Xaar releases 5501 aqueous printhead

Xaar 5501 Printhead.
Xaar 5501 Printhead.

Xaar, a world leader in industrial inkjet technology, has added the Xaar 5501 to its portfolio of aqueous printheads. Available later this year, the compact and lightweight Xaar 5501 complements the existing Xaar 1201 and Xaar 5601, and provides OEMs looking for an aqueous printhead from Xaar with a wider choice. “This is the first product resulting from Xaar’s collaboration with Xerox and delivers high print quality combined with low printing and integration costs,” said Xaar. The 5501 uses proven bulk piezo technology in conjunction with Xaar Drive Electronics to deliver cost-effective scanning digital printers with high quality output. The lightweight, 1200-dpi printhead is ideal for a range of water-based digital printing applications – such as textiles (digital direct to garment, dye sublimation transfer and soft signage) and graphics (banners, posters, displays). It has 5,544 nozzles, each producing 5 pL sub-drops, resulting in a 115 mm print width for high quality print and high productivity. Its robust construction makes it compatible with a range of fluids including aqueous inks, low viscosity UV or solvent-based inks.

The Xaar 5501 uses a simple micro-alignment system to position and align printheads via software. This allows rapid and easy printer set-up, thus streamlining printhead commissioning and reducing overall downtime. In addition, it doesn’t require an ink-recirculation system. This ensures lower integration costs and makes it suitable to use in scanning applications such as printing wide-format graphics and textiles. For high-productivity applications, single-pass printing is also possible. “We’re delighted to be bringing the Xaar 5501 to market,” said Jason Remnant, Senior Product Manager at Xaar. “With this addition to our aqueous portfolio, we now have a full range of solutions to meet the majority of applications that need low viscosity-compatible inkjet printheads. With its simple ink supply system, the Xaar 5501 is a very cost-effective solution for scanning textile and wide-format graphics printers, and will be widely available to OEMs later this year.”

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.