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
Types of inkjet technology
Inkjet ink formulation
System Integration & Design Issues
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
Substrate Interactions & Image Quality
Drop impact and spread
Factors affecting image quality
Banding, single pass issues
Drying – Frank de Jonge, Adphos
Challenges of drying aqueous inks
Digital Décor Printing
Analogue vs. digital
Colour and metamerism – Oliver Guth, ColorGATE
Colour management tools and workflow
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.