GIS supports Epson S800 heads

Global Inkjet Systems, better known as GIS, has developed drive electronics to support Epson’s S800 series of printheads, and which continues GIS’ move to ethernet connectivity. 

GIS has developed this combination of the AHB-SE-S800 analogue board with the HMB-DG2 Ethernet Head Management Board to drive Epson’s S800 printheads.

This has been achieved by developing a new Analogue Head Board, the AHB-SE-S800, that’s capable of driving all of the S800 printhead variants. These boards are then paired with GIS’ existing HMB-DG2 Ethernet Head Management Board, which adds all the print data management, waveform control and printhead diagnostics. This combination can drive up to two of the S800 heads. There’s an option to add up to two further stackable daughter boards to support up to six of these heads. 

Epson’s S-series printheads are usually made up of several PrecisionCore chips arranged in a staggered s-shaped configuration – hence the S-name. However, the S800 is built around a single PrecisionCore chip, giving it a rectangular shape. The PrecisionCore chips have two rows of 400 nozzles tightly packed together on a 33.8mm line, which gives an effective density of 600 nozzles per inch. 

It has a very compact design, with a printhead depth of 8.3mm and distance between the two nozzle rows of just over 1.0mm. Duncan Ferguson, vice president Epson Europe, told me at the time it was first introduced: “It’s designed for industrial use and designed for stacking in a line of heads.” He added: “The obvious use for it would be direct to shape for cylindrical objects because you have two jets 1mm apart and you can design it with just that.”

It has a single colour channel  but there are several variants to cope with different types of ink. These include U1 and U3 for UV inks, A1 for aqueous and S1 for strong solvents used in some coatings and functional fluids.

It’s also worth noting that this appears to be only the second Epson printhead that GIS supports, alongside the D3000. This indicates that GIS has seen a rise in demand from customers for the S800 head. It also means that it should be relatively easy for GIS to expand this support to other Epson S-series printheads, should there be an uptick in demand for those heads. 

Debbie Thorp, Business Development Director for GIS, commented: “We are delighted to expand our support for Epson printheads and see great opportunities for the S800 printhead series for customers looking for the next step in higher resolution direct-to-shape printing and for the ever-expanding market for functional fluids.”

GIS also offers its own range of Atlas software, which includes RIP, VDP and image quality tools and can be tailored around the demands of various industrial applications. You can find further details on all this from

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