Xaar - 7/2/2014
Xaar Introduces New Printhead
Today, world-leading inkjet technology specialist Xaar is proud to launch the Xaar 501 GS8, a high-performance graphics printhead delivering exceptional
print quality, industrial-level reliability and high production up-time. The new printhead incorporates PrecisionPlus™, a brand new architecture from Xaar
designed to enable indoor and outdoor signage printers to remain at the leading edge of print performance. In addition, the Xaar 501 combines
PrecisionPlus™ architecture with the option of Xaar's unique TF Technology™ to deliver exceptional reliability, even in the harshest environments.
OEMs and print service providers taking up this new printhead can therefore set themselves apart from their competitors.
The Xaar 501, the first in a family of printheads to incorporate Xaar’s PrecisionPlus™, is the result of considerable investment in R&D over recent years. This
new printhead can print in binary mode at up to 1440 dpi with an 8 pL drop size or with 4 grey levels at 360 dpi to deliver high productivity with an
effective resolution of over 600 dpi. It is compatible with a range of solvent and UV inks.
PrecisionPlus™ raises the bar in print performance
This new architecture, which builds on Xaar’s highly-successful Hybrid Side Shooter™ design, optimises actuator performance to deliver unprecedented
drop velocity, drop volume and drop placement profiles for consistent colour across the print swathe. This results in outstanding print quality with
smooth tints, gradations and excellent edge definition.
OEMs can choose TF Technology™ for unparalleled reliability
Industrial levels of reliability are achieved using Xaar’s unrivalled TF Technology™, which has driven customer demand for the world-leading Xaar 1002.
TF Technology™ reduces sedimentation when using heavily pigmented inks such as white, extends maintenance cycles and improves reliability.
As an option in the Xaar 501, TF Technology™ combined with PrecisionPlus™ is available in two modes – Pulsed mode and High Flow mode. TF Technology™
in High Flow mode ensures continuous ink flow at a high rate directly past the back of the printhead nozzles during drop ejection. This carries away any
air bubbles or unwanted particles in the fluid and radically improves production reliability. Alternatively, TF Technology™ in the new Pulsed mode
recirculates ink during non-printing periods only. This ensures that the key reliability benefits of TF Technology™ can be delivered to customers with
minimum cost and complexity. With TF Technology™, value-added effects such as printing on transparent or coloured substrates with white ink or
adding varnishes are made easy using the Xaar 501. For those not requiring TF Technology™, the Xaar 501 operates with standard wide-format
graphics ink supply systems.
Flexible and easy integration
The accurate mounting features on the Xaar 501 enable multiple printheads to be rapidly mounted together with minimal adjustment. Industry
standard permanent ink connections and simple ink priming ensures that integration to inks systems is clean and easy.
The versatile Xaar 501 gives manufacturers considerable freedom to tailor their printer designs. A choice of ink supply options (vacuum controlled and Xaar
TF Technology™ in new Pulsed or High Flow modes) allows OEMs to pick the best solution to fit their application.
“The graphics sector is an important part of our business. The launch of our innovative new architecture, PrecisionPlus™, and the Xaar 501 as the first in a
range of printheads, ensures our customers remain at the leading edge of print performance,” says Richard Barham, Sales & Marketing Director, Xaar. “The
Xaar 501 combines new and proven technologies to deliver superb quality, industrial performance and flexibility – all very cost-effectively – to give
manufacturers and their end users a significant competitive edge.”
Xaar - 3/12/2014
Xaar Launches the All New Xaar 1002 GS6 Printhead for UV Applications
Xaar, the world’s leading inkjet technology specialist, is pleased to announce the launch of the All New Xaar 1002 GS6 for UV applications. This
next generation printhead redefines the standard in single-pass printing, delivering exceptional print quality and productivity to manufacturers
The Xaar 1002 GS6 has been developed and optimised for a wide range of UV applications; these include labels, laminates, direct-to-shape, packaging
and other types of product decoration, where product quality and industrial levels of reliability are paramount.
The All New Xaar 1002 GS6 incorporates multiple new technology features, drawing on Xaar’s many years’ experience in a number of industry sectors,
giving improved drop volume uniformity and drop placement accuracy for an even higher quality printed image. Featuring 1000 Optimised Geometry
nozzles, the Xaar 1002 GS6 can jet and place drops with the highest precision on the market. As a result this new printhead produces high resolution
text and images with smooth tones demanded by manufacturers globally.
A key feature of the All New Xaar 1002 is its ability to print heavily pigmented high opacity white inks and high viscosity varnishes extremely reliably,
enabled by Xaar’s patented ink recirculation technology, TF Technology™. Therefore it is the ideal printhead for a wide range of UV applications including
labels and printing onto clear packaging for bottles, where opaque backup whites and high build spot varnishes are essential.
The All New Xaar 1002 GS6 printhead builds on the outstanding success of the market-leading Xaar 1001 GS6 which has had a major impact on both
printing and manufacturing industries world-wide, and is universally recognised as the leading industrial inkjet printhead. Manufacturers choose Xaar
technology for its overall exceptional performance and unrivalled reliability which is delivered by Xaar’s TF Technology™ combined with the Hybrid Side-
Shooter™ architecture; this is the only true ink recirculation system which ensures maximum production uptime. Customer ‘ease of use’ has also been
enhanced by an improvement to the customer electronic interface and by enabling a reduction in the set up time required.
The Xaar 1002 GS6 is a highly versatile printhead. It is capable of handling a wide range of fluids and viscosity ranges and is backwards compatible with
the Xaar 1001 GS6. Also available alongside the Xaar 1002 GS6 is a range of systems components – including the new slimline HPC3, the XUSB and
Xaar Hydra. These have been designed for easy configuration, optimisation and integration to reduce time to market. In addition, the improved uniformity
of the Xaar 1002 GS6 allows manufacturers to configure narrow web and wide-format printers faster and more easily. Finally, as the Xaar 1002 GS6 is
fully compatible with Xaar 1001 GS6-enabled printers, users can easily upgrade whenever they wish and experience the benefits immediately.
“The original Xaar 1001 GS6 with its unique recirculating TF Technology™ kick started the digital inkjet revolution in the label, direct-to-shape and
laminate sectors. The All New Xaar 1002 GS6, incorporating the very latest patented* technology, defines the next generation of printhead, setting the
levels of quality and performance available to manufacturers in a variety of industries,” says Richard Barham, Sales and Marketing Director, Xaar.
“Our commitment to investing 12% of our revenue in R&D means that we will continue to deliver the very best inkjet technology to manufacturers
globally, ensuring they benefit from a competitive advantage and a maximum return on their investment.”
Systems featuring the All New Xaar 1002 GS6 printhead are available now from a number of Original Equipment Manufacturers including Autobond, Durst,
EFI, FFEI, Hymmen, INX Digital, KHS, Krones, Sacmi, SPG Prints and Till Engineering.
Xaar - 7/10/2012
Xaar Launches Two New High-Performance Printheads for Wide Format
Xaar, the leading independent supplier of industrial inkjet printheads, has added two new greyscale printheads to the successful premium-quality,
wide-swathe (53.7mm) Xaar Proton inkjet family. The Xaar Proton 15 and Xaar Proton 15+ both deliver 15 picolitre drops at high speed, providing
outstanding print quality, excellent productivity and exceptional value.
These new greyscale printheads, which join the binary Xaar Proton 35 and Xaar Proton 60, are ideal for high quality indoor and outdoor graphics. The
expanded Xaar Proton family allows printer manufacturers to deliver a wider product range with the best combination of throughput and print quality
while minimizing the cost of printer development.
The Xaar Proton 15 uses Xaar's Drop Optimization Technology (XaarDOT(TM)) to print in binary or greyscale modes. In greyscale mode, 15, 30 and 45
picolitre drops can be used simultaneously to print a single image. This allows fine detail to be combined with smooth tones. Alternatively, in binary
mode, an image can be printed using a single drop size selected from this range. As a result, the Xaar Proton 15 caters for a wide variety of indoor
and outdoor graphics applications. The Xaar Proton 15+ adds internal ink temperature control to enable the printhead to work with an even wider
variety of ink types and viscosities. Precise temperature control is important for maintaining high quality printing in environments where ambient
temperatures may fluctuate during the day, or from season to season.
The Xaar Proton 15 incorporates the latest Xaar technology to ensure the highest quality, productivity and reliability. Individually lasered nozzles,
optimized ink drop speeds, and Xaar's latest 'chevron' actuator design, combine to give efficient and consistent drop formation resulting in
outstanding print quality.
The robust design of the Xaar Proton 15, with lockable ink and electrical connections, ensures easy and secure installation. In addition, the
integration of intelligent on-board electronics reduces development costs and time-to-market for printer developers.
Xaar's two new printheads make their global debut at Shanghai International Advertising & Sign Technology & Equipment Exhibition (11th-14th
July 2012 Shanghai, China) on the Xaar booth (Hall N5/001). In addition, visitors to the show will be able to see Xaar Proton 15-enabled printers
demonstrated by Design Digital Science & Technology, Huangjian Digital Technology (Shanghai), Shanghai Bluewin Digital Technology, Shanghai
ColorTop Digital Technology, Shanghai Huidi Digital Technology, Shanghai Zhong Yin International and Signstar International Industrial. Design
Digital Science & Technology and Shanghai Huidi Digital Technology will also unveil Xaar Proton 15+-enabled printers on their booths.
"Our aim is to give printer manufacturers and their customers a wide choice of sophisticated, but cost-effective, printheads so they can select the
very best technology for their specific applications," says Mark Alexander, Director of Marketing, Xaar. "The new Xaar Proton 15 printheads have
been developed in close collaboration with our customers and incorporate the latest Xaar technology to ensure outstanding print quality."