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Print Quality Test Page

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A print quality (PQ) test page is a diagnostic tool which is designed for accurate and efficient diagnosis of PQ defects. We develop a set of test pages for the user to check the condition of his or her printer without using any other tools. We design test features which clearly reveal the common PQ defects that occur with color laser printers, such as failure of color plane registration, ghosting, and repetitive artifacts. We then incorporate the test features into a set of test pages for a specific printer model. We introduce the concept of imperfections within specification which are PQ defects that fall within the PQ specification of the printer. The PQ test pages should be designed not to reveal such defects to the customer. For the constant tone fields on the test page, we consider the specific case of designing halftone patterns that will not show banding that is within specification. Finally, we describe the design of a set of instruction pages that walk the customer through the process of identifying PQ defects shown on the test pages, that can be remedied by customer-replaceable parts.
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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.

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