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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.

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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