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

In cooperation with IMI Europe

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

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, the course assumes a basic scientific knowledge and is designed to bring non-experts up to speed on the basics of inkjet technology for décor printing.

Introduction to Inkjet

  • Course overview
  • Types of inkjet technology

Inkjet Inks

  • Ink types
  • Inkjet ink design and formulation
  • Ink materials
  • Testing for reliability

Inkjet Printheads

  • Printhead types
  • How printheads work
  • Reliability

Inkjet Drop Formation and Flight

  • Drop formation
  • Drop placement
  • Drop impact and spread

System Integration & Design Issues

  • Hardware integration
  • Ink supply
  • Nozzle maintenance
  • Mist control
  • Designing for reliability
  • Printer architecture options
  • Web handling and substrate transport
  • Solution testing

Substrate Interactions, Image Quality

  • Bleed and intercolour bleed
  • Pre and post coatings
  • Drying
  • Factors affecting image quality
  • Printhead-ink-substrate
  • Banding, single pass issues
  • Missing nozzles

Inkjet Décor Printing

  • Technology challenges
  • Colour and metamerism
  • Technology developments
  • Drying of water-based inkjet inks in décor applications (courtesy of Adphos)

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.