Lab Testing at the GrCI

GrCI Laboratory Testing

The Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly (GrCI) has over 33,000 square feet of laboratories including equipment and testing apparatus from some of the largest manufacturers in the graphic communication industry.

Some include: HP, Kodak, Xerox, Goss, Heidelberg, Epson, Ricoh, Konica Minolta, Apple, ATMA, Dupont, Daetwyler, Mark Andy, Thwing Albert, and a battery of testing equipment and related instrumentation from IGT and TMI.

Leveraging the wide array of laboratory facilities contained within the Graphic Communication Department at Cal Poly, GrCI’s Lab Testing Services can provide you with answers to your ink, toner and substrate performance questions. Graphic arts businesses and suppliers routinely make use of these services to settle disputes over materials failure or investigate other potential problem sources. Tests will provide clients with an unbiased evaluation of substrate, ink and toner problems and report results are provided in compliance with published industry standards. The testing program at GrCI is geared towards printers, consumers and suppliers of paper, ink and toner.

OEM and Remanufacturing

The Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly conducts inkjet, toner, and paper testing for OEMs and remanufacturers globally. We are in the process of establishing “benchmark” standards after having tested over 50 products.Some of the testing for inkjet ink includes optical density, dot roundness, color gamut, line raggedness, inter‐color bleed, mottle, drying time, and banding. Testing for dry powdered toner includes optical density, dot roundness, line raggedness, mottle, ghosting, background noise, adhesion, and paper curl.

To Request Ink, Toner, and Substrate Testing and Press Testing, or for more information regarding ab Testing, please contact the GrCI office at (805) 756-2645 or email the GrCI Director.

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