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Multipass Printing Using Reflow Ribbon

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036250D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Campbell, AS [+details]

Abstract

Resistive Ribbon Thermal Transfer printing can be configured to print on the same ribbon several times if the ink is redistributed on the ribbon after each print pass. This process of redistribution on the ribbon is known as ink reflow. It involves melting the ink by contacting a hot surface so the ink which remains on the ribbon after printing can be spread out over the ribbon so as to fill in the areas from which ink was removed by printing.