Digital content provider i4inkjet Ltd aims to make it easier for businesses to learn more about inkjet technology and its opportunities. Dr. Adam Strevens shares findings from his company’s inkjet industry patent review service.
Developing and even adopting industrial inkjet technology can be daunting at the outset in terms of the multifaceted interplay of ink properties, printhead performance characteristics, ink-media interaction and matching and optimising these to deliver a commercially viable implementation. Even inkjet experts will find new challenges as the boundaries of what the technology can offer are pushed back ever further. To maintain inkjet’s rapid growth there is a continuous need to keep learning, but on the other hand people are under time pressure and so tools that can advance the learning aspect quickly are an advantage. Reading helps to inform and motivate the reader who can in turn transfer what he or she has learned casually or more formally. As with any published article the choice of source material is important. Here, we will highlight the importance of patents as a way of getting your eye in for inkjet.