Inkjet Academy - Business Edition

Technology & APPLICATION Essentials

18-19 September 2017

Novotel Barcelona City Hotel, Barcelona, Spain


Basic knowledge of any industry is essential to its development. The Inkjet Academy - Business Edition 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 - Technology Edition. The Inkjet Academy - Business Edition provides useful background information for anyone entering the industrial inkjet industry, or needing an update on the latest technology and applications.

Course Programme


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

Business of Inkjet

  • The digital advance
  • Value chains
  • Relationships
  • Market shares
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Competitive technologies
  • Limitations of inkjet

Drop Production

  • Thermal inkjet
  • Piezo inkjet
  • Continuous inkjet
  • Bulk piezo
  • Deposition requirements
  • Drop ejection frequency
  • Crosstalk
  • Reliability
  • Life issues

Inkjet Inks

  • Ink types: aqueous, solvent, oil, phase change & UV cure
  • Dyes & pigments
  • Inkjet ink formulations
  • Inkjet ink design
  • Understanding the inkjet printing process
  • Drop formation
  • Properties influencing piezo inkjet ink performance
  • Testing for reliability

17:30 Session ends

18:00 - 19:00 Reception

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


09:00 Session begins

Drops in Flight

  • Drop placement accuracy
  • Drop break-off
  • Drop impact & spread
  • Mist control

Substrates and Interactions

  • Papers & coated papers
  • Films, rigid substrates
  • Bleed & intercolour bleed
  • Pre & post coatings
  • Adhesion
  • Requirements versus applications
  • Drying
  • UV curing
  • Electron beam curing

Print and Image Quality

  • Factors affecting print quality
  • Printhead-ink-substrate
  • Greyscale methods
  • Drop detection
  • Banding, single pass issues
  • Drying effects
  • Missing nozzle detection
  • Missing nozzle compensation

System Design Issues

  • Ink supply
  • Nozzle maintenance
  • Mist control

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30 Session begins

Inkjet Applications

  • Coding, marking, mailing, addressing
  • Wide format graphics
  • Industrial decoration - décor & 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



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.