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Energy Star Compliant Media

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244556D
Publication Date: 2015-Dec-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 68K

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Abstract

In devices such as thermal printers, a significant amount of the energy consumed is used to heat the printhead. The degree to which the printhead is heated can be a factor of the type of media that is being used in the thermal printer. For example, certain labels and ribbons can significantly reduce the amount of electricity required by a thermal printer in some printing applications. These labels and ribbons may have lower thermal requirements to produce or transfer an image relative to conventional labels and ribbons.

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Energy Star Compliant Media

    Energy Star compliance has become a significant selling feature in a wide variety of products from personal computing devices to large home appliances. The Energy Star logo and certification has increasingly become a recognized symbol that influences consumer decisions during purchases.

    While devices and appliances themselves have been adapted to reduce energy consumption and can operate in reduced-power-consumption modes, in some cases, the device has limited control over the amount of energy actually consumed. Use habits of consumers may contribute more toward the overall energy consumption profile of a device.

    In devices such as thermal printers, a significant amount of the energy consumed is used to heat the printhead. The degree to which the printhead is heated can be a factor of the type of media that is being used in the thermal printer. For example, certain labels and ribbons can significantly reduce the amount of electricity required by a thermal printer in some printing applications. These labels and ribbons may have lower thermal requirements to produce or transfer an image relative to conventional labels and ribbons.

    High-speed ribbons and labels or media may require less printhead contact time and/or lower printhead temperatures to achieve a print result similar to that of conventional media. Media may be developed with lower activation energies in order to reduce power consumption. The amount of energy consumed to print...