Inkjet Ink Manufacturing

Manufacturing Inks For Performance & Reliability

Thursday 26 - Friday 27 January, 2017

Tryp Apolo Hotel, Barcelona, Spain


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 26 January

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 27 January

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, Senior Product Development Scientist, 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 Technology) 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.

Dr Simon Daplyn, Product Manager Inks
Sensient Imaging Technologies
Letchworth, Hertfordshire, UK

Dr Simon Daplyn has been at Sensient (formerly Xennia Technology) since 2008 and is currently Product Manager for Sensient's ink products globally including textile and industrial applications. As part of the team that commercialised the Xennia textile products, Simon has a particular focus on textile solutions for decoration and functional finishing. Previously Simon was involved in the R&D group overseeing the development and scale-up of advanced industrial inkjet solutions across a wide range of applications including biomedical, electronics and functional printing along with innovative product decoration inks. Simon has been involved with inkjet for 12 years starting with a PhD on Digital Printing for Textile Decoration. After this he joined Nanojet Ink as a Technical Manager involved in design, development and manufacture of a number of inkjet inks and innovative coatings for various applications.