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IMI Europe Announces Inkjet Summer School Programme for 2017



Conference and course provider IMI Europe Ltd announces programme of technical courses for the Inkjet Summer School event, to be held in Ghent, Belgium from 12-16 June 2017.

IMI Europe’s Inkjet Summer School event returns for 2017 with six courses allowing developers to get an in-depth look at key technology areas. The line-up for 2017 includes the world-famous Inkjet Academy along with courses on printhead modelling, ink characterisation, textile printing, ink drying & curing and functional material printing. The event is located at the Novotel Gent Centrum, and includes evening drinks receptions as well as a boat trip on the canals of Ghent. Course summaries are as follows:

Inkjet Academy – The theory of inkjet technology
Mon 12 – Tue 13 June 2017
Presented by Mike Willis of Pivotal Resources and Dr Alan Hudd of Alchemie Technology, the course gives an introduction to the basics of inkjet technology.

Fluid Dynamics & Acoustics – How inkjet printing really works
Mon 12 – Tue 13 June 2017
This course uses the theory of fluid acoustics to understand the characteristics of droplet formation and subsequent behaviour. The course leader is Prof Dr Frits Dijksman, University of Twente, Netherlands.

Inkjet Ink Characterisation – Viscosity, dispersions, jetting & surfaces
Wed 14 – Thu 15 June 2017
The Ink Characterisation course covers rheology and surface tension measurements, particle and dispersion assessment, as well as drop visualisation and print quality analysis. Course leaders include Prof Long Lin of the University of Leeds, Gérald Chabanis & Dr Steve Ward-Smith of Malvern Instruments and Kyle Pucci of ImageXpert.

Digital Textile Printing – Applications, ink chemistry and integration
Wed 14 – Thu 15 June 2017
An in-depth introduction to digital textile printing markets and technology. The main applications for digital textile printing are reviewed, along with the key ink chemistries and integration considerations. Course leaders include Prof Marc Van Parys of University of Ghent and Dr Simon Daplyn of Sensient Imaging Technologies.


Inkjet Drying & Curing – Hardware & chemistry for fixing inkjet inks
Thu 15 – Fri 16 June 2017
This course covers the requirements for fixing inkjet inks, and covers near-IR drying, UV curing and electron beam curing hardware, as well as the required chemistry. The course includes contributions from Phoseon, Adphos, Ebeam Technologies and IGM Resins.

Jetting Functional Fluids – Rheology, deposition, process & development
Thu 15 – Fri 16 June 2017
The Jetting Functional Fluids course looks at the development of functional printing applications, including inkjet printhead selection, formulating an ink with functional materials and jetting functional fluids onto a substrate. The course is led by Dr Neil Chilton of Printed Electronics Ltd.

“Our Inkjet Summer School is the ideal place to learn about inkjet technology in a relaxed environment,” comments Dr Tim Phillips, Managing Director IMI Europe. “We have a great venue right in the heart of the beautiful city of Ghent, and six excellent courses from industry leaders. As well as learning from the course providers, our events also give excellent opportunities to exchange information with the other attendees, and the Summer School is no different, with lunches, evening receptions and a special boat trip on the canals of Ghent.”

For more details on IMI Europe events, see the website,



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