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Inkjet Academy
Theory of inkjet Technology

May 2-3, 2022

The Florida Hotel & Conference

Orlando, Florida

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Course Focus

Understanding the basics is essential to any industry’s development. The Inkjet Academy one-and-a-half-day course covers the theory and practice behind the many types of inkjet technology used today and aims to give your understanding of the industry an expert start by introducing concepts which are further expanded in other IMI innovation academy courses.


Based on proven content updated for 2022 and using lots of examples from DoDxAct’s unique laboratory, the Inkjet Academy course will show you how printheads work, the materials used in their fabrication, and the introductory theory of their operation. You will also learn how inks are broadly formulated and used, as well as about ink supply and supporting sub-systems of printers. The course also examines how drops are formed, travel, and behave on the substrate surface as part of the print process for different applications. Fundamental aspects of printer operation such as nozzle maintenance and print quality are also considered.


Presented by inkjet industry leading expert Dr. Mark Bale of DoDxAct, the course 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

May 2-3, 2022

The Florida Hotel & Conference 

Orlando, Florida

Monday, May 2, 2022

1:00 pm

1:30 pm


Opening Session


Welcome & introductions

Alvin G. Keene, President, IMI, Carrabassett Valley, Maine

Course Leader: Dr. Mark Bale, Director, Wells, Somerset, UK

Introduction to inkjet

  • Course overview

  • Evolution of inkjet markets

  • Types of inkjet technology & printhead intro

    • Continuous

    • Drop on demand piezo & thermal

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

  • Ink materials and formulations

  • Printhead-ink-substrate interactions

Industrial inkjet printheads

  • Printhead differences in more detail

  • Real printheads explained

  • De-mystifying printhead specs

  • Drop ejection frequency, drop size, coverage, crosstalk, reliability & life issues

  • Choosing a printhead starting from the application performance

  • Recent developments & announcements

Inkjet inks & testing

  • Inkjet ink design

  • Understanding the process

  • Particles & the importance of dispersion

  • Manufacturing & quality assurance

  • Lab testing methods

  • Understanding droplet formation

  • Properties influencing performance

  • What is new?

6:00 pm

Networking reception in display area

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

8:00 am

Session 2

Creating a reliable industrial inkjet system

  • Overview of a system

    • Ink supply design

    • Electronics & software

    • Motion systems

    • Drying & curing

  • Managing system performance

    • Maintenance

    • Droplet quality and mist

    • Missing nozzle detection

    • Missing nozzle compensation

    • Maintaining image quality

12:00 pm

1:00 pm

Networking luncheon

Session 3

Industrial inkjet markets & applications

  • The digital proposition and benefits

  • Industrial inkjet business model

  • Infrastructure barriers to entry

  • Some successful applications

  • The numbers

  • Where next?

Technology case studies

  • High speed single-pass

  • Offset inkjet

  • Direct-to-shape

  • 3D printing (additive manufacturing)       

  • Bio & pharma

Trends & challenges for inkjet growth

  • Ink costs

  • High speed vs. high functionality

  • Sustainability

  • Production environment operation

  • Meeting productivity & operating cost targets

  • Is lead free piezo needed?

4:00 pm


Course Leader

Dr. Mark Bale, Director, DoDxAct, Wells, Somerset, UK 


Mark Bale is a PhD qualified Physicist who started DoDxAct Ltd in 2017 in order to provide practical support to those developing technology for the industrial inkjet printing industry based on independent laboratory facilities. Specializing in print heads, inks and the optimization of print process, Mark is recognized by leading vendors of inks, printheads, printers, and components as someone who can enable their technology in the market and support their customers to success. DoDxAct's clients list comprises start-ups to globally recognized brands, spanning 4 continents with the common goal of getting the most out of their inkjet products or applications.

After starting his career in Oxford and Cambridge University spin-off companies Opsys and CDT, Mark got into inkjet by helping develop the process to print OLED displays, including the print strategy & metrology to optimise the uniformity. Mark then worked with Sun Chemical for over 10 years, ultimately leading a team that supported the integration of cutting-edge inkjet ink developments of all types into OEM customers of their SunJet branded and private labelled products.

The Inkjet Universe Sponsorships

IMI is excited to provide The Inkjet Universe sponsorship opportunity to expand the number of industry suppliers able to digitally position themselves “front and center” before a key group of inkjet business leaders including executives, product developers, technologists, major users, etc. - PLUS distributing their message to IMI’s global database of nearly 20,000 relevant contacts. Sponsors will receive ongoing recognition, exposure, and publicity for an entire year via multiple channels!

Our goal is to develop an “inkjet community” focused on generating excitement about rapidly expanding inkjet technology developments, markets, applications, and opportunities - thus benefiting all Inkjet industry participants and end users.

Our goal is to develop a “community” focused on the conference program and the Sponsors to generate excitement about inkjet technology, market, and application developments - benefiting all industry participants and end users.


For additional information on sponsorship opportunities, click here OR contact Al Keene

Sponsors of theinkjetuniverse

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Speaking Opportunities

If you have a potential topic for presentation at this or another IMI conference, please submit your proposed presentation topic and a brief outline to Al Keene at IMI ( for review.


IMI is always looking for potential speakers for upcoming conference programs and will be pleased to discuss your ideas for potential presentation topics.

Free Displays

Conference Hotel

Printer, materials, and other product demonstrations/displays by both course leaders and registrants are encouraged.  IMI will cooperate with all interested parties to provide appropriate space so products can be displayed and demonstrated during the Inkjet Innovation Academy breaks & receptions.   There is no charge in addition to the conference registration fee to have a display table and/or give a 5-minute Suppliers Forum presentation.  Interested companies should contact IMI President Al Keene to ensure that proper arrangements are made for product displays and demonstrations.


IMI sponsors conferences to assist in understanding emerging technology developments, markets and applications requirements. IMI conferences offer attendees unique opportunities for leading hardware, technology development, materials, manufacturing, software, and user companies to network and develop a more 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 conference 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 conference 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.

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