A High Consistency Color Correction System in an Inkjet Printer

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A variety of sources of variability cause inconsistent color reproduction in Inkjet Printers. Difference in the size of drops ejected, paper type and environmental conditions, to name a few, can lead to big differences in the printed colors. This paper describes a system based on sensing the color shift with respect to pre-determined color targets and compensating for it. The system relies on a combination of several components that work together to provide the best results while minimizing cost and user intervention. The key components are: a built-in sensor tuned to get estimates of ink density in the particular ink/media system, a sensor characterization process, a user triggered calibration process that senses and corrects the color errors and a set of color profiles built in the printer's driver.

A periodical calibration of the printer/media system ensures consistent and accurate colors in the output. The performance achieved is currently the leading edge in inkjet printers, enabling color accuracy errors below 4 dEab* maximum, which is at least 50% more accurate than most Inkjet printers.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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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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