Color Desktop Printer Technology

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Printing traces its roots back for centuries, and the invention of moveable type changed the world. However, until the advent of the computer, printing remained a costly and time-consuming operation. From the first humble dot matrix to modern inkjet, laser, and dye sublimation printers, desktop printing has brought low-cost, high quality printing out of the large presses and into the home and office. Color Desktop Printer Technology provides an overview of the current state of the technology, examining both current and emerging applications.

With expert contributors from leading companies and universities in the US and Japan, this book examines the color desktop printer from every angle. It begins with an introduction to the basic principles of color printing and the concepts of document and image quality. An overview of the historical background, current trends, and future directions places the technology in its business and market context. The book then devotes four chapters to the major platform: inkjet, laser printer, thermal transfer, and film recording. The last two chapters focus on color management and the quickly developing spectral printing technology.

Laying a foundation for continued development and innovation in this ubiquitous field, Color Desktop Printer Technology is fundamental enough to be enjoyed by interested laypersons, yet detailed enough to satisfy the practicing engineer.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Printing; T. Amari and K. Kozeki
Relief Printing
Planographic Printing
Recess Printing
Recess Printing
Image Quality of Printed Text and Images; J.S. Arney
The Meanings of Image Quality
The Printing of Text
Color Inks and Color Mixing
The Printing of Pictorial Images
The Printing of Text
Making Halftone Images
Image Quality and the Noise Power Spectrum
The Business and Market for Desktop Printers; F. Romano
Computer Printing Evolves
The Printer Market

Inkjet; R.R. Allen, G. Dispoto, E.G. Hanson, J.D. Meyer, and N. Moroney
History and Introduction
Inkjet Printing Technologies
Ink Storage and Delivery
Printhead Service and Maintenance
Inkjet Inks
Inkjet Media
Print Modes
High-Fidelity Color
Laser Printer; F. Nakaya and Y. Fukase
Marking Technology
Media and Consumables
Dye Thermal-Transfer Printer; N. Matsushiro
Driving Mechanism
Details of Dye Sublimation Printer
Details of Wax Melt Printers
Thermal Head
Various Improved Printer Engines
Other Printers Based on Thermal Transfer
Controller Aspect
User Aspects
Stability Issues
Film-Based Printers; T. Kimura, T. Kojima, M. Kubo, A. Igarashi and A. Doi
Photo Printers
Emerging Technology

Color Management; M.R. Rosen
ICC Color Management General Approach
ICC Color Management
History of ICC
Desktop Spectral-Based Printing; M.R. Rosen, F.H. Imai, Y. Chen, L.A. Taplin, and R.S. Berns
Current Metameric Systems
Traditional vs. Spectral-Based Systems
Spectral Image Acquisition System
Spectral Color Management
Spectral Model for Printers

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