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Color Reproduction Consistency and Capability of Tree-free Copy Paper

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The life cycle of print starts with paper choices – specifying environmentally preferable paper products can reduce the effect that printing has on the planet. Over the past two centuries, wood is the primary raw material in paper manufacturing. However, wood-based paper carries a significant “ecological shadow” of energy consumption, bleaching chemicals, and water used in its production. In its 2010 report, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) identified pulp and paper industry as one of the largest direct contributors to human toxicity. The substances from paper and paperboard mills that contribute most to human toxicity impact are mercury (II) ion, beryllium, and hydrogen fluoride. Motivated by legislation, consumer pressure, and the desire to become more efficient, the pulp and paper industry in the United States has invested in new technologies and processes that reduce its environmental impact. Tree-free fiber used in production is one way to minimize or eliminate the environmental impacts. This paper studied sustainable development and use of tree-free copy paper for the laser printer. The color reproduction capability and process capability of tree-free paper were evaluated in terms of optical density, print contrast, and color gamut.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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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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