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High Speed Digital Printing Technologies

Problem: As part of its continuing quest for product improvement, Scitex would like to increase the print speed of its machines or produce higher resolution output, preferably both. Scitex sought Wright Technology Network (WTN) assistance in matching Air Force expertise to several problem areas it had identified. These include calculation of the trajectory of charged particles in an electrostatic field, production of tailored high-frequency sonic wave fields, calculation of vibration field shapes in complex structures, fabrication of high density electrical interconnects, production of ultra-fine pigment powders, modeling of droplet formation, joining of two stainless steel surfaces in a clean process with dimensional stability and the etching of small, deep holes. Several trips to Scitex facilities helped define the problem areas.

Solution: In all problem areas, WTN identified experts in the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and set up and participated in meetings between these experts and the Scitex engineers either in the AFRL laboratories or in the Scitex facilities. None of the discussions have progressed to the point of defining specific Air Force or Scitex activity, but several have high potential.  Several problem areas have been assigned low priorities and are not active at this time.

Benefits:

  • These technical assistance tasks are all aimed at achieving higher speeds and/or higher resolutions in Scitex's digital printers.
  • Such advances would greatly enhance the Scitex position in a very competitive marketplace, and may open new markets.

Current Status:

  • The most active area has been finite element structural analysis.  Air Force expert has consulted with Scitex
  • Production of ultra-fine pigment powders has been deleted from the list of topics.
  • A re-assessment is underway to determine which problem areas should be pursued.
If you have any questions about this Technical Assistance Project or are interested in getting more information about Wright Technology Network and technology transfer, please contact Jim Singer (937) 253-0217 or crada@wtn.org.

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