Plastic Product Decorating summit


Wednesday, September 27th

1:00 – 5:00 pm


5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Optional Event: Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Game

Thursday, September 28th

General Session – All Attendees

7:30 – 8:30 am


7:30 – 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast and Supplier Trade Fair

8:30 – 9:15 am

The Future of Automotive Manufacturing: Exterior Painting, Additive Manufacturing and Sustainability

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christopher Seubert, Technical Expert – Coatings, Ford Motor Company Research & Advanced Engineering

9:15 – 9:45 am

Automation & Robotics in Decorating Processes

Ruud Schenning, AAE Grauel; Micah Swett, Diversified Printing; Marty Chiaramonte, Muller Technology CO

9:45 – 10:15 am

Metallic Appearances for Durable Goods with In-Mold Decorating

Scott Tacosik, Kurz Transfer Products; Keith Farthing, Polyfab Daiho

10:15 – 10:30 am

Break and Supplier Trade Fair

10:30 – 11:00 am

Decision Tree for Selecting and Implementing Direct-to-Part Decorating Processes

Paul Uglum, Uglum Consulting

11:00 – 11:30 am

Part Prep: Surface Treatment and Cleaning for Ink Adhesion

Joann Hilman, Brighton Science; Alex Kiel, 3DT

11:30 am – Noon

Expanding Applications for Decorating Technologies: Molded Fiber, Glass and Metal

Brian Roske, MCC Verstraete; Tom Molfese, Fermac US

Noon – 1:30 pm

Extended Buffet Lunch and Supplier Trade Fair

direct to object decorating track

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Strategies and Approaches for Successful Pad Print Decorating in the Modern Marketplace

Chris DeMell, IDS, a division of ITW

2:00 – 2:30 pm

Decorating In-House or Using a Contract Decorator

Steve Brock, Unique Assembly & Decorating

2:30 – 3:00 pm

Digital Heat Transfers for 3D Plastic Parts: Techniques and Applications

Tom Gray, Xeikon

In-Mold Decorating/Labeling Track

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Troubleshooting In-Mold Films & Labels: Static, Adhesion, Curl and More

Dave Schoofs, Central Decal

2:00 – 2:30 pm

Durable Decorating Trends in the Transportation and Recreation Industries

Nick Velting, Serigraph, Inc. ; Dick Holcomb, Nissha USA

2:30 – 3:00 pm

Real-Time Data as the Foundation for Smart IML/IMD Manufacturing

Mike Devereux and Mo Abuali, Wipfli

3:00 – 3:15 pm

Break and Supplier Trade Fair

general Session - all attendees

3:15 – 3:45 pm

UV Inks, UV Coatings and UV Curing in Plastics Decorating

Marsha McDowell, Marabu North America; Chris Davis, IST America Corporation

Session Sponsor: RadTech, the Association for UV/EB Technology

3:45 – 4:15 pm

Direct-to-Object Digital Inkjet: Process Advantages and Limitations

Terry Clayton, Ph.D., Summit Analytical

4:15 - 4:45 pm

Selling the Sustainability Advantages of IML/IMD Technologies

Mike Licata; YUPO; Dianna Brodine, IMDA

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Networking Event: Supplier Trade Fair and IMDA Awards Reception

Friday, September 29th

General Session – All Attendees

8:00 – 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast and Bus Transportation to Sussex IM

9:00 am – Noon

Plant Tour and Educational Sessions at Sussex IM


2023 Plastic Product Decorating Summit Adjourns