Impika welcomes Panasonic to its booth at Drupa 2008 – International Print Industry Exhibition

Impika welcomes Panasonic to its booth at Drupa 2008 – International Print Industry Exhibition

Source: Impika, 2008-May-22

As the fruit of a close collaboration for more than two years, Impika welcomes its printhead technology provider, Panasonic (Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.), on booth B24-1 in Hall 10 for the official launch of the new generation of Impika’s digital color printing solutions, iPress and iPrint covering multiple applications.

These innovative printing solutions are the result of a technological collaboration between two world leaders : Panasonic, a premier developer of industrial technology, and Impika, an expert in developing and manufacturing industrial inkjet solutions.

This two companies collaboration consisted in the development of modular printing solutions which integrated Panasonic’s most advanced Drop-On-Demand thin-film piezoelectric printhead technology.

The latest generation of Panasonic printheads jet thousands of drops of water-based inks (both pigments and dyes) through 22,400 nozzles (in the current configuration) with a resolution of 600dpi. The printing speed, depending on the chosen configuration, varies from 75m/minute to 150m/minute, for a print width of 474mm. In addition, the printhead is able to produce several drop volumes (3, 9, 11, 13 picoliters), which can be combined in order to produce a very high quality printing mode for several applications.

Paul Morgavi, CEO of Impika, declares “We have the pleasure to welcome Panasonic on our booth and are very proud to showcase Panasonic’s technological strength. This is the first step of a strong collaboration continuing with further development of innovating printing solutions to further advance the performances of the ink jet technology”.

Panasonic Industrial Company Senior Account Manager Frank Orrow comments “We are very pleased to have this special opportunity to demonstrate Panasonic’s print and line head technology at Drupa 2008 thanks to the hospitality of Impika. We are also delighted to have the opportunity to work with Impika on their powerful technology solutions.”

Impika invites you to visit Booth B24-1 in Hall 10, to show Panasonic’s technology and learn more about the Impika difference with real-time demonstrations running every day.

About Impika

Impika was founded in 2003 by a team of 11 partners with 20 years of expertise in innovating digital DOD printing technology. Located in Aubagne, in the south of France, the company is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of high performance industrial ink jet printing systems marketed worldwide. Based on an innovative technology that jets micro drops of ink or material on a large range of different substrate, Impika is present in three main segments, printing, micro electronics and bio technology. Impika’s performances have already been awarded several times. Impika’s customers are mainly international industrial leaders who are contributing to 75% of its turnover.

TOSHIBA TEC's CE2 inkjet grayscale heads

CE2 Product Info

Features

1. Higher nozzle density with 636 channels

Higher nozzle density with 636 channels

CE2 is designed and more suitable for single pass application with its 300dpi resolution.

Wide range of drop volume

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2. Wide range of drop volume

Unique technology of jetting multiple drops onto a single dot creates wide range of grayscale with minimum 6 pl to maximum 90 pl (15 drops) per dot. (equal CA4)

Compared with conventional binary inkjet heads, it is more suitable to express smooth density gradation from light to dark for various industrial printing.

Wide range of drop volume
Print sample with OHP sheet

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3. Higher driving frequency(especially at small drops)

CE2 realizes 28KHz at 1drop (6pL) mode, which is same interface as CA4.

It is 6.2KHz for 7drop mode (42pL), 30% faster than CA3. Its linear speed is 35 m/min at (6pl, 1200dpi) mode and 31m/min at (42pl, 300dpi) mode, suitable for high productive industrial application.

Higher driving frequency(especially at small drops)

Note 1: Data transfer mode is different in 15KHz or more.

Note 2: Driving frequency in CA3’s 1-6drop is a referenece value.

Note 3: Above data is based upon TOSHIBA TEC’s internal test result. Optimized driving frequency may vary depending upon the ink to be used.

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4. Excellent dot placement accuracy

Accurate dot placement is achievable with excellent piezo process and jetting control technology

1)For a single pass type application;

  • realize higher print speed
  • realize wider swath by assembling multiple heads into a wider array

2)For a scanning type application;

  • improved throughput by reducing the number of scanning
  • further improvement in printing speed by adding more printheads per color

5. UV curable and Oil based pigment ink compatible

TOSHIBA TEC’s inkjet head is compatible with both UV curable and oil based pigment inks.

  • Oil based pigment ink is quick-drying, and suitable for a high-speed application with absorptive substrates required.
  • UV curable ink is fit with non-absorptive substrates, and suitable for various industrial applications.

* Aqueous ink, solvent ink and other special types of ink needs testing with printheads.
Please consult with TOSHIBA TEC in case those type of inks are required for your application.

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6. Stable jetting with water circulation

CE heads are equipped with a chassis with a water channel and water ports. Circulating thermal controlled water in the chassis creates uniform temperature distribution in the printhead. It allows more stable jetting performance.

High viscosity ink jetting

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Specification

CE2
Print Method On demand piezo method
Printable Area 53.7mm
Number of channels 636/head
Resolution / Channel pitch 300dpi/84.5 μm
Gradation Multiple drops
GrayScale 8-levels(Standard)
16-levels(Maximum)
Drop Volume 6-90pl
Maximum Dot Frequency 28.0KHz(1drop)
6.2KHz(7drop)
2.8KHz(15drop)
Linear Speed 31m/min@7drops, 300dpi
35m/min@1drop, 1200dpi
Head Driving Voltage 14-31V
Curcuit Driving Voltage 39.0V
Ink* Oil based pigment ink / UV curable pigment ink
Weight 174g
Dimension 85(W)×74(D)×33(H)mm
Cover Yes
Chassis Ceramic chassis with water channel

Notes:Phrase in parentheses is a reference value.

Design and specifications subject to change without notice.

* Some ink may damage printheads depending upon the chemical used.
It is recommended that material compatibility test be carried out before use to obtain optimum print performance of the printheads.

TOSHIBA TEC's CE2 inkjet grayscale heads

CE2 Product Info

Features

1. Higher nozzle density with 636 channels

Higher nozzle density with 636 channels

CE2 is designed and more suitable for single pass application with its 300dpi resolution.

Wide range of drop volume

Page Top

2. Wide range of drop volume

Unique technology of jetting multiple drops onto a single dot creates wide range of grayscale with minimum 6 pl to maximum 90 pl (15 drops) per dot. (equal CA4)

Compared with conventional binary inkjet heads, it is more suitable to express smooth density gradation from light to dark for various industrial printing.

Wide range of drop volume
Print sample with OHP sheet

Page Top

3. Higher driving frequency(especially at small drops)

CE2 realizes 28KHz at 1drop (6pL) mode, which is same interface as CA4.

It is 6.2KHz for 7drop mode (42pL), 30% faster than CA3. Its linear speed is 35 m/min at (6pl, 1200dpi) mode and 31m/min at (42pl, 300dpi) mode, suitable for high productive industrial application.

Higher driving frequency(especially at small drops)

Note 1: Data transfer mode is different in 15KHz or more.

Note 2: Driving frequency in CA3’s 1-6drop is a referenece value.

Note 3: Above data is based upon TOSHIBA TEC’s internal test result. Optimized driving frequency may vary depending upon the ink to be used.

Page Top

4. Excellent dot placement accuracy

Accurate dot placement is achievable with excellent piezo process and jetting control technology

1)For a single pass type application;

  • realize higher print speed
  • realize wider swath by assembling multiple heads into a wider array

2)For a scanning type application;

  • improved throughput by reducing the number of scanning
  • further improvement in printing speed by adding more printheads per color

5. UV curable and Oil based pigment ink compatible

TOSHIBA TEC’s inkjet head is compatible with both UV curable and oil based pigment inks.

  • Oil based pigment ink is quick-drying, and suitable for a high-speed application with absorptive substrates required.
  • UV curable ink is fit with non-absorptive substrates, and suitable for various industrial applications.

* Aqueous ink, solvent ink and other special types of ink needs testing with printheads.
Please consult with TOSHIBA TEC in case those type of inks are required for your application.

Page Top

6. Stable jetting with water circulation

CE heads are equipped with a chassis with a water channel and water ports. Circulating thermal controlled water in the chassis creates uniform temperature distribution in the printhead. It allows more stable jetting performance.

High viscosity ink jetting

Page Top

Specification

CE2
Print Method On demand piezo method
Printable Area 53.7mm
Number of channels 636/head
Resolution / Channel pitch 300dpi/84.5 μm
Gradation Multiple drops
GrayScale 8-levels(Standard)
16-levels(Maximum)
Drop Volume 6-90pl
Maximum Dot Frequency 28.0KHz(1drop)
6.2KHz(7drop)
2.8KHz(15drop)
Linear Speed 31m/min@7drops, 300dpi
35m/min@1drop, 1200dpi
Head Driving Voltage 14-31V
Curcuit Driving Voltage 39.0V
Ink* Oil based pigment ink / UV curable pigment ink
Weight 174g
Dimension 85(W)×74(D)×33(H)mm
Cover Yes
Chassis Ceramic chassis with water channel

Notes:Phrase in parentheses is a reference value.

Design and specifications subject to change without notice.

* Some ink may damage printheads depending upon the chemical used.
It is recommended that material compatibility test be carried out before use to obtain optimum print performance of the printheads.

Xaar to 'Unleash the power of inkjet' at Drupa – Hall 4 Stand E10 – 29th May – 11th June 2008

Xaar to ‘Unleash the power of inkjet’ at Drupa – Hall 4 Stand E10 – 29th May – 11th June 2008

Source: Xaar, 2008-Apr-28

- Partner OEMs to launch a record number of new Xaar-enabled printers at show

- Spotlight on latest XaarDOTT variable drop (greyscale) jetting capability for commercial level applications

- Xaar technology demonstrations uncover the potential of commercial level single-pass inkjet printing

A large number of Xaar printhead-enabled printers is due to be demonstrated at Drupa by key industry suppliers, including at least six new products making their worldwide debut. This sets a new record for Xaar, an independent supplier of industrial inkjet printheads, inks and peripheral equipment, and is the driving the force behind Xaar’s ‘Unleash the power of inkjet’ theme for the show.

Designed for high-speed, single-pass and scanning applications, the latest Xaar 1001 printhead is based on Xaar’s innovative Hybrid Side-ShooterT and TF TechnologyT which ensure accurate drop control, outstanding quality, productivity, and reliability. All the new products to be launched at Drupa rely on either the Xaar 1001 or the Xaar 760 and XaarDOT (Xaar Drop Optimisation Technology) for their high-end performance.

Xaar 1001-enabled

A significant number of new products powered by the latest Xaar 1001 printhead will be launched at the show. At this stage we can reveal the following highlights: (*products making their worldwide debut at Drupa)

- UV wide format printing: the ONE SOLUTION Meital 3000-10* wide format UV flatbed printer (Stand 9E03) has the ability to vary the drop size from 6 pl to 42 pl. It delivers photo-realistic quality and production speeds of up to 410 sqm/h The Meital 3000-10 is setting new standards in terms of quality, speed and ease of use.
– UV single-pass web printing: the FFEI/Nipleter Caslon label printer (Xaar Stand 4E10); the Beijing Founder Web Printer* (Stand 5B24) the JF Machines Narrow Web Press (Xaar Stand 4E10); and the EFI Jetrion 4000 (Stand 5C01) – all printing high quality labels and narrow web packaging at speeds that match that of conventional print.
– Industrial printing: Xennia (Stand 7AC09) will be showcasing a number of machines which incorporate the Xaar 1001 head into printers designed for manufacturing applications.
– Plus.several more innovative printers will be launched at the show. However, details are embargoed until the 29th May.

Other Xaar printheads

- UV wide format hybrid printing: the Agfa Anapurna XLS* (Stand 8B63) and the Mutoh Zephyr (Stand 9B43) – both producing stunning graphics
– Industrial printing: The Impika C9000 (Stand 10B24-1) card and security printing
– Xaar licensees: Numerous Xaar licensees will also be exhibiting at the show, such as Konica Minolta, Seiko and Toshiba-Tec

There will be numerous other Xaar-enabled wide format, narrow web, label, textile and ceramics inkjet products at Drupa demonstrating the considerable flexibility and potential of its printhead range.

Xaar’s innovative ‘single-pass’ technology

Xaar’s on-stand technology demonstrations illustrate the impressive performance and added-value potential of its latest printheads for commercial applications. Three single-pass inkjet products show the industrial-strength Xaar 1001 producing high quality, high-speed, single-pass printing producing fine detail and readable small text, as well as smooth tones.

High-speed, real time, variable data label printing is demonstrated with the Xaar 1001 greyscale inkjet printhead on a continuous narrow web using the new ixPressia colour label software. ixPressia’s new label product is optimised for real world label printing applications, and includes advanced technology to maximise speed and throughput. A unique feature is the ability to generate label images in real time in full colour with variable data. Its greyscale screening technology is the perfect partner for the innovative Xaar 1001 greyscale printhead.

Xaar spotlights the flexibility and benefits of XaarDOT and its range of drop formation options and its ability to fine tune them to specific applications. XaarDOT is incredibly versatile in giving printers the choice of what drop size or resolution to use for a specific job both in terms of image quality and substrate flexibility. By tuning the options, printer manufacturers can produce anything between high quality photographic results for close-up indoor viewing, and high productivity larger drop work for outdoor viewing on billboards or other signage.

“With competition ever-increasing in the print world it is essential you consider how best to add value to your printed output,” says Ian Dinwoodie, Xaar CEO. “Digital print provides flexibility and choice and the potential of new market opportunity through variable data, customisation and short run capabilities. Understanding how digital print can be achieved with leading-edge inkjet technology and how you can choose the right product for your business to maximise profit is critical, but not always easy. Inkjet is on the rise and more than ever inkjet is a mainstream technology that can be applied alongside traditional technologies or as a direct replacement for conventional print technologies. Recent developments in inkjet technology have overturned the issues of poor quality, reliability and productivity and Drupa will be a significant showcase for many of these.”

Mid-Drupa Conference

Finally, for those looking to investigate inkjet in more depth then the 1-day ‘Frontiers in Digital Imaging’ conference hosted by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology in conjunction with Drupa is a key event (Saturday, 31st May). Here, Werner Zapka, Xaar Advanced Applications Manager, looks at ‘Improved Reliability in Industrial Inkjet Printing’ alongside other experts analysing the latest and future developments, and challenges for digital imaging technology. More details: http://www.imaging.org/conferences/frontiers-munster/

About Xaar

Xaar is the world’s leading supplier of industrial inkjet printheads, inks and peripheral equipment to commercial printing and industrial manufacturing markets. Xaar’s innovative technology offers OEM customers and licensees commercial advantage through product differentiation, productivity, and faster time-to-market. Additional information about Xaar is available at http://www.xaar.com

Xaar to 'Unleash the power of inkjet' at Drupa – Hall 4 Stand E10 – 29th May – 11th June 2008

Xaar to ‘Unleash the power of inkjet’ at Drupa – Hall 4 Stand E10 – 29th May – 11th June 2008

Source: Xaar, 2008-Apr-28

- Partner OEMs to launch a record number of new Xaar-enabled printers at show

- Spotlight on latest XaarDOTT variable drop (greyscale) jetting capability for commercial level applications

- Xaar technology demonstrations uncover the potential of commercial level single-pass inkjet printing

A large number of Xaar printhead-enabled printers is due to be demonstrated at Drupa by key industry suppliers, including at least six new products making their worldwide debut. This sets a new record for Xaar, an independent supplier of industrial inkjet printheads, inks and peripheral equipment, and is the driving the force behind Xaar’s ‘Unleash the power of inkjet’ theme for the show.

Designed for high-speed, single-pass and scanning applications, the latest Xaar 1001 printhead is based on Xaar’s innovative Hybrid Side-ShooterT and TF TechnologyT which ensure accurate drop control, outstanding quality, productivity, and reliability. All the new products to be launched at Drupa rely on either the Xaar 1001 or the Xaar 760 and XaarDOT (Xaar Drop Optimisation Technology) for their high-end performance.

Xaar 1001-enabled

A significant number of new products powered by the latest Xaar 1001 printhead will be launched at the show. At this stage we can reveal the following highlights: (*products making their worldwide debut at Drupa)

- UV wide format printing: the ONE SOLUTION Meital 3000-10* wide format UV flatbed printer (Stand 9E03) has the ability to vary the drop size from 6 pl to 42 pl. It delivers photo-realistic quality and production speeds of up to 410 sqm/h The Meital 3000-10 is setting new standards in terms of quality, speed and ease of use.
– UV single-pass web printing: the FFEI/Nipleter Caslon label printer (Xaar Stand 4E10); the Beijing Founder Web Printer* (Stand 5B24) the JF Machines Narrow Web Press (Xaar Stand 4E10); and the EFI Jetrion 4000 (Stand 5C01) – all printing high quality labels and narrow web packaging at speeds that match that of conventional print.
– Industrial printing: Xennia (Stand 7AC09) will be showcasing a number of machines which incorporate the Xaar 1001 head into printers designed for manufacturing applications.
– Plus.several more innovative printers will be launched at the show. However, details are embargoed until the 29th May.

Other Xaar printheads

- UV wide format hybrid printing: the Agfa Anapurna XLS* (Stand 8B63) and the Mutoh Zephyr (Stand 9B43) – both producing stunning graphics
– Industrial printing: The Impika C9000 (Stand 10B24-1) card and security printing
– Xaar licensees: Numerous Xaar licensees will also be exhibiting at the show, such as Konica Minolta, Seiko and Toshiba-Tec

There will be numerous other Xaar-enabled wide format, narrow web, label, textile and ceramics inkjet products at Drupa demonstrating the considerable flexibility and potential of its printhead range.

Xaar’s innovative ‘single-pass’ technology

Xaar’s on-stand technology demonstrations illustrate the impressive performance and added-value potential of its latest printheads for commercial applications. Three single-pass inkjet products show the industrial-strength Xaar 1001 producing high quality, high-speed, single-pass printing producing fine detail and readable small text, as well as smooth tones.

High-speed, real time, variable data label printing is demonstrated with the Xaar 1001 greyscale inkjet printhead on a continuous narrow web using the new ixPressia colour label software. ixPressia’s new label product is optimised for real world label printing applications, and includes advanced technology to maximise speed and throughput. A unique feature is the ability to generate label images in real time in full colour with variable data. Its greyscale screening technology is the perfect partner for the innovative Xaar 1001 greyscale printhead.

Xaar spotlights the flexibility and benefits of XaarDOT and its range of drop formation options and its ability to fine tune them to specific applications. XaarDOT is incredibly versatile in giving printers the choice of what drop size or resolution to use for a specific job both in terms of image quality and substrate flexibility. By tuning the options, printer manufacturers can produce anything between high quality photographic results for close-up indoor viewing, and high productivity larger drop work for outdoor viewing on billboards or other signage.

“With competition ever-increasing in the print world it is essential you consider how best to add value to your printed output,” says Ian Dinwoodie, Xaar CEO. “Digital print provides flexibility and choice and the potential of new market opportunity through variable data, customisation and short run capabilities. Understanding how digital print can be achieved with leading-edge inkjet technology and how you can choose the right product for your business to maximise profit is critical, but not always easy. Inkjet is on the rise and more than ever inkjet is a mainstream technology that can be applied alongside traditional technologies or as a direct replacement for conventional print technologies. Recent developments in inkjet technology have overturned the issues of poor quality, reliability and productivity and Drupa will be a significant showcase for many of these.”

Mid-Drupa Conference

Finally, for those looking to investigate inkjet in more depth then the 1-day ‘Frontiers in Digital Imaging’ conference hosted by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology in conjunction with Drupa is a key event (Saturday, 31st May). Here, Werner Zapka, Xaar Advanced Applications Manager, looks at ‘Improved Reliability in Industrial Inkjet Printing’ alongside other experts analysing the latest and future developments, and challenges for digital imaging technology. More details: http://www.imaging.org/conferences/frontiers-munster/

About Xaar

Xaar is the world’s leading supplier of industrial inkjet printheads, inks and peripheral equipment to commercial printing and industrial manufacturing markets. Xaar’s innovative technology offers OEM customers and licensees commercial advantage through product differentiation, productivity, and faster time-to-market. Additional information about Xaar is available at http://www.xaar.com

Mimaki showcases new UV curable inkjet printing technology at drupa

At drupa in Düsseldorf (May 29th to June 11th, 2008) Mimaki will showcase new UV curable inkjet printers using technologies based on Mimaki’s renowned expertise in the Sign / Graphics markets. The new printers consist of a roll-to-roll UV curable inkjet printer with UV LED curing technology and a single-pass high quality UV curable inkjet printer.

April 23, 2008
Mimaki Engineering, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and cutting machines for the Sign / Graphics, Industrial markets, and Textile / Apparel, will participate at drupa in Düsseldorf (May 29th and June 11th 2008) in Hall 8B, stand number A03. Here Mimaki will unveil two new products using UV curable inkjet technology. The company is herewith responding to market demands for faster job turnaround times and short run production as well as printing on different substrates.

Among the innovations to be demonstrated is the hybrid UJV-160, a 60” roll-to-roll large format UV curable inkjet printer. Since the printer utilises UV LED curing technology, the curing heat emitted by the UV lamps is very low. Therefore the printer can accommodate heat sensitive media, such as PVC which could not be printed upon before. Also for printing on rigid materials an optional table is available. UV LED curing technology cuts the power consumption of the printer by about one forth in comparison to conventional UV curing methods. Through elimination of ozone generation during the curing process, the technology is far more environmentally-friendly and results in far less harmful working environments for operators.

Another innovation to be exhibited and which marks Mimaki’s market entrance into label printing is a single-pass high quality UV curable inkjet printer with a print width of 30 cm suitable for printing 4 color labels. The printer named IPH-300-L achieves a standard resolution of 600 x 600 dpi and can also be operated at a resolution of 600 x 1200 dpi for highest quality label production. Available with and without variable dot printing capabilities (four different sizes) the machine is equipped with a high speed RIP and processing features.
The new UV curable technology and further UV offerings open up new possibilities for inkjet printing, which enable printers to greatly expand their business opportunities. Through these new technologies to be unveiled at drupa, Mimaki continues to bring new digital on-demand inkjet printing solutions to market and thereby adds great value to the print industry.

Mimaki will also present their already established innovative UV curable inkjet printers, suitable for a wide range of on-demand short run production in various (industrial) markets:

UJF-605CII
The UJF-605CII UV curable inkjet printer is unique in its field, printing photorealistic quality with impressive detail (up to 1200 x 2400 dpi) on small objects for on-demand, variable short run production for various industries, such as promotional items/novelties, plastic cards, operation panels, plastic coins, small signs and much more. The UJF-605CII incorporates seven color printing, including white ink (CMYKLmLcW) plus clear coating. The white ink offers great possibilities for colored and transparent substrates. The clear spot coating gives the printed materials a high gloss finish. Since the print area is 60 x 50 cm and print quality is exceptionally high, the UJF-605CII is especially suitable for short run production of small objects.

UJF-605RII
Mimaki’s UJF-605RII has mastered the balancing act between accurate proofing on original media and reliable short run production of flexible packaging products. The UJF-605RII can proof roll-fed and sheet materials of various substrates, among them untreated plastic materials like PET, metal polycarbonates, coated and uncoated papers, soft packaging film, shrink film and PLA. But not only proofing is possible. Efficient and effective short run production of flexible packaging products will enhance the profitability of shops employing the inkjet printer. The UJF-605RII can print up to 1200 x 2400 dpi with a total of seven colors, including white. With the UJF-605RII printers can drive their overall proofing costs down while at the same time increasing their productivity and efficiency.

JF-1610
The JF (JF-1610 and JF-1631) UV curable inkjet printer series offers users the possibility of direct digital printing on large uncoated substrates, such as e.g. corrugated plastics, polyacrylics and uneven or irregular materials with resolutions of up to 1200 dpi at affordable prices. The JF series takes full advantage of its large-size flatbed and UV curable inks in order to print precise details on uncoated large-sized and thick materials. The JF series incorporates seven color printing, including white ink (CMYKLmLcW) plus clear coating. Both, JF-1631 and JF-1610, can be used for on-demand production of smaller items for various industries or jobs for larger applications, such as PoS displays. The effective maximum print area is 160 x 310 cm (JF-1631) and 160 x 100 cm on the JF-1610.

Besides the UV curable roll-to-roll inkjet printer Mimaki will also show its productive JV5-160 solvent printer for the sign market.

JV5-160S
The JV5 series is a very productive large format solvent printer family that is also available as dye sublimation version for transfer printing. The JV5-160S can print up to 1.6 m in width, with a top speed of 58 m2/h at 540 x 720 dpi in 4-color mode. The JV5 series is equipped with a nozzle check and recovery system to support continuous production. In addition to the fast drying HS ink, Mimaki will also present a newly developed eco solvent ink for its JV5 series. The JV5 series can print in 4-color or 6-color mode (CMYKLcLm).

Download Mimaki showcases new UV curable inkjet printing technology at drupa (PDF, 68 kb)

Xaar Approves Toyo Liojet inkjet Ink for Xaar 760 Printhead

Date Published: 15 April 2008

• Toyo Liojet FV03 inkjet inks for rigid substrates approved for Xaar 760 printheads

• Toyo’s thorough quality control ensures high  level of consistency

• Delivers confidence required for emerging ‘single-pass’ inkjet print market

Xaar is delighted to announce that it has approved TOYO Ink MFG. CO.. LTD Liojet FV03 inks for use with the Xaar 760 range of printheads. TOYO Ink has been active for many years in the digital inkjet business, holding a well-deserved reputation for creating inks that consistently deliver outstanding results.

To receive Xaar ‘Approved’ status, the TOYO Liojet FV03 ink designed for printing on rigid substrates had to meet Xaar’s thorough test criteria, including material compatibility, printhead lifetime testing, print performance and extended reliability testing.  As a result users can be assured that this ink offers excellent resolution, colour and mechanical properties, resulting in the highest performance when used in conjunction with Xaar’s 760 printheads.
Mr Kazuya Yamashita, sales and marketing manager for inkjet business at TOYO Ink, expresses the company’s delight with the award: “We are very happy to gain Xaar approval as its standards are extremely high. Gaining this endorsement enables our customers to use our inks in Xaar’s advanced printheads with absolute confidence, which is becoming increasingly important as the single pass inkjet printing market emerges.”

Xaar’s confidence in Liojet inks is partly due to TOYO Ink’s firm policy on quality control. As the company is involved in both the development and the manufacturing of pigments and inks, it is able to regulate the entire production line using TQM (Total Quality Management), and every single product is 100% sampled for final quality inspection before shipping. The three basic performance characteristics tested by TOYO Ink are: purity, consistency and compatibility.  For Xaar, the alliance with companies such as TOYO Ink means that they can be confident that its printheads will achieve optimum results expected by their customers, avoiding considerable problems including blockage and failure of printhead components which come as a result of printing with substandard, third party, unapproved inks.

Xaar has had a long relationship with TOYO Ink. It became a Xaar ink licensee in 1999 and since then has supplied ink to Xaar’s manufacturing and OEM partners worldwide. Dr Jill Woods, Ink Product Manager at Xaar: ”TOYO Ink is synonymous with innovation and performance.  Already strong in the Japanese and Korean market, the company is expanding into Europe and our endorsement of the Liojet ink further widens the extensive choice of Xaar certified ink manufacturers and users can use with confidence.”

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About Xaar
Xaar is the world’s leading supplier of industrial inkjet printheads, inks and peripheral equipment to commercial printing and industrial manufacturing markets. Xaar’s innovative technology offers OEM customers and licensees commercial advantage through product differentiation, productivity, and faster time-to-market. Additional information about Xaar is available at www.xaar.com

Contacts
Ruth Clark Splash! PR Tel: +44 (0)1580 241177  Email: ruth@splashpr.co.uk

Digital Print Update

Digital Print Update

Now a strong force in the label converting industry, digital printing is accomplished using several competing processes.

By Jack Kenny

A couple of months ago a narrow web converter made this declaration: “I want a digital press. We can afford it and I really and truly want to own one. But because of the markets we serve, we won’t have enough work for it.” That’s an honest assessment, but you could feel the enthusiasm for the technology in the converter’s voice and delivery. That speaks volumes about digital printing today.


An artistic view of the inner works of an HP Indigo ws4500 digital press

The year 2007 is a mere dozen years past the introduction of the Indigo and Xeikon digital presses into this industry, though it seems like decades. Digital printing and prepress is so thoroughly entrenched in the imaging culture today that one rarely hears the question: “Will I ever have a digital press?” It’s simply a matter of when that acquisition will take place.

One sign of the growth trend will be visible next year at Labelexpo Americas in Chicago. One section of a hall will be devoted to digital products, including both presses and prepress equipment. In Brussels at Labelexpo Europe 2009, an entire hall will be set aside for exhibitors of digital print equipment and systems.

Growth of color digital printing in the narrow web packaging sector started small, which was to be expected. Indigo, an independent Israeli company now owned by Hewlett-Packard, was first on the block with its digital offset machine that employs electrostatic inks (still proprietary and available only from HP). Xeikon soon followed with its toner based tower, which attracted the attention of Nilpeter, the Danish press manufacturer. Nilpeter put its logo on the Xeikon engine for several years.


The Xeikon 330 digital label press

Penetration of these systems was slow and steady, though it seemed to retard a bit in the early part of this decade during the recession. Meanwhile, inkjet printers began bulking up, and development of this process was undertaken both by Mark Andy and by the former Webtron-Aquaflex group in conjunction with 17 converters who called themselves the Digital Label Alliance. Both efforts, now apparently moribund, involved the installation of a digital inkjet machine into a flexographic press, so that the benefits of variable printing in color could be incorporated into the flexo process. The Mark Andy version, developed in conjunction with Xaar in Belgium, featured a four- to six-color unit that was shown at Labelexpo Europe.

Digital means that several aspects of the conventional printing process are replaced by computerization. Designs produced in the prepress department are sent directly to the printing machine, which translates the digital image into instructions for the ink or toner application equipment. Digital means no printing plates, which removes a great many challenges that flexo operators encounter daily. Moreover, because the images come directly from the computer and are not restricted to images on a plate, each can be different. This presents broad opportunities for personalization and other variable information.

Inkjet growth

Inkjet has resurfaced in the arena, not strictly as a facet of a larger press, but rather as a stand-alone printing machine that can produce process color. EFI Jetrion was first out of the gate with its 4000 press, a machine described by Vice President Ken Stack as “cost effective for short to medium runs”. The 4000, introduced at Labelexpo in Chicago last year, comes in a 4″ (102mm) wide version, with an 8″ (203mm) model to come next year. It prints using up to six colors at speeds ranging from 50 to 100 feet per minute.

Sun Chemical has its own digital four-color inkjet press, similar in structure to the EFI Jetrion machine, which was seen for the first time in public at Labelexpo in Brussels this year. Called SolarJet, it offers a variety of print widths to meet the application requirements of converters and utilize their existing inventory of dies and converting equipment. Chris Faust, director of North American sales for SolarJet, says the press has “virtually no press setup time, and combined with print speeds of up to 80 linear feet per minute, it makes short work of most digital job requirements.”


Nilpeter’s new Caslon digital inkjet press unit

A rather quiet appearance at the rear of one of the halls of Labelexpo this year was made by Epson, which presented a prototype of its digital four-color inkjet press. The machine prints on a 13″ wide web using high density pigments in an aqueous solution. Its 17 print heads can produce a printed area 13″ x 36″ in dimension. According to Marc Tinkler, senior business development manager, the press prints on normal gloss stock that does not require pre-treating, as other digital presses do. Speed is about 33 feet per minute. Tinkler adds that the Epson press is still about a year away from commercial launch.

Nilpeter, which no longer markets the Xeikon machine under its brand, made a major introduction in September of the Caslon unit, a module that prints four-color inkjet that can operate as a stand-alone press or run inline with the FA-Line UV flexo presses or the Nilpeter MO offset machines. Depending on the choice of grayscale levels, the Caslon (named for the 18th Century English type designer) prints from 25 to 50 mpm (82 to 164 fpm). “That makes it one of the industry’s fastest inkjet printers of its type,” says Jakob Landberg, Nilpeter’s vice president of sales.

Xeikon

Xeikon, owned by Punch Graphix of Belgium, says the pace of sales of its large digital presses is on the rise. The company reports “impressive sales results during the four days of Labelexpo Europe. This includes the sale to customers buying an additional machine to their existing Xeikon label presses: S. Lerner from Israel, JoDi Etiketter from Sweden and X-label from Germany, to name a few,” says Siegfried Trinker, chief sales officer.


Sun Chemical’s SolarJet inkjet press

“The market for digital label printing is growing rapidly and customers appreciate the variety of pre- and postpress solutions we can offer,” he says. “When customers choose an additional Xeikon, it confirms that they appreciate the quality and outstanding performance of our solutions and the first class service we offer to them.”

Overall, 2007 shows a highly increased sales activity of the Xeikon 330, says Trinker. “Due to our increased focus on the label industry, installations of the Xeikon 330 in 2007 so far already doubled the installations in 2006. The Xeikon 330 is a top product and we are committed to play a leading role in the label industry by continuous innovation and first class customer care.”

HP Indigo

By far the HP Indigo press is the leader in the digital print field in the narrow web label industry. Since the acquisition several years ago by HP, the Indigo press has become ubiquitous, and is one of the best selling machines world wide in this segment of the printing and packaging business. The company says that sales throughout 2007 escalated, and growth from August 2006 to August of this year was 44 percent.


Epson’s prototype digital color inkjet press,
shown at Labelexpo Europe 2007 in Brussels

The company has begun to stress its relationship with industry partners, publicly announcing alliances with other suppliers, such as AB Graphic International and EskoArtwork.

“The end-to-end offerings from HP and its partners make digital label production both cost-effective and highly efficient,” says Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manager of the Indigo Division. “We have more than 500 HP Indigo presses for the label market installed worldwide, and by the end of this year more than 20 percent of our total install base will be for our most recent press, the HP Indigo press ws4500, launched just a year ago. The number of customers installing multiple presses is testament to the market trend toward shorter runs, variable data, security, and on-demand printing.”

Many companies throughout the world own and operate more than one HP Indigo label press. Stralfors of Sweden has four. Rako, based in Germany, has six of them. Lightning Labels, in the US, has two new ws4500 machines, and no other types of presses.


A rendering of the inside
of a Xeikon digital press

HP has worked with many companies on finishing solutions that can be used offline or inline with the press. By and large the post-press work is handled offline. This year the company made the announcement that AB Graphic was its sole strategic partner and preferred supplier of finishing equipment.

AB Graphic launched its new Omega Digicon series 2 label converting line in September, offering an expanded range of processing technologies for digitally printed webs. The fully modular Digicon series 2 features automated pre-positioning, resulting in minimum waste and quick make-ready.  The servo driven web tension control is capable of handling a wide range of substrates; both paper and non-paper. The semi-rotary web motion with dial-in repeat lengths and only one cylinder size means that there are no gears or shafts to change. The basics of the machine include unwind/rewind units, electronic web guide, infeed roller, semi rotary flexographic printing station, air cooled UV curing, mid press dance roller to allow for combinations of rotary flexo and semi rotary die cutting, servo driven out-feed nip roller, waste matrix and HMI touch screen control.

Black only

Nipson makes high speed digital presses that print only in black ink. The VaryPress 200, the latest generation, is built for continuous production and can operate at speeds up to 295 fpm (90 mpm) on a printable width of 18.45″ (web width of 20.5″). The range of materials the machine can use includes coated and uncoated paper, pressure sensitive stocks, foils, and plastic affixed cards.

The Nipson machines utilize a magnetographic printing process, which incorporates toner and allows for reproduction of images at 600 dots per inch.

HP Scitex X2 print head technology

HP Scitex has come up with a revolutionary, brand new concept in print head design that promises a leap forward in print capability. John Taylor visits HP in Barcelona and lifts the lid off the new technology.


With a clean sheet approach to pioneering new technology to take piezo inkjet printing on to a new stage, HP Scitex, looking to bridge the productivity divide with more m2/hr output at highly sellable quality, has developed a stunning new print head, the X2.

Key to the new print head development, says HP’s Dr Ross Allen, is to take output levels to the hundreds mark in m2/hr with potential for the future in thousands. The route to that particular Xanadu he sees as via rapid dry inks, more nozzles per print head, higher reliability, longer print head life and easier maintenance and service, all revolving around the head and ink system for reliability. For the head: brand new technology and for the inks, UV curables.

The resultant new generation X2 print head is indeed a new generation in piezoelectric inkjet technology for industrial inkjet applications and, just for starters, using UV curable ink, it takes industrial wide format quality, productivity and reliability to that much vaunted new level. X2 boasts high durability and reliability, delivering the high ink flows needed for high speed printing, with necessary quality to boot.

In a definitive move to new manufacturing techniques, Scitex turned to silicon chip technology, moreover, wafer fabrication as the basis for producing the new head. The concept is truly stunning and Scitex promises the results to match! Key to the revolution is Silicon based MEMS, Micro Electro Mechanical Systems.

The resultant design features print head parts that come into contact with the ink fabricated in silicon, glass and epoxy, thus making it highly resistant to corrosion. Furthermore the wafer fabrication-based MEMS process delivers extremely high accuracy and repeatability manufacturing, ensuring uniformity and performance. This, says Ross Allen, is important as print heads are used in arrays of tens, hundreds or even a 1000 or more. For that, he adds, mounting and imaging accuracy, as well as speed are also benefits of the technology.

X2 is patented and destined for major integration. They feature on the newly previewed HP Scitex FB6500 flatbed and the forthcoming HP Scitex XL2200 wide format inkjet. Both are expected in the first half of 2007 for applications ranging from high quality, durable PoS and PoP displays to outdoor signage and building and vehicle graphics. The print head silicon chip features a two sided side shooter design. Sixty four nozzles, ink channels, and piezo actuators are formed on each side of the chip, delivering up to 30,000, 50pl drops per second per nozzle in a 32.5mm swathe.

Native resolution of the X2 is 100 nozzles/in and by assembling into multi-print head modules, resolutions up to 800dpi can be readily achieved. Measuring up at just 8x64mm at the delivery end, the slim, under 1mm thick profiled X2 is, says Ross Allen, ideal for building multiprint head modules with very high nozzle density. An ink channel at the top edge of the print head supplies all nozzles and ink up to 15cP viscosity can be delivered. Ink delivery, states Ross Allen, is incredible, quoting 100min to deliver one litre of ink.

The electronics packaging of the print head design uses anodic bonding and not adhesives, forming a permanent chemical bond and hermetic seal between the constituent materials. The result, as mentioned, is only silicon, glass and epoxy touch the ink, and the piezo actuators and electrodes within the assembly are completely isolated from the ink. The print head is reckoned to deliver dependable imaging performance over 15-45ºC.

Compact and modular in design, the heads snap accurately together to form banks and also snap accurately into place on to the machine. These are secured with just two screws, for precision location and hence accurate printing repeatability. Two location pins provide precision head location accuracy said to be better than 10microns without adjustment. X2 can deliver over 10ml of ink per minute at linear print speeds up to 2m/s. Notably, the new design increases the number of nozzles in the print zone by a factor of three over any other head in the industry, says Ross Allen.

Ink connections to the print head are via two ports, each sealed with an O-ring and without the need for tubes that have to be attached and tightened. Power and communications to the head are via a standard 26pin connector.

In operation, the piezo actuator deflects the glass plate a fraction of a micron into the ink channel when a voltage pulse is applied, ejecting an ink droplet. Nominal drop velocity is 8m/s, providing precision dot placement at high linear printing speeds. The piezo actuators and electrodes on the head are outside on the surface of the glass, completely away from the ink. Because the nozzles are formed in a polished silicon surface, there is no nozzle plate to align during print head manufacture or to delaminate with use. Silicon, says Ross Allen, provides an ideal surface for the nozzles because it is hard and durable, resisting abrasion and corrosion, even with low pH inks.

With the silicon design and the anodic bonding approach – restricting where ink can get to – ink capability of the X2 is tremendous – water based to highly corrosive solvents are said to be not a problem for the new design. In making a start for using the new technology, though, HP Scitex has plumped for rapidly growing in demand UV curable to hit the button on fast drying, high quantity, quality production. However, according to Scitex’s Itai Halevy, other platforms such as solvent, will be very much considered for X2 as and when they come along.

On its existing machine line up Itai Halevy points out that there are no plans to replace the existing heads on existing machines with X2. Changing to the new head is not easy, it needs a ground up development of new machines. But notably, he adds, that now with its own head, HP Scitex indeed feels comfortable not having to rely totally on anyone else’s head.

In developing a new UV curable ink for the new head, the company returned to basics. Essentially UV curable inks fall into two categories of free radical and cationic. Compared to aqueous and solvent inks, UV curable as complex. Around 95 per cent of UV curable inks are free radical based, produced using a wide range of raw materials and photo initiators, to deliver formulations that cure only under UV light exposure.

Cationic UV inks are more complex than free radical inks and also need heat to fully cure. The problem with cationic formulations is that they continue to cure through dark curing until all the ink is totally cured.

HP UV inks are free radical in formulation, produced from 100 per cent solids and invoking no evaporation. That means curing solidifies all the solids without producing VOCs. The ink stays where you put it says Ross Allen, delivering pin sharp edges and lines. The inks are plastic, forming a mechanical bond with the media, penetrating and keying to its surface as they dry. The result is a highly durable print where rapid curing under UV also minimises spreading and feathering of the ink.

With no VOCs generated, UV curable inks deliver a major health and safety advantage over other ink formulations. And in energy savings terms, no drier is needed. UV inks do not dry inside the head and thus the machine is easier to keep running, with real advantages in terms of ink efficiency. Ink supplies do not need capping and nearly all the ink delivered, says Ross Allen, ends up on the media.

The new HP Scitex water based, pigmented UV curable inks, as used on the new FB6500 flatbed and XL2200, are free radical curing and monomer based, solidifying with a photo initiator that polymerises the ink. Oligomers are added to keep the dry ink flexible on the media, producing very flexible print that otherwise would be brittle. The four, six and eight colour formulations deliver a wide colour gamut and are reckoned to be 24 months outdoor durable.

In production of its inks, HP carries out total end to end quality control. HP, according to Ross Allen, is the only manufacturer of inkjets that does it all: machine; head and inks, all end to end engineered and quality controlled. The inks can be used on rigid and flexible uncoated media at low cost per copy, high quality output. Print is water fast and fade resistant for two years or more on outdoor displays, whilst also resisting abrasion.

W: www.hp.com

Gandinnovations to Unleash Jetstream at ISA and drupa Shows

Gandinnovations to Unleash Jetstream at ISA and drupa Shows
Gandinnovations Press Release
Gandinnovations will launch its newest grand-format UV digital printer the Jeti3348 Jetstream UV RTR in the Gandi booth at the ISA ’08 Show ‘booth #922’ and Drupa ’08 in ‘Hall 5a booth #23’.

This latest addition to Gandi’s grand format UV digital printers portfolio is the Jeti3348 Jetstream UV RTR, which is a 3-meter roll-to-roll printer with a 4 Color configuration, featuring 48 (80 picoliter) Spectra print heads.

This grand-format digital printer is the best in its class, maximizing speeds and cost effectiveness for end-users. Capable of printing fast images at speeds of 2,500 sqft/hr (232.25 sqm/hr) in 2-pass billboard production mode at 300 dpi, which is perfect for Outdoor application.

The Jeti3348 Jetstream UV RTR lightning fast speeds have been tested for acceptance in different applications and on a variety of materials including 100% PE eco-friendly polyethylene.

The Jeti3348 Jetstream UV RTR will also be available with a back-lit option enabling printing on both sides of the material with perfect registration which allows for brilliant backlit signage. Designed for 24/7 productivity with single operator intervention, the Jeti3348 Jetstream UV RTR is the best productive digital print solution for outdoor applications in speed and quality for billboards and building wraps. The Jeti3348 Jetstream UV RTR gives the perfect print every time, with brighter images and solid colors using our dedicated, environmentally friendly, branded UV-curable inks, these specially formulated inks yield a wider color gamut and exhibit excellent flexibility and superior adhesion on a variety of materials including 100% PE eco-friendly polyethylene. This complete printing solution provides an economic advantage for our customers.

Demonstrations on the Jeti3348 Jetstream UV RTR are currently available at Gandinnovations headquarters in Mississauga, Canada.

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