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Volume: 1 | Article ID: 4
In-process Ink Rheology Monitoring for Inkjet Printing using Piezo Self-sensing
  DOI :  10.2352/AIT.2024.1.1.30  Published OnlineJanuary 2024

Inkjet is gaining popularity in digital production for its high flexibility, productivity and compatibility with many substrates. The core of the inkjet system is the printhead, a sophisticated device depositing ink accurately and on demand through thousands of independent nozzles. However, the complexity of the printhead presents challenges for maintenance and stable operation. Therefore, maintaining precise control over all process parameters is essential to ensure consistent quality and optimal performance. Ink rheology is an important process parameter to control. Changes in rheology caused by solvent evaporation, ink aging, sedimentation or simply a slightly different formulation of the manufacturer can lead to major quality flaws in the printing process. Commercial solutions for rheology measurements can typically only measure viscosities at frequencies of up to 10 kHz and the measurement takes place outside of the printing process. Here, a measurement system has been developed, which can monitor the rheology in the process at internal resonance frequencies of 100-200 kHz using only the printhead as the measurement device together with printing electronics which has piezo self-sensing capabilities. This system is an upgrade to a previously developed and industry tested nozzle status monitoring system that uses the piezoelectric effect to map printhead internal acoustics for nozzle failure detection.

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Sebastian Filliger, Luca Brügger, Julian Piller, Gael Perritaz, Loïc Bullot, Ull Carlos Chabert, "In-process Ink Rheology Monitoring for Inkjet Printing using Piezo Self-sensingin Advanced Inkjet Technology,  2024,  pp 14 - 20,

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