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Industrial Inkjet System Design Course

Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook

Lombard (Chicago Area), Illinois

June 19, 2018

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Course Focus

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 and more. Led by Dr. Rich Baker, President of Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, this course explores 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 & post treatment, curing, and user interfaces are just examples of the pertinent considerations to a successful industrial inkjet system design.


The “industrial inkjet” market is not really a “Market”, but more a collection of unique and custom print systems; each specific to an individual manufacturer’s production line and product needs. It is, however, one of the largest and currently un-tapped spaces where inkjet printheads, inks, and system components can be used.


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, text, 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, and to understand the challenges of using inkjet in an industrial environment.

Industrial Inkjet System Design Course Outline

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

8:00 a.m.                      Registration

8:30 a.m.                      Course Session Begins

What is inkjet? technologies, how it works, limitations

    - Technology fundamentals

    - Nuances of printhead designs

    - Comparing specifications

Attractiveness of inkjet

    - Unique traits of inkjet

    - How they can be useful in various manufacturing processes

Peripheral technologies

    - UV, IR, pulsed light, acoustic drying, RF

    - Other technologies to know about when developing a manufacturing process

12:00 Noon               Networking luncheon

1:00 pm                      Course Session 2

Setting up a development program: feasibility, development, optimization, implementation, improvement

    - Selecting the team (roles and responsibilities)

    - Setting the expectations

    - Utilizing outside experience

    - Phasing the program

    - Costs & typical challenges


Inkjet application challenges & solutions (or at least approaches….and when to give up!)

    - Fluids & process

    - Drive electronics & data paths

    - RIPs & output quality

    - Mechanical tolerances & error budgets

    - Mitigating output quality defects

    - Increasing uptime & system availability


Example test cases

    - How specific challenges were identified, addressed & overcome


Emerging Applications: quick look at where inkjet is going

5:00 p.m.                      Course Adjournment

5:00 p.m.                      Networking Reception


Industrial Inkjet System Design Course Leader

Dr. Rich Baker, President, Integrity Industrial Inkjet Integration, Lebanon, New Hampshire 

Dr. Rich Baker is President of Integrity Industrial Inkjet Integration, a company that designs and fabricates bespoke industrial inkjet 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.


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 of the latest "The Numbers" Market Report by IT Strategies. Generated from their 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 Inkjet System Design Course

June 19, 2018

Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook

Lombard (Chicago Area), Illinois USA


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