Agenda and Content

Piezo - Inkjet: Overlooks the fundamentals of inkjet print head technology, their geometry, functionality and the variety of physical structures, as much as their drive parameters and key influencing factors for the inkjet printing processes.

Inks and SubstratesHighlighting the different ink types such as UV Curing, Solvent-, Eco Solvent- and water based, their Raw Materials, Rheology, Drying, Wetting, Dot Gain, Adhesion, Pre-Treatment and Color Management. A special focus is put on the formulation of inkjet inks, their manufacturing processes for use in jetting applications. How to achieve optimal adhesion of printed inks onto different substrates and which roll raw materials, surface tensions of the ink and the substrate play and how printed results can be optimized by the use of specific primers or pre-treament processes.

Printing Equipment / Hardware of inkjetbased printers: An industiral printer consists of more than just single printheads. Mechanics, fluidics and electronics must be optimally designed and precisely matched to the application. In this theoretical part, the basic requirements of an industrial printer are illustrated and the necessary functional groups and their interaction are demonstrated. In addition, the control of the printheads is shown.

Piezo Technology and its Limits: Piezo inkjet and further industrial inkjet printing technologies of different manufacturers, their design, advantages and disadvantages are discussed, as well as their physical limitations.

Colour Management: Quality assurance strategies in production printing, colour measurement, RIP systems and extended gamuts.

Inkjet 1-on-1: Special breakout sessions to answer your individual questions

All theory blocks will have a logical continuation during lab-based practice sessions. The sessions will be scheduled and announced as soon as the regulations allow on-site gatherings again.


Monday 6 until Wednesday 8 December 2021 | Online

Monday 6/12

13:00 – 13:30 Welcome, code of conduct
13:30 – 14:30 Piezo inkjet
14:30 – 14:45 Break
14:45 – 15:45 Piezo inkjet
15:45 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:00 Piezo inkjet
17:00 – 17:30 Session closing

Tuesday 7/12

13:00 – 13:30 Welcome, Q&A session
13:30 – 14:30 Inks and substrates 
14:30 – 14:45 Break
14:45 – 15:45 Inks and substrates 
15:45 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:30 Colour Management
17:30 – 18:00 Session closing

Wednesday 8/12

13:00 – 13:30 Welcome, Q&A session
13:30 – 14:30 Technology and its limits
14:30 – 14:45 Break
14:45 – 15:45 Printing equipment
15:45 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 16:30 Wrap-up, evaluation
16:30 – 17:30 Breakout sessions

For whom

The ESMA Academy is targeted towards companies who:
• want to obtain a well-founded overview on digital printing technologies, especially on piezo inkjet, in order to make an educated decision to what extend inkjet technologies could be integrated into their production process.
• want to obtain basic inkjet know-how in order to plan a possible introduction of inkjet technologies into their organisation and facilitate their investment decisions.
• are planning to start with inkjet or have already installed inkjet equipment in their organisation but are still at the very beginning of the learning process.


Jochen Christiaens, Zeller Gmelin
• Prof. Dr. Stefan Güttler, Hochschule der Medien
Jan Janhsen, Fraunhofer IPA
Oliver Kammann, K-Flow Consulting

ESMA Certificate

The theory sessions will be complemented by a course certificate.

Organised by ESMA

ESMA is the knowledge platform for industrial, functional and specialist printing technologies.


In cooperation with

Fraunhofer IPA

In cooperation with

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