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Improving Tone Prediction Accuracy in Calibration for Color Electrophotography Part I – Environmental and Consumable

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Environmental and consumable operating conditions have been observed to have significant impact on the color electrophotographic (EP) process. This paper presents the results of utilizing operating information to improve the sensor mapping which predicts tone reproduction on printing media based on measurements on substitute media in off-line calibration. In this research, time-series sensor data and color measurements have been collected from off-the-shelf color EP platform printers under a variety of operating conditions. The data analysis shows that the sensor mapping has distinctive behaviors under different levels of relative humidity and cartridge toner consumption. In addition, the sensor mapping has been found to be sensitive to tone level. A new prediction model is proposed to compensate for environmental and consumable disturbances and to capture tone-level-dependent characteristics. The experimental results show the proposed model is able to improve the prediction accuracy by 30% on average.

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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