2023 Summer Course


NAPIM’s 2023 Summer Course, taking place July 17–21, is a joint effort between ink companies and NAPIM’s Technical Associate Members (TAMs) providing a unique learning experience for new and seasoned ink technicians to gain in-depth instruction on the various industry-related subject matter. The Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University will provide a “state of the art” venue featuring excellent instructional resources in flexographic, lithographic, and gravure printing. The move to the Sonoco Institute has allowed NAPIM to expand its course coverage to include sessions on digital printing and electronic ink development.

Presented by leading experts, this is the only program available that not only covers ink application and printing processes but the regulatory issues affecting printing ink in both the manufacturing and printing environments. Understanding these issues as they relate to compliance is critically important.

Breaking News!

For 2023 significant improvements are under development, including expansion of the digital ink coverage, hands-on session demonstrating the formulation and construction of an ink system and other changes.   

 Registration is Open for NAPIM's 2023 Summer Course


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Registration cut-off date is July 10, 2023

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Tentative Schedule

The schedule can be downloaded by clicking HERE!


Date Start Time Session
Monday 7/17 12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Graphic Arts Printing Ink Industry Overview
1:30 PM Print Processes Intro
2:30 PM  Substrates – Paper Properties & Printability
3:30 PM Organic/Inorganic Pigments, Metallic & Special Effect Colorants
5:30 PM Dinner
6:00 PM  Fundamentals of Carbon Black

Tuesday 7/18


8:00 AM Lithographic Print Process
9:00 AM Fountain Soln/Press Room Chems
10:00 AM Break
10:30 AM Liquid Ink Additives
11:30 AM Lunch
12:30 PM Principles of Rheology & Pratical Applications
1:30 PM Printability/Proofing Demo
2:00 PM Energy Cure (UV, EB, LED…) Curing mechanisms, equipment, chemistry
3:00 PM Break
3:30 PM Printed Electronics (concurrent)
3:30 PM Digital Press Demo (concurrent)
5:00 PM Principles of Dispersion 
6:00 PM Group Dinner
6:30 PM Printing Ink Testing
Wednesday 7/19 8:00 AM Litho Paste Ink Vehicle Composition
9:00 AM Litho Paste Ink Composition
10:00 AM Break
10:30 AM Formulating Litho Inks & Vehicles

11:30 AM

11:30 AM

Inkometer Testing Demo (concurrent)

Viscosity Demo (concurrent)

12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Aqueous, Energy Cure, Conventional Sheetfed

2:30 PM

2:30 PM

Offset Press Demo (Bus) (concurrent)

Regulatory Overview (concurrent)

6:00 PM Open Night (no group dinner)
Thursday 7/20 8:00 AM Flexo & Gravure Solvent Vehicle Composition
9:00 AM Flexo & Gravure Water Based Ink & Vehicle Composition
10:00 AM Break
10:30 AM Digital Ink Systems 
11:30 AM Lunch

12:00 PM

12:00 PM

Flexo Ink Construction/Press Demo (concurrent)

Flexo/Gravure Print Processes (concurrent)

1:00 PM Formulating Flexo & Gravure Vehicles and Inks (concurrent)
4:00 PM Anilox Discussion/Application
4:45 PM Flexo Plate Making/Mounting
6:00 PM Group Dinner
Friday 7/21 8:30 AM Introduction to Color Matching
9:30 AM Film Substrates
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Troubleshooting 1 (Paste Inks)
11:30 AM Troubleshooting 2 (Liquid Inks)
12:15 PM Review Feedback - Formal Q&A (Other NAPIM Classes/Tech Conference)