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Challenges in Fuser System Materials Design

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This presentation will describe work processes to develop new materials and enabling surfaces that provide improved subsystem performance in order to meet the needs for continuing improvement of all xerographic marking subsystems.

The presentation is in two parts. In the first part, the aforementioned work process will be described, beginning with the identification of new subsystem requirements. The major emphasis will be on performance optimization requirements.

The second part will show specific examples of fuser materials design, especially fluoroelastomers and release fluids. We will describe a comparative study of standard curing methodologies against novel functional silane cure systems, functional hydrocarbons and hybrids thereof. We will also review test data demonstrating improved composition performance with the utilization of these novel curing systems. The challenge of understanding the role of release vs. lubrication for image release will also be discussed. The presentation will close with material design challenges to optimize system interactions in the fuser nip impacting fuser component life and image quality.

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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