Inkjet Technology for Décor Printing: An Introduction to a Powerful Technique

In cooperation with IMI Europe

Inkjet technology has great promise as an enabler for digital décor printing. Digital printing allows manufacturers to produce designs on demand, reducing time to market and printed stock while allowing much greater design flexibility and range. However, the technology meets significant challenges in décor printing, including ink costs and printer availability, speed and reliability, as well as issues with colour management and metamerism. This course aims to introduce all of the key technology areas, explaining the challenges and addressing the solutions being developed by the industry.

Presented by Tim Phillips of IMI Europe and Catenary Solutions, with contributions from Frank de Jonge, Adphos, and Oliver Guth, ColorGATE, the course is designed to bring members of the decorative surface community up to speed on the potential and challenges of using inkjet technology for décor printing.

September 1, 9:00am-5:00pm

09:00 Course begins

Introduction to Inkjet

  • Course overview

  • Types of inkjet technology

Inkjet Inks

  • Ink types

  • Inkjet ink formulation

  • Ink materials

  • Ink testing

Inkjet Printheads

  • Printhead types

  • Drop formation

System Integration & Design Issues

  • Design considerations

  • System components

  • Process integration

  • Nozzle maintenance

  • Motion systems

  • Solution testing


12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

Substrate Interactions & Image Quality

  • Drop impact and spread

  • Factors affecting image quality

  • Banding, single pass issues

  • Missing nozzles

Drying – Frank de Jonge, Adphos

  • Challenges of drying aqueous inks

  • Technology comparison

Digital Décor Printing

  • Analogue vs. digital

  • Technology challenges

  • Technology developments

Colour and metamerism – Oliver Guth, ColorGATE

  • Colour management tools and workflow

  • Metamerism

17:00 Course ends

Workshop Speaker:
Dr. Tim Phillips

Tim Phillips has extensive experience in challenging inkjet integration projects, spending eight years working at Xennia Technology Ltd, the leading inkjet solutions company that was acquired by Sensient in 2015. This involved working with a wide range of companies developing technology for new applications including textiles, ceramics, packaging, décor and functional material deposition for printed electronics and biomedical uses. Tim founded Catenary Solutions in 2015 to bring this knowledge of digital solution development and marketing to a wider audience. Tim has also presented IMI Europe courses in the past including the Inkjet Academy and Inkjet Ink Manufacturing & Digital Textile Printing courses.

Tim graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MA Honours degree in Natural Sciences, and completed his PhD in liquid crystal physics and chemistry at the University of Bristol. More recently he studied for an Executive MBA at the University of Warwick.