1. COURSE OBJECTIVES
The objectives of this foundation course in inkjet engineering and inkjet chemistry are to broaden the knowledge base and to acquire inkjet specific terminology and vocabulary enabling interdisciplinary communication and discussion between the disciplines.
The theory sessions are backed up by hands-on lob training. Participants mesure the physical properties and introduce the concepts of material compatibility, pigment dispersions stability and waveform development.
2. PARTICIPANT PROFILE
The course is open to everybody in inkjet that wishes to broaden their knowledge base:
No motter if you are an expert in a specific field of inkjet who wishes to better understand other disciplines, if you are involved in inkjet system integration or in inkjet system operation or if you are a newcomer to inkjet.
3. ENTRY REQUIREMENT
Either qualification and experience in one of the following areas:
- Chemical Engineering
- Color Science
- Experience in development of printing systems or ink
Welcome, course overview, introduction to inkjet.
Terminology, basics on frame construction, axis, drives, sensors, dynamics, resolution, repeatability, quality issues.
Introduction to the practical training in the lab.
Lab work on material compatibility and printer mechatronics (in small groups guided by training coaches according to lab workbooks).
Course Dinner (optional)
Core technologies explained and reviewed, print head manufacturers overview, resolution, crosstalk, deviation, drop velocity, drop placement accuracy.
Lab work on print heads.
Terminology, basics on ink formulation, drying, curing, pinning, dispersions, suspensions, stability, compatibility. Introduction to drop watching. Lab work on drop watching.
Terminology in rheology, viscosity and rheology, shear thinning-shear thickening, newton and non-newton properties, demonstration gas.
Lab work on ink characterization.
lnkjet Datapath - Electronics and Software
Print head drivers, driving heads (wave form), data path, required bandwidth, component speed, efficiency of power supply. Lab work on printing strategies.
Surface Science - lnk Substrate Interaction
Characteristics of different substrates, ink-substrate interaction, effects of modifying surface energy on print quality, pre-treatment methods, dyne pens.
Lab work on substrate pre-treatment.
File formats, RIP, color management, color space, the impact of restricted color space, CMYK and light colors, typical image artefacts, workflow.
Lab work on color management.
Visit of iPrint Center (optional)
lnkjel System Design
Fluid supply systems, degassing methods, filtering aspects, printing system integration, single pass vs. multi pass, system maintenance. Lab work on ink filtration and degassing.
Feedback, hand out certificate, closing of the course.
5. COURSE DETAILS AND FEES
Language of the course: English
Participation Fee: EUR 2,600