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Print Quality of Dry-Toner Color Electrophotography for Production Printing and Comparison to Offset Printing

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One of the major digital printing technologies used for production printing is dry-toner electrophotography. The main technical challenge is print quality and many researches have been done to improve it in the recent years. In our study, dry-toner color electrophotography was compared to conventional offset printing. A Xerox iGen3 press and a Heidelberg Speedmaster press were used. The substrates used were different uncoated and coated paper stocks. The GATF 11x17 Four-Color Test Form was printed on the papers by both printing presses. Print quality, such as color gamut, dot gain, print contrast, and trapping, were evaluated and compared. Higher dot gains were found on Speedmaster than on iGen3 except for black color. Higher print contrast values were found for iGen3 than for Speedmaster except for black color. Wider color gamuts were achieved on iGen3 than on Speedmaster, especially on uncoated papers. With high print quality, it is expected that more production printing will be done by dry-toner color electrophotography.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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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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