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Printing the craft beer revolution - Tonejet

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Jonathan Halls, VP Technology development at Tonejet will be telling (and showing) us about Tonejet’s unique electrostatic printer which has been gaining popularity with the craft beer ‘revolution’ in America.

Tonejet uses a unique nozzle-less electrostatic technology which has followed a unique route to commercialisation and is now being used for digitally printing craft beer cans, faster than any other printer.

Conventional printers apply a pressure to force fluid through a nozzle, whereas Tonejet uses an unconventional technique of electrostatic ejection. In this approach, electrically charged pigment in ink is ejected in droplets by applying an opposing electriccharge on an array of sharp points over which ink flows. This results in very small droplets of pureink which provide extremely thin printed coatings.

The result is high-quality print at high speeds on virtually any type of substrate without the need for pre-coating. Tonejet is part of TTP Group, one of Cambridge’s technology development companies which have created several other printing companies including Domino, Xaar and Xennia.

Jonathan’s talk and tour of Tonejet’s manufacturing facilities will discuss the technology itself, as well the unconventional story of its commercialisation from an Austrialian laboratory to application in new markets today.

Dr Jonathan Halls is VP Technology in Tonejet. In this role, Jonathan leads Research and Development across the organisation, with wide-ranging activities including ink product development, printhead and system innovation and image processing. Prior to joining Tonejet, Jonathan was CTO and co-founder of Solar Press Ltd, a developer of low-cost, flexible printed solar panels. Before that, and following from his Physics PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, he worked at Cambridge Display Technology Ltd, the pioneer of inkjet-printed, polymer-OLED technology. In this role he led the Strategic Innovation Group, the focus of next generation printed electronics research in the company.

Date: Wednesday 9th September 2015

Time: Refreshments served from 18.30. Talk starts at 18.45. Ends by 20:30 following tour, questions and discussion.

Venue: The Talking Point at The Technology Partnership, Melbourn Science Park, Melbourn, SG8 6EE (directions).

Parking: Ample parking is available on-site.

Free to attend. Booking not required.

This talk is open to the public and is suitable for young people, students and engineers. You are encouraged to pass on this invitation and bring with you colleagues, friends and family who are interested in printing, craft beer and new technology.

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This event is organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Beds and Cambs area.

This talk is part of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Cambridgeshire Area) series.

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