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Register now for the 2021 In-Mold Decorating Association Symposium, an in-person event!

The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) will hold the IMDA Symposium on September 16 and 17 in Edina (Minneapolis), Minnesota. The two-day event will focus on advances in plastic decorating, labeling and coatings and will be a joint conference with the Decorating and Coating Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. The event will take place at the Westin Hotels & Resorts in Edina (Minneapolis area), MN, and will feature speakers, panel discussions and a supplier trade fair.

The joint conferences will provide an exceptionally broad selection of experts in all fields of plastics decorating, coatings and in-mold decorating/labeling. This year, there will be a special focus on coating and decorating techniques for plastic components in medical, automotive and packaging applications.

The event also will include a Supplier Trade Fair and Reception – open to attendees of both conferences – with tabletop exhibits from leading suppliers to the industry.

Registration

IMDA member
early bird rate

$435

full conference

Includes access to General Sessions

IMDA Sessions and

SPE Decorating & Coating Division Sessions

non-member
early bird rate

$540

full conference

Includes access to

General Sessions

IMDA Sessions and

SPE Decorating & Coating Division Sessions

after August 31

full conference

Includes Access to All Sessions

$465

IMDA Members

$580

Non-IMDA Members

These leading suppliers to the plastics decorating and labeling industry will exhibit at the IMDA Symposium.

event schedule

Wednesday, Sept. 15

2:00 – 6:00 pm                 Registration

6:00 – 7:30 pm                 Meet and Greet: Lobby                                              Bar

Thursday, Sept. 16

7:30 – 8:30 am                  Registration

7:30 – 8:30 am                  Continental Breakfast
                                             Supplier Trade Fair

8:30 am – 12:15 pm          Sessions

12:15 – 1:30 pm                Lunch

                                             Supplier Trade Fair

1:30 – 4:45 pm                   Sessions

4:45 – 7:00 pm                  Networking Event:                                                                Supplier Trade Fair                                                              and IMDA Awards Reception

Friday, Sept. 17

7:30 – 8:30 am                  Registration

7:30 – 8:30 am                  Continental Breakfast

                                             Supplier Trade Fair

8:30 am – 12:30 pm          Sessions

Platinum Sponsors

Association Supporter: RadTech International North America

sessions

In addition to content related to IML, IMD and IME, event attendees also can choose to attend sessions hosted by the SPE Decorating & Coating Division.

Vision inspection solutions for iml packaging

Speaker: Scott Heins, Director of Sales & Marketing; INTRAVIS

Vision inspection plays a critical role as part of the automation and quality control of IML-decorated thin wall plastic packaging. The speaker will review common IML defects, new and emerging challenges, and the latest technologies available to address them. 

Functional Inks for IME on automotive interiors

Speaker: Ken Araujo, Global Business Development Manager, NAMICS Technologies, Inc.

In-Mold Electronics (IME) parts for smart surfaces are becoming a growing trend in the automotive industry.  IME parts offer a 70% lower part weight with higher reliability and increased design possibilities.  To meet these next generation designs, a set of functional inks are needed for applications such as flexible touch sensors, strain sensors and heaters.  These inks used in in-mold electronics (IME) need to offer low resistance, excellent thermoforming properties and compatible with several decorative inks.  This presentation will show the latest in functional inks for IME applications, silver conductive inks, carbon conductive inks, dielectric inks, and conductive bonding adhesives for component attach. 

Sustainability & Recyclability of Decorated Plastics

Moderator: Jeff Peterson, Plastics Decorating Magazine 

Panel: Mike Licata, Yupo; Harrison Chien, Weber Packaging

This panel discussion will cover the latest information on recyclability standards set forth by recyclers and the challenges in decorating technologies to ensure plastics work within brand sustainability goals.

Design Considerations for Durable Products: IML, IMD and IME

Paul O’Hearn, Profile Plastics

In this session, production examples will be reviewed to explore the similarities and differences between IMD (reel to reel) and IML (FIM) processes for durable products. An examination of available in-mold hard coats will be conducted, along with a discussion of the challenges of using IMD/IML to decorate automotive lenses with a hard coat. Finally, IME function and design will be covered as it relates to touch sensors for human machine interfaces.

Mattifying Surface Coatings with Excimer UV Curing

Jennifer Heathcote, GEW Inc.

UV cured materials naturally appear glossy, shiny, and reflective, but some markets require matte surfaces with gloss levels that are challenging for broadband mercury and UVA LED systems to achieve.  To produce UV cured matte surfaces, formulators add mattifying agents to coatings, which can make them inceasingly difficult to apply.  Another solution is to use excimer UV curing which enables gloss units to be further reduced without the use of any mattifying agents – producing consistent UV cured surfaces that are anti-reflective, anti-fingerprint, and anti-glare.

Secondary Decorating & IMD for Medical Applications

Panel Moderator: Chris Demell, ITW IDS

Panel Discussion: How are secondary decorating techniques – including in-mold decorating – changing to meet medical industry requirements?

CO2 Spray Cleaning and Pre-Treatment of Plastic Surfaces

Nelson W. Sorbo, Ph.D., Cool Clean Technologies LLC

Automated CO2 spray technologies have been used for a wide range of applications, Recent developments in this technology now provide effective solutions in cleaning and pre-treatment prior to coatings and finishing processes.  CO2 spray cleaning offers benefits of particle and residue removal in a non-condensing, cost effective spray.  This presentation summarizes the technology, how it has been applied to cleaning of plastic surfaces for medical, automotive and electronic cleaning challenges. O&M cost factors will be presented and advantages of CO2 spray cleaning over traditional cleaning technologies will be discussed.

Testing Decorated Plastic Parts: Applying Tests for Decorating Success

Paul Uglum, Uglum Consulting

Testing is a critical part of understanding if our choices in decorating products are appropriate and will succeed in the field.  If standards are set too high, cost is added and if too low the products fail to satisfy the customer. When testing fails to ensure success, it is often because either the wrong tests were chosen or were incorrectly applied. This presentation will review how market and environmental changes have impacted the choice of appropriate testing as well as review common mistakes made in everyday testing to evaluate end use and control process.  New risks such as additional cleaning, UV-C exposure, emerging technologies and where to find the information needed to make appropriate choices will be reviewed.

Tactile Textured Surfaces
for IMD

Panel: Bob Travis, InkWorks; Fred Himmelein, Hytech Forming Systems USA, Inc.

AUTOMATION & ROBOTICS FOR IMD/IML

Panel: Taras Konowal, Muller; Jim Naatz, Sussex IM

AND MORE

See the full listing of sessions for additional topics.

reserve your hotel room now

The Westin Edina Galleria

3201 Galleria Edina, Minnesota 55435

Hotel Information

Rate: from $205 USD/night
Last day to book discount rate: September 1st

Health & Safety Measures

We are excited and ready to bring the plastics industry together on September 16 and 17 in the Minneapolis area. At the same time, we are working with the hotel to make decisions about health and safety measures for the in-person TopCon and Symposium. This includes adequate spacing within the meeting areas and precautions related to food service. We also ask our attendees and exhibitors to join with us in mitigation strategies.

The following health and safety measures will be in place for the SPE Decorating & Coatings Division TopCon & IMDA Symposium event.

For the safety of all, masks will be required inside conference rooms at The Westin Edina Galleria hotel when not actively eating or drinking.

We strongly recommend those planning to attend the event be fully vaccinated. While we respect everyone’s personal choice in this matter and we will not ask for proof of vaccination, we prefer you do not attend if you are unvaccinated, for your safety and the safety of all.

We ask that if you aren’t feeling well to please remain home.

Frequent handwashing is encouraged.

Social distancing is encouraged whenever possible.

All attendees will be required to sign the COVID-19 Liability Waiver and Affirmation of Conduct Restrictions.

COVID-19 Liability Waiver and Affirmation of Conduct Restrictions

By registering for and attending this event, I agree to abide by all health and safety guidelines and recommendations promulgated by federal, state and local government agencies and officials, and the event venue. This includes, but is not limited to, submitting to restrictions set in place during the event that may consist of daily temperature checks, wearing a mask at all times in indoor public areas, engaging in appropriate physical distancing, and restrictions on certain activities that carry higher COVID-19-related risk, such as congregating in large private gatherings or attending off-site events in crowded facilities. I further agree that I will not attend any event in person if I become ill, am exposed to the COVID-19 virus within 30 days prior to the event or if I become ill or exhibit any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus prior to the event. Additionally, I understand that travel to and participation in events may increase the risk of exposure to communicable diseases.

I HEREBY RELEASE, WAIVE AND FOREVER DISCHARGE ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DEMANDS OF WHATEVER KIND OR NATURE AGAINST IN-MOLD DECORATING ASSOCATION (IMDA) and SPE DECORATING AND COATINGS DIVISION AND THEIR AFFILIATED PARTNERS AND SPONSORS, INCLUDING IN EACH CASE, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THEIR DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS, AND AGENTS (THE “RELEASED PARTIES”), EITHER IN LAW OR IN EQUITY, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY LAW, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES OR LOSSES CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENCE, FAULT OR CONDUCT OF ANY KIND ON THE PART OF THE RELEASED PARTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DEATH, BODILY INJURY, ILLNESS, ECONOMIC LOSS OR OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES, OR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, WHICH I, MY HEIRS, ASSIGNEES, NEXT OF KIN AND/OR LEGALLY APPOINTED OR DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVES, MAY HAVE OR WHICH MAY HEREINAFTER ACCRUE ON MY BEHALF, WHICH ARISE OR MAY HEREAFTER ARISE FROM MY PARTICIPATION WITH THE EVENT.