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Communicating the Results of Image Stability Testing

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The image stability performance of various printing technologies and printers from many suppliers is improving, yet the ability to provide comparative information to a broad range of users with changing requirements remains elusive. This paper seeks to:

• analyze the ways that users want to print and use images

• define the likely environments that the prints will encounter

• assess the image stability of prints from a range of products and technologies

• match the image stability performance with the user expectations

• provide a proposal for a user friendly print stability rating system

The long term stability of images produced by the leading print technologies is defined by a number of sophisticated and complex accelerated tests. The results of these tests for a large range of print systems are reviewed in order to demonstrate the difficulty of reducing the results to an easily understandable form. A methodology for communicating the results in a way that can be useful to most levels of users is proposed.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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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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