Meteor Inkjet, which develops electronics and software to drive printheads, has released a new driver card, the HDC‑ES3200, designed for use with the Epson S3200 PrecisionCore printheads.
The S3200 is a drop on demand piezo head that was announced earlier this year. It’s made up of four chips, arranged in two rows of two. Each chip has two rows of 400 nozzles, giving the head 3200 nozzles in total, and a resolution of 600 nozzles per inch. It can produce drop sizes from 1.5 to 32.5 picolitres and take two colour channels.
Along with the printhead, Epson also announced a willingness to supply its printheads to other OEMs, so this new driver card is a logical development.
Duncan Ferguson, vice president of Professional Printing and Robotics for Epson Europe, explained: “Epson is keen to help as many customers as possible convert from analogue to digital printing. We think the best way to ensure seamless adoption of our printheads is for our customers to engage with technically excellent companies that have significant experience in industrial inkjet. Meteor’s long track record of offering robust, reliable printhead electronics and software gives me confidence that our customers will be in a safe pair of hands.”
Meteor has developed a number of these head driver cards for different printheads from most of the head manufacturers. These solutions give OEMs full electronic control for calibrating and firing fluid drops from the printhead and work across a number of applications from packaging and textiles through to wide format and commercial print. I believe that this is the first driver card that Meteor has created for an Epson head.
Clive Ayling, managing director of Meteor Inkjet, concludes: “Meteor has enjoyed an easy relationship with Epson in our development of electronics and software to drive the S3200 printhead. We’re excited about the potential this printhead offers and we look forward to further opportunities to work with Epson on printheads to come.”