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The Xaar 5601 printhead
Ahead of its full commercial launch, Xaar showcased the Xaar 5601 Thin Film Piezo Silicon MEMS printhead at InPrint 2017. Visitors to the show in Munich could see full A4 CMYK colour print samples produced by eight printheads.
'As we get ready for the full commercialisation of such a significant new printhead platform, there are a number of key milestones we have had to pass. We are keen to showcase the four colour print samples produced by the Xaar 5601 so that interested parties can see for themselves its exceptionally high resolution print quality,' said product line manager Jason Remnant, adding, 'We're also here to talk about the development of the ecosystem which surrounds the Xaar 5601, which includes the drive electronics and ink supply system which are necessary to ensure OEMs get the most out of the new technology.'
In development for seven years and with over £31 million invested in its research and development, the Xaar 5601 incorporates a number of technologies.
Using new Thin Film Piezo Silicon MEMS technology, it is very high resolution with over 5600 nozzles, capable of jetting up to eight litres of fluid per hour. New innovations such as AcuDrp Technology allow complete control over greyscale drop ejection. In addition, the printhead incorporates TF Technology to maximise production up time, print quality and lifetime.
With its Z profile, multiple printheads can fit closely together to provide a compact print zone, for accurate drop placement between colours and reduced costs associated with accurate media control and positioning. This new printhead is optimised for aqueous inks and is ideal for textiles, laminates, commercial print, packaging and many more applications.