AATCC/SGIA Digital Textile Printing Conference 4.0



AATCC and SGIA have partnered to offer the Digital Textile Printing Conference 4.0, a two-day event that will provide registrants with a wealth of understanding and inspiration.  Explore the key trends and technological developments that are accelerating the digitally-printed textile market.

The program will feature the industry’s best-known and most-respected experts presenting topics essential for those involved in digitally-printed textiles. Some of the biggest names in the industry are included in the programming, covering topics on the newest digital textile ink and printing technology developments, key market drivers, global market conditions, color management and workflow developments, design software, digital manufacturing and integration, and more!

DECEMBER 11, 2019
8:00 am – Welcome and Opening Remarks
Kerry King, Spoonflower Inc., AATCC president
Johnny Shell, SGIA

8:15 am
Digital & Donuts—Hitoshi Ujiie, Thomas Jefferson University; Kerry King, Spoonflower Inc.; Ken Bach, Aberdeen Fabrics Inc.  Michael Sanders, Top Value Fabrics; Katelyn Lee, Cotton Incorporated; David Clark, Huntsman Textile Effects; and Johnny Shell, SGIA
This session is designed for anyone who needs a primer on available digital printing technologies for textiles and their requirements. You’ll hear from a panel of experts and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

 9:15 am
Digital Fabric Printing – The Innovation Continues!—Ron Gilboa, Keypoint Intelligence
Digital printing is a disruptive force for many traditional textile finishers and those new to the opportunity.  Digital print technology enables short-run, small batch fabric designs for a new generation of designers while also driving fundamental changes in the supply chain as the industry addresses the demand for mass customization. This presentation covers the growth trend in digital printing to help business owners make decisions about where to invest.

9:45 am
Pre-Coating of Textiles for Digital Printing—Roland Zimmer, Zimmer Austria
The importance of fabric pre-treatment should not be understated in Digital Textile Printing. The goal is to establish optimum chemistry with proper coating machinery to maximize color fixation. Pre-treatment thus is an art that requires a thorough understanding of both the physical and chemical aspects of the fabric, ink, and pre-treatment chemistry. This session will focus on both in line and offline pre-coating using a low moisture technology that enables the user to make their own pre-coated fabrics rather than depending on pre-coated fabrics from digital textile fabric suppliers. Post-treatment coatings (water repellant, softeners, flame retardant) will also be included.

10:15 am – Break

10:45 am
End-to-End and In-between: A Multi-dimensional View of Building a Reliable Digital Printing Workflow, from Design to Manufacture—Mike Scrutton, Adobe; Dustin Bowersox, Datacolor; Tim Williams, Color Solutions International; and Clark Omholt, Spectraflow
Join Mike Scrutton of Adobe and friends for a perspective of what it takes to build a reliable digital printing workflow that both helps a designer understand what is achievable while specifying their intentions in an unambiguous manner. At the same time, we will discuss what can be done in production to ensure that the requirements of the customer are interpreted correctly, and their expectations met with no surprises. We’ll discuss the components necessary in creating a successful workflow, and offer examples of real-life solutions covering design, color standards, color measurement, and printing.

12:00 pm – Lunch and Learn
Chat with the diners at your table and work collectively to develop 3-5 questions for which you want to ‘learn’ the answer during Day 2’s Expert Panel.

1:15 pm
“Pixel to Output” – Managing Data from the Source File to Printed Fabric—Mike Syverson, Durst
Being able to control your data from its design, print preparation, printing, and repeatability is key in the textile printing industry. Historically, in the analog process, you produce screens and color strike offs to approve color. Once colors and prototypes are approved, printing proceeds. Once the print is done, screens and approved strike offs, along with color kitchen recipes are saved along with printed samples in case a job needs to be printed again in the future.

Digital production is very similar, but the management of the data is very different. Handling the digital files, their color setups and ultimately, the printed fabric need the same amount of care as any analog process, but with special attention to the files and how they are built to ensure repeatability in the future. As the industry looks more and more to digital solutions, this has become a key component for companies to understand and implement.

Having the proper tools to prepare files for digital production for today and tomorrow are paramount for the industry to widely adopt digital fabric production.

We’ll be presenting some tools to help customers manage this from front end solutions to print solutions designed to be accurate and repeatable. We’ll also have some case studies as examples of how this has worked for them. 

1:45 pm
Color Lifecycle Management: A Holistic Approach to Color Management of Digitally Printed Textiles—Julian Mussi, DeSL
While virtually all major manufacturers, including most apparel companies, have adopted Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems to integrate product development, color management is generally an afterthought. This leaves gaps in workflows and reliance on traditional methods of color approval and communication, limiting many of the potential benefits generated by digital printing technologies. This is structured as a case study combining lessons learned, best practices and potential benefits from multiple CLM deployments.

2:15 pm
The Future of Textile Color Management—Jeremy Pilcher, HP
We will look at the new HP ColorSmart technology, an innovation in color management for textiles and how this innovation will change the way textiles are printed—within an individual printer over time, and, by extension, across fleets of printers.

We will discuss closed-loop ink restrictions, linearization, global ink limits, and ICC profiles and how they work together to create color consistency and accuracy on a variety of textiles. The presentation with discuss alias reference color printing for closed loop color calibration. We will also discuss Pantone color matching and color matching for fleet printing with the ColorSmart technology and advanced Pantone iteration libraries.

2:45 pm
Applying Ink Technology to the Development of Pigment Inks for Digital Textile Printing—Eric Beyeler, DuPont
Ink jet ink technology is essential to the continued expansion & success of the Digital Textile printing industry.  From increasing printing speeds to single pass printing, demands for

improved performance and productivity are constantly evolving.   But to achieve brighter colors, improved durability, consistent printing reliability & lowest environmental impact requires managing technology conflicts as improving one attribute can reduce performance another. 

The presentation will describe the technological challenge of ink jet ink innovation and discuss examples of how it can be met with a focus on pigment inks.  

3:15 pm – Break

3:45 pm
Software and Digital Workflow for High Speed Single-Pass Textile Production—Lou Prestia, EFI
Modern single pass printers allow textile manufacturing at speeds from 3000 to nearly 5000 yards per hour. Sending jobs individually from design software can’t keep up with the capacity of these machines unless very long runs are being produced. The solution is a combination of integration of design software with a high-speed Digital Front End (DFE) / RIP. Automation

for both production and post processing is also essential to making the manufacturing operation commercially viable for fabric buyers. In this session we will explore design software plugins for Adobe Creative Suite, look at efforts to integrate these tools with DFEs, explore the

requirements for a DFE to be able to keep up with a single pass machine running at rated speed and talk about the kinds of post processing processes that need to be automated for commercial success on the scale of single pass production.

4:15 pm
Current State of Technology—Roland Zimmer, Zimmer-Austria Inc.; Ricardo Nava, Kornit; Mike Syverson, Durst; Eric Beyeler, DuPont; Jim Manelski, Summa; Sangeeta Sachdev, SPGPrints America, and Jeremy Pilcher, HP
This session brings together a diverse group of digital textile veterans with expertise in digital printer hardware, RIP software, color management, ink chemistry and textile processing. This panel will explore the challenges and opportunities that advancing technology presents. The group will consider the impact of higher speed, industrial solutions in reference to digital manufacturing strategies and in the context of technology adoption for domestic markets and emerging business models. Bring your technology questions and be prepared to join the discussion!

5:30 pm Adjourn

5:45 pm – Reception with Tabletop Displays 


DECEMBER 12, 2019
8:30 am – Opening Remarks
Johnny Shell, SGIA

8:45 am
Expert Panel—Ken Bach, Aberdeen Fabrics Inc; Michael Sanders, Top Value Fabrics; Kerry King, Spoonflower Inc.; Hitoshi Ujiie, Thomas Jefferson University; David Clark, Huntsman Textile Effects; and Katelyn Lee, Cotton Incorporated
Panelists will address the questions developed during Wednesday’s lunch. This session promises to introduce some very interesting discussion.

10:00 am
Advantages of Laser Cutting workflow for on-demand Digital Textile Printing and Finishing
—Jim Manelski, Summa
This presentation will focus on the advantages of automated laser cutting in the printed textile manufacturing process and will include discussion on automating the contour cutting process, cutting with or without supplied cut marks from external applications, cutting various weights of fabrics, and accurately cutting stretchy fabrics. You’ll see a variety of suitable applications including garment cut and sew, soft signage, and industrial applications. You’ll learn how to increase throughput, reduce waste, and efficiently cut very large textile prints and understand your workflow options in the cutting and finishing process.

10:30 am – Break

11:00 am
Sustainability in Textile Printing—Jason Fannin, Sensient
Technology advances in digital textile printers, inks and production/RIP software
What is sustainability and why is it important in the world of textiles? How can we turn sustainability into a competitive advantage? These are the questions that will be addressed in this enlightening presentation that takes a practical and pragmatic approach to this often emotionally and politically charged topic.

11:30 am
Brand Adoption of Digital Print Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities—Meagan Tyler, Colosseum
This session will take a deep dive into why brands are/are not adopting digital technology within their supply chains.  Meagan will share her experience with different brands of varying sizes, ranging from enterprise to mid-size, and will speak about some of the challenges she faces with the analog process and how digital technologies could resolve those issues.

We’ll look at the processes where brands are implementing digital technology and how it is currently working for them.  We’ll also highlight areas of the business where brands are hesitant to take digital.  Meagan will explain why brands are hesitant to adopt the innovations and how suppliers may overcome those concerns. She’ll describe what an ideal “fully automated” process would look like so that suppliers and equipment manufacturers have a strong idea of where some of the brands would like to see technology grow and evolve.

12:00 pm – Lunch

1:15 pm
The Micro-Factory: A Domestic Manufacturing Strategy—Kristin Ritter, Gerber Technology
Over the last few years, our industry has been contemplating the micro-factory concept as a domestic manufacturing strategy. Although the idea is intriguing, we’ve yet to see micro-factories flourish within the soft goods industry. With the launch of their Innovation Center in New York City, Gerber Technology seeks to demonstrate the integration of technologies and processes including product design, pattern making, 3D visualization, digital textile printing, single ply cutting, sewing, and product lifecycle management. This presentation will describe the learning opportunities the center enables and will include examples of how Gerber Technology is working with individuals and companies to advance knowledge and adoption of on-demand digital technologies within the sewn product supply chain.  

1:45 pm
Transforming Designs from the Past for Today’s Digital Printing—Kathy Phillips, Springs Creative Products Group LLC
Inside the Springs Creative Baxter Mill Archive, designers seeking inspiration for their latest collections can explore over 600,000 antique documents, hand painted artwork, vintage art books, and textiles from nearly every corner of the world. The Springs Creative design team transforms these historical documents into collections that are relevant and desirable in today’s market by employing cutting edge designs and digital print technologies. We will discuss the process of designing fabric collections utilizing the archives from design conception to the final digital printing product.

2:15 pm
Real World Use and Technology Integration Panel—Rick Mandel, Mandel Company; Fabrizio Spampinato, SQ Apparel; Lewis Shuler, Under Armour; Meagan Tyler, Colosseum; and Kathy Phillips, Springs Creative Products Group LLC
This panel session will focus on technology adoption and the experience of service providers and designers. Panel participants will draw from their knowledge of surface design and the application of digital printing for apparel, home décor and soft signage. We’ll talk about the unique design opportunities that digital textile printing enables and discuss challenges and learning opportunities for individuals and businesses employing digital strategies. During this discussion panelists and attendees will have a chance to share their experiences – both good and bad. Developers in the audience may benefit from hearing the technology “wish list” that may arise from this exchange.

3:30 pm –Closing Remarks and Adjourn


 AATCC/SGIA Individual & Corporate* MembersNonmembers
Early Registration
(Nov. 26, 2019)
Regular RegistrationUS$630US$915
*If your company is a corporate member of AATCC, you must download the registration form and register offline to receive the member price.

Refunds will be honored if cancellations are received on or before December 3, 2019. No refunds will be given after December 3.  A US$75 cancellation fee will be charged.


Online Registration    Registration Form (fillable PDF Form* using Adobe Reader)
Brochure (includes program timetable)

Note to SGIA Members: When registering online select the “Register as a Non-member” button; click on the dropdown arrow by “Select Price” and click SGIA member then continue the registration process.

*If using the downloadable registration form, please complete the form, save it, and return it via email attachment to Kim Nicholson.

Tabletop Exhibits

You are invited to join us as a tabletop exhibitor at our evening reception on Wednesday, December 11.

The tabletop exhibits will be open during the reception from 5:45 – 7:15 pm. Each exhibitor will be provided with a 6’ draped table for displaying their products and services.  Displays need to be confined to the surface of the tabletop.  The fee for the tabletop is US$300.  In order to sponsor a tabletop display you must be registered to attend the program.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to reach potential customers.  To reserve your tabletop complete and return the tabletop reservation form.


Sheraton Imperial Hotel
4700 Emperor Blvd,
Durham, NC  27703

Book your group rate for the AATCC SGIA Digital Textile Printing Conference 4.0.  AATCC SGIA group rate of US$153/night.

The group rate will be available until 5:00 p.m. (EST) on November 15 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Once the room block is filled the group rate will NOT be honored.


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