Inkjet Academy

Theory of inkjet Technology

February 10-11, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe,

Tempe (Phoenix), Arizona USA

Course Focus

Understanding the basics is essential to any industry’s development. The Inkjet Academy one-and-a-half-day course covers the theory behind the many types of inkjet technology used today and aims to give your understanding of the industry an expert start.


The Inkjet Academy course will show you how printheads work, the materials used in their fabrication, and the theory of their operation. You will also learn how inks are formulated and used, as well as about ink supply and support systems. The course examines how drops are formed, travel, and behave on the substrate surface. Fundamental aspects of printer operation such as nozzle maintenance and print quality are also covered.


Presented by Dr. Simon Kew and Dr. Alan Hudd of Alchemie Technology, 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.

Inkjet Academy Course Outline

Monday, February 10, 2020

1:00 pm                  Registration 

1:30 pm                  Opening Session 

Introduction to inkjet

Course overview

Types of inkjet technology

Drop on demand technologies

Thermal and piezo inkjet

Ink technologies

Ink types: aqueous, solvent, oil, phase change & UV cure

Materials and ink formulations

Evolution of inkjet markets

Desktop and industrial markets

Inkjet patents

Industrial inkjet printheads

Continuous inkjet

Summary of current piezo printheads

Properties and key features comparison

Drop ejection frequency, crosstalk, reliability, and life issues

Printhead trends such as Si-MEMS/TFH

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

Materials and dispersion theory

Drop production

Thermal inkjet

Piezo inkjet

Continuous inkjet

Bulk piezo


Deposition requirements

Drop ejection frequency



Life issues

6:00 pm                  Networking Reception

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

8:00 am                  Session 2

Creating a reliable industrial inkjet system

Integration issues

System design

Ink supply

Nozzle maintenance

Drop placement accuracy and drop break-off

Drop impact and spread

Mist control

Factors affecting print quality


Greyscale methods

Drop detection

Banding, single pass issues

Drying effects

Missing nozzle detection

Missing nozzle compensation

12:00 Noon            Networking Lunch

1:00 pm                  Session 3

Industrial inkjet markets

The digital proposition and benefits

Industrial inkjet business model

Infrastructure barriers to entry

The inkjet successes

The numbers

Future “stars”

Challenges to create successful industrial inkjet solutions


Packaging and labelling

3D printring

Decorative surfaces


Life sciences


“Additive” manufacturing processes

Emerging Technologies

Kodak Stream


HP PageWide technology

Landa Nanography

Lead-free piezo

Speed & resolution trends


4:00 pm           Adjournment  


Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Director and Founder, Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK

Dr. Hudd is Director and co-founder of Alchemie Technology Ltd, an independent contract development and consultancy company to the industrial inkjet industry. Alchemie is developing and commercializing a range of novel printhead technologies through its joint venture company, Jetronica. Jetronica specializes in supplying solutions to selectively pattern liquids and powders capable of using a wide range of chemistries from graphene through textile pre-treatments and 3D printing of metal powders to drugs for implantable drug devices

Alan Hudd was the Founder and Managing Director of Xennia Technology from 1996 to 2012. Dr. Hudd graduated with B.Sc. Honours degree in Chemistry and Physics, M.Sc and Ph.D research degree in Polymer Chemistry from Manchester University.

Dr. Simon Kew, Managing Director, Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK

Dr. Kew leads Technology and Business Development at Alchemie Technology. He has over 15 years of experience in new product and process innovation applied to chemistry-enabled products. Working across industries including consumer goods, foodstuffs, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, he has been responsible for delivering new products and process innovation programs worldwide. He specializes in the delivery of innovation using digital manufacturing technologies including inkjet printing and additive manufacturing technologies. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering

Complimentary Display Space

Printer and other product demonstrations/displays by Inkjet Innovation Academy 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 can reserve a display space on the online registration form or contacting IMI President Al Keene with any questions or special requirements.


I.T. Strategies Market Report

All delegates will receive a free copy of the annual Digital Printing Market Report by IT Strategies. Generated from their worldwide digital printing industry model, it provides an ongoing source of market information based on primary research.

DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe Reservation Information

IMI’s Inkjet Innovation Academy is being held at DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe in Tempe (Phoenix), Arizona. Hotel reservations are the responsibility of each meeting registrant. Early booking is advised as the special meeting rate of $165 for single or double occupancy is guaranteed only until January 23, 2020.  After that date, the group meeting rate will be on a space available basis.


To make reservations online, go to   

To make reservations by phone, call 1-800-528-6481 OR +1-480-967-1441 and state that you are with IMI group (Group Code is IMI) to the receive group rate.  

Please contact IMI for assistance if you have any problems making your hotel reservations.

DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe

DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe is conveniently located in Tempe, Arizona just five miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It features modern guest rooms, lobby area, restaurant, and public spaces recently redecorated with unique, Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture. The hotel is only three miles from the Metro Light Rail Station and offers 24-hour complimentary Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) shuttle. Enjoy hotel amenities including complimentary WiFi, spacious work areas, HDTVs, complimentary parking, 24-hour business center, 24-hour fitness center, and heated outdoor pool. Savor southwestern inspired dishes at Milagro's Restaurant or relax in the cozy Kachina Lounge.


Phoenix-Tempe is served by Sky Harbor International Airport ( located only 5 miles from the hotel. Sky Harbor serves 20 domestic and international airlines with over 1200 daily takeoffs and landings accommodating over 120,000 passengers daily. DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe offers complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service. Arriving guests should call +1-480-967-1441 after retrieving their luggage and pickup directions will be provided. Rental cars and taxis are also available at the airport. Estimated fares from the airport to hotel are Uber & Lyft $12-$15.


DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe is less than 3 miles from downtown Tempe (Home to Arizona State University, the largest public university in the US), a vibrant downtown that’s active day and night. You’ll find locally owned eateries and microbreweries, ASU Art Museum, Desert Arboretum Park, Tempe Marketplace, Tempe Town Lake, frequent festivals, arts & cultural events. Estimated fares from hotel to Mill Avenue are Uber & Lyft $7-$10. The Tempe Mill Avenue Valley Lite Rail station provides access to the 26-mile Valley Metro Light Rail ( running from upper-central Phoenix to downtown Mesa and offering quick access to downtown Phoenix, Sky Harbor International Airport, and plenty more along the way (single rides are $2 & all day pass is $4).


Other Tempe attractions in close proximity of DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe include Arizona Heritage Center, Arizona Mills Outlet Mall (185 stores-largest in AZ), Kiwanis Park, Papago Park, and Sea Life Arizona Aquarium. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service covering a 3 mile radius from the hotel.


Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix and other areas of Arizona offer tremendous opportunities to combine your IMI conference participation with a quick weekend or longer vacation to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine and attractions of interest to all.


DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe address is:             

2100 South Priest Drive

Tempe, AZ 85282

Phone: +1-480-967-1441

Fax: +1-480-967-0224

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About IMI

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