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Inkjet Inks

Materials & Applications Course

February 10-11, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe,

Tempe (Phoenix), Arizona USA


Course Focus

Building on the back of the success of wide format graphics applications, industrial inkjet printing has penetrated many market areas by utilizing a wide range of different ink chemistry approaches. 


IMI’s Inkjet Inks – Materials and Applications Course provides an insightful overview of the different ink platform technologies in use today, with an emphasis on practical aspects of materials selection and optimization for the low viscosity requirement of inkjet printing. Looking from the applications viewpoint, potential ink solutions are compared and contrasted. Key issues surrounding the integration of inkjet ink technologies into industrial printing within a production environment are also considered.


Led by Dr. Mark Bale, founder of DoDxAct, the Inkjet Inks – Materials and Applications Course is aimed at developers wishing to adopt inkjet technology in their industrial production processes, or those who are already skilled in one area and are looking to understand the wider potential of inkjet chemistries available.

Inkjet Inks – Materials and Applications Course Outline

Monday, February 10, 2020

1:00 pm                  Registration 

1:30 pm                  Opening Session - Introduction and context

Welcome & Introductions

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

Course Leader:

Dr. Mark Bale, Founder & Director, DoDxAct, Somerset, UK

How inkjet ink has evolved


The drive back to water

The modern process

Ink as the enabling technology

Market considerations

OEM vs. aftermarket

Basic ink chemistry comparison

What’s inside

The influence of the printhead

Checking the basic properties

Making sure it’s right

6:00 pm                  Networking Reception

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

8:00 am                  Session 2 -  Ink types & materials choices


The ubiquitous all-rounder

Focus on free radical UV


Function takes over from simple colors


From hard CIJ inks to ‘Eco’ graphics


A good option for absorbing substrates


A great route to process resilience


Clever chemistry as the best of both worlds

12:00 Noon            Networking Lunch

1:00 pm                  Session 3 - Application examples: Ink selection

Practical examples of ink selection by application area

Wide format graphics

Production print




Corrugated board & paper packaging

Flexible (plastic packaging)


3D printing


4:00 pm           Adjournment  


Dr. Mark Bale, Founder & Director, DoDxAct, Somerset, UK

Mark Bale - DoDxAct.jpg

After working many years for a leading ink company, Dr. Mark Bale founded DoDxAct Ltd, an inkjet technology consultancy in 2017. Based in Somerset UK, DoDxAct offers bespoke training and practical assistance in support for all aspects of inkjet R&D from ink formulation and manufacture through jetting & process integration to final application optimization. Working with start-ups to large companies with global reputations, his inkjet applications experience takes in production inkjet, wide-format graphics, labels & packaging, decorative surfaces, print-to-shape, electronics manufacturing, product coding, and 3D printing.

Dr. Bale earned his undergraduate degree and PhD in Physics from the University of Birmingham UK and is a published author of academic papers, patents, and online content on topics ranging from microfabrication, OELD devices to inkjet printing. 

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.

IMI Inkjet Inks

Materials & Applications Course

February 10-11, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe,

Tempe (Phoenix), Arizona USA


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