Proton and Electron next-generation printheads.
Xaar has launched two new binary printheads: the entry-level, high-speed Xaar Electron and the high-productivity, wide-swath (53.7mm) Xaar Proton.
The Electron is a 128-channel printhead that builds on the format of the company's Xaar 128. Featuring silicon integrated-circuit technology, the Electron boosts print speeds by up to 70 percent, compared to the first-generation Xaar 126/128. It's compatible with solvent as well as UV inks, and is available in 35- and 70-picolitre drop size options.
The Proton, designed for high-resolution and high-volume indoor and outdoor graphics, offers the latest piezo and nozzle processing technology as used on the Xaar 1001 printhead. It jets a 35-picolitre drop size from individually lasered nozzles, to help ensure drop uniformity and precise results, reports Xaar.
'These new printheads are the result of our strategy to develop and enhance our existing technology platforms and invest in core inkjet markets,' says Ian Dinwoodie, Xaar CEO. 'The response from the wide-format market to this next generation of binary printheads is extremely positive with new printers already coming to market that set new standards in performance as a direct result.'
Xaar reports that Infiniti Digital demonstrated the Xaar Proton-enabled Hijet Rodin printer at the Graphic Arts of Americas event in Miami in February; and that Witcolor, Hijet, Chiting Digital Technology, and RTZ are launching five Xaar Electron-based models and 12 Xaar Proton-based solvent and UV inkjet models at Sign China.