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Accelerated Laboratory Testing: Developing Meaningful Test Methods for Evaluating Light Stability of Ink Jet Images

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As reproduction of digital images with ink jet printers becomes increasingly popular, so too does the demand for images which are lightfast and meet customer expectations. Manufacturers of ink jet inks and media need light stability test methods using accelerated laboratory test apparatus that can better help them predict the durability of their product. Accelerated laboratory testing provides reproducible results for materials exposed to specific sets of conditions. It is intended to determine material durability and improve material formulation.

The first part of the paper provides a history of accelerated laboratory testers, including carbon arc, fluorescent UV, and xenon arc. The inherent strengths and weaknesses of each type of tester will be reviewed. Background is also provided on sunlight and spectral power distributions.

The second part of the paper reports on (1) publication of new ASTM performance-based specifications for laboratory weathering test apparatus; (2) recent standards activities for lightfastness testing of printing inks and artists' materials; and (3) development of appropriate test methods suited to products and their end-use environments.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2001-01-01

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  • For more than 30 years, IS&T's series of digital printing conferences have been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in 2D and 3D printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference that brings together industry and academia, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems?particularly those involved with additive manufacturing and fabrication?including bio-printing, printed electronics, page-wide, drop-on-demand, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based systems, and production digital printing, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields. In 2016, the conference changed its name formally to Printing for Fabrication to better reflect the content of the meeting and the evolving technology of printing.

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