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Day One: October 13, 2020

Day One | Oct. 13

Registration & Exhibit Hall Opens

  1. Registration & Continental Breakfast

  2. Welcome & Opening Remarks

    David Soukenik, Associate Conference Producer, Smithers and Brittany Onslow, Senior Manager of Production, Smithers

  3. State of the Industry

    Sean Smyth, Consultant, Smithers

    Sean will share the latest Smithers data on digital label and packaging markets in value and print volume, together with interesting examples of campaigns I have come across. It will highlight the arrival of new technology and growing installations in corrugated, cartons, flexibles, metal, glass and rigid plastics.

    Technology update, with important new developments that will be shown at drupa.

    Will cover changes in brand strategy, how they can take advantage of the technology to change supply chains.

    Longer term forecasts and perspectives, in 2031 the world will be very different!

Session I: Branding for the Future: The Digital Age of Print

In the opening session of Digital Print for Packaging, leading brand owners will discuss the changing landscape of packaging, and how digital printing is providing new opportunities to leave a lasting impression on consumers.

  1. Disrupting brand packaging with digital

    Carl Joachim | Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of ePac Flexible Packaging

    Attendees at this session will hear how ePac, established in 2016, has disrupted the flexible packaging industry with 15 manufacturing plants located across the country and abroad. Based entirely on HP’s Indigo 20000 digital press, ePac’s unique value proposition offers brands of all sizes the ability to go to market faster, run more promotions, rapidly make changes, create great shelf appeal, economically run multi-SKU orders, and order to demand. 

  2. Presentation To Be Confirmed

    Speaker and Abstract to come!

  3. Connected Packaging and Digital Print – Brands Using Digital Print to Connect with their Consumers

    Speaker and Abstract to come!

  4. Networking & Coffee Break

Session II: Technological Advances - AI in Digital Print for Packaging and Emerging Technologies

AI is flooding industries across the world, improving design, speed, product development, presenting new opportunities in quality and more. This session will showcase how AI is helping the design cycle for digital print on packaging.

  1. How A.I. can be used to automate package design for digital print processes

    Marc Crouch | CEO & Founder of Firedrop

    A demonstration of how A.I. technology can be used to significantly speed up digital print lead times by automating various critical stages of the package design lifecycle from creative concept all the way through to print readiness.

  2. Hey Siri, plan this job! Or how I learned to stop worrying and trust Artificial Intelligence

    Tyler Thompson | Director of Technologies of Tilia Labs

    It’s unsustainable to rely on human decision-making for complex job planning. The skills needed to estimate and impose jobs by hand are being outpaced by the increased pressures of emerging technologies. The next generation of preproduction staff needs new tools to predict with speed and reliability how best to produce a job. These tools need to precisely model production environments, leverage IoT for accurate data collection, and rely on computers, not humans, to synthesize results. Tilia Labs develops true Artificial Intelligence software and Tyler Thompson, M.S. in Computer Science from University of Denver, and director of technologies at Tilia Labs, is a thought-leader in AI.

  3. Strategic Packaging Management - Propelling Profits, Enhancing Efficiencies

    Karen Goeller | Product Manager of Packlane

    Package design and strategy shouldn’t be an afterthought. After all, it’s key to delivering, protecting, and authenticating your products, not just reinforcing your brand identity. 

    Emerging technologies in packaging, such as NFC, ioT, and AR will enable greater efficiency in managing, moving, and delivering your product to the consumer; we’ll take a look at how they can help transform your workflow from product ideation through end-consumer fulfillment.

    We’ll explore how to integrate strategic package technology into your product workflow in new and exciting ways. Learn to maximize your effectiveness in designing, creating, warehousing, and filling your packaging, while reducing shipping costs and increasing customer engagement. 

    Audience takeaways

    • How to implement a product development workflow that incorporates packaging, fulfillment, and delivery to maximize sustainability and flexibility?
    • How to test packaging strategies without breaking the bank on product profitability
    • Approaches to scale up packaging along with product growth for increased margin, including industry-certified testing (ISTA/ASTM/APASS) and comparison of production methods 
    • How to build packaging technology into smart warehousing, enhanced delivery tracking, and product authentication/registration

Session III: Maximizing Productivity with Digital Print

  1. Why Domino? Digital Corrugated Printing that Maximizes Productivity & Efficiency; Minimizes Cost & Consumption

    Bill Myers | Marketing Manager & Matt Condon | OEM Manager of Domino Digital Printing North America

    This session introduces you to Domino, and takes a closer look at a digital corrugated printing solution that is engineered and manufactured to transform your business.

    Whether you are a converter or a brand owner, certain common denominators apply.  You want to run your business to make more money, maximize productivity & efficiency, and minimize cost & consumption. 

    If you are a brand owner, you are most likely increasing the number of versions, varieties, sizes, and flavors of products you produce to gain and maintain consumer mindshare.  You may even be adding personalization to your packaging for greater consumer and brand engagement.  And you want to minimize the amount of inventory on hand, while having your corrugated packaging supplier provide quick turnaround, on-demand.

    If you are a converter, you are most likely seeing an upward trajectory in this shorter run work, which challenges conventional printing methods in the amount of time it takes for start-up, changeovers, and running production.  You want to ensure that you are addressing the needs of your brand owner customers, yet you need to run your business successfully. 

    Enter Domino X630i, the digital corrugated press designed to increase productivity, throughput, capacity, and efficiency while reducing make-ready, ink, energy consumption and total cost of ownership for converters. AND meet the demands of brand owners.  

    Single pass, water-based digital inkjet printing that is Swiss Ordinance & Nestle approved.  600 x 600 dpi.  No pre-coating required, print directly onto coated or uncoated stocks.  No stopping between print jobs. Speed up to 230 feet (70m) per minute. Uses less ink and power consumption than competing technologies. Environmentally friendly. From transit packaging to display work and everything in-between, allows for a wide range of print options to be considered across the brand offering.  Increase margins, improve workflow, and grow your sales opportunities. The Domino X630i addresses the needs of converters and brand owners.  Attend this session to learn more! 

  2. Networking Lunch

Track One

Session IV: Workflow and Business Issues

This session will address how new workflows specifically for packaging, labels, and corrugated are streamlining production while also reducing the production time.

Moderator: Liz Logue, Senior Director Corporate Business Development, EFI

  1. How workflows and color management can solve real problems

    Stephen Kaufman | Chief Product Officer of Esko

    In this session we will explore the power of combining technologies like Artificial Intelligence with advanced workflows, rich content management, color management, and just-in-time file delivery. Technologies like G5 and Cloud platforms are changing the landscape for Brands, Convertors, Pre-media providers and marketing technology firms. This is very likely to completely reshape the packaging industry. Innovators are thriving with niché and even mainstream offerings, and companies that are clinging to the value propositions of yester-year are gradually slipping into the worst of places…. irrelevance.

  2. Multiple jobs per roll: the infrastructure and ecosystem for the efficient production of digital preprint

    Trevor Schroeder | Product Marketing & Business Development Manager of HP PageWide Industrial Corrugated Preprint Solutions

    During this session, you will learn how the efficient production of digital preprint, from printing through corrugation, has shifted the economics of high-graphics corrugated manufacturing.

  3. How digital print and shorter more regionalized production drives increased need for business and production workflow efficiency

    Nick Benkovich | Vice President, Portfolio Product Management of efi

    Abstract to come!

    • Customer Acquisition and Estimating
    • Order Acquisition and Order Processing
    • Scheduling and constraints management
    • Color Control and Consistency to Brand Colors
    • Production and Tracking
    • Shipping and Invoicing
  4. Networking & Coffee Break

Session V: Brands and Digital Print – Workflow Design and Issues

This session will include brands talking about how their design workflow functions today, and what do brands think about their packaging? How are they rethinking their design to accommodate digital? How can companies change their business models to bring in digital printing?

Moderator: Michael Miller, Global Product Innovation – Digital Decoration, Ball Corporation

  1. Can we make digital print “easy” for brands?

    Brian Fellows | VP of Sales and Director of Digital Golden West Packaging Group

    Abstract to come!

  2. Design for Cannabis Packaging – Straying Away from the Typical Imaging

    Abstract and Speaker to come!

    Cannabis is a unique and growing category, but is using typical images and stereotypes the way to go? Understanding the consumer is key in any product category and we’ll explore what can be learned from traditional CPG. Best practices, successful case studies from other categories, and how to stand out in an already crowded category, are just a few of the areas we’ll cover in this fast paced session. And hopefully we’ll have some time for Q&A

  3. How to combine attractive packaging and sustainability

    Alexis Tonneau | Project Manager of Kurz

    New initiatives and regulations are fuelling a change in efforts in sustainable packaging. More and more brands and suppliers are stressing compliance to satisfy an uptick in consumer demand—and many are pledging big overall changes in materials by 2025. While “Clean Beauty” continues to grow market share, “Clean Packaging” is following right behind. What are suppliers offering in this regard? While not every company has the ability to instantly go zero-waste, how can brands tell a compelling sustainability story?

    Today, sustainable packaging concepts made of paper, cardboard and paperboard often represent the opposite of fancy packaging: a rather matt varnish, brown or earthy cardboard or a structured surface can sometimes appear less premium. However, packaging finished with metallic effects can also be sustainable and recyclable.

  4. Presentation To Be Confirmed

  5. Evening Welcome Reception

    Sponsored by Domino

Track Two

Session IV: Digital Print Technology and Color Management – Papers, Inks and Primers

Color management can have its own set of challenges – especially when it comes to color matching and pigments. This session will address some of the struggles with color matching and different material bases when using digital print.

Moderator: Tom Molamphy, Sales & Technology Manager North America – Inkjet, Siegwerk

  1. Pigments for packaging: Special requirements for digital printing

    Will Dowden | Technical Sales Manager, Printing of Clariant Plastics and Coatings

    This presentation will provide an overview of pigments used for printing. The focus will be on the special requirements that have been created by the transition from analog to digital printing.

  2. Ink Roundtable and Compliance with Food Safety and Inks

    Panelist Include Fujifilm, Global Inkjet Systems, Avery Dennison, and Michelman

    Moderator: Tom Molamphy, Sales & Technology Manager – Inkjet, Siegwerk

    This panel will address:

    • Food contact for digitally printed liners " - Direct food contact – how paper could help to reduce migrations?
    • Access of digital print to new customized packaging applications?
    • What are the trends towards UV vs Water based ink? Is UV a solution for the future or not?
    • Food safety and compliance

    Confirmed panelists:

    • James Gill, Account Director, Fujifilm
    • Debbie Thorp, Business Development Manager, Global Inkjet Systems
    • Paul Lender, Business Development Manager – Digital, Label & Graphic Materials, North America, Avery Dennison
    • Susan Bailey, Business Development Manager, Digital and Specialty Printing, Michelman
  3. Roundtable Audience Q&A

  4. Networking & Coffee Break

Session V: Case Studies - Direct2shape, flexible packaging, and labels

This session will provide case studies on direct2shape, flexible packaging and labels. This session will also highlight design challenges that were overcome, lessons learned and more.

Moderator: Sean Smyth, Consultant, Smithers

  1. Digital Beverage Can Printing Goes Live

    Rob Day | CEO of Tonejet

    Tonejet's first end to end beverage can printing system went live at the end of 2019. The system is helping craft brewers who need short runs delivered in hours and major brands who need digital packaging targeted at events and consumer niches. It is also helping the environment - by removing the need for plastic shrink sleeves, labels and the recycling headaches that come with them. In this presentation we will discuss the economic, environmental and brand activation benefits of direct to pack digital decoration, and tell the story of our partnership with lead-customer Solucan leading to the first full production implementation of our technology.

  2. Analogue Flexo to Digital - A Case Study

    James Gill | Account Director of Fujifilm Dimatix

    Looking at the pros and cons of integrating an inline digital printer into an analogue flexo line including some of the speed bumps to integrating the software and hardware

  3. Case Study for Winning Digital Designs for Inkjet in Folding Carton

    Richard Mazur, Kodak and Ed Zumbiel, Zumbiel Packaging

    Kodak and Zumbiel Packaging will provide insights gained from the implementation of the Prosper 6000S inkjet Digital press.  Kodak Continuous inkjet is different than other DOD inkjet platforms on the market, capable high speed digital inkjet printing at speeds of 650 fpm, with food safe, water based pigment inks, for folding carton applications.  We will explain the technology challenges of printing at speed printing, the benefits of pre coating, print and drying, that have been resolved with the Prosper 6000S.

    This session will highlight the real economic and business benefits of digital production and the manufacturing flexibility that has been achieved to respond to brand needs for sustainable growth and the pressure to increase speed to market.  Ed Zumbiel will provide real “in-market” case examples of eCommerce, new products launches and versioned packaging, that accelerated Zumbiel Packaging capabilities to increase the brand value and grow new services.

  4. Current Trends in Aqueous Inkjet for Flexible Packaging Applications

    Donald Allred | VP Packaging of Memjet

    As a global leader in the development of digital inkjet technology, Memjet brings beautiful precision, simplicity, and affordability to OEM printing solutions around the globe. The company’s three print technology platforms serve the benchtop production, light production, and heavy production print markets.

    At this presentation, attendees will learn how Memjet’s modular printing technologies are creating new capabilities for the production of digitally printed flexible packaging. The presentation will discuss:

    • Benefits of water-based inks for flexible packaging
    • Three ways to enable flexible film printing with water-based inks
    • How to balance equipment complexity and cost of inkjet printing for flexible media
    • How these options roll out to the supply chain

    Attendees will come away with a new understanding of how to achieve cost-effective, high-quality production of flexible packaging. 

  5. Evening Welcome Reception

    Sponsored by Domino