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Electronics for Imaging, Inc. is an international company based in Silicon Valley that specializes in printing technology. In 2014, EFI won a record-setting 11 Must See 'Em awards through Graph Expo, the most ever awarded to any one company. In October 2014, it made headlines when it was discovered to have violated California and United States labor laws. Wikipedia.


Patent
Electronics for Imaging | Date: 2014-06-19

Image processing of printed patterns of arrays of dots generated by an array of inkjet heads uses a vision system, including an HD color camera that can be a fixed focus or include autofocus and zoom capabilities. Pattern recognition techniques are used to analyze as many patterns as necessary to perform multiple alignment functions, such as dot size, shape, and integrity; unidirectional, bidirectional, and step alignments; physical position and straightness of jet packs; flatness of platen or media belt; mapping imperfections in rods and rails of guiding systems; and checking jet alignments from a reference jet to all other jet packs. From such image analysis, correction values are generated that are used to effect manual or automatic adjustment of the inkjet heads physical position, voltage, temperature, and firing pulse timing and/or duration; and to position the printed dots fired from the nozzles in the inkjet heads in the appropriate position.


Patent
Electronics for Imaging | Date: 2014-06-13

Compensation algorithms are applied to hide failed nozzles or, at least, reduce the objectionable effect of such nozzles in a printed image. Once a failed nozzle or under-performing nozzle is detected in a single-pass printing system, it is shut-off and the image data that was intended to be printed by this nozzle is redistributed to its neighboring nozzles. Embodiments of the invention use of a 1-D look-up table and stochastically distribute the duty cycle to each neighboring nozzle. In this way, failed nozzles are effectively hidden in the final print.


Patent
Electronics for Imaging | Date: 2014-02-11

An external table height adjustment technique for a printer system is disclosed. An operator can align an image gap between a printer table of the printer system and a printhead carriage via a height adjustment mechanism. The operator can perform the table height adjustment while a belt is installed on the printer table and media is loaded on top of the printer table. A height adjustment assembly is secured onto a supporting frame of the printer table such that an adjustment component exposed beyond an edge of the belt can raise or lower a portion of the printer table where the height adjustment assembly is secured.


Patent
Electronics for Imaging | Date: 2014-10-14

Described is a technology for measuring ink film thickness by use of differential lighting between two differently positioned light sources. The technology involves an image capture device, a first set of light emitting diodes (LEDs), and a second set of LEDs, where the image capture device is attached to a printer. The first set of LEDs is positioned in parallel to an image capture axis to illuminate a target object evenly from above with a light perpendicular to the target object (e.g., substrate with deposited ink droplets). The second set of LEDs is positioned to illuminate the target object at an angle, thereby casting a shadow. The image capture device takes two snapshots of the target object, utilizing a different light source (of the two sets of LEDs) for each snapshot. The snapshots are compared to determine the shadows magnitude and the ink film thickness based on the shadow.


Patent
Electronics for Imaging | Date: 2015-07-21

Methods and apparatus for processing a page description language (PDL) data stream are provided. The methods and apparatus divide the PDL data stream to provide a plurality of PDL segments, create associated first and second data files for each of the PDL segments, and assign the first data file or the second data file associated with each of the PDL segments to at least one of a plurality of PDL processors.

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