Inkjet Ink Manufacturing

Manufacturing Inks For Performance & Reliability

Thursday 24 - Friday 25 January 2019

SH Valencia Palace Hotel, Valencia, 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 24 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

17:00 Session ends

18:00 - 19:00 Reception

Join us for beers, wines and good company!

Friday 25 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


Dr Simon Daplyn, Product Manager Inks
Sensient Imaging Technologies, 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.


Dr Andy Hancock, Director
Mexar, UK

Andy is the co-owner and co-founder of Mexar Limited, an inkjet development company based in the North of England. Andy has been developing aqueous inkjet inks for industrial applications for nearly 20 years. After completing his BSc in Colour and Polymer chemistry from the University of Leeds, Andy took a technical role in industry working for Akzo Nobel, before returning to Leeds to carry out his PhD. His PhD was sponsored by Xennia with the title “Preparation and Characterisation of Radiation Curable Inkjet Printing Inks”. After completing his PhD in 2004, Andy continued to develop aqueous inkjet inks for a number of applications in industry before starting Mexar Ltd in 2007. Mexar specialises in developing novel inkjet fluids for the inkjet industry – with specialities in pigment based inks for textile applications, flooring and décor.  Mexar have also been active in smart label applications and healthcare applications. Andy is a regular speaker at conferences such as IMI, FESPA, InPrint, TIARA group and Printwear & Promotion discussing inkjet ink development and formulation. In his spare time, Andy can be found enjoying food, red wine and tennis, although not usually together!