Industrial Inkjet

System Design Course

February 10-11, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe,

Tempe (Phoenix), Arizona USA

Course Focus

IMI’s Industrial Inkjet System Design Course provides an essential grounding in inkjet technologies and the possibilities for the use of inkjet in industrial applications.  The course then progresses with a step-by-step proven process to help research, development, product management, and executive personnel understand how inkjet can be a beneficial process in a multi-step manufacturing line; connecting the dots between an initial idea, to feasibility studies, to development engineering, system design, and ultimately to production line implementation.


Inkjet has the potential to be used in a vast variety of markets and applications, in the industrial manufacturing space including 3D printing, direct-to-shape, automotive, aerospace, biotechnology, electronics, consumer goods, medical, pharmaceutical, textile as well as numerous other applications. This Industrial Inkjet System Design Course will explore how to set up a successful development program to assess, develop and implement an inkjet system for a specific end use.  Factors including process, flow, speed, substrate, print quality, ink type, pre and post print necessities, curing and user interfaces are just a few examples of the covered considerations that are pertinent to an industrial inkjet system design.


Since there are, commonly, no off-the-shelf print systems that a manufacturing company can simply review and buy, it is up to users to decide for themselves whether inkjet technology is a fit for them technically, economically, and for process productivity.  It is also up to them to specify, build, test, and implement a system.  Thus, it is highly important to have a preliminary understanding of inkjet and an ability to ask the right questions when creating an industrial system design as well as understanding the challenges of using inkjet in a manufacturing environment.


The future possibilities of inkjet technology are expansive, and exciting!  IMI’s Industrial Ink Jet System Design Course, led by Dr. Rich Baker, President of Integrity Ink Jet Integration provides guidance and practical experience to people considering using inkjet as an industrial manufacturing process.

Industrial Ink Jet System Design Course Outline

Monday, February 10, 2020

1:00 pm                  Registration 

1:30 pm                  Opening Session 

Welcome & Introductions

Alvin G. Keene, President, Information Management Institute, Inc., Carrabassett Valley, Maine, USA

Course Leader:

Dr. Rich Baker, President, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, Lebanon, New Hampshire

What is inkjet? Technologies, how it works, limitations

Inkjet technology fundamentals

Nuances of printhead designs

Comparing specifications

Attractiveness of inkjet

Inkjet traits that are unique

How they can be useful in various industrial manufacturing processes

6:00 pm                  Networking Reception

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

8:00 am                  Session 2

Setting up a development program: Feasibility, development, optimization, implementation, improvement

Selecting the team (Roles & responsibilities)

Setting expectations

Utilizing outside experience

Phasing the program

Costs & typical challenges

Inkjet application challenges & solutions (Or at least approaches….and when to give up!)

Inks & process

Drive electronics & data paths

Color RIPs & image quality

Mechanical tolerances and error budgets

Mitigating image defects

Increasing uptime & system availability

12:00 Noon            Networking Lunch

1:00 pm                  Session 3

Example test cases

How specific challenges were identified, addressed and overcome

Emerging applications

A look at where the inkjet industry is going:

3D printing/additive

Functional materials




Printed Electronics


& more!

Developing a system design strategy

Open discussion of participants’ potential applications

4:00 pm           Adjournment  



Dr. Rich Baker, President, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, West Lebanon, New Hampshire 

Dr. Rich Baker is President of Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, a company that designs and fabricates bespoke industrial ink jet print systems for end user production lines.  Integrity has built print systems for numerous companies. Systems range from printing onto individual flat products to contoured direct to shape surfaces to web-based products, and covers applications including, high speed labels, food decoration, functional electronics, pharmaceutical & biotech deposition, window fashions, displays & touch screens and industrial 3D manufacturing.  Integrity is printhead and ink agnostic, and integrates with technologies from all the major printhead and inks companies.

Prior to founding Integrity, Rich worked at FUJIFILM Dimatix for 14 years. As Director of Business Development at FUJIFILM Dimatix, he was responsible for fostering relationships between world leading ink companies, OEM systems integrators and end user customers, as well as founding and managing their Systems Integrations Group.


Before FUJIFILM Dimatix, Rich held the position of Chemical Products Manager at Markem-Image, where he was responsible for developing a wide variety of inkjet inks, including hot melt.


Rich has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts.

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

Web Site:

About IMI

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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