August 22 – 25, 2018

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA| USA


Digital Printing Symposium

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

Symposium Code: DIG

Location: TBD

Sponsored by: Association for Print Technologies

Presented by: Keypoint Intelligence—InfoTrends

Speakers: Ron Gilboa, 
Group Director: Keypoint Intelligence—InfoTrends and TBD

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. These 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 in order 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.


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 – 10:30 AM – Digital Printing for High-Pressure Laminates
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 equipment suppliers about the impact of digital printing on the production of impregnated décor laminate products.

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM – Coffee Break
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM – 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.

Speakers: TBD
11:45 AM – 1:30 PM – Lunch
1:30 PM – 2:15 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: TBD

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM – Coffee Break

2:30 PM – 3:15 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 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 suppliers on their solutions and visions for integration into a manufacturing process that will open up opportunities for innovations and profitability.

Speakers: TBD
3:15 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, tracking, and calibrating output to ensure clients are satisfied and industry standards are maintained.

This panel of experts consists of suppliers that provide the tools that allow streamlined production, quality control, and the confidence that consistent output is achievable.
The panel will initiate a dialog with brief introductions and then will take questions from the audience.

Speakers: TBD
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM – Closing