Re: New printer technology for real?

From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Thu Nov 29 2007 - 23:10:28 CST

On Nov 29, 2007 8:12 PM, Alan Dechert <> wrote:
> > On Nov 29, 2007 12:34 AM, Alan Dechert <> wrote:
> >> These pages show some amazing inkjet printing technology --
> >> revolutionary, cheap, fast. This could make the Electronic Ballot
> >> Printer EBP idea more attractive.
> >>
> >> Any idea if this is for real?
> >
> > Yes. It's for real, with products expected in the market in 2009.
> >
> I thought it was supposed to be 2008.

Deliveries to OEMs in 2008, products in 2009. From their own Web site.

> > Tests of print quality and drying time will be needed for
> > many applications, but for us neither is a significant issue.
> >
> I think speed, reliability, print quality, and cost are all important
> issues. If this technology is as good as advertised, it would help.
> Of course, there are a number of issues that could mean that it won't pan
> out. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
> I just went back to our good ol' web demo (thanks, Jan) at
> >From the time I clicked on the print button (I mean after selecting the
> printer and all that), it took 40 seconds for the ballot to finish on my hp
> business inkjet 2200. I think this is unacceptably slow. Remember, this is
> for the one page summary.
> OVS has proposed to print a whole ballot with all the selections shown just
> like the ballot someone would see marking an optical scan ballot. Arthur
> Keller also suggested this may be preferable. In this case, the ballot
> could run several pages. "Trials are needed," but I don't think people will
> wait around for this.
> Granted, my inkjet printer is old (maybe 5 yrs old), but it was fast for
> inkjets at the time. I think Karl convinced us some years ago that laser
> printers would not work for this application.

Laser printers would be overkill, but I can't see how they could fail to work.

> We are going to need a good, fast, cheap inkjet printer.

The Engineer's motto: Good, fast, cheap: Pick two.

Of course, that doesn't allow for advances in technology, which this
is supposed to be.

> Alan D.

Edward Cherlin
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