Emerging Technologies Academy

Industrial Inkjet: Practical considerations for implementing inkjet into a manufacturing process Course

Friday, September 9, 2016

Course Focus

IMI’s Industrial Inkjet Practical Considerations Course provides a preliminary introduction and grounding to inkjet technologies and the possibilities for the use of inkjet in industrial applications.  The course then progresses with a step-by-step proven process to help Engineers, Managers and Directors understand how inkjet can be a beneficial process in a multi-step manufacturing line; connecting the dots between an initial idea, to feasibility studies, to development engineering, system design, and ultimately, implementation.

Inkjet has the potential to be used in a vast variety of markets and applications, including 3D printing, automotive, aerospace, biotechnology, consumer goods, manufacturing, medical, pharmaceutical, textile as well as numerous other manufacturing applications. The course will explore how to set up a successful development program to Assess, Develop and Implement an inkjet system for a specific end use.  Factors including process, flow, speed, substrate, print quality, ink type, pre and post print necessities, curing, and user interfaces, are just a few examples of the considerations that are pertinent to an industrial inkjet system design.

Inkjet has a number of attractive attributes that, if implemented correctly, can enable short runs, late stage product differentiation, novel products, direct to consumer market pathways, as well as waste reduction and cost improvements.

The “Industrial Inkjet” market is not really a “Market”, but more a collection of unique and custom print systems that are highly specific to an individual manufacturer’s production line and product needs.  It is however, one of the largest and currently un-tapped spaces where inkjet printheads and inks can be used.

Since there are, commonly, no off-the-shelf printing products that a manufacturing company can simply review and buy, it is up to them to decide for themselves whether inkjet is a technology that is a fit for them technically, economically, and for process productivity.  It is also up to them to specify, build, test, and implement a system.  Thus, it is highly important to have a preliminary understanding of inkjet and an ability to ask the right questions when creating an industrial system design.

The future possibilities of inkjet technology are expansive, and exciting!  This course aims to provide guidance and practical experience to people considering using inkjet as a manufacturing tool.

Industrial Inkjet Practical considerations Course

8:00 am Course Registration

8.30 am Session 1

Course Leader: Dr Rich Baker, President, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, Lebanon, New Hampshire

What is Inkjet? Technologies, How it Works, Limitations

  • Fundamentals of the Technology
  • Nuances of Head Designs
  • Comparing Specifications

Attractiveness of Inkjet

  • Traits of Inkjet that are Unique
  • How They can be Useful in Various Manufacturing Processes

Peripheral Technologies

  • UV, IR, Pulsed Light, Acoustic Drying, RF
  • Other Technologies that you should know about when Developing a Print Process

12:00 noon Lunch

1:00 pm Session 2

Setting Up A Development Program: Feasibility, Development, Optimization, Implementation, Improvement

  • Phasing the Program
  • Setting the Expectations
  • Utilizing Outside Experience

Inkjet Application Challenges & Solutions (Or at least Approaches….and When to Give Up!)

  • Mitigating Image Defects
  • Increasing Uptime & System Availability

Example Test Cases

  • Examples including Howl Specific Challenges were Overcome

Emerging Applications

  • A Quick Look at Where the Industry is Going

Open Discussion on Participants’ Potential Applications

4:00 pm Adjournment



Dr Rich Baker, President, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Dr Rich Baker is President of Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, a company that designs and fabricates custom industrial ink jet print system solutions for end user production lines.  Integrity has built print systems for numerous companies ranging from Flat Products to Contoured Surfaces, Individual Parts to Web-based Systems, Food Decoration, Functional Electronics, Pharmaceutical & Biotech Deposition, Window Fashions, Displays & Touch Screens and Industrial 3D Manufacturing.

Prior to founding Integrity, Rich worked at FUJIFILM Dimatix (Spectra) for 14 years. As Director of Business Development at FUJIFILM Dimatix, he was responsible for fostering relationships between world leading ink companies, OEM systems integrators and end user customers. Prior to FUJIFILM Dimatix, Rich held the position of Chemical Products Manager at Markem, where he was responsible for developing a wide variety of inkjet inks, including hot melt.  

Rich has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts.