Xaar (Cambridge, UK), a leading worldwide inkjet printing technology company and printhead specialist, has launched a highly advanced, simple-to-install printhead following close collaboration with its global OEMs. Designed to deliver exceptional 720-dpi print resolution quality and performance across a range of applications (including ceramics, glass, packaging and label applications), the new Xaar 2002 Printhead has been developed specifically to provide fast and easy integration and is ready to use “straight out of the box.” Using drop-in printhead alignment, mechanical tolerance improvements allow the printheads to be dropped into the printbar easier, making set-up times faster and machine builds quicker.
Developed following OEM and customer feedback, the plug-and-print capability significantly reduces set-up times and helps save time and money. In addition, due to its new advanced Tuned Actuator Manufacturing (TAM2) and Xaar AcuChp Technology, the Xaar 2002 also delivers visibly improved colour uniformity across the width of the printhead, further reducing printhead installation and set-up times while maximizing uptime. The Xaar 2002 is fully backwards-compatible with printers already using the Xaar 2001+ Printhead.
Print speed is greatly enhanced with the Xaar 2002, enabling lines to be run faster. By using the full capability of the printhead, much higher firing frequencies of up to 36 kHz are now possible, delivering increased printing speeds of up to 75 metres per minute at 720 dpi. “After extensive collaboration with our global OEMs, we worked hard to ensure that the Xaar 2002 delivers the operational improvements they’ve asked for,” said Graham Tweedale, General Manager of Xaar’s Printhead Business Unit. “With its simple installation and significantly reduced set-up times, we believe the Xaar 2002 Printhead offers the speed and performance our customers now demand, for the print applications they provide.”
Each Xaar 2002 printhead can be customized by OEMs, ensuring visibility of their brand on the print engine. The Xaar 2002 is also serviceable, lowering the total cost of ownership and providing an excellent return on investment. Designed for use across a variety of applications and ink types, the new printhead is available in three variants – the Xaar 2002 Plus, Xaar 2002 Premium and the Xaar 2002 Advanced. The Xaar 2002 Printhead also incorporates Xaar’s industry-leading TF Technology, High Laydown and Ultra High Viscosity printing capabilities. These provide users with significant performance improvements when compared to other printhead designs, the company pointed out. Xaar’s unique TF Technology allows a broader range of ink or other fluids to flow directly past the back of the nozzle at very high flow rates. This prevents the nozzle from drying out, increasing the printhead’s nozzle open time, thereby ensuring the printhead is continuously primed for trouble-free start-ups, even after periods of non-use. “The Xaar 2002 range offers all-round ease of set up and use, while delivering the exceptional print quality, unsurpassed reliability and unique technologies that Xaar is renowned for,” Tweedale added.