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Achieving “Reliability” Through an Operator Replaceable Component Strategy

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This paper will present the opportunities that exist to improve “Reliability” in the Production printing environment using a strategy that includes Operator Replaceable Components (ORCs).

There are varied definitions of “Reliability”. Availability is a commonly used operational measure of reliability performance of repairable systems.1 In a Production environment where a higher volume of output sheets results in greater revenue and profit for the print producer, the preferred definition of reliability is uptime or availability. Alternatively, a definition of the inherent reliability of a system is based on sheets, time or image count between failures or service calls.

As we know, state-of-the-art technology selection, robust product design, and six-sigma quality components cannot totally prevent the physics and the mechanics of failure modes from having their effect on a tuned system.

Many attributes need to be considered in the identification, selection, and optimization of ORCs for an effective “Reliability” strategy. Examples of attributes that will be explored in this work include functional dependencies, component life, distribution of component life, ease of use and handling, fault isolation and diagnostics, unit manufacturing cost, trigger event, time to maintain or repair, tools, operator skills, and calibrations.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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  • For more than 30 years, IS&T's series of digital printing conferences have been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in 2D and 3D printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference that brings together industry and academia, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems?particularly those involved with additive manufacturing and fabrication?including bio-printing, printed electronics, page-wide, drop-on-demand, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based systems, and production digital printing, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields. In 2016, the conference changed its name formally to Printing for Fabrication to better reflect the content of the meeting and the evolving technology of printing.

    Please note: For purposes of its Digital Library content, IS&T defines Open Access as papers that will be downloadable in their entirety for free in perpetuity. Copyright restrictions on papers vary; see individual paper for details.

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