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Xaar Technology in 3D at FESPA Digital 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Press release from the issuing company

For the first time, visitors to the Xaar stand (E40) can see the company’s technology in 3D using augmented reality at FESPA Digital (21st – 24th February 2012, Barcelona).

Xaar is using augmented reality (AR) to show how its innovations have led the way in transforming the wide-format graphics, labels, packaging, ceramics, décor and coding & marking industries.

To enjoy the full Xaar AR experience, visit the Xaar stand at Fespa.  Alternatively, download the Xaar ‘Xapp’ app onto your Apple device from the Apple App Store, and use the AR function to view the animations triggered by images on the stand. Those not attending FESPA can still experience Xaar AR by downloading Xapp and printing the trigger images to explore Xaar technology.

Xaar’s AR will enable visitors to explore inside the Xaar Proton and Xaar 1001 printheads in an interactive way. The magnified view of Xaar’s printheads and technology gives a unique insight into what takes place at high speed and at a microscopic level inside ink channels that are less than the width of a human hair. This approach will help users of Xaar’s printheads fully understand how the technology delivers outstanding print quality, high productivity, reliability and easy integration.

For example, See Xaar’s unique TF Technology™ combined with Hybrid Side Shooter™ architecture in 3D inside the Xaar 1001. Fluids are shown flowing directly past the back of the nozzles which ensures the nozzles are continuously primed to deliver maximum production uptime. Visualise XaarDOT (TM) Drop Optimisation Technology and understand at first-hand how ink drops form in binary and greyscale modes.

A close up view of the Xaar “chevron” piezo actuator used in the Xaar Proton and Xaar 1001 demonstrates the features that produce efficient and consistent drop formation to deliver outstanding print quality.

Big Bucks café customers can also have some fun with Xaar’s AR by following instructions on the drinks coasters.

Xaar will be showing off its AR at the FESPA Explore Conference in one of the sessions dedicated to “Integrating Print into other Media Channels”.  Mark Alexander, Director of Marketing, will talk about why and how Xaar implemented this new sales and marketing tool in his “Putting the ‘AR’ into Xaar” presentation.

Finally, Xaar will be using FESPA’s Narrow Format Zone to demonstrate why many leading label printer manufacturers select the Xaar 1001 as the printhead of choice. When choosing an inkjet label printer, companies want the ability to handle short-run jobs from a few hundred labels up to many thousands, economically, reliably and efficiently. They also need a digital printer with printheads that can handle higher pigment loading white ink and varnish easily to produce high-quality labels on a range of standard and custom label stock. The performance of the Xaar 1001 meets all these needs, allowing unprofitable short-run jobs on conventional presses to be turned into profitable print jobs on a Xaar-based label press.


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