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Thermal Inkjet: Meeting the Applications Challenge

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Thermal inkjet technology (TIJ) has been the widely preferred method of inkjet printing since its market inception in 1985. TIJ has made rapid progress since that time, to the point where it challenges electrophotography for the print quality of plain paper text and graphics, rivals silver halide for photographic image quality, and enables the highest performance/price ratios in digital printers. Thermal inkjet technology continues to enjoy a greater unit market share for printers that any other digital printing technology and all other inkjet technologies combined. Nevertheless, competing inkjet methods have (re-) emerged, most notable piezoelectric inkjet. In this paper, we will discuss trends and comparisons in the key areas of print (image) quality, print speed, and reliability. Long life heads introduced with the HP 2000C will be discussed which compete very favorably with the so-called “permanent” piezoelectric devices.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1998

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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