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Inkjet Surfaces & Products Decoration Course

Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook

Lombard (Chicago Area), Illinois

June 20, 2018

Media Partners

Course Focus

Regardless of the products being decorated, functionalized, or 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. Led by Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Director & Founder of Alchemie Technology, this course will discuss these crucial system aspects as well as the successes and challenges of inkjet in the diverse product decoration landscape.


Attendees for IMI’s Industrial Print Academy Inkjet Surfaces & Products Decoration 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.

 Inkjet Surfaces & Products Decoration Course Outline

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

4:00 p.m.                      Early Registration (if desired)

5:00 p.m.                      Networking Reception

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

8:00 a.m.                      Registration

8:30 a.m.                      Course Session Begins

Transition of product decoration to digital

    - Societal trend to digital

    - Personalization

    - Functionalization

    - Engagement

    - Brand identity

    - Current status & range of applications

Why inkjet?

    - Marketing advantages

    - Material & energy cost savings

    - On-demand digital proposition

Surface properties

    - UV curable technologies for inkjet

    - Surfaces & interactions

    - Bleed and intercolor bleed

    - Pre and post coatings

    - Adhesion & durability

    - Requirements versus applications

    - Drying

12:00 Noon               Networking luncheon

1:00 pm                      Course Reconvenes

Print quality

    - Establishing requirements

    - Factors affecting print quality

    - Printhead-ink-substrate

    - 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


5:00 p.m.                      Course Adjournment

5:00 p.m.                      Networking Reception

Inkjet Surfaces & Products Decoration 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 graduated with B.Sc. Honours degree in Chemistry and Physics, M.Sc and Ph.D research degree in Polymer Chemistry from Manchester University.



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 Inkjet Surfaces & Products Decoration Course

June 20, 2018

Embassy Suites Chicago – Lombard/Oak Brook

Lombard (Chicago Area), Illinois USA


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