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

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.

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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over 25,000 technical, marketing and management personnel from companies around the world.


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