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Inkjet Technology for Industrial Print

September 6, 2019

Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook, Illinois, USA


Course Focus

It’s hard not to notice that the world is going digital, and that inkjet’s current growth is being driven by manufacturing or “industrial print” applications. Leading market forecaster IT Strategies has the industrial print market vendor revenues (hardware & consumables) growing to $10B in 2020 - yielding over $40B of retail revenue to print providers for the printed output.  This includes applications such as décor, product and surface decoration, deposition and incorporation of functional materials into products, complex multi-process 3D product manufacturing applications, security, packaging, and labeling.


The key to successful entry and participation in the industrial inkjet arena is a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of inkjet technologies and how they enable successful industrial inkjet applications. IMI’s Inkjet Technology for Industrial Print Course covers the inkjet system, its components plus the issues and coming developments that will shape the future of inkjet.


Whether you are an inkjet industry supplier or in any current or future end use industry, whether you are already deeply involved in industrial print or you plan to be in the future: IMI’s Inkjet Technology for Industrial Print Course provides an understanding of and an ability to recognize what is possible in the near term; the limits of current technologies; and insights into the breakthroughs necessary to achieve ultimate success. Led by recognized inkjet industry expert Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Director & Founder of Alchemie Technology (and co-presenter for IMI’s popular Inkjet Academy) this course will give your understanding of the industrial inkjet industry an expert start or a timely update.

This course is being held immediately following IMI's Inkjet Age of Materials Conference 2019 on September 6, 2019.

Inkjet Technology for Industrial Print Course

Course Outline

Friday, September 6, 2019

8:00 a.m.                     Registration 

8:30 a.m.                     Course Session Begins

Introduction & course overview

The inkjet system: How components work & roles they play

Printheads: Types, operation principles, design parameters, etc.

Drive electronics & data management

Ink management system

Ancillary technologies: Substrate/material handling, motion control, finishing, etc.

Inkjet inks

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

Understanding the inkjet printing process

Inkjet ink design & formulation

Dyes, pigments, & specialty additives

Drop formation

Substrate interactions

Drying & curing

Properties influencing piezo inkjet ink performance

Testing an ink for reliability: methods & characterization

Establishing suitability for applications

Print quality

Establishing requirements

Factors affecting print quality


Greyscale methods

Drop detection

Banding, single pass issues

Drying & curing effects

Why inkjet?

Versatility & customization: On-demand digital proposition

Materials, energy, & time savings = improved ROI

Print plus deposition, coating, additive manufacturing & other unique applications

Incorporation into existing production environments

Marketing advantages

Brand identity

Inkjet as a disruptive technology

12:00 Noon                   Networking Luncheon

1:00 p.m.                      Course Reconvenes

Major industrial inkjet applications – Status, challenges & expectations

Architectural: Glass, wall coverings, etc.

3D printing/additive manufacturing

Flooring: ceramic tiles, laminates, wood, etc.

Packaging: Containers (cans/bottles/ect.), corrugated, Flexible,

Printed electronics

Product decoration


Materials advancements fostering new industrial print applications

Anisotropy, flakes

Bioengineering materials (Cells, tissue, organs, etc.)


Food grade inks/fluids

Functional fluids: reactive, electrical properties, biofunctional, etc.


Graphene & 2D materials


Powders & dispersions

Competitive & available application techniques

Driven by societal transition to digital


 3D printing/additive manufacturing techniques

Digital dispensing

Hybrid approaches

Developing your digital implementation roadmap

What can be expected in the next few & ten years?

4:00 p.m.                     Course Adjournment  

Inkjet Technology for Industrial Print Course Leader

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

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Dr. Hudd is Director and Founder of Alchemie Technology Ltd. Alchemie is an independent contract development and consultancy company to the industrial inkjet industry. Alchemie is also developing and commercialising a range of novel printhead technologies through its joint venture company, Jetronica. Jetronica specialises 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.


Dr. Hudd was the Founder and Managing Director of Xennia Technology from 1996 to 2012. During this period, he built Xennia to become a world leading Inkjet developer and solutions provider to industrial inkjet markets.

Dr. Hudd is credited with being one of the pioneers to successfully inkjet print UV curable materials.  In one case, high aspect ratio UV curable printing was achieved to create fine 3D tooling for the use of injection moulding.  A number of other projects followed that have sown the seeds for many current UV cure applications.


Dr. Hudd is a frequent speaker at inkjet industry events worldwide and is co-presenter of The Inkjet Academy which has been attended by over 3,000 participants in the US, China, Europe, Japan, and India.


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

Inkjet Innovation Academy Sponsorships

IMI is excited to announce a sponsorship opportunity for industrial industry suppliers to position themselves “front and center” before a key group of inkjet and industrial print developers working across key application areas - PLUS distributing their message to the IMI global database of over 20,000 relevant contacts.


Our goal is to develop a “community” focused on the Inkjet Innovation Academy program course and Sponsors to generate excitement about industrial print technologies and applications developments - benefiting all inkjet industry participants and end users.


For additional information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Al Keene

Complimentary Display Space

Product demonstrations and displays by Inkjet Innovation Academy attendees 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 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.


You can also reserve your display space and Suppliers’ Forum presentation slot by registering online and checking off the appropriate boxes indicating your participation.

I.T. Strategies Market Report


All participants will receive a free copy I.T. Strategies latest annual Market Report, The Numbers 2019 “Production & Industrial Print Global Statistical Summary.” Commissioned by IMI and generated from I.T. Strategies’ worldwide digital printing industry model, it provides an ongoing source of market information based on a consistent methodology and reporting structure.

About IMI


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Inkjet Technology for Industrial Print

September 6, 2019

Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook, Illinois, USA


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