Inkjet Ink Characterisation

Viscosity, dispersions, jetting & surfaces

Wednesday 24 - Thursday 25 January 2018

Ayre Hotel Astoria Palace, Valencia, Spain


Development of high quality inks and fluids for inkjet applications requires state-of-the-art characterisation equipment and techniques. From fundamental ink properties such as viscosity and surface tension, which have a crucial impact on jetting performance, through analysis of particulates dispersed within the ink, understanding these properties is key to getting the best out of an ink development project. In addition, it is vital to understand how the developed ink actually behaves, both on ejection from the printhead and when landing onto the substrate of choice.

The Inkjet Ink Characterisation course gives an excellent introduction to these essential areas of study, presented by industry experts from leading suppliers and institutions in the field. The course will give you the basic foundations as well as a more detailed understanding of the vital equipment and techniques.

Live Demonstrations

As part of the course, there will be demonstrations using a JetXpert drop visualisation system - your chance to see the system in action.


Thursday 25 January 2018

09:00 Session begins

Jetting and print quality analysis
Kyle Pucci, ImageXpert

  • Introduction to drop analysis
  • How is in-flight analysis used
    • Drop formation
    • Reliability
    • Misting
    • Nozzle-to-nozzle consistency
    • Drop measurement
  • Simple application examples
  • Overview of techniques
  • Fundamental measurements
  • Practical demonstration
  • Introduction to print quality analysis
  • How is print quality analysis used
    • Dot properties
    • Line properties
    • Solid area quality
    • Colour registration
    • Ink interaction
  • Overview of techniques
  • Practical examples

12:30 Course ends




Wednesday 24 January 2018

08:00 - 09:00 Registration

09:00 Course begins

Particle analysis
Dr Steve Ward-Smith, Malvern Instruments

  • Particle analysis - introduction
  • Basic techniques
  • Pros and cons
  • Light scattering - the science
  • Practical examples

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 Session begins

Basic property measurements - rheology
Mats Larsson, Malvern Instruments

  • Rheology - introduction
  • Basic techniques
  • Pros and cons
  • Theory of measurement
  • Rheology in action

Basic property measurements - surface tension
Dr Thomas Willers, Krüss

  • Surface tension - introduction
  • Relevance to droplet formation and spreading in inkjet printing
  • Interplay of surface tension and viscosity in drop formation
  • Impacts on wetting
  • How to optimise ink-substrate adhesion and spreading
  • Interfacial rheology and its relevance to drying
  • Theories and methods of measurement - compared and contrasted
  • Application examples from inkjet industry

17:00 Session ends

18:00 - 19:00 Reception

Join us for beers, wines and good company!



Mats Larsson, Technical Product Specialist - Rheology
Malvern Instruments, Sweden

Since 2010, Mats has been responsible for technical and applicationsupport to customers for the Malvern rheometers product line. He is also involved in rheology training and seminars.


Dr Steve Ward-Smith, Key Account Technical Specialist
Malvern Instruments, UK

Steve Ward-Smith is a Key Account Technical Specialist at Malvern Panalytical where he has worked for 22 years. He has a degree in Chemistry from Manchester University, a Masters in Biomolecular Technology from Leicester University and a PhD in Physical Chemistry & Colloid Science from Nottingham University. He started as the Mastersizer technical specialist in 1995, but the role gradually changed into one where he looks after Malvern’s key customers across the globe. 


Dr Thomas Willers, Head of Applications & Science
KRÜSS, Germany

Dr. Thomas Willers studied physics in Cologne and Barcelona. He received his PhD degree in experimental physics at the University of Cologne. In 2012 he joined KRÜSS GmbH at its headquarters in Hamburg where he is now head of the department for Applications & Science. He is responsible for the KRÜSS Application Labs as well as teaching activities and now has more than five years’ experience in teaching surface science.

Kyle Pucci, Applications Engineer
ImageXpert, USA

Kyle is an Applications Engineer at ImageXpert Inc. and lives in Nashua, NH USA. He graduated in 2014 from Villanova University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He specialises in integrating controllers and hardware with the JetXpert dropwatcher and offering support, installation, and training.