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Inkjet Surface Decoration Short Course

May 6, 2018


Regardless of the products being decorated and personalized (packaging, glass, textiles, footware, flooring, home décor, containers, etc.), basic surface parameters, ink properties, drying/curing, print quality/durability, product handling, data handling, workflows, etc. must be evaluated and optimized for each application. This course will discuss these crucial system aspects as well as the successes and challenges of inkjet in the diverse product decoration landscape.

Who Should Attend?

Attendees for IMI’s Industrial Print Academy Inkjet Surface Decoration Short Course should include engineers, product development staff, product managers, business development/planning, and marketing professionals who want to understand how to evaluate and implement inkjet technologies in the decoration of the varied product surfaces in today’s era of rapidly expanding inkjet applications.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

8:00 a.m.                     Registration Express Check-In: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m  

8:30 a.m.                     Opening Session  

Transition of product decoration to digital

Societal trend to digital



Brand identity

Current status & range of applications

Why inkjet?

Marketing advantages

Material & energy cost savings

On-demand digital propositions

Surface properties

UV curable technologies for inkjet

Surfaces & interactions

Bleed and intercolor bleed

Pre and post coatings

Adhesion & durability

Requirements versus applications           


Print Quality

Establishing requirements

Factors affecting print quality


Greyscale methods

Drop detection

Banding, part. single pass issues 


Drying effects


Ink types: aqueous, solvent, oil, phase change & UV cure

Understanding the inkjet printing process

Inkjet ink design & formulation

Dyes & pigments

Drop formation

Properties influencing piezo inkjet ink performance

Testing an ink for reliability: methods & characterization

Establishing suitability for applications

Challenges for inkjet

Inkjet & hybrid systems

Current offerings, capabilities, & applications

Development trends & new market creation

6:30 p.m.                     Course Adjournment  

Inkjet Surface Decoration Short 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 a founder of Xennia Technology and Managing Director from 1996 to 2012. During this period, he built Xennia to become a world leading Ink jet developer and solutions provider to industrial ink jet 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 graduated with B.Sc. Honours degree in Chemistry and Physics, M.Sc and Ph.D research degree in Polymer Chemistry from Manchester University.

IMI’s Industrial Print Academy Inkjet Surface Decoration Short Course is being presented as one of the short courses at RadTech’s UV+EB Technology Expo and Conference – click on the banner below for complete program information, hotel, travel and registration information.


The reference materials for this completed program is not being sold at this time. If you would like to be contacted when another IMI conference on this topic is announced, please contact Al Keene or join our mailing list.

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