With all the major printhead manufactures present and representatives from key industries, key discussions on the future were able to take place. The senior technical staff from leading system integrators, such as Domino, Durst, EFI, Inca, Kerajet, Markem-Imaje, System Group, have been joined by innovation experts from companies like Boeing, Bosch, Nike, Saint Gobain or Tetra Pak, as well as major research institutes.
The conference discusses how inkjet is being adopted as a manufacturing process in aeronautics, packaging, sportswear and design, as well as in textiles, ceramics, laminates, security print and graphics. This year, printed electronics were covered by several research papers, and biomedical applications are starting to emerge, proving that the inkjet community continues to expand and is welcoming new applications and new players.
Traditionally, the conference attracts high numbers of first-time visitors. Matt Ezenyilimba, manager of water-based ink technology at EFI was among 200 newcomers, stating, “The sessions and exhibits were very informative. Very good presentations and varieties of topics were covered. I wish the conference was longer to help digest all the information and network.”
Virendra Bhavasar from the Mumbai-based Asha Penn Color adds, “The presentations covered a wide range of topics and yet were all connected by our common research interests. The socializing opportunities afforded by the fine scheduling allowed me to form connections with other professionals in our field.”
In a program of 61 presentations spread over three concurrent tracks, each attendee could choose topics of their particular professional interest, ranging from hardware components, system integration, software, vision inspection, through to ink formulation, fluids, innovation and academic research. All speakers competed for the prestigious Best Speaker Award voted by the audience via the conference app. The verdict was as follows:
- Best Speaker Plenary Sessions: John Corrall (Industrial Inkjet); runners-up: Dan Denofsky (Kodak), Jason Remnant (Xaar).
- Best Speaker Track One: Yolanda Justo (ChemStream); runners-up: Steffen Orth (Hapa), Clayton Sampson (Cyan Tec).
- Best Speaker Track Two: Thomas Willers (Krüss); runners-up: Daisuke Hamada (Kao Collins), Simon Daplyn (Sensient).
- Best Speaker Track Three: Tri Tuladhar (TriModal); runners-up: Florian Bourguet (iPrint Institute), Olga Kiefer (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf).
Sergej Pauli from Phoenix Contact Identification concludes, “All the giants of inkjet were there.”