Why has industrial inkjet taken so long to happen?

The path to industrial inkjet applications has taken decades so far, but we are finally seeing some real applications. Back in the 1980s several companies including Cambridge Consultants, where Bill used to work, were working on a range of applications – just the sort of things being implemented today. But the big difference is that now these applications are much more viable and achievable.

Bill Baxter, Inca Digital

Bill Baxter, Inca Digital

Bill Baxter, founder of Inca Digital printers in Cambridge, UK is going to address this topic at the IMI Europe Inkjet Conference in Amsterdam. He will, quite rightly, point out that the potential for using inkjet for a wide range of industrial applications is compelling. So why has it taken so long? Well, firstly there have been technical reasons, but the quality and capability of printheads has been transformed over the past decade. Ink technology has also moved on considerably over the past few years. But Bill believes there are some structural reasons within the supply chains that have also inhibited the implementation of inkjet.

The good news is that Bill is going to tell us what we have to do to make real breakthroughs in industrial printing. Find out more by joining us at the IMI Europe Ink Jet Conference, 2-4 December 2015 in Amsterdam.

Mike Willis, IMI Europe