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Automating Quality Analysis: Toward a New Paradigm in Ink and Toner Assessment

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As a major distributor of parts and consumables for ink and toner based imaging systems, assessment of source materials is a priority in vendor selection, qualification and on-going quality control. The sheer volume of prints necessary for comprehensive analysis is prohibitive when it comes to manual measurement or visual inspection.

In order to provide the best quality products and to improve our internal tracking and communication, we have updated our inspection process to include automation of image quality measurement.

Working with a test equipment supplier, we have integrated a flatbed scanner-based system into our process that we use in conjunction with specialized color and density measurement equipment to provide a wide range of image quality measurements for both toner and ink based prints.

This move toward automated, instrumented analysis has improved the efficiency and repeatability of our inspections, and has enabled us to comply with industry-standard measurement methodology. In addition, the new system has allowed us to increase our throughput while providing us with a wider range of analytical data specific to each printing technology.

This paper will detail several of our assessment methods for both toner and ink-based prints, and will discuss the benefits we have achieved as a result of implementing these new processes into our workflow.

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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