Last week piezo inkjet head manufacturer Xaar plc (Cambridge, UK) announced the commercial availability of the Xaar 1002 piezo inkjet head for use with both UV curing and ceramic inks. The news is significant because Xaar has more than twenty OEM customers using its Xaar 1001 head for industrial printing applications; the first batches of Xaar 1002 head have been shipped to OEMs and over time will completely replace Xaar 1001, which is now out of production.
While Xaar improved its 1001 head since its launch in 2007, the Xaar 1002 is the first truly new successor to it. The new head is outwardly almost identical to the earlier one but, according to Xaar, contains 90% new components. At its heart, for instance, the 1002 head has the same number of nozzles—one thousand—but the nozzles are based on a new design and new manufacturing, changes that Xaar says ensure straighter jetting and other enhancements.
Of course this is only a small selection of print samples from the show. If you saw a print sample that you think deserves attention, please send it my way: Jim Hamilton, InfoTrends, 97 Libbey Industrial Parkway, Weymouth, MA 02189.
This month InfoTrends’ on-line research will include an important addition — the Ultimate Guide to color digital label and packaging (CDLP) presses. The Ultimate Guide Online is a series of databases utilized by print and marketing service providers, as well as industry suppliers, to compare hardware and software solutions. The new Ultimate Guide to CDLP joins the established Ultimate Guides for Roll-Fed Devices, Cut-Sheet Devices, and various software guides, such as Enterprise TransPromo, Multi-Channel Communications, Variable Data Publishing, Web-to-Print solutions, and Print MIS.
The Kosign (Korea International Sign and Design Show, November 22-15 in Seoul) show is the main sign and design related exhibition in Korea. Sponsored by DGI, the biggest Korean wide format printer manufacturer, Kosign is a large event with around 12,000 attendees and 190 international exhibitors covering 14,000 square meters of show floor space. The first time I attended Kosign was in Seoul in 2002 and ever since then I have tried to attend it every year. One of my most distinct memories of that first show was the low temperature in Seoul (-10 centigrade) and the strong smell of solvent. At Kosign 2012, there was hardly any solvent in the air. Instead, new UV-based products were all over the show floor. Read more »
In this video blog I discuss a marvelous print sample that was produced by SPC, Specialty Print Communications. What I find particularly interesting about it is how it combines two technologies: high-speed process color inkjet and web offset lithography. With leading edge technologies such as this, you often need a well-designed print sample to show off your new capabilities. SPC does that very well. So first, here are the specifics. On the web offset side, this was done on a Goss Sunday 2000 press using process colors and a 175 line-per-inch halftone screen. The press is also capable of laying down spot gloss, either UV coating or varnish. On the inkjet side, the images were produced by a Kodak Prosper S10 imprinting system set up to produce process color at 600 dots per inch in two 4.16” bands across the page. SPC notes that you need to leave a 4” space between the inkjet bands, which they refer to as channels. The piece was printed on a 7-pt.NewPage TrueJet gloss cover stock.