Xaar has announced a collaboration with Meteor Inkjet to produce an inkjet development kit and commercial drive electronics set for the Xaar 1201 printhead. The specially developed ecosystem from Meteor enables OEMs who use the 1201 to develop printers for the graphics and textiles market to maximise the printhead performance.
‘We chose to work with Meteor Inkjet because its electronics – which are designed to be power efficient, compact and flexible – are the perfect way to get the maximum performance from the 1201,’ said Simon Kirk, senior product manager at Xaar.
‘Whilst the printhead is a key part of any print system, there are a number of components that make up the printhead ecosystem, and these play a critical part in the overall printhead performance. It is therefore essential that we are able to provide our customers not just with a superb printhead, but also with a high quality suite of electronics and software which can be used in printhead evaluation and commercial printer production. Meteor has delivered this, and together we now offer our customers the complete printhead package.’
‘We are delighted to have developed a printhead driver solution that will get the best out of the Xaar 1201 for graphics and textiles,’ commented Clive Ayling, managing director at Meteor Inkjet. ‘We have worked on several Xaar printheads before, and once again, by working closely with the Xaar team, we have produced a drive electronics solution that will truly enhance the performance of the printhead for OEMs.’
The Xaar 1201 printhead is a versatile and compact greyscale printhead. It prints one, two or four colours, delivers a high level of quality and performance, and is capable of handling aqueous, UV, hard solvent and eco solvent inks. Designed for easy integration by printer manufacturers, the Xaar 1201 features 1280 nozzles that jet variable drop sizes; these produce high quality graphics and textiles on a wide range of substrates at an apparent resolution of up to 1440 dpi.