GIS expands KM head support

Global Inkjet Systems is continuing to expand its latest ethernet platform for its printhead drive electronics, announcing new support for Konica Minolta 1024i and 1800i printheads.

These particular printheads have proved popular and are widely used in a range of applications from wide format through to labels and direct to shape. GIS currently supports these heads through its USB platform but in recent years has developed a new ethernet platform. Given that these heads are fairly common it makes sense for GIS to offer customers a choice between the USB and ethernet platforms to support them.

This platform consists of two parts. First, there’s a standard Head Management Board, the HMB-DG2, which includes data management, head drive voltage control and printhead diagnostics, all accessed over Ethernet.

Then there’s a Digital Head Board adaptor for each type of head – in this case, the DHB-KM-Xi. This combination of the HMB-DG2 and the DHB-KM-Xi can drive up to two of the KM1024i or KM1800i printheads. There’s an option to add up to two more stackable MEZ daughter boards to support up to six printhead connections. 

In addition, GIS also offers its Atlas software range which includes RIP, VDP and Image Quality tools that are mainly designed for industrial printing applications. 

Debbie Thorp, Business Development Director, commented: “GIS Konica Minolta printhead support via the USB platform is long established with hundreds of installations worldwide. We are delighted not only to continue this successful product line, but also to add the Ethernet platform to give our customers greater choice for their industrial print production systems.”

It’s worth noting that GIS has already introduced ethernet boards for the analogue KM1024a heads. 

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