Fujifilm releases new highly scalable Samba Printhead

Fujifilm Samba Printhead from its J Press 720S.
Fujifilm Samba Printhead from its J Press 720S.

Calling it “the most advanced technology available in the industry,” Fujifilm Dimatix’s new Samba printhead has 2,048 individually addressable nozzles, 1200-dpi native resolution (600-dpi in redundant mode) and a native ink drop size of 2.4 picolitres that in total deliver “outstanding print quality that can jet a wide range of fluids, including UV curable and aqueous inks.” The company added that “scalability” is the key to Samba technology. It has a single-head print width of 1.7 inches that can be easily configured to make a print bar of any width, thus making it “an ideal choice” for print applications such as high quality commercial print, labels, packaging and textiles. The unique parallelogram design of the Samba nozzle plate enables simplified stitching, resulting in a very narrow 1200-dpi printbar.

“The speed, precision and scalability of the Samba platform sets a new standard for single-pass printer designs, providing significantly expanded capabilities that system developers will need to meet the requirements of high-speed, wide-width and high-image quality printing,” said Bailey Smith, Senior Director, Business Development at Fujifilm Dimatix.

Through continuous ink re-circulation directly behind the nozzle and several innovations including nozzle plate design, specialized nozzle plate geometry, and waveforms tailored to specific fluids, known as RediJet, the process “unlocks the full productive potential” of the Samba printhead. RediJet allows the printheads to be quickly and easily primed, resulting in faster time-to-print, minimal ink waste and greater reliability. Fujifilm’s breakthrough VersaDrop jetting technology allows multiple fixed drop sizes in binary mode and grayscale capability from one printhead, with no loss to productivity. In binary operating mode, the printhead is designed to eject adjustable drop sizes from 2.4 to 13.2 picolitres, and can support grayscale levels as defined by the user’s control electronics.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.