Know How – Printing Technologies without a Master (NIP Technologies)

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This type of process is referred to as non-impact printing (NIP technology). The term non-impact is based on early digitally controlled printing systems where computing centers would often print out data using dot matrix printers.

Typefaces for matrix printers of this kind were controlled electronically and the information transferred to the paper via type-forming pins impacting an ink ribbon. Such impact systems have been superseded by electrophotographic technologies, in which type is no longer transferred to the paper by impact – as was the case with matrix printers.

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