Information Management Institute
Understanding Piezo Technology
Inside Piezo Drop on Demand Printheads

September 7, 2012

Hyatt Rosemont
Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois

sponsored by

Information Management Institute, Inc.

Course Focus

With drop on demand piezo printheads becoming the key imaging technology for a wide new range of products and manufacturing processes, it is becoming vital to understand how these critical components work, and how to recognize when things are not as they should be even if you are just a user of OEM printheads.

IMI's Understanding Piezo Technology course will take you through the basics of piezo materials and their properties, how they are used as actuators within printheads, other aspects of printhead design, printhead operation, crosstalk, reliability and lifetime issues, and the special considerations for deposition and ink jet as a manufacturing process.

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Understanding Piezo Technology
September 7, 2012
Hyatt Rosemont
Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois

  Friday, September 7, 2012

  8:30 a.m.Course Registration

  9:00 a.m. Session 1

Course Leader
Rob Harvey, CEO, AtomJet, Cambridge, UK
Rob Harvey, Director, AtomJet
  • What do Users want from a Printhead & Ink Jet Printer System?

  • What do Printhead Manufacturers Claim to Provide?

  • Tips on How to Encourage a Win-Win Partnership

  • Piezo Materials: Fundamentals, Properties, Problem Areas & Trade-offs. etc.

  • Piezo Printheads: Architectures, Modes & Operation

  • Nozzles: Importance, Accuracy & Manufacturing Methods

  12:00 NoonLunch

  1:00 p.m. Session 2

  • Print Quality: Greyscale vs. Resolution, Crosstalk, Wetting, Flight, Aerodynamics, Landing, Splash Down, Direction, Dot Movement, Dot Gain & More!

  • Reliability & Life Issues: Bubbles, Dust, Flooding, Ink Issues, Lifetime, Electrical & Mechanical Fatigue, Wear & Damage

  • Driving Piezo Printheads: Drive Circuit Design, Thermal Considerations, Drive Waveforms, Frequency Response, Modeling Behavior & Greyscale Methods

  • Printhead Productivity: Area Printed per Unit Time, Cost vs. Throughput and Trade-off between single & multi-pass Printing

  • Verifying Printhead Performance: Instrumentation & Off-Machine Testing

 4:00 p.m. Adjournment


Rob Harvey, CEO, AtomJet, Cambridge, UK

Rob Harvey has over 20 years of experience in inkjet - from Cambridge Consultants to helping found Xaar, where he held a number of senior technical management roles. Responsible for many key designs and processes, he is named on over sixty of Xaar's patents and applications.

Since 2010 Mr. Harvey has run AtomJet, specialising in consultancy and custom inkjet equipment development. Before stumbling into the world of printing, Rob spent 8 years developing scientific instrumentation.

Rob graduated from Exeter University in 1980 with Honours in Engineering Science.

Rob Harvey, Director, AtomJet

IMI Programs During September 2012

Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2012
September 5-6, 2012, Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois

Ink Jet Technology Integration Short Courses
Understanding Piezo Technology
September 7, 2012, Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois

Nanotechnology and Opportunities for Digital Printing
September 7, 2012, Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois

Designing for Digital: Best Practices for Design & Color Quality
September 7, 2012, Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois

Developing More Winning New Products Faster!™
September 7, 2012, Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois

IMI Completed Conferences on this Topic

IMI Europe Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2011
June 8-9, 2011, Barcelona, Spain

Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2010
September 8-9, 2010

Ink Jet Technology Suppliers Showcase 2008
April 16-18, 2008

A Complete Listing of IMI Completed Programs

Hotel Information
IMI's Understanding Piezo Technology is being held at the Hyatt Rosemont in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois. Hotel reservations are the responsibility of each program participant. IMI's room rate is only $139 per night and includes in-room internet service. Early booking is advised as the group rate of $139 for single or double occupancy is guaranteed only until August 30, 2012.

Hotel reservations may be made online at Reservations can also be made by calling +1-800-421-1442 or or +1-402-592-6464 (Reference "Ink Jet Technology Showcase" when making reservations via phone).

Hyatt Rosemont, Chicago


IMI has chosen Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois for its central location and great travel connections from within the USA and beyond. Served by over 40 domestic and foreign airlines, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport offers competitive fares and convenient flight schedules. The venue is the Hyatt Rosemont located in Rosemont, Illinois - less than 15 minutes from O'Hare International Airport. The Hyatt Rosemont provides complimentary 24 hour per day airport shuttle service every 30 minutes. The Hyatt Rosemont is also conveniently located for those wanting to drive (over 10 million people in Chicago metropolitan area and over 80 million people within a 500 mile radius) and Hyatt Rosemont provides complimentary parking. Chicago is strategically located in close proximity to many major U.S. cities and manufacturing centers with excellent air, train and highway connections.
Chicago Skyline The boutique-style Hyatt Rosemont offers all you need for a successful stay - beautifully-appointed guestrooms, generous work areas, delicious dining, flexible meeting space and the latest wireless technology. Savor a delicious meal at Networks Restaurant, their newly-renovated restaurant and bar, or order room service and relax in your comfortable hotel suite or guestroom. Conveniently located minutes from O'Hare Airport, this hotel in picturesque Rosemont, Illinois just minutes from downtown Chicago's bustling shopping, nightlife and cultural events. Hyatt Rosemont is located just steps away from Rivers Casino the newest gaming destination in Illinois. Rivers Casino also features multiple food and beverage outlets including Hugo's Frog Bar & Chop House (operated by Gibson's), Flipt Burgers, Mian Asian Cuisine, Canopy Buffet and more!

The Hyatt Rosemont plus the City of Rosemont the Chicago area and the State of Illinois provide an excellent opportunity to extend your visit into a memorable vacation experience.

The Hyatt Rosemont address is:

Hyatt Rosemont
6350 N. River Road,
Rosemont, Illinois, 60018 USA
Phone: +1-847-518-1234
Fax: +1-847-518-0855
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The Numbers: Worldwide Printer & Supplies Market Report
Provided to all Symposium 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 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 Understanding Piezo Technology on September 7, 2012 at the Hyatt Rosemont will receive a complimentary copy of the latest edition of the "The Numbers: Worldwide Printer and Supplies Market Report."


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