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An Ink Transfer Mechanism,Hardware And Material Considerations For A Resistive-Ribbon High Quality Thermal-Transfer Printing Process
Author(s): Walter Crooks; Jiunn Tsay; David Shattuck
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Paper Abstract

This report describes R2T2, a dynamic thermal printing process. Print quality is dependent on many printing parameters interacting with each other during ink transfer. The entire transfer process can be divided into five stages: heat, melt, adhesion, separation, and solidification. The report deals with the ink and printing parameters most pertinent to print quality. The ink transfer temperature determines the printing power as well as the ribbon stability. The viscoelasticity and adhesive property of the ink-melt influences the actual print quality. Contact pressure, heat transfer, ink adhesion, and separation also play important roles. The effects of all these factors and the limitations of print speed arc discussed as well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 1989
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1079, Hard Copy Output, (6 July 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.952816
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Walter Crooks, International Business Machines Corporation (United States)
Jiunn Tsay, International Business Machines Corporation (United States)
David Shattuck, International Business Machines Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1079:
Hard Copy Output
Leo Beiser; Stephen L. Corsover; John M. Fleischer; Vsevolod S. Mihajlov; Ken-Ichi Shimazu, Editor(s)

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