Xaar has developed 2002, its new printhead for multiple applications that has been designed with simple installation and easy integration in mind.

The 2002 printhead delivers a 720dpi print resolution at up to 75m/min across a range of applications including ceramics, glass, packaging and labels.

Featuring drop-in printhead alignment, mechanical tolerance improvements allow the printheads to be dropped into the printbar easier, making set-up times faster and machine builds quicker, according to Xaar. Developed following OEM and customer feedback, the ‘plug and print’ capability significantly reduces set-up times and helps save time and money.

In addition, advanced tuned actuator manufacturing – TAM2 – and Xaar AcuChp Technology, 2002 printheads also deliver visibly improved colour uniformity across the width of the printhead, further reducing printhead installation and set-up times. By using the full capability of the printhead, much higher firing frequencies of up to 36kHz are now possible, delivering the achievable 75m/min at 720dpi.

Graham Tweedale, general manager of Xaar’s printhead business unit, said, ‘With its simple installation and significantly reduced set-up times, we believe the Xaar 2002 printhead offers the speed and performance our customers now demand for the print applications they provide.’

Each Xaar 2002 printhead can be customised by OEMs, ensuring visibility of their brand on the print engine. Furthermore, the Xaar 2002 is serviceable, lowering the total cost of ownership and providing an excellent return on investment.  Designed for use across a variety of applications and ink types, the Xaar 2002 is available in three printhead variants –Plus, Premium and Advanced.

The Xaar 2002 printhead also incorporates Xaar’s TF Technology, high laydown and ultra-high viscosity printing capabilities. Specifically, TF Technology allows a broader range of ink or other fluids to flow directly past the back of the nozzle at very high flow rates. This prevents the nozzle from drying out and increasing the printhead’s nozzle open time.

Mr Tweedale continued, ‘The Xaar 2002 range offers all round ease of set-up and use, while delivering the exceptional print quality, unsurpassed reliability and unique technologies Xaar is renowned for; saving time and maximising print results for our customers, whatever their application.’

The Xaar 2002 is fully backwards compatible with printers already using the Xaar 2001+. It is the first printhead to launch under Xaar’s new leadership team and demonstrates the focus on its new strategy.