Achieving industrial reliability with inkjet printing
As inkjet printing moves into industrial manufacturing applications, reliability becomes paramount: a printer failure can immediately stop production. It is therefore important to consider at an early stage of design what factors may compromise the reliability of a printer. Once this has been done, mitigating measures can be incorporated into the design. Inkjet printers are complex systems containing many parts which are essential for the correct running of the printer. It is important to use high quality components and to put into place a scheduled maintenance regime for those components prone to wear. One of the biggest threats to a machine’s reliability is human error. It is not possible to eliminate this, but by automating routine operations, the exposure to human error can be reduced. This talk summarises some of the lessons learned at Inca Digital Printers over 17 years of developing inkjet printers for industrial applications and illustrates this with some examples.