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Conference Schedule

Tuesday, December 4
10:00 am
Buses leave for TCM Golf Outing
10:30 am
TCM Golf Outing at Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne
7:00 pm
Welcoming Reception at the Biltmore Hotel
Wednesday, December 5
8:00 am
Networking breakfast
9:00 am Welcome remarks
9:10 am
‘A Convergence of Process’ The Evolution of
Laminated Vinyl Tile and the Multi Layer Sphere

Mark Danner, Senior Designer, Tarkett Flooring, and Laminate Industry Veteran
The trend toward Rigid Core products is now well defined in the market. With broad short-term advances in development, there is cause for close observation and an understanding for potential paths toward success in the modular multi-layer market.

This discussion will present an analysis of the emergent variations, their root constructions and strategic positioning. How these formats and materials have increasingly blurred the lines between what were once parallel competitive categories should be engaging, while highlighting the contemporary challenges to meet the needs for sustainability.
10:00 am
Networking break
10:30 am
Finish Foils – Multifaceted Solutions for Design, Value and Performance
Julian Schulz, Schattdecor
Finish foils are not just paper, they are much more than that. They are design, protection, cost factor and quality factor. However, my experience in the field shows that in many cases those products are reduced to only one of the above, depending on customer and application. To get the most out of finish foils it is crucial to have a good understanding of what this product actually is and how it differs from other surface materials. My presentation will give an overview about the different types of surfaces in the market, focusing on finish foils and the distinctions within this segment. Lastly I will try to point out synergies between the different products and give a personal view on approaches that only focus on cost rather than the bigger picture.
11:00 am
Bi-Oriented Polypropylene Film for Next-Generation Decorative Surfaces
Peter Stasiowski, Interprint, and John Lyons, Taghleef
Taghleef Industries engineered a BOPP film to meet the performance requirements of the decorative surfaces market. Taghleef's SynDECOR® film is an ideal substrate for decorative overlays, especially where moisture resistance and miter foldability are critical. This discussion will highlight how SynDECOR is used by Interprint to create stunning Premeer® decorative overlays for cabinets, furniture, store fixtures, and panels. Included in the presentation are recent developments in SynDECOR-based overlays with pre-applied adhesive for more efficient lamination.
11:30 am
3D Laminate Films for Decorative Application
Frank Herberg, Kleockner Pentaplast
3D laminate films are versatile and well established to create decorative surfaces. They adapt to changing design trends and application. That‘s why they are in use throughout the industry from single piece to highly automated production.

The presentation explains the specification process of 3D films. What makes the difference to 2D films. How are they produced on calender and extrusion processes. Which polymers are used today and in future.
The films must fulfill high expectations in respect of color, design and haptic. We explain how this is achieved across the range from high gloss to super matt films, solid colors and design.
All these properties must come with reliable quality for a long lifespan. Most important are light stability, scratch and stain resistance.

Availability from stock, sample production and customized supply solutions are necessary to follow the market needs. We present our solutions.

Furniture design and geometry are in a continuous change. 3D films adapt and enable a high degree of flexibility for design solutions.
We collected actual trends from the market and latest shows.

The manufacturing process of 3D laminated doors will finally be described in a short overview.
Lunch break
1:30 pm
Transcending Trends: Translating Cultural Currents to Create Designs that Work
Jane Suchla, Omnova
Jane Suchla, Design Manager for OMNOVA Solutions Laminates business, walks us through the underlying movements that are driving today's design aesthetic. She shares the processes that tap the cultural currents and give shape to fresh new laminate surfaces, going beyond the fads and trends to connect the designed environment to the modern consciousness.

She also breaks down the steps to making the aesthetic work as a laminate. The key technical considerations driving implementation must be taken into account to ensure the designer can achieve the look easily and consistently.
2:00 pm
Digital Quality Management Based on ACMS™ Certificates
Harald Jordan, IPAC
Worldwide leading Decor Printers and Wood Panel Producers are facing various challenges towards modernization and automatization.

European Companies are cutting costs and raising their performance implementing DQM based on ACMS™ certificates.

Spatially resolved color measurement with ACMS™ allows significant progress in color matching and quality control along the entire supply chain. Objective color evaluation inevitably leads to standardization from which all may profit.”
2:30 pm
Scanner Technology
Stefan Wirtz, Cruse
3:00 pm
Networking break
3:30 pm
Scanning New Horizons
Rob Lawrence, Metis/CGS
We live in the digital era. Following the trend of digital – our shared goal is to provide the best possible digital images for the reproduction process. In a single capture, Metis technology is able to fully capture the three components necessary for texture reproduction: color, texture and glossiness detail.

With this control and accuracy, embossing and registration of these three components becomes more precise. Instead of creating a texture in Adobe Photoshop by artistic means, we capture the true-to-life texture.

The digital-to-substrate printing advancements open up new horizons for designers, specifiers and manufacturers alike. There is a new level of control gained over surfaces and designs, allowing for complete customization, greater creativity potential and designers are not limited to roll widths and repeats.

Finally, learn how others in the industry are utilizing digital printing and expanding on product offerings, including CGI-rendering services, to leverage new business.
4:00 pm
3D Print
Giorgio Macor, Kuei
4:30 pm
Real and Virtual Plasticity in Hybrid Scanning and Printing
Joachim Reidiess, Dr. Wirth Group

3D-look-and-feel is gaining ground in the reproduction of surfaces in the décor printing markets.

To clarify some semantics of 3-dimensionality, the presentation will begin with explaining the two ways the human brain perceives 3-dimensionality: Spatial and Plasticity Perception. The principle of Plasticity Perception is relevant for the facsimile or enhanced reproduction of haptic 3D-stuctures and effects in the surface industry.

Modern hybrid scanning technology allows for two separate scan procedures; namely a 3D-surface structure (shape) scan and a color scan from samples such as wood grain, fabrics, textiles, stones, leathers, paintings, haptic tiles, structured wallpapers and foils, bulk materials and other natural and artificial haptic surfaces.

Consequently, generating such separate 3D-data and color-data files of the original scan samples, allows separate editing and manipulation of the surface plasticity ( 3D-editor ) and color (classic color correction).

The 3D-data is used for reproducing Real Plasticity of haptic surfaces by embossing or with digital layer inkjets. With a unique algorithmic process the same 3D-data can be super-imposed and combined with the matching color data to produce facsimile Virtual Plasticity of the sample in 2D-print (patented 6to5 – process).

The ability to edit 3-dimensionality and colour separately opens up an exciting and unprecedented range of creative tools to treat or enhance the input data for new effects in output possibilities, like changing plasticity while sustaining color or vice versa, or even overlaying or adding haptic structures, etc. Advanced 3D-editors also offer the functionality of choosing different degrees of haptic enhancements for varying surface frequencies.

For volume gravure printing the hybrid scanners provide high-resolution 3D-data for the production of embossing cylinders as well as color-data to precisely match color-separated cylinders.

Digital proofing and short-run printing with Hybrid Digital Inkjets, which are combining layer-produced haptic surfaces with color output, is gaining ground in the de´cor industry as their productivity is rapidly growing. These inkjet systems require suitable input data from an equally hybrid scanning technology, namely high-resolution surface 3D-data (which is converted into inkjet layers to build up the haptic structures) and the accurate overlay of the corresponding color data.

Both printing technologies can combine the real plasticity of the 3D-haptic structure with virtual plasticity in 2D by printing the 6to5-color layer instead of the initially scanned color data, thus enhancing or substituting real plasticity with virtual plasticity . This enables minimizing the haptic structure (reducing embossing depth or number of printing fewer layers) which leads to substantial savings in ink consumption without losing the plasticity look-and-feel.

More importantly for the Hybrid Digital Printers, reduction of necessary layers increases the overall printing speed, leading to higher productivity and competiveness of haptic digital color printing.
5:00 pm
End of day 1
7:00 pm
Conference Dinner
Thursday, December 6
8:00 am
Networking breakfast
9:00 am
Facing the Sustainability Challenge: What Cards Can Our Industry Play?
Alessandra Fusi, Trespa and Arpa
A ll economic activities that occur in the natural world require resources such as energy, materials and land, while generating waste and polluting emissions as unwanted byproduct.  Today the demand for natural resources and the production of pollution exceed the regenerative capacity of the Earth and put us face to face with one of the biggest challenges of our time: moving towards a sustainable economy. But what does sustainability mean? Despite its simplicity, sustainability is a concept people have a hard time wrapping their minds around: Is it all about recycling? Are “green” or “natural” synonyms for “sustainable”? And last but not least: how can sustainability be addressed in the laminates industry? Does durability play a role there? Let's dig into those questions and debunk some myths…
10:00 am
Green Building and Life Cycle Thinking
Sydney Lindquist, Hexion

Choosing green materials is becoming an increasingly complex exercise. A proliferation of standards, lists and certifications don’t always equate to the wisest choices from an environmental perspective. The 12 principles of Green Chemistry, risk assessment methodologies and Life Cycle Analysis provide a more systematic approach to selecting materials and developing products that cause the least harm to people and the environment while ensuring sustainable performance. Over the last several years, formaldehyde has come under pressure in the building and construction market due to a single attribute approach in evaluating building materials. However, with current regulations and by utilizing life cycle thinking and green chemistry we see that formaldehyde can be safely used in building and construction products.
10:30 am Networking break
11:00 am
Update: EPA Formaldehyde Regulations for Composite Wood Products
Gary Heroux

This presentation will provide an overview of the EPA TSCA Title VI formaldehyde regulation for composite wood products that became effective June 1, 2018. Information regarding panel producers, fabricators, distributors, retailers and importers responsibilities under this regulation will be covered as well as a review of amendments made to the regulation to date.
11:30 am Sustainability Panel Discussion

Alessandra Fusi
Sydney Lindquist
Gery Heroux
Kenn Busch
12:30 pm Lunch break
2:30 pm
Digital printing needs digital structuring
Carsten Brinkmeyer, Hymmen

The production of digitally printed materials is becoming increasingly popular – whether in the flooring, furniture or building materials sector. Customers expect that the look of a surface will match its feel. Various processes are available to cater for their needs. All established methods have one thing in common: unlike printing processes, they are not digital, but analogue. Hymmen has developed a solution for this dilemma which is now patent-granted: Digital Lacquer Embossing (DLE). It offers an unprecedented extra benefit for surface finishing. Seeing and feeling authentic surfaces now becomes reality thanks to the widespread usage of Hymmen's industrial digital printing process – including the commercial and technical benefits.
3:00 pm
Surfaces Inspired by Design, Driven by Technology
Gregor Ungricht, Saueressig-Ungricht

Saueressig Ungricht is one of the leading European suppliers for state-of-the-art surface designs with profound know-how of printing and embossing technologies. From flooring to furniture and edges, from car to cruise and aircraft and from technical films to hygienic and nonwoven products – we strive for innovation, high quality and cost-efficient solutions in embossing, printing and coating.
3:30 pm
Farewell drinks
5:00 pm
End of conference


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