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Automating Cylinder Surface Inspection

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It is well known that surface characteristics of imaging surfaces can negatively impact the image quality of the printed output. In all EP printing systems, failure modes must be well understood and characterized to minimize premature customer replacement and to identify and control causes of damage sustained during manufacturing.

Traditional inspection techniques include both visual inspection and print testing. Both methods are time consuming and subjective by nature. Successful automation requires inclusion of the positive aspects of visual assessment (such as defect classification) while increasing throughput and measurement repeatability. Inspection must also generate meaningful quantitative results for performance tracking and manufacturing process control. Ease of use is another critical factor for systems integrated into production environments. User interfaces for machine control and data feedback must be intuitive and complete.

In this paper, we will be presenting a case study of the integration of an automated cylinder inspection system into production. System architecture will be discussed as will design considerations and user interface development.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2003-01-01

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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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