Inkjet Academy for Business

Technology & APPLICATION Essentials

18-19 September 2017

Novotel Barcelona City Hotel, Barcelona, Spain

Introduction

Basic knowledge of any industry is essential to its development. The Inkjet Academy for Business covers the fundamentals of inkjet technology and the key applications, players and markets, giving your understanding of the industry an expert start.

On the course you will learn the basics of jetting, how printheads work, and how they are integrated into printing systems. You will also be given an introduction to the different types of inks used for industrial printing, and how they are formulated and used. The course also covers the inkjet value chain, key industry players and significant markets for the technology.

The course assumes a basic scientific knowledge and is intended for those not needing the detailed technology information contained in the Inkjet Academy - Theory of Inkjet Technology course. The Inkjet Academy for Business course provides useful background information for anyone entering the industrial inkjet industry, or needing an update on the latest technology and applications.


Course Programme

Tuesday 19 September

09:00 Session begins

Printhead Operational Issues

  • Drop placement accuracy
  • Drop ejection frequency
  • Crosstalk
  • Reliability
  • Life issues

Inkjet Ink Materials and Dispersions

  • Range of materials and ink chemistries
  • Evolution of inkjet inks
  • Evolution of dyes
  • Pigments and dispersion technology
  • Polymers and additives
  • Processes and manufacturing

Print and Image Quality

  • Factors affecting print quality
  • Printhead-ink-substrate
  • Greyscale methods
  • Drop detection
  • Missing nozzle compensation

UV Ink Chemistry and Curing

  • UV ink materials
  • UV source options
  • e-beam curing
  • Print quality issues with UV inks

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30 Session begins

Inkjet Markets & Players

  • Inkjet value chain
  • Key industry players
  • Nozzle maintenance
  • Significant markets - size & dynamics

Inkjet Applications

  • Coding, marking, mailing, addressing
  • Wide format graphics
  • Industrial decoration - decor & laminates
  • Ceramic tiles
  • Textiles
  • Commercial printing
  • Labels & packaging
  • Printed electronics, bio-medical & 3D printing

Emerging Technologies

  • Kodak Stream
  • Memjet
  • HP PageWide technology
  • Landa Nanography
  • Lead-free piezo
  • Speed & resolution trends

17:30 Course ends

Monday 18 September

12:30 - 13:30 Registration

13:30 Course begins

Introduction to Inkjet

  • Course overview
  • Types of inkjet technology
  • Drop on demand technologies
  • Thermal and piezo inkjet
  • Evolution of inkjet markets
  • Inkjet patents

Inkjet Ink Technologies

  • Ink types: aqueous, solvent, oil, phase change & UV cure
  • Dyes & pigments
  • Inkjet ink formulations

DOD Printhead Technologies

  • Thermal inkjet
  • Piezo inkjet
    • Operational configurations
    • Silicon MEMS printheads

Inkjet Ink Design

  • Inkjet ink design
  • Understanding the inkjet printing process
  • Drop formation
  • Properties influencing piezo inkjet ink performance
  • Testing an ink for reliability: methods & characterisation

17:30 Session ends

18:00 - 19:00 Reception

Join us and enjoy wines, beers, canapés and good company!


Course Leaders

Mike Willis
Managing Director, Pivotal Resources, Cambridge, UK

Mike Willis is the Founder and Managing Director of Pivotal Resources, an international marketing and technical consultancy specialising in digital printing. He has worked in this industry for the past 30 years, accumulating considerable experience in a wide range of imaging technologies.

Recognised as an industry expert, he regularly speaks and gives tutorials at printing conferences in Europe and North America. In addition he is the publisher of Directions, a service that monitors inkjet patents and significant product launches.

Dr Alan Hudd
Founder & Director, Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK

Dr Hudd is Director and co-founder of Alchemie Technology Ltd, an independent contract development and consultancy company to the industrial inkjet industry. Alchemie is developing and commercialising a range of novel printhead technologies through its Joint Venture company, Jetronica. Jetronica specialises in supplying solutions to selectively pattern liquids and powders capable of using a wide range of chemistries from graphene through textile pre-treatments and 3D printing of metal powders to drugs for implantable drug devices.

Alan Hudd was the Founder and Managing Director of Xennia Technology from 1996 to 2012.