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Analysis of Inkjet Paper Print Quality: Filling the “Quality Gap”

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The print performance of four commercial inkjet papers was documented on thermal and piezo inkjet printers. Papers tested were an uncoated bond, a surface-sized paper, and two matte coated sheets, one with a kaolin-based coating and the other with a silica-based coating. Color density was evaluated with a hand-held densitometer, and dots and lines were analyzed with an imageXpert® scanner-based system.

In general, the results showed kaolin- and silica-based coating formulations had comparable color density and line and dot quality. Both were better than bond and surface treated papers. The silica-based and kaolin-based formulations also worked well with the aqueous inks used in thermal printers. With the solvent-based inks used in piezo printers, a partially hydrolyzed binder in the kaolin-based coating, (as opposed to a fully hydrolyzed binder) gave optimum printability. This formulation gave high-quality results in both thermal and piezo print platforms.

A value analysis of the papers in the study using the line and dot data showed that bond and surface-sized paper were lowest in price and performance, and the kaolin-based coating produced print results close to those of the silicabased pigment but at a much lower cost.

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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