Manufacturing technology of the Tektronix digital ink jet head

E. Hershberg, G. Beenen, B. Boso, P. Krein, R. Marantz, B. Murdock

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Abstract

The Tektronix Digital Ink Jet Head is a drop on demand, plezoelectric transducer driven, air assisted ink jet based on a design developed by Matsushita. The ink jet is manufactured by Tektronix, Inc., under a licensing agreement, and is used in the Tektronix 4692 Color Ink Jet Copier. Fundamental changes in the manufacturing technology were required to accommodate the Tektronix manufacturing environment and improve the quality of the final product. Casting was replaced by high precision machining, micropunching was replaced by microelectric discharge machining, and glue-bonding was replaced by vacuum oven brazing. Particular attention was devoted to materials selection, handling of component parts, and to redesigning parts to fit the new processes. The result of these changes is a less labor intensive process that utilizes the capital equipment and materials expertise at Tektronix. Reviews of the ink jet technology and the manufacturing technologies are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-128
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of imaging technology
Volume14
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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