COGnitions™ Articles

More than a blog, COGnitions™ is an ongoing initiative to learn from current innovators and gurus affecting the packaging design-to-print supply chain. You’ll find what’s coming up and an archive of past reports from the field as well as events involving Cog locally…all written in the lively Cog style, so you don’t fall asleep.

Please note: We believe in full transparency, so please understand that any ticket costs attached to a COGnitions™ event go to fund the event, not to send the Cogs on Caribbean cruises.

Coming Up

Be sure to save the date for any of the following that interest you. All events, dates, and times will be kept up to date.



September 5-6, 2019 | Chicago, IL

The World’s only dedicated conference addressing In-Mold Technologies and Markets for labeling, decoration, and electronics. IMLCON was started 26 years ago and Alexander Watson Associates (AWA) recently launched, in coordination with IMLCON, a deeper focus on In-Mold Decoration (IMDCON) and In Mold Electronics (IMECON).

The Theme of this year’s International Conference is “COLLABORATION, SUSTAINABILITY & NEW TECHNOLOGIES”, organized in three distinct tracks focused on:
• In-Mold Labeling
• In-Mold Decoration
• In-Mold Electronics

The conference attracts delegates from around the world, from all aspects of the dynamic in-mold industry – from raw material suppliers, machinery manufacturers, converters, end users and technology providers. The three concurrent tracks will enable a focused discussion to the respective technologies, markets, and applications. The conference will include a comprehensive program of presentations by leading industry experts. Topics will include the latest technologies, discussions on today’s industry issues, innovations, and up-to-date market intelligence.


printTHINK Summit

September 11-13, 2019 | Chicago, IL

The printTHINK Summit, a Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI) biennial conference, is developed by the industry for the industry to promote collective innovation and knowledge sharing. The Summit provides label and packaging industry suppliers and converters with timely information on operational, technical and business topics to help advance their organization.

David Lukshus (President / CEO, Cog, LLC) will moderate The Future of Liquids Packaging, a panel discussion featuring Ken McGuire (Research Fellow, The Procter & Gamble Company), Ben Greengrass (Creative Director, ThoughtMatter), and Cedric D’Souza (CTO, Innventure) — key stakeholders in the R&D, Design, and Execution/Commercialization disciplines — during the development-through-launch phases of P&G’s 2019 ground-breaking and award-winning AeroFlexx packaging technology. Check out Cognitions™ on our website after the show for a summary.


Printing United 2019

October 23-25 | Dallas, TX

We have our Cog compass set for the brand-new trade show from Printing United. Unlike past shows, this relaunched event will try to answer a strategic need for a single industry exhibition that puts access to all printing technologies under one roof. Mark Lackey (Chief Operations Officer) and Lindsey Frimming (Chief Innovations Officer) will attend and seek out major educational and networking opportunities for us and probably you. Printing United will use the show to continue sharing the latest solutions for apparel, graphics/wide-format and functional printing applications, while also extending into the commercial, packaging, and in-plant printing segments. They bill the show as “a window to view the future of the printing industry.” If the winds are favorable, we’ll be there to see what the future of the industry looks like, and whether there are any killer robots or giant, mutant ants to worry about. Check out Cognitions™ on our website after the show, and we’ll let you know.


TLMI Annual Meeting

October 27-30, 2019 | Carlsbad, CA

This convergence of TLMI member printers/converters, suppliers, and guests is held annually in October. It features TLMI’s annual business meeting, educational presentations, committee meetings and a variety of network and social activities. The meeting concludes with TLMI’s Annual Awards Dinner recognizing winners of the packaging print competition, environmental awards, and the Converter and Supplier of the Year.


Women on Leadership

November 14 | The Cincinnati Club | Cincinnati, OH

Featured panelists:
Lourdes Albacarys

VP of Packaging R&D - Retired, The Procter & Gamble Company
Elle Morris
CEO, SnapDragon Brand Design Consultancy,
Fairfield, CT
Lori Campbell
President, The Label Printers, Aurora, IL

Lindsey Frimming: Host
Katie Kinnemeyer: Moderator

Cog is excited to host a one-of-a-kind panel discussion by women leaders in the packaging design-to-print supply chain. Our four panelists each has a story to tell of the challenges she met in business and how she overcame them. Today’s market is more consumer-driven than ever and resistant to old paradigms. Big ideas, flexibility, and the ability to inspire a team are what count. We expect the conversation to be dynamic, friendly and inspiring, for women and men. Hear our panelists’ stories. Jump in and tell your own. Food and beverages will be available, so if you like, just eat, drink, listen, and learn, and say you were part of something awesome. Stay tuned for registration information.



December 11-13, 2019 | Las Vegas, NV

The pre-eminent Marijuana Business Conference in the world for today’s cannabis professionals. Check out Cognitions™ on our website after the show for the “high”lights.


TLMI Committee Meetings

January 27-28, 2020 | Orlando Florida

Held annually in January, this is a two-day meeting where all committees address the industry’s most relevant concerns, such as workforce development, government and regulatory affairs, and sustainability and members have the opportunity to collaborate and network.