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Automated Inkjet Print Head Sustainability Testing

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As inkjet technology becomes more broadly integrated as a core technology in digital fabrication of products ranging from printed electronics to biotech test strips and 3-D structures, increased attention will need to be spent on assessing print head performance over time and characterizing failure modes.

Traditionally, print head life testing (sustainability) is performed using print tests and visual inspection to assess elapsed time to the initiation of jet drop-outs. To decrease waste, and to increase efficiency and objectivity, several machine vision-based systems have been developed to assess print head performance during life tests.

This paper will introduce several automatic methods that have been developed to address print head life testing using both existing and novel systems.

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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