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Development of High Quality True Edge Printhead for Card Printer

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Recently, full color thermal printing on plastic cards requires more diverse imagery capability and faster print speeds. The ID card printer application is one of several applications impacted by these requirements. High speed print with a thermal printhead may result in print quality degradation caused by excess power consumption in the common bus and heat accumulation interpretation. These two critical factors need to be controlled to achieve high speed printing.

The purpose of this paper is to introduce a unique printhead construction that realizes improved print image quality under high speed printing conditions. An optimized electrode pattern designed for high current conditions reduces common power consumption without changing the printhead size significantly, Additionally, enhancement of printhead temperature detection is achieved by increasing the temperature feedback speed to the control board. These changes will result in high speed print output with improved print quality.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-01-01

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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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