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FMEA analysis of Xeikon electrophotographics.

1. Introduction

Today, construction and design of digital printing machines are known. To observe a specific digital printing technology and set forth corrective actions associated with potential faults in the model, it is necessary to analyze and evaluate each component of a digital printing machine. Evaluation of the failure is given critically: firstly we give the assessment of failure probability during the half-year work of the machine and afterwards we evaluate the consequences of error for that failure. For this kind of analysis, it is necessary to understand the construction and the design of the Xeikon digital printing machine, and to have the practical experience in operating the machine. FMEA (Failure Mode Effect Analysis) was taken as a widespread method of assessing the severity of specific modules and components of a digital printing machine (Stamatis, 2003).

1.1 Description of a model of digital electrophotographic printing process

Model of a digital printing process is taken from the Xeikon DCP32D (electrophotographic/xerographic model (Kipphan H., 2001)), and it is one of the most frequently used models in digital printing industry. This model is used in most digital printing machines, ranging from the photocopiers to home laser printers that have simplified and cheaper model. Our research is based on the most complex electrophotographic model, Xeikon DCP32D, whose functioning has been tracked and stored in the database during 12 years. All failures described and presented in this paper were analyzed by FMEA analysis.

1.2 Advantages and disadvantages of electrophotographic digital printing

Advantages and disadvantages are well known since the first implementation of electrophotographic models and we have extracted here advantages and disadvantages of basic model and of Xeikon DCP32 model. The main advantages of electrophotographic printing model (Ziljak et al., 2007) are:

a) Ability to print one or more prints without making an offset plate, and to change them (variable press form)

b) The possibility of printing multipage books with a built-in postpress process.

c) Short start-up period for printing

d) Personalized printing (addresses, labels, personalized newspapers, etc.)

e) Quality reproduction for an acceptable price per print

The main disadvantages of electrophotographic printing model are:

a) A slow speed of printing compared to offset press

b) Large life cycle cost of the machine, consisting of: a shorter working span, the costly parts and ecological disposal

c) Limited and expensive 'spot' colours

d) The problem with covering of uniform areas with 100% coverage when using the dry toner

The advantages of Xeikon electrophotographic digital printing model are:

a) Print from the roll (variable paper size on one axis depending on the RIP memory)

b) Simultaneous duplex colour print

c) Possibility of fast individualized printing (depending on the RIP and PES configuration)

2. The role of FMEA Analysis in improving the process of digital print

To provide improvements of the Xeikon DCP32D digital printing machine we have taken data from its work database created during 12 years (Yang & Basem, 2003), and we have analyzed that data on the basis of half-year occurrence of certain problems. We used fMEA process to: 1) assess the risk associated with potential errors, 2) rank the problems by relevance and 3) find most important problems of the product or the process. There are several types of fMEA analysis; we used Process fMEA analysis to describe, rank and find the failures that cause the greatest problems, and to assess the risks of all errors.

2.1 FMEA analysis of a complex system

To assess the risk associated with errors that happen on Xeikon DcP-32D, and to offer some solutions, we have introduced the division structure of the machine. We have divided the machine according to the basic structure:




The basic structure is: Machine units, Machine modules and Machine components. Machine units are: PRS (Paper Supply), TWR (Tower), FDC (Fixed Tower) and CND-CWS (Cooling Unit) as shown Fig. 1. For individual machine units we have listed the machine modules and for each module we have extracted its components. When we put all this in Excel table, the FMEA analysis diagram is set. Then each component is critically assessed concerning the probability of failure in the V year span and the consequences of the failure for the system. By using a formula (1) we get the severity value. Formula (1) and Fig. 3. is described as: ===== AFP = Assessment of Failure Probability AFC = Assessment of Failure Consequence SEV = Severity

Formula for FMEA analysis is:

AFP x AFC = SEV (1)

3. Results of the FMEA Analysis

Critical component that came out of FMEA analysis is the TED unit component. It is a transfer corona, which is used to retain the applied toner on the opposite side of the print until the fusing. The problem is, when the corona breaks, it folds, falls down and touches the drum with the printing unit or touches the TED shield, bringing 650 V and thus creating a short circuit. The machine sanctions it and turns off the power supply of the TED driver board, but nevertheless the drum can be damaged. Also, the second failure is related to the TED unit module, which creates a similar problem (short circuit), but this time the plastic that holds the corona at the distance from the unit's shielding is the source of the problem. Since the corona is in a direct contact with the plastic, and the plastic is in contact with the shield, the plastic becomes fatigued, i.e. by the influence of toner dirt and the low quality plastic, the short circuit, alarm, and problems in the print occur. Also this happens with the Scorotron unit module and this is shown on Fig. 5. With this analysis we have defined the priorities and in that way we have found the critical points, we have gained an insight into the functioning of the machine, noticed which components we have to pay attention to during the work and which components need a possible change in design.

4. Conclusion

In this work we wanted to introduce FMEA analysis of Xeikon electrophotographic printing model for the first time and we wanted to find out which components of the machine are the weakest link in the printing (Fig.1., Fig. 2., Fig. 4., Fig. 5., Fig. 6. and Fig. 7.).





Each component is shown separately according to the modules and units of the machine, so that the critical component of each module/unit can be read (Fig. 3). FMEA analysis has shown the critical component of the machine that causes the losses in production, delay and the additional costs (Fig. 6. & Fig. 8.) With this critical components we wanted to discover how this failures happens and why, also in which conditions and with which components. We wanted to suggest improvement of these components and discover how to avoid consequences of failures modes. We suggest that it has to be done another Design FMEA analysis. With that analyse (in design/re-design) process of machine production components that are shown by Process FMEA could be corrected or re-designed. We found that our Process FMEA showed components that are critical: corona wire and plastic housing of TED module and Scorotron module. From our perspective it can be improved by using some kind of new resistive plastic, something that maintains high resistance to electric power, or high charges. This high charges can cause short circuits and damage the housing plastics in most cases because of instability of humidity in printing machine or in some cases because instability humidity in room where Printing Machine is hosted. This component should certainly be improved and the further monitoring of the machine via FMEA analysis is suggested so the corrective actions can be validated (Yang G., 2007). Limitations of this research is limited number of Xeikon DCP32D machines avaiable for our testing, and our research is done on single 14 years old machine.


DOI: 10.2507/daaam.scibook.2009.95

5. References

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Stamatis, D. H. (2003). Failure mode and effect analysis: FMEA from theory's to execution-2nd ed., ASQ Quality press, ISBN 0-87389-598-3, Milwaukee

Yang G. (2007). Life cycle reliability engineering, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0-47171529-8, New Jersey

Yang, K. & Basem, El-H. (2003). Design for Six Sigma: a roadmap for product development, McGraw-Hill Professional, ISBN 0-07-141208-5, New York

Ziljak, V.; Pap, K. & Marcius, D. (2007). Experimental Simulation Research of Digital Printing Cost-Efficiency in Comparison to Traditional Printing, PRECONFERENCE Proceedings of the 1st Special Focus Symposium on Market Microstructure: From Orders to Prices-Best Execution in the Age of Algo Trading and Event Stream Processing, Lasker, G.E. (Ed.), pp. 66-70, Zadar, October 2007, Faculty of Teacher Education of the University of Zagreb, Zagreb

*** Xeikon NV (1996). Xeikon DCP32D Service Manual, Xeikon, Mortsel-Belgium

This Publication has to be referred as: Plehati, S[ilvio]; Pavlovic, T[omislav]; Bogovic, T[omislav]; Pap, K[laudio] & Ziljak Vujic, J[ana] (2009). FMEA Analysis of Xeikon Electrophotographics, Chapter 95 in DAAAM International Scientific Book 2009, pp. 977-984, B. Katalinic (Ed.), Published by DAAAM International, ISBN 978-3-901509-69-8, ISSN 1726-9687, Vienna, Austria

Authors' data: B.Eng. Plehati, S[ilvio] **; B.Eng. Pavlovic, T[omislav] **; B.Eng. Bogovic, T[omislav] **; Dr. Sc. Pap, K[laudio] *; Dr. Sc. Ziljak Vujic, J[ana] **, * University of Graphic Arts, Getaldiceva 2, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia, ** Polytechnic of Zagreb, vrbik 8, 10000, Zagreb, croatia,,,,,
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