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Digital Presses 

Teslin substrate can be printed using most digital presses. The recommended product grade for digital presses is Teslin digital 1000 substrate. Digital press types that have successfully printed on Teslin substrate include HP Indigo ®, Xeikon ® DCP 32/50, Xerox Docucolor 70, IBM 3170, and Agfa Chromapress. (Also included are any presses that may use these print engines). These manufacturers should be familiar with Teslin substrate and the products should be scripted where applicable.
 
HP Indigo 
  • Teslin substrate performs best when stored and used in a 50-70% RH, 20-23° C environment. 
  • Thoroughly fan and aerate Teslin substrate prior to loading into Indigo presses. ( Teslin digital 1000 substrate has no coating, so both sides are equally printable.) 
  • Ensure that the feed adjustments (air/pile height) are set properly. ( Teslin digital substrate is 10 mils thick -- thicker than many papers) 
  • Reduce blanket temperature at least 5° C. 
  • Due to Teslin substrate’s porous/absorptive nature, it may stretch slightly when printed. Certain forms may be adversely affected by this mis-registration (e.g., composite reverses at the tail end of the sheet may exhibit "hanging" color). Yellow circumferential adjustment should solve this problem. 
  • It is best not to use the duplex option when printing on Teslin substrate. The work-and-turn method is preferred.
Xeikon/Xerox/IBM/Agfa 

  • Teslin substrate performs best when stored/used in a 50-70%RH, 20-23°C environment. 
  • Turn off the pre-conditioning unit. This is used to dry paper prior to imaging. When turned on, it may soften or weaken Teslin substrate potentially creating dimensional stability problems. 
  • Tension should be low to prevent stretching. Tension set point values of less than 65N have been used successfully. 
  • Fusing temperature should be <120°C. This temperature should fuse the toner with no problems. Teslin substrate will shrink slightly or experience some "necking" (<1%). 
  • Transfer settings should be set extremely low, preferably from 20-30. 
  • Duplex settings should be set in accordance with transfer settings (transfer settings and duplex settings are competing variables). 
  • Density settings (LDA) should be increased. Compared to pulp-based papers, the LDA setting required to get the appropriate toner density is very high.
  • Teslin substrate is sensitive to moisture and should be repackaged in moisture-protective wrapping after a partial roll is used.