Inkjet Inks: Materials and Applications
Inks and Materials for Digital Applications
Wednesday 23 - Thursday 24 January 2019
SH Valencia Palace Hotel, Valencia, Spain
Building on the back of the success of wide format graphics applications, industrial inkjet printing has penetrated many market areas by utilising a wide range of different ink chemistry approaches.
The course gives an overview of the different ink platform technologies in use today, with an emphasis on practical aspects of materials selection and optimisation for the low viscosity requirement of inkjet printing. Looking from the application viewpoint the potential ink solutions are compared and contrasted. Key issues surrounding the integration of inkjet ink technology into industrial printing within a production environment are also considered.
The course is aimed at developers wishing to adopt inkjet technology in their industrial production processes, or those who are already skilled in one area and are looking to understand the wider potential of inkjet chemistries available.
Wednesday 23 January
08:00 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 Course begins
Introduction & Context
How inkjet ink has evolved
Sustainability & the drive back to water
The modern process
Ink as the enabling technology
OEM versus aftermarket supply
Basic ink chemistry comparison
The influence of the printhead
Making sure it’s right
Checking the basic properties
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 Session begins
Ink Types & Materials Choices
The ubiquitous all-rounder
Focus on free radical UV
Function takes over from simple colours
From hard CIJ inks to ‘Eco’ graphics
A good option for absorbing substrates
A great route to process resilience
Clever chemistry as the best of both worlds
17:00 Session ends
18:00 - 19:00 Reception
Join us for beers, wines and good company!
Thursday 24 January
09:00 Session begins
Application Examples – Ink Selection
Practical examples of ink selection by application area, e.g.
Wide format graphics
Corrugated board & paper packaging
Flexible (plastic) Packaging
12:30 Course ends
Dr Mark Bale, Director
Mark Bale is the director of DoDxAct, an inkjet technology consultancy specialising in process engineering, head-fluid optimisation and laboratory prototyping of inkjet processes for a range of industrial applications. He received his MPhys in Physics (1997) and his PhD in Nanoscale Physics (2001) both from University of Birmingham. Having worked in Sun Chemical’s UK Inkjet R&D Labs for 10 years he brings ink expertise and process knowhow to the application of ImageXpert laboratory equipment to solve real life inkjet printing challenges.