Markets demand continuously for higher quality, higher speed, and more energy-efficient professional printers. Drop-on-Demand (DoD) inkjet printing is considered as one of the most promising printing technologies. It offers many advantages including high speed, quiet operation, and compatibility with a variety of printing media. Nowadays, it has been used as low-cost and efficient manufacturing technology in a wide variety of markets. Although the performance requirements, which are imposed by the current applications, are tight, the future performance requirements are expected to be even more challenging. These print requirements are related to the jetted drop properties, namely, drop velocity, drop volume, drop velocity consistency, productivity, and reliability. Meeting these performance requirements is restricted by several operational issues that are associated with the design and the operation of inkjet printheads. Major issues that are usually encountered are residual vibrations and crosstalk among ink channels. These result in a poor printing quality for high-speed printing. The main objective is to design a feedforward control strategy such that variations in the velocity and volume of the jetted drops are minimized. In this article, an experimental-based feedforward control scheme is proposed to improve the performance of a professional inkjet printer.
Ezzeldin Mahdy Abdelmonem, M., Bosch, van den, P. P. J., & Weiland, S. (2013). Experimental-based feedforward control for a DoD inkjet printhead. Control Engineering Practice, 21(7), 940-952. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conengprac.2013.03.002