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Pre-competitive Collaboration and Open Innovation: Finding Solutions for Industry-wide Materials and Process Changes to Address Regulatory, Market, or Environmental Issues

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We will describe combining the concepts of Open Innovation (OI) and pre-competitive consortia to address industry specific issues. We will examine several pertinent topics such as finding alternatives to non-biodegradable packaging, finding alternative toner resins, or developing more environmentally friendly processes important to toner-based imaging.

Regulating bodies at the federal, state and local level are continually expanding the list of harmful materials in products. This trend will likely continue and increase the focus on the electrophotographic printing industry.

Open Innovation (OI) is an effective method for seeking expertise to solve technical challenges. Industry leaders, such as Nestle, 3M, GE, Goodyear, Xerox, and BP are successful leading practitioners of OI. We invite the toner-based imaging companies to join other corporations and NineSigma to benefit from the discovery of multiple industry-wide alternatives.

Join your competitors, suppliers and customers in pre-competitive collaboration of multiple users and manufacturers in industry to use Open Innovation to seek alternatives to materials and processes subject to imminent regulation. Such collaborative use of Open Innovation can result in faster, more economical discovery of suitable alternatives that will benefit your company's stature, the industry, its customers, and the environment.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-01-01

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  • For more than 30 years, IS&T's series of digital printing conferences have been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in 2D and 3D printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference that brings together industry and academia, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems?particularly those involved with additive manufacturing and fabrication?including bio-printing, printed electronics, page-wide, drop-on-demand, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based systems, and production digital printing, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields. In 2016, the conference changed its name formally to Printing for Fabrication to better reflect the content of the meeting and the evolving technology of printing.

    Please note: For purposes of its Digital Library content, IS&T defines Open Access as papers that will be downloadable in their entirety for free in perpetuity. Copyright restrictions on papers vary; see individual paper for details.

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