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The Effects of Lamination on Image Quality and Light Stability of Display Media

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Large format ink jet prints are widely used for graphic arts, displays, posters, and signage applications. In order to protect display media and to extend the life of image when printed with aqueous based inks, laminating of the printed image is usually employed in the inkjet printing applications. However, lamination may impact image quality and color shift, as well as the color fading rates. The purpose of this experimental study is to examine the effects of lamination on image quality and light stability of display media. In this study, a digital four-color test chart was designed and printed onto commercial available display media (adhesive vinyl and display film) by using dye and pigment ink systems. Printed display media were laminated with pressure-sensitive laminating films. Print quality of display media was evaluated in terms of optical density and color gamut. A Q-Sun Xenon test chamber was employed to examine the light fastness properties of printed display media. The color fading rates of these prints were examined according to color difference (ΔE*ab) in L*a*b* color space. The study results provide us with both visual and numerical comparisons among various media/ink/over-laminate combinations.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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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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