Inkjet Printing Software

Printheads, Images & Colour

Wednesday 24 - Thursday 25 January 2018

Ayre Hotel Astoria Palace, Valencia, Spain


For any digital imaging technology, software is fundamental as the printed image is defined by data, rather than by a physical object like a roller or screen. Inkjet printing software accepts design image files as its input and needs to transform this into data understood by the printheads as an instruction either to fire, or not to fire, a nozzle actuator at a given time. This complex task requires image handling and colour management to ensure consistent colour, especially for advanced decorative applications. The printing software also needs to split the data into suitable channels directed to each printhead in the system. It also needs to handle extremely high data rates to drive today's high resolution, high speed printheads, especially in single pass printing applications with multiple colours and large image sizes.

IMI Europe's Inkjet Printing Software course gives an in-depth overview of the fundamental aspects of digital imaging applications and the software functions needed for this, presented by leading companies in the field.



Wednesday 24 January 2018

08:00 - 09:00 Registration

09:00 Course begins

Selecting and driving inkjet printheads
Clive Ayling, Meteor Inkjet

  • Printhead selection based on application
  • Fundamentals of printhead driver hardware and software
  • Hardware requirements for datapath
  • Data throughput
  • Scanning and single pass applications
  • Practical examples

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 Session begins

Image and colour management
Gerrit Andre, Colorgate

  • Building a robust colour management workflow for digital printing
    • Colour management basics
    • ICC profiles and how they work
    • Colour measurement
    • Colour models, rendering intents, spot colours
    • Differences of the colour workflow between traditional and digital printing
    • Impact of the different input settings
  • Pros and cons of different file types
    • PDF subsets (PDF/X, PDF/VT, upcoming PDF 2.0)
    • What kind of information can be communicated with the different file types?
  • Accurate spot colour communication
    • Spot colour reproduction in digital printing
    • How spot colours can be defined
    • Communication of spot colour definitions
    • Current and future standards: CxF4 and PDF 2.0

17:00 Session ends

18:00 - 19:00 Reception

Join us for beers, wines and good company!

Thursday 25 January 2018

09:00 Session begins

Software for decorative applications
Kerry Port, AVA CADCAM

  •  What to consider when preparing a file for digital print:
    • Editing, designing and repeating
    • Layer separations - channel workflows, why separate for digital? Colour control or colour variations?
    • What are the benefits over an image manipulation workflow when you’re colour critical?
    • Linearisation, profiling and soft proofing - checking and rechecking your colour match
    • Printing - through AVA or third party RIPs
    • Managing your digital print - how to monitor the variables
    • Image handling and colour management
    • Why image & non-specialised workflows are not ideal for high-end decorative printing

12:30 Course ends






Clive Ayling, Managing Director
Meteor Inkjet, UK

Clive is a recognised veteran in the digital printing industry. He has spent more than two decades leading the development of a wide variety of digital printer implementations including label printers, coding and marking systems, proofer printers, wide format printers, bar code printers, office printers and industrial inkjet systems. In 2005, Clive helped to found TTP Meteor, now Meteor Inkjet Ltd ( Meteor Inkjet is the leading independent specialist in industrial inkjet printhead driving solutions. Working closely with all major industrial inkjet printhead manufacturers, Meteor supplies production ready electronics and software used by printer OEMs and print system builders world-wide. Meteor Inkjet is headquartered near Cambridge, UK and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Graphics (Euronext: GLOG). Prior to Meteor Inkjet, Clive spent much of his career as a consultant with the Technology Partnership and before this as an R&D engineer for Schlumberger Industries. He has a degree in Natural Sciences (Physics) from Cambridge University.


Kerry Port, Business Development Manager

Kerry is an International Sales Executive for AVA CAD CAM, where she has worked for the last 4 years. She has a Bachelors degree in Modern European Languages and a Masters in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Manchester, with particular focus on Italy and Southern Europe. Kerry’s main role for AVA involves identifying client's needs, supplying appropriate software solutions and ensuring a complete, seamless and colour managed workflow for their digital print process. The identification and implementation of these solutions often entails regular onsite, technical visits to AVA’s worldwide customer base.


Gerrit Andre, Trainer and Product Specialist
Colorgate, Germany

Gerrit has joined ColorGATE in 2007 and has initially served in the technical service team. Since 2012 he is member of the business development team and performs pre-sale services and consultancy. As a FOGRA certified Digital Printing Expert he acts as a consultant and trainer for workflow and colour management requirements of partners and customers for commercial and industrial digital printing applications.