Kodak: How Very Small Devices Portend Big Changes in Inkjet Printing
Tuesday, August 28, 2001
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--Aug. 27, 2001--Eastman Kodak Company's Monthly Tech Brief for August demonstrates how the convergence of information technology with image science - infoimaging - is generating performance improvements in inkjet printing that will let commercial printers do business in ways that were never before possible. MEMS: How Very Small Devices Portend Big Changes in Inkjet Printing A perennial challenge with inkjet printing is creating ink droplets whose size is exactly what a print job needs. Kodak researchers are employing a technology called MEMS - micro-electro-mechanical systems - to develop new ways of addressing that age-old issue. The researchers are exploring using MEMS to control and manipulate pico-liter volumes of fluid and the delivery of micron-sized droplets to paper. MEMS represents the integration of mechanical, fluidic, optical and electronic functionality, a convergence not unlike that of imaging and information technology. To learn more about this effort, click here: http://www.kodak.com/go/research Dynamic Contone: Enabling Technology for High-Speed, High-Quality Inkjet Output Where MEMS promises future improvements in inkjet printing, Dynamic Contone is a technological advance that Kodak Professional is bringing to market right now. Developed by Kodak, and integral to the Kodak Professional 5260 Inkjet Printer, Dynamic Contone describes the unique ability to deliver on a variety of media six colors and five distinct drop sizes on a pixel-by-pixel basis - compared with the fixed drop size of conventional inkjet printers. The result is a Kodak machine that offers accelerated printing speed without compromising print quality.