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Electronics for Industrial Digital Printers: The Architecture of a Universal Solution

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Over the last two decades there has been a continuous increase in the variety of types of digital printheads (industrial inkjet printheads from various suppliers, laser diode arrays, LED arrays, thermal inkjet printheads etc) and the variety of print systems that embody these printheads has also diversified into many new industrial applications. In the early years each printer required a unique custom development of electronics and software, as is still the case for mass-produced printers today. However, recent developments in IT technology and communications standards now make it possible to use a “universal printhead controller” to control any printhead type used in most industrial and commercial applications. This possibility of universal printhead control electronics will catalyze the expansion of digital printing (particularly piezo inkjet printing) into new industrial markets and is therefore of great interest to many at IS&T. This presentation explains the challenges of print engine design and the recent changes in electronic technology that make a universal architecture practical.

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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