Patent Number: 8,721,025

Title: Method of measuring printer spatial characteristics

Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, systems and computer program products for measuring spatial characteristics of an inkjet printer are disclosed. Group of marks of a first predetermined pattern are printed on a print medium using a first group of nozzles. Groups of marks of a second predetermined pattern are printed using a second group of nozzles. A region of overlap of the printed groups of marks is formed. At least a portion of the print medium having printed groups of marks is imaged. From the region of overlap, first and second groups of marks from the first and second printed patterns are selected. For each group of marks, a position representative of that group is determined. An offset for measuring spatial characteristics of the printer between the first and second printed patterns is determined dependent upon the representative position of each of the first and second groups of marks.

Inventors: Yip; Ben (Homebush West, AU), Larkin; Kieran Gerard (Putney, AU), Fletcher; Peter Alleine (Rozelle, AU)

Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: B41J 29/393 (20060101); G01B 11/14 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/13/12018