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Reconfigurable Parallel Printing System Design for Field Performance and Service Improvement

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Eun Suk Suh, Gregory Kott

Xerox Innovation Group, Xerox Corporation, Webster, NY 14580

J. Mech. Des 132(3), 034505 (Mar 19, 2010) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4000961 History: Received December 02, 2008; Revised December 08, 2009; Published March 19, 2010; Online March 19, 2010

Parallel printing systems offer many advantages to users in terms of system uptime and overall productivity through continuous operation even when certain components of the system fail. Additionally, parallel printing system architectures allow for implementation of different field service policies, giving an important advantage to applications where system uptime is critical. In this paper, we present a case study for evaluating performance of reconfigurable parallel printing system concepts. The field performance of three parallel printing system concepts with varying degrees of modularity and various service policies are evaluated through simulation. It is concluded that developing an optimal service policy in conjunction with developing a modular reconfigurable printing architecture is key to obtaining optimal field performance.

Copyright © 2010 by Xerox Corporation
Topics: Printing , Design
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Parallel printing system

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Hyper module paper path based parallel printing system—concept and the prototype (picture used with permission)

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Simulation model process flow for case study

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Concept A: parallel printing system with monolithic paper path modules

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Concept B: parallel printing system with hyper module paper path

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Concept C: parallel printing system with hyper module paper path (three paper highways)



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