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Toner Usage Prediction for Laser Electrophotographic Printers
  DOI :  10.2352/ISSN.2470-1173.2016.20.COLOR-341  Published OnlineFebruary 2016
Abstract

In recent years, laser electro-photographic (EP) printers are commonly used in both industry and households. From an economic perspective, it is of great significance to accurately estimate toner usage in order to get a full utilization of each cartridge. A revised two-stage strategy is developed based on the 'black box' model which demonstrate that the toner deposition in the area occupied by each printer-addressable pixel is strongly influenced by the values of the neighboring pixels. For the first stage, the pixel-by-pixel absorptance is predicted from the digital page image that is sent to the laser engine, and trained from a set of printed and scanned pages. Then, during stage two, the overall toner usage for input digital page can be estimated by using a weighted sum method that adds up the weight of every individual pixel of the whole page. The weights of pixels are trained by using the measured toner usage of each page in a set of training pages, and the histogram of the pixel values for the predicted scanned pages in the training set. Compared with the pixel counting method and our previous two-stage predictor, the updated approach is not only more robust and accurate, but also more suitable for hardware design.

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Mengqi Gao, Yanling Ju, Terry Nelson, Theresa Prenn, Jan Allebach, "Toner Usage Prediction for Laser Electrophotographic Printersin Proc. IS&T Int’l. Symp. on Electronic Imaging: Color Imaging XXI: Displaying, Processing, Hardcopy, and Applications,  2016,  https://doi.org/10.2352/ISSN.2470-1173.2016.20.COLOR-341

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