With more than 500 participants, it is the world’s leading platform for all those involved in inkjet engineering and chemistry.
Organizers planned three tracks and 61 technical presentations meant to update the audience on the latest developments and technologies.
There will also be a networking area with 80 tabletops.
“The continued growth of inkjet across all areas is driven by fast-changing technical innovation. We see one technology rapidly replaced by another,” said event co-founder Steve Knight of Digital Direct Technologies. “Each element of inkjet has the ability to be the key disruptive component that changes the future business opportunities and potential of our industries. Software and vision systems are sometimes seen as the peripheral elements of inkjet systems and yet can be potentially as disruptive as new ink chemistry or new printheads. TheIJC offers the only opportunity to meet experts from every inkjet field.”
The history of TheIJC dates back to 2014 when European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association and Digital Direct Technologies opened a unique venue for OEMs, suppliers, researchers, innovators, brand owners and all those affected by the digital shift in various manufacturing processes.
Since then, TheIJC has been growing at an average rate of 25%, reaching 525 attendees during the last European edition in 2017. An ongoing support from drupa as the enabling partner, MS Italy as sponsor and “Specialist Printing Worldwide” as the official journal is among the key success factors.
A series of free inkjet workshops – “Introduction to Inkjet;” “Spyglass on the Digital factory;” “Inkjet in Packaging;” “Titanium Dioxide: The Classification Journey;” and “Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe: What’s in it for Me?” – chaired by industry experts will take place on Oct. 15.
Both conference days will open with plenary sessions dedicated to the key advances in printhead architecture. John Corrall from Industrial Inkjet will announce a new Konica Minolta product family. Speakers from Archipelago, Fujifilm Dimatix, Kodak, Kyocera, Ricoh, and Xaar will talk about their latest breakthroughs and explain mechanisms behind core inkjet technology.
With an extraordinary amount of high-level technical content, organizers structured further presentations on three parallel tracks:
- Track 1: Hardware components, system integration, software, and vision inspection – which includes i.a. innovative instruments for measurement and analysis of jetting reliability by Polytype but also Smithers Pira’s market forecasts or “Freedom to Operate” analysis by Extract Information;
- Track 2: Ink formulation, fluids and inkjet chemistry and new product launches. Kao Collins will introduce a new water-based ink with polyester resin technology targeting flexible packaging and signage applications. The particle characterization company Microtrac will talk about its new combination instrument to monitor pigment size and overgrains;
- Track 3: Innovation and academic research with topics ranging from ceramic tiles, pharmaceutical applications, orodispersible films and capsules, through to printing functional elements on 3D objects or inkjet-printed perovskite photovoltaics. The submissions came from the most renowned research institutes – among them the University of Cambridge, iPrint, Fraunhofer ENAS and IPA – as well as from fast-growing start-ups such as Saule Technologies.