Information Management Institute

Emerging Technologies Academy
High Speed Ink Jet System Design
& Process Development Course

September 5, 2014

Hilton Charlotte University Place
Charlotte, North Carolina

sponsored by

Information Management Institute


Print3 Technologies

Course Focus

IMI's High Speed Ink Jet System Design & Process Development Course provides an introduction to the real world challenges of high speed printer design. The course focuses on the five key areas:

Printer Development Process: Attendee's will learn a proven printer development process. From market requirements to specific design suggestions, participants will receive an overview of drop placement error budgets, how to effectively work with key vendors plus methods required to make trade-off decisions.

Jetting Process: How does it work and how do the key process variables affect image quality and reliability. Questions answered such as "what limits the speed of printing", "most common reasons for jetting reliability issues", etc.

System Integration & Design Process: Commonly made mistakes during integration from ink supply design, encoder assembly, substrate transport system and other common integration issues plus pecific design suggestions to minimize such issues. Also an overview of using drop placement error budgets to guide the design process.

Process Development: Overview of process development and testing procedure to tune the process touching on issues including ink/substrate tuning, time from print to lamps, interstation vs. standard drying, Ink formulation changes, print quality tuning on range of substrates, screening, color laydown order, ink limiting, etc.

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Vendor & Outside Resources Management: Working closely with experienced vendors will greatly improve any printer development. We will discuss potential advice and testing that can be performed by vendors.

High speed production printer development is very challenging. This course will provide a proven framework for printer development plus practical recommendations on key design areas, required testing and solutions to common development mistakes. IMI's High Speed Ink Jet System Design & Process Development Course will assist those undertaking design or implementation of ink jet systems by providing critical insights to the design and implementation process as well as providing the knowledge and understanding to ask the right questions of vendors and consultants in the ink jet system selection and installation process.

High Speed Ink Jet System Design & Process Development 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

Course Leader: Rob Rogers, Founder & President, Print3 Technologies, Shawnee, Kansas
Rob Rogers, Founder & President, Print3 Technologies High Speed Printer Development: Challenges & Markets
  • Why Digital Printing?
  • Ink Jet vs. Conventional Printing: The Secret is the Cost Curve
  • Current & Emerging Single Pass Markets

Printer Development Process: Key Areas of Focus

  • Overview of Product Development: Key Points
  • System Architectures
  • Process Development Basics: Marriage of Printhead, System, Ink Formulation & Substrates to Meet Market Requirements
  • Market Requirements & Engineering Specifications

Jetting Process & Effect of Ink Properties
  • Slow Motion Video of Jetting
  • Printhead Inputs & Outputs Diagram
  • Rectified Diffusion: What is it & Why does it Result in Reliability Issues?
  • Common Single Pass Printheads
  • Flow Through vs. Non Flow Through
  • Jetting Effects of Critical Variables
  • Inks: How Ink Properties Effect System Integration & Jetting
  • Summary of Key Process Variables & their Basic Effects on the Jetting Process

Photo Courtesy of Print3 Technologies

  12:00 Non Lunch

  1:00 p.m.Session 2

System Integration & Design
  • Drop Placement Accuracy & Overview of Error Budgets
    - Common Sources of Errors
    - Error Budgets Concept
    - Banderly Curve: Determining Drop Placement Errors
    - Printhead Mounting
    - Substrate Transport Errors
  • Ink Supply Design
  • Print Electronics Integration
  • Technical Areas: Key Points

Process Development: The Marriage of Printhead, System, Ink Formulation and Substrates

  • Common Process Variables that are Tuned for an Application
  • Process Testing & Equipments
  • Ink/Substrate Interaction
  • Process Development: Key Points

Vendor & Outside Resource Management

  • Key Vendors
  • Advice & Services that Vendors can Provide
  • Overall Design & Development Management Plan

Photo Courtesy of Print3 Technologies
 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


Rob Rogers, Founder & President, Print3 Technologies, Shawnee, Kansas

Rob Rogers, Founder & President, Print3 Technologies
Rob Rogers is the Founder and President of Print3 Technologies, a one stop shop for custom ink jet systems, contract engineering and technical consulting, assisting clients to rapidly bring world class ink jet products to market.

Rob has been involved in the ink jet industry for 15 years, where he has been responsible for a wide range of ink jet production printing system including: high speed on-press variable data printers, ink jet label printing press, 100 part per minute container printer, flooring printer, solar cell deposition system and many others.

Rob formerly worked at Dimatix where he assisted international customers with new product development. Rob was a Co-Founder and Principle Engineer of Jetrion, the leading company in the ink jet label press market. While at Jetrion he was responsible for multiple custom ink jet production machines and the first commercially successful label press.

Rob graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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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