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Synergy between Printer, Ink, and Media for Digital Printing I: Effect of Vinyl Thickness has on Image Quality vs. Cost

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The billboard customers of Cooley Group noticed that printed image quality, dry-time, and ink adhesion are proportionally better with increasing vinyl thickness on the surface of our reinforced wide-format media.

To best serve our customers, and to position ourselves better in the marketplace, we undertook a study to determine the underlying cause of the quality difference and to identify whether the surface is smoother or the chemistry on the surface changes.

Our investigation relied heavily on quantitative image quality measurements and chemical analysis of the surfaces of prints made on various substrates with differing vinyl thickness.

This paper will detail our process in identifying the root cause of this change in image quality. Technical data will be presented and analyzed.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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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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