Information Management Institute
Theory Of Ink Jet Technology

February 3-4, 2014

Riviera Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada


Pivotal Resources

Alchemie Technology

sponsored by

Information Management Institute, Inc.

Las Vegas Strip The Ink Jet Academy: Theory of Ink Jet Technology provides a program and format to get an expert start in the ink jet field, to get an update or to open up new ink jet fields.

Understanding the fundamentals is a prerequisite to any development. The Ink Jet Academy offers a one and one-half day course covering the basic theory of all the diverse types of ink jet technology in use today. Learn how the printheads work, what materials are used in their fabrication and the theory of operation. Learn about inks and media used, how they are formulated and the supply and support systems used. This course assumes a basic scientific knowledge and will provide a useful background to anyone entering the ink jet industry or seeking an efficient update of ink jet technology.

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Theory Of Ink Jet Technology
Riviera Hotel & Casino
February 3-4, 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada

  Monday, February 3, 2014

  11:00 a.m.Registration

  1:00 p.m.Opening Session

Alvin G. Keene, President, Information Management Institute, Inc., Carrabassett Valley, Maine

Introduction to Ink Jet
  • Course Overview
  • Course Overview
  • Types of Ink Jet Technology
  • Drop on Demand Technologies
  • Thermal & Piezo Ink Jet
  • Evolution of Ink Jet Markets
  • Ink Jet Patents

Ink Jet Ink Technologies

  • Ink Types: Aqueous, Solvent, Oil, Phase Change & UV Cure
  • Dyes and Pigments
  • Ink Jet Ink Formulations
  • Ink Jet Ink Design
  • Understanding the Ink Jet Printing Process
  • Drop Formation
  • Properties Influencing Piezo Ink Jet Ink Performance
  • Testing an Ink for Reliability: Methods & Characterization

DOD (Drop-on-Demand) Printhead Technologies

  • Thermal Ink Jet
  • Piezo Ink Jet
    - Piston Mode Designs
    - Roof Mode Actuators
    - Stacked Piezo Technology
    - Shear Mode Design
    - Silicon Printheads

  6:00 p.m. Reception

  Tuesday, February 4, 2012

  8:30 a.m. Session 2

Ink Jet Materials and Dispersions
  • Range of Materials and Ink Chemistries
  • Evolution of Ink Jet Inks
  • Evolution of Dyes
  • Pigments and Dispersion Technology
  • Dispersion Theory
  • Polymers and Additives
  • Processes and Manufacturing

Printhead Operational Issues
  • Drop Placement Accuracy
  • Drop Ejection Frequency
  • Crosstalk
  • Reliability
  • Life Issues

UV Ink Chemistry and Curing

  • UV Curable Materials
  • Monomers
  • Oligomers
  • Photoinitiators
  • UV Curing
  • Print Quality Issues with UV Inks

Print & Image Quality - Issues & Solutions

  • Factors Affecting Print Quality
  • Printhead - Ink - Substrate
  • Greyscale Methods

 12:00 Noon Lunch

  1:00 p.m. Session 3

System Design Issues
  • Industrial Ink Supplies
  • Bubble Control
  • Nozzle Maintenance

Emerging Technologies

  • Kodak Stream
  • Memjet
  • HP PageWide Technology
  • Landa Nanography
  • Lead-free Piezo
  • Speed & Resolution Trends

Ink Jet Applications

  • Coding, Marking, Mailing & Addressing
  • Wide Format Graphics
  • Industrial Decoration - Décor & Laminates
  • Ceramic Tiles
  • Textiles
  • Commercial Printing
  • Labels & Packaging
  • Printed Electronics
  • Bio-medical
  • 3D Printing
  • & More!!

 5:00 p.m. Adjournment

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IMI Conferences in February 2014

The Ink Jet Academy - Theory of Ink Jet Technology
February 3-4, 2014

23rd Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
February 5-7, 2014

Nanotechnology, Surfaces and Ink-surface Interactions for Digital Printing Course
February 3-4, 2014

IMI Completed Conferences on this Topic

22nd Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
January 30 - February 1, 2013

Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2012
September 5 - 6, 2012

21st Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
February 1 - 3, 2012

Nanotechnology and Opportunities for Digital Printing
September 7, 2012

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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 ink jet industry. Dr. Hudd is also a Director of Inkjet Partnership, a specialized company involved in ink jet conferences, Ink Jet Academy and inkjet training programs. A particular research interest is the development of how ink jet can play a role in providing sustainable energy solutions.

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.

In 1987, Dr.Hudd joined Domino Printing Sciences and spent eight years as the Fluids Technology Manager, developing a wide range of ink jet ink for diverse applications and is credited with a number of patents and significant innovations within the industrial ink jet industry. Prior to Domino, he spent almost eight years with the Ministry of Defence and Royal Ordnance in the UK, developing new solid polymer rocket propellants for air to air missiles.

Dr. Hudd graduated with B.Sc. Honours degree in Chemistry and Physics, M.Sc and Ph.D research degrees in Polymer Chemistry from Manchester University.

Dr Alan Hudd, Xennia Technology

Mr. Mike Willis, Managing Director, Pivotal Resources Limited, Cambridge, UK

Mr. Willis is the founder and Managing Director of Pivotal Resources, an international marketing and technical consultancy specializing in digital printing.

Mike Willis, Pivotal Resources
He has worked in this industry for the past 30 years, accumulating considerable experience in a wide range of imaging technologies. Recognized as an industry expert, he regularly speaks and gives tutorials at printing conferences in Europe and North America. In addition, he is the publisher of Directions, a service that monitors ink jet patents and significant product launches.

Mike was a founder member of Xaar, a company set up to exploit High resolution piezo ink jet technology. Later, while responsible for business development, he promoted the technology, forging links with printer companies world-wide.

Mike began his career at Gestetner Limited, working on a variety of photocopier projects, and was responsible for the development of image processes. He graduated from the Polytechnic of Central London in 1976 with Honours in Photographic Sciences.


Information Management Institute, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has commissioned I T Strategies of Hanover, Massachusetts to prepare a confidential study report entitled "Worldwide Printer and Supplies Market Report" for distribution to all registrants to IMI's programs.

This exclusive market report is updated on an ongoing basis and provides a source of market information based on a consistent methodology and reporting structure. The report authors, I T Strategies, generate this report from their worldwide model of the printer industry.

All registrants to the Ink Jet Academy: Theory of Ink Jet Technology on February 3-4, 2014 will receive a complimentary copy of the latest edition of the "Worldwide Printer and Supplies Market Report."

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