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Hypermodular Parallel Printing Systems

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Modularity in system design offers many potential advantages. Xerox has a long history of increasingly deep modularization of printing systems. The present work describes a system of parallel marking engines (MEs) enabled by a paper path that has a level of modularity near the finest granularity of the design spectrum (‘hyper-modularity’.) The paper path consists of a small number of module types – nip modules to provide bidirectional sheet motion and two types of directors for dynamic definition of path topology. Each module is capable of acting, sensing, computing and communicating. Modules, including MEs, are hot swappable, and the system is capable of auto-configuring. Realtime planning and control software, like the hardware, is designed to be modular, distributed, reconfigurable and scalable. The system can handle exceptions, such as sheet jams, while maintaining (reduced) throughput.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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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.

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