Xaar launches inkjet printbar

Xaar is to demonstrate a new inkjet printbar system at next week’s Label Expo show in Brussels. It’s based around Xaar’s 1002 printhead and effectively allows this to be used in a single-pass configuration. It’s suitable for print widths from 70mm up to 560mm, and single or dual configurations with print speeds up to 75m/min as standard.

It’s a complete system and includes an ink supply system and full print management and workflow capabilities.

It can use any of the various versions of the 1002 head, including the GS6, GS12 or GS40 depending on the application. Xaar says that it can handle a wide range of inks and fluids, including spot colours (K or CMY), protective lacquers, high-build spot varnish, heavily pigmented high-opacity under-surface whites, cold foil adhesives and metallics.

This is a logical step, given that the 1002 printheads are already used in several inkjet label presses, including Durst’s Tau 330, EFI’s Jetrion 4950LX and Edale’s Graphium. This latter press will be shown with the new printbar. Xaar is clearly hoping that bundling all the necessary ancillaries with the heads will make it easier for press manufacturers to integrate, either into existing flexo presses or as a standalone unit.


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