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Optimized Automatic Recovery of Nozzle Health in Inkjet Systems

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During the new print head installation process, an inkjet printer carries out several servicing actions to set the print head in the optimum printing conditions. In inkjet systems using pigmented inks there are known issues such as pigment settling after long periods of storage that can clog nozzles and cause bad drop ejection. This paper summarizes a system that initializes print heads after long periods of storage and inactivity. The system measures the level of nozzle health degradation and adjusts the servicing routines correspondingly, thus minimizing the ink waste and time required to guarantee an optimum nozzle health status for printing.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-01-01

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