NOVO Engineering

Printing System Development

INDUSTRY EXPERTS FOR INKJET AND 3D PRINTING SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT

NOVO’s expertise in piezo and thermal inkjet technology, writing systems development, and ink chemistry development gives our inkjet and 3D printer clients the same printing system development expertise found at major printer companies.

Small-format consumer and office printers are high-volume, high-performance, and low-cost systems. These products require a broad engineering skillset that includes mechanism and enclosure design, precision motion control, materials, high-volume consumables development, design for manufacturability, reliability, and usability – not to mention current knowledge of printheads, inks, additives, media, and printing algorithms to achieve the desired image quality.

Large-format UV and specialty printing systems for industrial, high-speed digital printing or fine art applications require the same or greater precision as small-format applications, and design and manufacturing approaches suited to the lower volumes and more demanding use environments of these product types.

NOVO knows the major printer companies, contract manufacturers, and supply chains for printers, printheads, cartridges, key components, and subsystems, as well as the printer processes used by the major printer companies. Our engineers have developed new platforms and proprietary technology for many of these companies. We can do the same for you.

Selected Areas Of Printer And Dispensing Expertise

  • Consumer appliance
  • All-in-one business
  • Wide format, UV-cured piezo printing
  • Retail photo lab
  • Industrial

Ink And Media Development Capabilities

  • Comprehensive dye- and pigment-based ink development
  • Microfluidics
  • Media coatings
  • Media construction

Auxiliary Systems

  • Laminators
  • Single- and multi-axis cutters
  • Stackers
  • Sorters
  • Bookbinding
  • Roll, sheet feed, and roll-to-roll systems
  • Duplexers

Writing System Development Capabilities

  • Swath advance accuracy
  • Wrap angle and tangential media drives
  • Analog encoders
  • Automated swath advance measurement
  • Transition error analysis (bottom/top form transition)
  • Bidirectional print alignment
  • Pen alignment
  • Multi-color inks
  • Drop flight-time compensation
  • Print zone media control (pen-to-paper spacing)
  • Pen servicing
  • Wiping algorithms
  • Spit algorithms
  • Service station mechanics
  • Borderless printing
  • Dot-to-dot placement (tolerance study)
  • Media edge detection
  • Print-on-acceleration ramp
  • Print modes
  • Bidirectional and unidirectional print algorithms
  • Multi-pass printing, print masks
  • Draft modes
  • Drop depletion
  • Aerosol control
  • Ink chemistry development and tuning
  • User print quality metrics and evaluation
  • High-speed and high-accuracy dispensing
  • Dispensing of low- to medium-viscosity fluids