Inkjet Ink Manufacturing

Manufacturing Inks For Performance & Reliability

Thursday 23 - Friday 24 June, 2016

Heidelberg Print Media Academy, Heidelberg, Germany


The popular Inkjet Academy course provides a good background to the types of inks and fluids that are used in inkjet printers. But how are inks actually made? Why does coloured water cost up to $2,000 per litre? Is pigmented ink really more expensive to make than dye-based ink? What is involved in manufacturing advanced inkjet inks?

This course is designed for those wishing to develop or source inkjet inks, or interested in commissioning their development and manufacture. It will help you understand the issues of development and testing, scale-up for manufacture and the manufacturing processes themselves, as well as covering the potential business models for an ink formulation or manufacturing company. As well as being of interest to inkjet technologists, managers will benefit from an understanding of the inkjet ink manufacturing process to set realistic project and revenue plans and decide whether to develop and manufacture in-house or source externally.


Thursday 23 June, 2016

12:30 - 13:30 Registration

13:30 Course begins

Critical aspects of inkjet systems design

  • Printheads
  • Ink
  • Ink systems
  • Motion control

Ink formulation considerations for manufacturing

  • Inkjet ink ingredients
  • Inkjet ink design & requirements

Creating robust material specifications

  • Dyes
  • Pigments
  • Polymers
  • UV cure materials
  • Functional materials
  • Solvents
  • Additives

17:30 Session ends

18:00 - 19:00 Reception

Join us for beers, wines and good company!

Friday 24 June, 2016

09:00 Session begins

Testing protocols & validation for manufacturing

  • Optimisation & testing
  • Test schedules
  • Protocols
  • Testing for reliability & robustness
  • Relationship with printer
    • Printhead
    • Colour Tables
    • Ink Management System

Ink manufacturing

  • Quality control processes
    • QC laboratory infrastructure
    • QC laboratory equipment
  • Scale up for manufacture
    • Lab processes
    • Pilot plant trials
    • SPC parameters

Inkjet ink requirements

  • Jet break-up
  • Nozzle plate inspection
  • Drop velocity & volume
  • De-cap & latency
  • Expanding printing & lifetime
  • Image quality analysis

Manufacturing & ink plant requirements

  • Layout
  • Equipment selection
  • Manufacturing practices
  • Quality standards

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 Session begins

Manufacturing processes

  • Mixing regimes
    • Water based inks
    • Solvent based inks
    • UV-cure inks
  • Milling processes
  • Filtration systems
  • Degassing
  • Purification
  • Bottling
  • Packaging

Commercial considerations

  • Markets
  • Strategies
  • Costs
  • Positioning
  • Value chain

17:00 Course ends


John Tardrew, Product Development Manager, Speciality Inks
Sensient Imaging Technologies
Letchworth, Hertfordshire, UK

John has a decade of experience in the inkjet industry and has been at Sensient (formerly Xennia) for 5 years. He has extensive knowledge of the full ink development process from formulation design for specific applications through to full scale commercial production. His expertise is the integration of complete printing solutions, bringing together engineering, electronics, software and chemistry in order to tackle the complex challenges of cutting edge inkjet innovation. After graduating from the University of Bristol with a MSci in Chemical Physics he worked at Domino Printing Sciences in Cambridge as a Development Chemist.

Vincent Wright, Global Ink Pilot Manager
Sensient Imaging Technologies
Letchworth, Hertfordshire, UK

Vincent Wright joined Sensient (formerly Xennia) in July 2011 and is the Global Ink Pilot Manager, responsible for the initial introduction of pilot scale batches of R&D formulations anddevelopment of products through to full scale production. In his role Vincent has a particular focus on process and quality optimisation.

Prior to joining Xennia, Vincent graduated with a M.Phil. in the Chemistry of UV Curable Monomers and Oligomers from the University of Kent. Vincent then worked for Akzo Nobel UV Resins in Manchester as a Technical Service Chemist and then for Fujifilm Sericol in Kent as a Research and Development Section Head, developing inkjet inks for new applications. Vincent is also a Fellow of the Oil & Colour Chemists’ Association.