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State of the Art in Elastomeric Rollers for Printing

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This article gives an overview on elastomeric rollers used in printing (excluding fuser and foam rollers). The focus will be on rollers used for digital printing technologies, especially electro-photography and ink-jet. Properties needed for rollers for these printing technologies will be described as well as current technologies to meet these demands. A focus here is electrical conductivity. This includes methods to achieve conductivity in elastomers and dependence of conductivity on several important parameters as for example electric field, function of time, temperature, humidity, and contact force.

Finally some required properties for rollers for non-digital printing technologies as offset and gravure will be outlined and compared with those for digital printing. Such properties are for example swelling behavior, dynamic properties, and electrical conductivity.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-01-01

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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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