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Determination of Dryness of Water-based Inkjet Ink Printing

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The drying of water-based inkjet ink applied to media by high speed continuous forms inkjet printers, is an evolving post processing product for the printing market. The efficiency of the dryers to remove the water and glycols, semi-volatile, components of the ink can be determined by laboratory analytical techniques. Analytical methods are employed to determine the level of dryness of inkjet printed paper utilizing Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry (FTIR). Experimental testing methods and the resultant data are presented, showing the ability to discern the level of dryness of a water-based inkjet printed paper sample. The methods provide effective tools for analysis of drying, and point to methods by which real time inline printer feedback may be developed to effectively improve the drying output.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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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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