Inkjet Summit Triumphs Again

In one panel discussion, Printing Impressions Editor Mark Michelson (right) talks with inkjet users about the implementation process. From left: Dave Johannes, IWCO; Gene Rauch, Incepture; Jimmy Vainstein, The World Bank; Bob Radzis, SG360°; and Robert Kolva, Action Mailers. 

In a breakout session for commercial printers, Dave Gilson, Gilson Graphics,  Paul Gardner, Hudson Printing, and Larry Durso, Diversified Global Graphics Group, relate their inkjet experiences and offer best practices advice.

Now in its second year, the Inkjet Summit did not disappoint. With better content, a wider range of speakers and more participants, it brought attendees a wealth of knowledge about production inkjet printing.

Inkjet Summit 2014 was organized by nGage Events and North American Publishing Company (owner of In-plant Graphics and Printing Impressions). Attendees spent three days networking and learning from each other and left the event full of inspiration and ideas for implementing inkjet technology. The enthusiasm of attendees and sponsors alike was very high, with many compliments going to organizers for bringing the two groups together in an intimate setting, which included scheduled one-on-one meetings.

Attendees were carefully selected based on the size and type of business they have, the range of applications, typical run lengths and their interest in adopting a high-speed production inkjet press. This was not an event for the merely curious but for those serious about growing their companies and who recognize that adopting new technology is essential to their future success.

An Inkjet Immersion

Although entirely sponsored by vendors, the conference was not a series of pitches from a podium, but instead it provided a chance to hear from industry analysts and experts about the size and shape of the market, where the opportunities lie, what to watch out for and steps to take when integrating this technology into an existing operation. Sessions included presentations, videos and panels featuring print providers who offered candid assessments and commentary on the good, the bad and the risky sides of high-speed inkjet printing.

About three hours were set aside on each day for attendees to meet with vendors—for about 30 minutes at a time—to talk about the challenges they face and how they think inkjet might help them address those challenges. The vendors then explained how their equipment or software might be a fit for that operation. Rotating from one vendor to another every 30 minutes provided attendees focused exposure to a variety of technologies in a compact time frame and paved the way to future, more detailed discussions. For vendors, it not only generated solid leads, but helped them better understand the issues being experienced by many print providers.

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Bob has served as editor of In-plant Graphics since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited more than 130 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Graphics.

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