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Technical considerations when designing and building an Industrial ink jet printer

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The Task: You have been chosen to design your company's newest inkjet printer.

The Challenge: The printer must have increased productivity with high image quality. How do you calculate the best approach and quantifying your design choices?

This paper will discuss the important inputs required for the design process and steps systems designers should consider when undertaking such an initiative. Including:

• Printer resolution defined in dots per inch (dpi)

• Ink type, solvent, UV, Aqueous or oil based for example

• Number of colors required

• Productivity measured in m2/hr

From these considerations, calculations to predict the drop mass output per jet and the jetting frequency and carriage speed required to build up an image will be introduced.

The goal by the end of the paper will be to identify:

• The most suitable Dimatix printhead for the intended printer/application

• The speed of the printhead carriage assembly or the media transport under the printheads

• The jetting frequency of the printheads

• The number of heads required per color

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-01-01

More about this publication?
  • 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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