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A Novel Approach to Print Head Alignment for Wide Format Printers

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For applications using multiple print heads, print head alignment is often achieved through a laborious iterative process of print testing and adjustment.

In order to streamline this process, we have enabled an off-line pre-print alignment method. Relying on quantitative analysis rather than educated guesswork, this procedure enables quick and reliable alignment of the print head in the assembly.

This method uses a precision fixture to hold the print head, while a semi-automated image capture and analysis package provides immediate feedback to the alignment technician as to the direction and magnitude of the necessary alignment changes.

The technique described in this paper has benefits both in the manufacturing environment and in field support.

This paper will discuss the details comprising this novel alignment process including the interaction between the user and the system.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-01-01

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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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