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New Developments in Thermal Transfer Imaging

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Thermal Transfer is a digital printing methodology used in a variety of commercial and industrial printing applications. Some applications of thermal transfer, such as color office printing, have been displaced by other digital printing methods such as inkjet and color electrophotography. However, thermal transfer remains the dominate printing technology in other areas such as auto-identification, barcode, flexible packaging, tag and label printing. The reasons for this dominance will be discussed and include printing speed, printer reliability, broad receiver latitude, high image durability and low ribbon cost. Unlike other digital imaging methodologies, thermal transfer printing supplies are competitively produced by a number of different manufacturers. This has fostered a great deal variety of consumable offerings and very low pricing. Thermal Transfer printing is also evolving to serve a diverse number of niche digital printing applications such as on-demand CDR/DVD printing and ceramic imaging.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2001-01-01

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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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