Xaar announces new printheads for coding and marking

Richard Barham.
Richard Barham.

Xaar’s new family of piezoelectric printheads, the first of which will be available in late 2016, will all have a 17-mm print swathe which is an ideal width for high-resolution coding and marking applications – such as printing barcodes, best-before dates and other product identification codes onto a range of packaging. The new family will be manufactured in Xaar’s award-winning, state-of-the-art factory in Huntingdon, UK. “We’ve set out a development roadmap of new 17-mm printheads to support our coding and marking OEM customers over the coming years,” said Richard Barham, Chief Customer Officer at Xaar. “The first of the new products will sit alongside the popular Xaar 128 and will also have 128 nozzles. This is an important market sector for Xaar, so we’re delighted to announce a new range of printheads which underline our ongoing commitment to this sector.”

Xaar's existing 128 Printhead also has 128 nozzles.
Xaar’s existing 128 Printhead also has 128 nozzles.

Xaar, who this year has been celebrating its 25th anniversary, first made its name through a number of printheads designed for coding and marking applications. These quickly became the dominant technology in the marketplace and are still used by many manufacturers today. The company is a world leader in the development of inkjet technology and manufacture of piezoelectric drop-on-demand industrial printheads. The company also develops and sells ink systems, electronics and fluid optimization services to accelerate inkjet system development and adoption. Xaar printheads incorporate patented technology used when decorating, patterning, depositing functional coatings on, or adding structure to, a variety of industrial and consumer products. The technology is used worldwide by manufacturers in sectors ranging from ceramics, wide-format graphics and labels, to direct-to-shape packaging and decorative laminates.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.