October 9 - 11, 2018 | Pheasant Run Resort - St. Charles, IL

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2018 Program 

tech conference” style=This year's NPIRI Technical Conference is partnering with InkWorld/Printed Electronics Magazine. Our traditional “New Technology” session on Thursday morning (8:30 am – noon October 11, 2018*) will be jointly sponsored/produced by NPIRI and Printed Electronics Magazine and will cover “state of the art “electronic ink and printed electronics topics. In addition, following the NPIRI Technical Conference “New Technology” session, Printed Electronics Magazine will hold a separate Printed Electronics (PE) conference (separate registration required) at the Pheasant Run Resort. The PE conference will begin at noon on October 11, 2018 with lunch and tabletop exhibits followed by in-depth technical sessions Thursday afternoon and Friday (10/12/2018). Visit the Printed Electronics website for program and registration information.

*included in 2018 NPIRI Technical Conference registration


Tuesday, October 9


8:30am - 11:30am

Pre-Conference Short Course: 
Intro to Ink Formulation and Manufacturing*

Learn more about the Short Course here.

*Separate registration and fee required for Short Course



Lunch Buffet
Conference Chair: Dan Delegge



Keynote Address (T1)

Ron Osborn – Mars Wrigley Confectionery  

Learn more about the Keynote Address here.

Packaging Materials are an integral part of the food manufacturing and supply process.  Food Packaging provides a system for maintaining the integrity, safety and quality of food products as they move through the distribution chain from the manufacturer to the consumer.  In order to achieve this, the packaging must protect the food from damage and contamination from its environment.  Additionally, the package is used to identify the product, and to communicate important information to the consumer, such as ingredient and nutritional information.  While performing all of these functions, it is absolutely critical that the packaging materials themselves do not have any adverse effects on the food that they contain.   This has been recognized around the globe and many countries and regions have enacted legislation to protect products from their packaging materials. Compliance with food contact material regulations and, establishing their safe use, is becoming increasingly important as the complexity of our businesses grow, and as attention from regulators increases.  While Brand Owners are ultimately responsible for ensuring that their packaging materials are compliant and safe for their intended use, it takes cooperation from the entire supply chain to achieve this goal.



Critical Supply Chain Issue (T2)

Jeff Shaw – Sun Chemical Corporation 

The raw material supply chain for printing ink is a critically important component of the ink manufacturing industry. This presentation will focus on supply chain security concepts and the application of policies, procedures, and technology to protect supply chain assets.






Global Import/export Considerations (T3)

David Forgue - Barnes, Richardson & Colburn, LLP 

As the printing ink manufacturing market and its supply becomes more global in scope it is important to be familiar with the numerous, applicable laws and regulations both within the U.S. and elsewhere. This presentation well cover the important rules and surrounding applicable to this frequently used resource.



State of the Industry (T4)

Bryce Kristo - INX International and John Jilek, Jr. - Ink Solutions

The NAPIM State of the Industry Report is roundly recognized as “go to” source for up to date graphic arts market information. This presentation, by two industry experts, will keep you up to speed on the current state of the market and provide important insights into potential future trends and directions.



NPIRI Lecture 




Supplier Showcases

Moderator: Jerry Napiecek



Reception and Tabletops



Dinner on your own

Wednesday, October 10

Technical Sessions

Moderator: Joe Cichon



Top Trends in the Graphic Communications (T6)

Jim Workman – Printing Industries of America

As the leading association for the printing industry, PIA is perfectly positioned to watch trends unfolding in the graphic communication space. This presentation reviews key trends taking place—from economic performance to technology innovation.



Benefits of Pure Pigments: an Azo based Solution  (T7)

Pierre Boulangue – Ferro Corporation

Food packaging printing is a growing market segment, dominated by Regulatory and Brand owner pressure.

New specific and strengthen regulations have been implemented by regulators throughout the world such as European Regulation EU/10/2011 on plastics and Swiss Ordinance 817.023.21 with the common denominator that a packaging may not endanger human health , bring an unacceptable change in the composition or alter the organoleptic properties of the food .

In order to provide the required safety, principles of overall migration limits and specific migration limits have been defined.

This presentation will focus on how azoic pigments can be used to satisfy  these requirements






FDA MS-DART Analytical Technique Update (T8)

Luke Ackerman – FDA/Center for Food Safety and Nutrition

Although packaging plays a central role in food preservation and microbial safety, concern has been expressed surrounding chemical food safety, especially from packaging. Most modern food packaging and materials are chemically complex, layers of different polymers, adhesives, papers, foils, and invariably, prints. As the concentration of a single package configuration or formulation gets diluted in the marketplace, the chemical diversity expands. Chemical characterization of these modern food contact materials is an ongoing required task that provides data to inform safety concerns. To that end we utilized techniques such as non-targeted analysis, high resolution mass spectrometry, direct or surface mass spectrometry, and more traditional ultra high performance liquid chromatography and gas chromatography mass spectrometry analysis.  These techniques (including migration tests) were used to: 1. Determine if direct mass spectrometry could identify food packaging prints, additives, and components; 2. Directly and quickly detect photoinitiator set-off on retail food packaging; 3. Identify as many ink and packaging related components as possible present on the food contact surfaces of food packaging; and 4. Determine the incidence of photoinitiators on the food contact surface of retail food packages.



LED/UV Curing - Current State and Trends Ahead

Barry Walsh - AMS Spectral UV

This presentation will discuss the significant growth of LED UV in offset printing, and the transformational impact it is having in the market. This presentation will touch on typical printing ROI (return-on-investment) cases, highlighting examples and feedback from printers who have successfully adopted the technology and what they are gaining from it.

Barry will further discuss the roadmap for LED UV development that is already opening the door to new opportunities for ink and coating formulation, and will provide a look at new intelligence and assurance tools for the curing process to respond to industry demands for greater regulation and quality control of printed inks.


11:15am - Noon

Compostability and Printed Substrates (T10)

Ron Walling - Advanced Materials Center, Inc.

Ink manufacturers are very frequently questioned by both printers and brand owners regarding the impact of coatings and inks on the compostability of printed substrate. This presentation will provide guidance, insights, standards and test methods focused on providing a technically correct answer to this question.



Regulatory Sessions

Moderator: Juanita Parris






Update on California’s Proposition 65 (T11)

Natalie Rainer  – Keller and Heckman 

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazards Assessment (OEHHA) continues to add new chemical compounds to their list of “Chemicals Knows to the State of California…..”. In 2016 OEHHA also has amended the Clear and Reasonable Warning requirements as well. This presentation will focus on trends in compliance, litigation and other related issues that have the potential to affect how ink manufacturers formulate their ink systems.



The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA) (T12)

Rachel Staran – BASF 

The recently amended Toxic Substances Control Act is already impacting the supply chain for the graphic arts industries. This presentation, by one of the largest raw material suppliers to the graphic arts industry will provide insights relative to current and future trends and impacts of amended TSCA.






The Cost of OSHA Compliance or How to Save $100,000 Before Lunch (T13)

Brian Rutherford – PIA MidAmerica 

This presentation will cover common graphic arts industry OSHA violations and their associated fines and penalties.  The presentation will contrast the costs associated with the violations with the comparatively minimal costs for corrective or remedial actions



International Life Sciences Insitute (ILSI) Committee: Overview and Activities (T14a)

Greg Pace – Sun Chemical

Packaging is an indispensable component of the food manufacturing and food supply process. It is a system for preserving the safety and quality of food products throughout the distribution chain to the consumer.  Materials used in food packaging contain chemical substances which have the potential to migrate to the food, which may affect the safety or properties of the food. As research to improve food packaging continues, the ILSI North America Packaging Workshop held in September 2016 brought together scientists from government, academia and industry to discuss advances in science which demonstrate the safety of food packaging. The workshop proceedings highlighting the key messages, identified research gaps, and potential next steps on how to fill those research gaps; which were published in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. In 2017, the ILSI North America Food Packaging Committee was formed to focus on these key research gaps with the main purpose to support the advancement of public health by promoting the scientific knowledge of risk assessment as it relates to the safety of food packaging materials. The main goals of the Committee are: to lead scientific research on safety of food packaging; engage in research to address issues related to food packaging safety to improve public health; and communicate and educate the public on the rigorous risk assessment process that ensures the safety of food packaging materials.

Food Safety Alliance for Packaging (FSAP) Current Activities (T14b)

Peter Walther - Siegwerk 

FSAP is a working committee of Institute of Packaging Professionals and is set up to elevate food packaging safety awareness and provide resources for tools and training to the packaging supply chain. Dr. Walther will provide an overview of committee activities and how they relate to inks for food packaging.



Health & Safety Management System (H&SMS) Standard ISO45001  (T15)

Milind Pradhan – Ramboll

Sophisticated HS&MS are gaining popularity across the chemical industry.  This presentation will discuss ink industry-specific implementation of ISO 45001:2018 –an international standard for developing and implementing an H&SMS.  Mr. Pradhan will also provide an overview of other ISO-related environmental management systems (EMS).



Reception and Awards Dinner

Thursday, October 11

The 2018 NPIRI Technical  Conference  “New Technology” (Thurs 10/11/18 8:30 am - noon) session is  sponsored and produced in  conjunction with Ink World/Printed Electronics Magazine.  The eInk/Printed Electronics conference (separation registration required) will begin at noon (10/11) with lunch and tabletop  exhibits  followed by in-depth technical session Thursday afternoon and  Friday (10/12/2018).   Visit the Printed Electronics website for program and registration information.



New Technology  Sessions

Moderator: Dave Savastano 



Conductive and Electronic Inks - Driving the Flexible Electronics Revolution  (T16)

Dave Savastano - Ink World




Activegrid™: A Flexible Transparent Conductor with Outstanding Optoelectronic Properties (T17)

 Ajay Virkar - C3Nano






Printed Electronics and Functional Printing: Research at Clemson  (T18) 

Liam O'hara - Clemson University



Health and Safety Issues - Nanotechnology Materials(T19)

George Fuchs - NAPIM

As electronic inks and printed electronics applications continue to evolve and gain industry traction the regulatory implications associated with these operations and raw materials becomes an increasing important consideration.  This presentation will provide an in-depth analysis of these issues.


NPIRI Fall  Technical Conference  closes.   Printed Electronics conference begins (noon Oct 11,  2018)

2018 eInk/Printed  Electronics (beginning at noon  October 11th ) conference – program and  registration.