Tuesday, February 6, 2018

8:00 a.m.                     Registration

8:30 a.m.                     Opening Session


        Course overview

        Types of inkjet technology
        Drop on demand technologies
        Thermal and piezo inkjet
        Evolution of inkjet markets
        Inkjet patents

Inkjet ink technologies
Ink types: aqueous, solvent, oil, phase change & UV cure
        Dyes & pigments
        Inkjet ink formulations

Drop production
       Thermal inkjet
       Piezo inkjet
       Continuous ink jet
       Bulk piezo
       Deposition requirements
       Drop ejection frequency

       Life issues

12:00 Noon                       Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m.                          Session 2

Inkjet inks
        Inkjet ink design
       Understanding the inkjet printing process
       Drop formation
       Properties influencing piezo inkjet ink performance
       Testing an ink for reliability: methods & characterization

Drops in flight
       Drop placement accuracy
       Drop break-off
       Drop impact and spread
       Mist control

Inkjet ink materials and dispersions
       Range of materials and ink chemistries
       Evolution of inkjet inks
       Evolution of dyes
       Pigments and dispersion technology
       Dispersion theory
       Polymers and additives
       Processes and manufacturing

System design issues
        Ink supply
       Nozzle maintenance

6:00 p.m.                Networking Reception
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

8:30 a.m.                          Session 3

Substrates and interactions    
         Papers and coated papers
       Films, rigid substrates
       Bleed and intercolor bleed
       Pre and post coatings
       Requirements versus applications
       UV curable materials
       UV curing
       e-beam curing

Print & image quality
        Factors affecting print quality
       Greyscale methods
       Drop detection
       Banding, part. Single pass issues
       Drying effects
       Missing nozzle detection
       Missing nozzle compensation

Inkjet Applications
         Coding, marking, mailing, addressing
       Wide format graphics
       Industrial decoration - décor & laminates
       Ceramic tiles
       Commercial printing
       Labels & packaging         

       Printed electronics, bio-medical & 3D printing

Emerging Technologies
       Kodak Stream
       HP PageWide technology
       Landa Nanography
       Lead-free piezo
       Speed & resolution trends

12:00 Noon                       Adjournment

IMI Inkjet Academy has been attended by over 3,000 people in the past 18 years. Presented by Mike Willis of Pivotal Resources and Dr Alan Hudd of Alchemie Technology, the course covers all the basics of inkjet technology.

Understanding the basics is essential to any industry’s development. The Inkjet Academy covers the basic theory behind the many types of inkjet technology used today and aims to give your understanding of the industry an expert start or update.

At the Inkjet Academy you’ll learn how printheads work, the materials used in their fabrication and the theory of their operation. You’ll also find out about how inks are formulated and used, as well as ink supply and support systems and much more.

The course assumes a basic scientific knowledge and is designed to provide useful background information for anyone entering the inkjet industry, seeking an update on today’s technology or looking for further fields of development.


Join the over 185 currently (1/31/2018) registered attendees from the following companies at one or more of IMI’s Digital Print Week 2018 programs – February 6-7, 2018: Inkjet Academy, Digital Packaging Conference 2018, Security Printing Conference 2018, & Understanding Inkjet Ink Conference 2018 and February 7-9, 2018: Inkjet Printing Conference 2018: Abo Akademi University, Alchemie Technology, Angstrom Technologies, Appvion, Avery Dennison, Avery Dennison Digital Ink Solutions, BASF Corporation, BDT Print Media Group, Brady Corporation, Buena Vista Resources, Buhler, BYK USA, Cabot Corporation, Canon Inc, Canon Solutions America, Circle Graphics, Clariant Plastics & Coatings, CN Clark Company, Colordyne, Consultant Thomas Poe, Corning Inc., Crawford Technologies, Crown Prince Printing Press, Domtar, DuPont, Eastman Chemical, EFI, Emerson Automation Solutions, Esprix Technologies, Essilor of America, Felix Schoeller, Fujifilm Dimatix, Gem Gravure, Global Inkjet Systems, Global Graphic Services, Heidelberg, Hewlett Packard, Holoptica, ImageXpert, IIMAK, IMI, inc.jet, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, IT Strategies, Kao Collins, Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials, Landa Digital Printing, Luminescence, Mack Brooks Exhibitions, Mark Andy, Memjet, Michelman, NanoMatriX International, Nextflex, Nilpeter USA, OpSec Security, Pagemark Technology, Pall Microelectronics, Pivotal Resources, PPG Industries, Polestar, Procter & Gamble, Quality Engineering Associates, RadTech, Ricoh Printing Systems America, Roki S&S America, Seiko Instruments USA, SI2 Technologies, Sensient Colors, Sensor Films, SICPA, Solimar Systems, Sun Chemical, SunJet, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Temptime Corporation, Tiger Drylac USA, Total Printing Systems, Trendvision Technology (Zhuhai), Troy Group, Univ of Northern Iowa, US Dept of State, Veritrace, Work Associates, Xaar, XACTIV, Xerox, and Xpress Data.

Product displays/demonstrations by course registrants are encouraged.  IMI will cooperate with all interested parties to provide appropriate space so products can be displayed and demonstrated during the course breaks.   There is no charge in addition to the course registration fee to have a display table.  Interested companies should contact IMI President Al Keene
  to ensure that proper arrangements are made for product displays and demonstrations.

IMI sponsors conferences and courses world-wide to assist in understanding technology developments, markets and applications requirements. IMI conferences and courses offer unique opportunities for leading hardware, technology development, consumables, software and user companies to learn, network, and develop a comprehensive understanding of current as well as future developments impacting successful product implementations, market entry/expansion, and technology utilization.

Since 1990, IMI has held over 600 programs attended by well over 25,000 technical, marketing and management personnel from companies around the world.

IMI programs are designed to enable attendees to obtain the latest technical, market and application information while allowing time to network with other attendees in a time and cost efficient manner. Attendance at an IMI program enables attendees to meet with an industry’s leading experts in a single location over a short period of time thus maximizing information transfer efficiency and minimizing travel and time expenses.

Details on all of IMI’s activities can be found on our web site
www.imiconf.comor by contacting us:

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February 6-7, 2018

All delegates will receive a free copy of the latest "The Numbers" Market Report by IT Strategies. Generated from their worldwide digital printing industry model, it provides an ongoing source of market information based on a consistent methodology and reporting structure.

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