Understanding the basics is essential to any industry’s development. The Inkjet Academy one-and-a-half-day course covers the theory behind the many types of inkjet technology used today and aims to give your understanding of the industry an expert start.
The course will show you how printheads work, the materials used in their fabrication and the theory of their operation. You will also learn how inks are formulated and used, as well as about ink supply and support systems. The course examines how drops are formed, travel and behave on the substrate surface. Fundamental aspects of printer operation such as nozzle maintenance and print quality are also covered.
Presented by Dr. Simon Kew and Dr. Alan Hudd of Alchemie Technology, the course assumes a basic scientific knowledge and is designed to provide useful background information for anyone entering the inkjet industry, seeking an update on today’s technology or looking for further fields of development.
The course is run in association with IMI conferences in Europe, the USA and Asia. For further details about the next course dates and venue, please use the link below.
Introduction to Inkjet
Types of inkjet technology
Drop on demand technologies
Thermal and piezo inkjet
Ink types: aqueous, solvent oil, phase change and UV cure
Materials and ink formulations
Evolution of inkjet markets
Desktop and Industrial markets
Industrial Inkjet printheads
Summary of current piezo printheads
Properties and key features comparison
Drop ejection frequency, crosstalk, reliability and Life issues
How to choose a printhead starting from the application performance
Testing an ink for reliability: methods & characterisation
Materials and dispersion theory
Creating a reliable industrial inkjet system
Drop placement accuracy and Drop break-off
Drop impact and spread
Factors affecting print quality
Banding, single pass issues
Missing nozzle detection
Missing nozzle compensation
Industrial inkjet markets
The digital proposition and benefits
Industrial inkjet business model
Infrastructure barriers to entry
The inkjet successes
The numbersFuture “stars”
Challenges to create successful industrial inkjet solution
Packaging and Labelling
“Additive” manufacturing processes
HP PageWide technology
Speed & resolution trends
Dr Alan Hudd
Chairman Alchemie Technology, UK
Dr Hudd is Chairman of Alchemie Technology Ltd and has over 20 years experience in the inkjet field. Alan worked at Domino Printing Sciences before founding Xennia Technology in 1996.
Alan has experience of inkjet across a broad range of applications and holds a PhD research degree in Polymer Chemistry from Manchester University.
Dr Simon Kew
Managing Director Alchemie Technology, UK
Dr Kew leads Technology and Business Development at Alchemie Technology. He has over 15 years of experience in new product and process innovation applied to chemistry-enabled products. Working across industries including consumer goods, foodstuffs, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, he has been responsible for delivering new products and process innovation programmes worldwide.
He specialises in the delivery of innovation using digital manufacturing technologies including inkjet printing and additive manufacturing technologies. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering.