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Accuracy in Photo Print Life Prediction

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Although the methodology for developing life predictions has been in use for some years in the industry, it is becoming clear that the implied precision in the use of a single value in years cannot be scientifically supported due to much variability between the measurement of an assumed exposure and the actual exposure and observation conditions. All print life predictions assume that the print is exposed to only one condition for its complete life. That is, a light fade prediction assumes no ozone exposure (or exposure to any other industrial gases), and no effects from high or low humidity. Obviously such assumptions are likely to be invalid in almost all real life exposure situations and the data for the long term effects of combined exposures is scant to say the least. This paper examines the implications of this on real life print exposure.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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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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