export manager, Barberan
•  Randy Paar, Marketing manager, Canon Solutions America
•  Dave Cich, Founding partner - Vanguard
•  Donald Kuser, General manager - North American Plywood

•  Silver Santandrea - R&D Manager, Cefla
•  Stefan Bickert - Managing director, Baumer
•  Roland Heeger, Chief Technoloy Officer: Schattdecor

Decorative surfaces have long been a staple of the woodworking industry. They provide a cost-effective alternative to natural surfaces, and in many cases, provide a superior and durable surface in a range of applications from kitchen & bath, furniture, and architectural elements. Typically achieving quality décor layer relayed on traditional printing technologies. This enabled high volume manufacturing a low cost per unit. Advancements in digital printing for décor paper, as well as direct surface printing, are now allowing for many improvements to the supply chain, productivity, and customization to meet customer needs for short- as well as long-run production.

The Innovations in Digital Surface Decoration Symposium is aimed at providing an educational platform for IWF attendees that are involved in the design, specification, and production of both laminates and direct decorated surfaces. The symposium will focus on digital printing opportunities available, as well as introduce attendees to leading manufacturers in the digital arena that provide printing, advances in software, and inspection technologies.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM – Inkjet & Your Business—Inkjet Printing Technology in Woodworking
Inkjet printing is the core technology that enables decorative printing of a varied range of surfaces. With the advancements in material science and digital processing, these technologies are now emerging as solutions that enable productivity and creativity in industrial applications such as flooring, laminating, and wall decoration, just to name a few.

In this session, we will examine market opportunities for innovative products that can have an impact on the supply chain, creativity, and successful implementation of mass customization in woodworking.

Speaker: Ron Gilboa, Group Director, Keypoint Intelligence—InfoTrends

Ron Gilboa covers industry segments including print on demand, packaging, wide format printing, industrial printing as well as production workflow. Ron is responsible for conducting market research, market forecasting, custom consulting projects, strategy, and planning engagements as well as creating editorial content for product and market analysis reports. Ron has been involved in the graphic arts, publishing, and industrial printing since 1980.

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM – Digital Printing for Decorative Papers
Digital printing for high-pressure laminates is not new, however, single pass printing technology is the de-facto technology used for high-speed décor paper printing.

From smaller batch to high volume that rivals that of gravure décor printing, inkjet can prove to be a solution for new creative patterns, as well as fundamentally changing supply chain considerations. This includes full press bed size for just-in-time manufacturing.

In this session, we will hear from a prominent supplier of decorative surfaces, and papers that are currently using digital printing technology.

Speaker:  Roland Heeger, Chief Technology Officer, Schattdecor
 
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM – Coffee Break
 
11:00 – 11:45 AM – Digital Printing the next wave of innovative solutions
Digital printing provides for a range of applications to be produced digitally. From boards, trim wrapping, edge banding just to name a few. A range of different product is available to achieve quality durable output using inkjet printing technology for both short runs as well as high volume applications that can benefit from a quick turn around and effective management of the supply chain.

In this session, we will hear from equipment supplier on their solutions and visions for integration into a manufacturing process that will open opportunities for innovations and profitability.

Speaker:  Horst Schwesinger - Export manager, Barberan

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – Considering Inkjet? What Does It Take to Integrate Inkjet Printing to Your Operation?

A panel of Industry suppliers will share their experiences based on best practices and what it takes to embark on a digital transformation using inkjet printing technology.

Each panelist will provide a brief introduction followed by questions from the audience.

Participants: 
Horst Schwesinger - Export manager, Barberan
Randy Paar, Marketing manager, Canon Solutions America
Dave Cich, Founding partner - Vanguard

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM – Direct Board Printing – Real and Growing
Direct-to-board digital printing is becoming the method of choice for many woodworking suppliers. It's capable not only of creating a vivid pattern, but also adds tactile feel that is in sync with the grain or image pattern.

From smaller batch to high volume that rivals that of gravure décor printing, inkjet can prove a solution for new creative patterns as well as fundamentally changing supply chain considerations. From full press bed size to just in time manufacturing.

In this session, we will hear from producers that have adopted digital printing technology as a path for innovation and business growth.

Speakers: Donald Kuser, General manager - North American Plywood

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM – Coffee Break

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM – Digital Printing for Direct Surface Printing
Direct-to-board digital printing is now encompassing décor as well as tactile textures that offer a durable output for many applications. Using attributes inherent to UV printing technology, production printers can produce custom, as well as high volume printed boards and edge banding that meet industry standards for durability that encompass vivid designs and patterns.

In this session, we will hear from equipment supplier on their solutions and visions for integration into a manufacturing process that will open up opportunities for innovations and profitability.

Speakers:  Silver Santandrea - R&D Manager, Cefla
 
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM – Digital Printing Process Control Consideration: What Does It Take To Make It Work?
As with any technology, digital printing has its challenges. The brilliant quality that it produces requires, like any technology, careful planning, image and texture capture, system calibration and naturally an effective way to track output quality to avoid downstream process hangups. These ensure clients are satisfied and industry standards are maintained.
Our presenters provide insights into image & texture capture and the quality control tools that allow streamlined production, quality control, and the confidence that consistent output is achievable.

Speakers:  Stefan Bickert - Managing director, Baumer
 
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM – Closing