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An Intelligent Color Quality Control Method for Digital Printing

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It is well known that color toner is “notoriously unstable”. Challenges designers and printers face are the difficulties in achieving accurate and consistent color print-outs using toner-based color copiers and laser printers due to inherent instabilities such as humidity changes, temperature fluctuations, variation and deterioration of toners and machine drift. This paper addresses these challenges by presenting a practical methodology enhancing the concept of color management for digital printing. Based on the methodology, an enabling technology, Focoltone Intelligent Color Calibration System (ICCS), has been developed. This technology is developed based on Artificial Intelligence (AI), it provides a novel method for comparing the printed colors against reference colors to generate color characteristics. The generated color characteristics represented using fuzzy logic and stored in a knowledge base, which can be presented to users in an understandable way, are useful for detecting color inconsistency in an automatic and intelligent manner. They can be used as a feedback to compensate colors by modifying an existing ICC profile to generate a better one in order to control the quality of the outputs of digital printing.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-01-01

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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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