Information Management Institute

Emerging Technologies Academy
Printhead Selection and Evaluation Course

September 5, 2014

Hilton Charlotte University Place
Charlotte, North Carolina

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Information Management Institute

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Course Focus

Printhead selection is critical to successful implement of ink jet technology; IMI's Printhead Selection & Evaluation Course is designed to provide practical, usable information about the printhead selection and evaluation process to assist you in making the best possible decision in this key area of ink jet system development.

Printhead technology developments and advancements are enabling the use of ink jet technology in an ever-expanding array of applications. Of course, these developments have also greatly expanded the available options and thus complicated the printhead selection and evaluation process. IMI's Printhead Selection & Evaluation Course provides a unique opportunity to obtain information and insights critical to your printhead selection and evaluation process.

Inkjet system development is very challenging and printhead selection is a key step in the development process that dictates many downstream design decisions. This course will provide a proven framework for printhead selection and evaluation plus practical recommendations on key process optimization variables and system testing requirements. IMI's Printhead Selection & Evaluation Course will assist those undertaking design or implementation of ink jet systems as well as providing the knowledge and understanding to ask the right questions of vendors and consultants in the printhead selection and implementation phases.

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Printhead Selection & Evaluation Course
September 5, 2014
Hilton Charlotte University Place
Charlotte, North Carolina

Program & Topic Coverage

  Friday, September 5, 2014

  8:30 a.m.Course Registration

  9:00 a.m.Session 1 - Printhead Selection

Course Leader: Mike Raymond, Inkjet Specialist & Meteor Business Development, ttpmeteor, Newark, Delaware, USA
Mike Raymond, ttpmeteor Types of Ink Jet Printheads
  • Continuous and Drop-on-demand
  • Piezoelectric & Thermal
  • Binary & Grayscale
  • Commercially-available, commercially-unavailable, and pre-commercial

Suppliers of Commercially-Available Printheads & Basic Specifications
  • FUJIFILM Dimatix
  • Xaar
  • Kyocera
  • Konica Minolta
  • Ricoh
  • Toshiba Tec
  • Trident

Selection Criteria for Your Application

  • Ink Types Capabilities & Compatibility
  • Nozzles: Number, Density, Uniformity
  • Drop Size, Velocity
  • Geometry, Connectivity (Ink, Electrical & Mechanical)
  • Data path Architecture & Requirements
  • Economics (Cost/Benefit)
Drops in Flight
Photo courtesy of TTP Meteor
  12:00 Non Lunch

  1:00 p.m.Session 2 - Printhead Evaluation

How Do You Get Your Printhead To Work?
  • Operate & Test
  • Evaluation kits

How Do You Diagnose Errors?

  • Print Quality Evaluations
  • Log files
  • Waveform Optimization

How Do You Optimize Performance?

  • The Right Ink
  • The Right Temperature
  • The Right Dynamic Pressure
  • The Right Synchronization Frequency Signal
  • The Right Voltage & Waveform
  • Good Mechanics
  • & More!

Roadmap for Printhead Selection & Evaluation

Ink Jet Test Rig
Photo courtesy of TTP Meteor
 4:00 p.m. Adjournment

IMI Conferences in September 2014

Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2014
September 3-4, 2014

Emerging Technologies Academy Short Courses

3D Printing - Opportunities & Challenges Course

High Speed Ink Jet System Design & Process Development Course

Printhead Selection and Evaluation Course

Color Management for
Successful Ink Jet System Implementation Course

September 5, 2014

IMI Completed Conferences on this Topic

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

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

Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2012
September 5 - 6, 2012

A Complete Listing of IMI Completed Programs


Mike Raymond, Inkjet Specialist & Meteor Business Development, ttpmeteor, Newark, Delaware, USA

Mike Raymond, ttpmeteor
Mr. Raymond has been developing digital printing products throughout his career. Mike has an experienced career that started in digital printing with toner based, laser and electrostatic printing systems for the high speed document processing industry. He got into industrial inkjet when he started a company, Accent Color Sciences, to address the need for color printing on transactional documents. This was utilizing Spectra (Dimatix) printheads and hot-melt wax based ink. The printers were sold under IBM and Xerox brands. Scitex (now Kodak Versamark) subsequently acquired ACS.

At Trident, an ITW Company, Mike was responsible for the development of piezo printheads for the package printing industry. The Trident team moved the technology platform to the next level by doubling nozzle density and adding automated manufacturing processes for piezo printhead manufacturing.

As a technology strategist for DuPont, Mike formed strategic relationships with all major printhead manufacturers. He was responsible for evaluation and testing of all major industrial printheads He worked closely with Dimatix, Kyocera, Seiko, Konica, Xaar, Ricoh, Epson, Panasonic, Samsung and Memjet.

At DuPont Mike was assigned as Program Manager, responsible for the Artistri 2020 printer and inks development. After a 2-year development, DuPont launched the product and achieved over 200 installations. Subsequent developments of the 2030 and 2040 printers improved performance to over 250 square meters per hour.

Presently, Mike is a consultative representative working closely with customers to bring the best technology solutions, for their application, with the fastest time to market. He is an expert in on-demand inkjet printhead technology, design and integration. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Hartford and a 6-Sigma Master Blackbelt from Villanova.

Hotel Information

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

IMI has chosen Charlotte, North Carolina for its central location and great travel connections from within the USA and beyond as well as its strong economic climate. Charlotte is known as the International Gateway to South and Charlotte's Douglas International Airport is the sixth busiest airport in the world. It serves over 40 million passengers per year with competitive fares and convenient fight schedules from more than 140 nonstop destinations. Nearly 60% of the US population is within a two hour flight of Charlotte.

Charlotte is the center of the United State's sixth largest urban region with 7.3 million people living in a 100-mile radius. Charlotte is a major Southeastern US hub with major manufacturing, energy, healthcare, educational and financial facilities. More than 270 Fortune 500 companies have facilities in the Greater Charlotte metro area. Charlotte is a major manufacturing force - Mecklenburg County has 1,150 producers generating an annual payroll of $3.1 billion. Charlotte serves as headquarters for many major national and international companies. During the past ten years, nearly 7,000 firms have invested $12 billion in new Charlotte area facilities.

Charlotte offers major and unique attractions including the following favorites:
NASCAR Hall of Fame:
U.S. National Whitewater Center:
Billy Graham Library:
Levine Museum of the New South:
Discovery Place:
and Much More!

The Numbers: Worldwide Digital Printing Market Report
Provided to all Registrants

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 "The Numbers: Worldwide Digital Printing 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 Emerging Technologies Academy Courses on September 5, 2014 will receive a complimentary copy of the latest edition of the "The Numbers: Worldwide Digital Printing Market Report."

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IMI conference programs are designed to enable attendees to obtain the latest technical, market and application information while allowing time to network with other attendees in a time and cost efficient manner. Attendance at an IMI conference enables attendees to meet with an industry's leading experts in a single location over a short period of time thus maximizing information transfer efficiency and minimizing travel and time expenses.

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