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Sensing Volatile Hydrocarbons in Printing Processes

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A number of industrial processes (including printing) frequently employ liquid hydrocarbons that may become volatile when used. Even though most industrial applications provide an option for their recapture and re-condensation a reliable process for monitoring volatile hydrocarbons may be required. This paper presents a broad approach to volatile hydrocarbon sensing based on infrared absorption measurements. The demonstrated sensor prototype shows a wide range of detection capabilities ranging from a few to several thousand of ppm and a high measurement speed (a few milliseconds response time). These capabilities have been achieved at a very low cost making it an attractive alternative to commercial gaseous hydrocarbon sensors.

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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