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Inkjet Technology for Industrial Print

Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook

Lombard (Chicago Area), Illinois

September 7, 2018


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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 popular Inkjet Academy, this course will give your understanding of the industrial inkjet industry an expert start or a timely update.

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Inkjet Technology for Industrial Print Course Outline

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

Friday, September 7, 2018

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8:00 a.m.                      Registration

8:30 a.m.                      Course Session Begins

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

     - Printhead-ink-substrate

     - 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 p.m.                             Networking Lunch


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

     - Textiles

Materials advancements fostering new industrial print applications

     - Anisotropy, flakes

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

     - Composites

     - Food grade inks/fluids

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

     - Drugs/pharmaceuticals

     - Graphene & 2D materials

     - Metals

     - Powders & dispersions

Competitive & available application techniques

     - Driven by societal transition to digital

     - Inkjet

     - 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

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.


Industrial Print Academy Sponsorships

MI 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 Industrial Print Academy program course and Sponsors to generate excitement about industrial print technologies and applications developments - benefiting all industrial print industry participants and end users.


For additional information on this sponsorship opportunity contact Al Keene

Complimentary Display Space

Product demonstrations/displays by Industrial Print Academy attendees are encouraged. IMI will cooperate with all interested parties to provide appropriate space so products can be displayed and demonstrated during the Industrial Print 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 by registering online and checking off the appropriate box indicating your participation.


IT Strategies Market Report

All participants will receive a free copy I.T. Strategies latest annual Market Report "Digital Document & Industrial Print Beyond the Office.” 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.



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IMI Industrial Print Academy

Inkjet Technology for Industrial Print Course

September 7, 2018

Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook

Lombard, Illinois, USA


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