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Industrial Inkjet System Design Course

May 2-3, 2022


The Florida Hotel & Conference

Orlando, Florida

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

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. 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

Peripheral technologies important in inkjet process development

  • Printhead evaluation & assessment

  • Pretreatments: Corona & plasma

  • Curing: UV, IR, RF, pulsed light, acoustic drying

  • Motion control

  • Substrate/product feed & handling options

  • Print/Image testing & evaluation

6:00 pm

Networking reception in display area

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

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 pm

1:00 pm

Networking luncheon

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 manufacturing

  • Bio printing

  • Food Printing

  • Functional materials

  • Labels

  • Packaging

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Printed Electronics

  • Textiles

  • & more!

Developing a system design strategy

Open discussion of participants’ potential applications

4:00 pm


Conference Hotel

Course Leader

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

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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.

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

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.

Details on all of IMI’s activities can be found on our web site or by contacting us:

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Carrabassett Valley, ME  04947
Phone: +1-207-235-2225
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