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Image on paper registration measurement and analysis: determining subsystem contributions from a system level measurement
Author(s): Rakesh Kulkarni; Abu Islam; Dan Costanza
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Paper Abstract

An important print quality attribute of digital printing equipment deals with the absolute position of the printed image relative to the page. Historically, the most precise method of measuring image to paper (IOP) registration is by scanning a printed sheet on a flatbed scanner. These measurements have been limited to sheets smaller than the full capacity of the printer. In addition, the precision of the measurement has been limited by the accuracy of the scanner itself and the measurement of a few (~4) points on the page have limited the information that can be gathered. The new method proposed in this paper measures IOP registration throughout the sheet in a more precise manner. In a similar fashion, the relative position of the image on both the simplex and duplex side of the print can be determined. In addition, the new method helps link the source of registration errors to individual sub-systems. By generating the individual error sources from a printed sheet enables the understanding of the percentage contribution of each sub-system, prioritizes efforts to obtain better IOP performance, finds initial IOP setup errors of a printing engine, compares different technologies affecting IOP registration in sub-systems and potentially acts as a diagnostic tool for individual sub-systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 January 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7242, Image Quality and System Performance VI, 72420I (19 January 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.810250
Show Author Affiliations
Rakesh Kulkarni, Xerox Research Ctr. Webster (United States)
Abu Islam, Xerox Research Ctr. Webster (United States)
Dan Costanza, Xerox Research Ctr. Webster (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7242:
Image Quality and System Performance VI
Susan P. Farnand; Frans Gaykema, Editor(s)

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