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The key to successful consulting and product
development is personnel. What is the experience of the TPR staff? The TPR
executive team has over 75 years of experience in digital printing
technologies. In addition between full time staff and TPR Fellows, the group
of individuals has accumulated over 300 patents.
How important is confidentiality in your business relationships?
TPR considers confidentiality to be a given in customer relationships. In
most customer engagements, the execution of a mutual NDA is the first step
in the process. Only TPR employees that are needed on projects are involved
in information exchange.
TPR's historical focus has been on digital
printing technologies. Can these technologies be effectively applied to
Yes. Two examples of applications can illustrate how printing technologies
can be applied as effective solutions in non-traditional processes. In the
first, TPR has worked with a company to precisely coat tablets on a 3D basis
using electrostatic techniques. In the second application, TPR has used the
ability to finely deposit materials via ink jet to produce OLED screens.
Using ink jet is thus an effective solution since TPR can lay down lines as
narrow as 50 microns with placements and repeatability to one micron.
Although we know generally what
we want to do, can you help my company develop the technical specifications
to satisfy our objectives?
Yes, as a preliminary phase of our involvement with a customer, we can
assist you in developing the technical specifications for your project.
Does TPR do testing?
Yes, we do many different kinds of testing. The tests can include
environmental, benchmark, torture and feasibility testing. We use test
suites and methodologies which are consistent with industry standards
whenever possible as well as develop customized test plans to insure results
are properly derived. In many cases, TPR has the existing equipment to
conduct testing such as environmental chambers.
What kind of business model does TPR employ?
There are two basic ways of engaging TPR. These are fixed price and Time &
Materials (T&M). The model utilized will be dictated by the specifics of the
Can TPR provide manufacturing capability?
Yes. Typically manufacturing can be supplied for short run-lengths such as
prototypes, betas, and small programs. For programs that may involve long
production run lengths, TPR can provide manufacturing capability either
through an affiliated company or through outside manufacturing companies
which based on TPR's experience can satisfy the customer's needs.
Can TPR service overseas companies?
Yes. While most of TPR's business has stemmed from US companies, TPR has
successfully completed a number of projects from internationally based
companies including operations in Europe and the Far East.
Does TPR offer products?
Yes and no. Although TPR does not have a catalog of products, it can take
certain general product concepts and customize those products to fit the
specific customer needs. Examples of these include a PDLab Breadboard, an
Electrostatic Model, Inkjet System, TC/Charge Analyzer, Toner Aspirator,
Fuser Fixture, and Mag-roll Mapper. Most of these devices have been
developed for previous development efforts.
Does TPR keep these products in inventory?
Can TPR provide
product support after the sale
Yes, this is often provided even for international companies.
How does TPR handle communications with the customer during a project?
Generally a single focal point is selected through which communications are
handled. Communications can be verbal or written using faxes or email, based
on customer preferences. Often regular status meeting are held to update all
parties on how the program is progressing. The frequency of these status
meeting is determined based on the specific program with some dictating
weekly sessions while others monthly meetings.
Does TPR perform patent searches?
Yes. These are done consistent with customer requirements.
If intellectual property is developed that appropriately belongs to the customer, can TPR file patents to protect that IP?
Yes, TPR has the know-how to file patent applications on behalf of the
Does TPR do embedded computer product design
Yes. In fact, we are experienced in a number of architectures - FPGA, PWB
layout, communications protocols, and electrical and mechanical hardware. We
have experience and a number of tools available to us including PERL, C/C++,
HTML/XML, Java, Windows/Unix/Linux, Visual Basic/Assembly, Access/SQL,
Pascal/Delphi, and CORBA. We have done this type of work on a stand-alone
basis as well as an integrated part of a more comprehensive project.
April 8, 2010: Richard Lux (currently TPR , formerly of Xerox
Corporation) is awarded the prestigious "Chester F. Carlson Award" for
outstanding work in the science or technology of electrophotography “for his
innovation and leadership in the creation, incubation, development, and
delivery of electrophotographic processes and products” by the Society for
Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T).
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TPR announces the availability of iP_ANALYSIS
TPR’s Image Permanence Data Management System Software Package
TPR has conducted an extensive
test on the stability of photographic prints made from a variety of
systems from multiple vendors. The report compares the performance
of the various images under accelerated conditions to assess their
respective permanence and to make life projections. this is
available for download at