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Registration Error Measurement and Compensation Method for Modular Printing Systems

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A Modular Printing (MP) architecture can significantly reduce hardware cost and improve configurability of digital printing systems. However image-to-image misregistration as the result of paper handling and multiple imaging modules could introduce halo and halftone moiré artifacts and thereby present a challenge for print quality control. In MP systems, paper passes multiple imaging, development and fusing stations. Differences among subsystems of the print engines contribute to misregistration on the prints. In this paper we present a method to measure and characterize the image-to-image (I-to-I) misregistration in MP systems. Based on the misregistration measurements, we can parse the misregistration into four main types: translation, rotation, magnification, and residual deformation. A parameterized digital compensation method can reduce misregistration for different media types based on the measurement.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-01-01

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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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