GIS and Seiko collaborate to increase inkjet integration
Published: 14 November 2019 | No comments yet
Nick Geddes (left) and Frank Kühn (right), GIS and Seiko's managing directors
Global Inkjet Systems (GIS) has expanded its product portfolio to include flexible drive electronics for the Seiko RC1536 printhead.
GIS drive electronics provide comprehensive, high performance and flexible data path options, supporting a wide range of printheads from major manufacturers to deliver productivity, print quality and system reliability. Working in close collaboration with Seiko following high customer demand, GIS has now developed the HMB-SII-1536 head manager board (HMB) to drive the performance of this high-productivity ink recirculation printhead to its fullest potential.
The Seiko RC1536 printhead can accept a wide range of viscosities and is compatible with oil-, UV-, solvent- and aqueous-based fluids, as used in applications such as high laydown coating and varnish, additive manufacturing, ceramics, textiles and more.
Featuring a wide print width (108mm), the printhead also achieves up to 10 levels of greyscale with a drop range size between 13-225pl. The high flow ink circulation structure means ink is in constant circulation and always ready to jet, removing the need for priming or purging before starting printing.
HMB-SII-1536 can drive up to four Seiko RC1536 printheads off each board. This compact HMB is based on GIS’s ethernet platform, which includes data management, waveform control and printhead diagnostics, all accessed via gigabit ethernet with a robust protocol and standard ethernet components. It supports the full binary and greyscale capabilities of the Seiko printhead.
This addition to its product portfolio boosts GIS’s position as a supplier of integrated inkjet options worldwide.
GIS managing director Nick Geddes said, ‘This now provides a greater opportunity for customers to incorporate GIS technology to suit their application.’
Frank Kühn, Seiko managing director, added, ‘Working precisely and reliably is a key focus for Seiko. Therefore, we are glad to have GIS as a global leading partner for a trustworthy and reliable collaboration and look forward to future growth.’