Cambridge, England; June 14, 2001 - Xaar, the innovative inkjet development company, is using SGIA 2001 as the premier US venue at which to display its unique, patented, drop-on-demand piezoelectric printhead products and technologies. Visitors to the Xaar Stand #3267, will see firsthand, demonstrations that illustrate why inkjet is making waves in the graphic arts industry, becoming quickly the technology of choice for leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) serving the screen printing, labeling and digital graphics markets.
XaarJet XJ500 Technology on Show
On-going innovations in drop-on-demand, piezo inkjet technology enable wide-format, grand-format and flatbed devices to achieve extremely high-quality, "smooth"-looking results at very high speeds. Many of today's leading OEMs are making the XaarJet XJ500 500-nozzle printhead an integral part of their high-definition solutions. Part of the reason for this is the ability of the XaarJet XJ500 printhead to print at a resolution of 360 dpi at speeds of up to 184 feet per minute using a wide selection of inks.
Presently Xaar XJ500 technology is utilized, worldwide, in a number of innovative solutions that:
-print four-color and spot color, as well as variable data such as barcodes, date-sensitive information and graphics;
-output any combination of large and small character codes, facilitating the printing of all standard alphanumeric messages, plus single and two-dimensional bar codes, graphics and logos onto virtually any substrate;
-produce codes up to 2.8 inches high - the tallest in the industry.
XaarJet binary and greyscale demonstration
Xaar's greyscale technology is fundamental to the continuing development and manufacture of many of today's screen-printing and industrial devices, especially those offering variable data printing capability. XaarJet XJ500 binary and greyscale printheads have a printing width of 70mm (2.758 inches). The binary versions have a print resolution of either 180 or 360 dpi; while the greyscale
printhead provides 360dpi printing with 8 levels of drop size. Two other printheads, the XaarJet XJ64 - printing width of 9mm - and the XaarJet XJ128 - printing width of 17mm (0.6698 inches) - are available in 200dpi and 360dpi versions.
The inherent flexibility of XaarJet greyscale and binary technology means it can be easily adapted to a myriad of applications, particularly when used in conjunction with complementary inks, including:
-plastic cards and tags - printing variable data and graphics
-primary packaging - printing directly onto containers
-secondary packaging - on-line case coding
-labelling - on-demand, self-adhesive labels
-wide-format graphics - high-speed poster and POP advertising
-super-wide (grand) format - high-speed banner and billboard printing
At SGIA, the XaarJet binary and greyscale demonstration unit can "shoot" pigment oil-based inks, solvent inks, dye sublimation inks and UV-curable inks. When XaarJet printheads are used in conjunction with UV-curable inks, the range of printing substrates broadens significantly to include non-porous substrates such as ceramic tiles, PVC, PE, polycarbonate, polypropylene, ABS, copper, aluminium and steel.
Jan Fineman, Chief Executive Officer, Xaar explains, "The wide-format sector represents a core part of our industrial printing business. Our XaarJet printheads offer wider width, high resolution printing and provide new opportunities for vendors to create innovative products. The latest inkjet solutions can be seen on not only our stand but also throughout the show on our partners' stands."
Integral to a wide range of commercial and industrial primary packaging ink-jet solutions, XaarJet printhead technology will feature in a number of output devices on Xaar OEM stands throughout SGIA.
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