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Proposal for Next-Generation Commercial Print Infrastructure: Gutenberg-Landa TCP/IP

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Using the Transmission Control Protocol/ Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) stack as a model of layered protocols, we propose a nextgeneration reliable print service called the Gutenberg-Landa TCP/IP to handle the routing of pages through a Print Service Provider (PSP). Gutenberg-Landa TCP/IP will be an expanded TCP/IP protocol: just as data packets flow through the Internet to form web pages, so printed pages flow through a PSP; but unlike data packets, printed pages must be routed through a series of irreversible physical transformations. This wide range of transport mechanisms and transformations (such as raster image processors, high speed digital presses, paper handling, and finishing devices) are all connected by their opportunity to read and add information to the printed page. Given the proper infrastructure, the printed page itself can dynamically route itself through the PSP. Through its design of its protocols, Gutenberg-Landa TCP/IP will unify Reliable Printing, Finishing, and Delivery into a single paradigm that would provide the same quality of service as the Internet: a highly efficient and robust print infrastructure with near 100% uptime and the ability to grow its print capacity without limit.

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.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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