Xaar launches Aquinox for printing aqueous fluids
Published: 16 November 2022 | No comments yet
Xaar provides printheads and technologies for OEM and UDI customers worldwide
Xaar has launched its new printhead, the Xaar Aquinox, for printing aqueous fluids.
The Aquinox is the latest development from the company’s ImagineX platform, and its aQ Power Technology provides a new approach to how water-based fluids are jetted reliably.
Xaar’s aQ Power is a combination of technologies designed to optimise the Aquinox’s lifespan and robustness when handling aqueous fluids. These include a redesigned internal architecture, new water compatible materials capable of coping with an extended working range of pH levels, and a new drive system enabling optimum drop ejection. This, together with Xaar’s TF Technology ink recirculation, ensures the Aquinox delivers significantly increased nozzle open time compared to typical aqueous printheads.
Speeds of over 100m/min can be achieved, and a high native resolution of 720dpi and firing frequency of up to 48kHz, enables high fluid laydown, with maximum productivity. Along with Xaar’s High Laydown Technology the drop size capability is extended, making the Aquinox ideal for printing textiles, highly absorbent substrates, or thick film coatings.
John Mills, CEO of Xaar, said, ‘The introduction of the Xaar Aquinox, powered by our ImagineX platform, is our most significant product launch in recent years. The Aquinox demonstrates our commitment to driving the future of inkjet into new and ever more sustainable applications, and we are proud of this revolutionary transformation in aqueous inkjet printing.’
The new printhead comes with a development kit that gives OEMs everything they need to get up and running. This includes the ink supply system and printhead drive electronics.
Mr Mills added, ‘The Aquinox seamlessly combines all Xaar’s proven technologies and innovations into a truly transformational and reliable aqueous printhead, providing a real step change in reliable aqueous inkjet printing. From textiles to ceramics and packaging, we see the Xaar Aquinox breaking new ground, enabling new water-based print applications, many of which were previously not possible with inkjet.’