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Xaar launches new printhead

Xaar 501 printheadInkjet technology company Xaar recently launched the Xaar 501 GS8, a 'high-performance graphics printhead delivering exceptional print quality, industrial-level reliability and high production up-time'. The new printhead incorporates PrecisionPlus™, a new architecture from them designed to enable indoor and outdoor signage printers to remain at the 'leading edge' of print performance. The Xaar 501 also combines PrecisionPlus™ architecture with the option of Xaar's unique TF Technology™ to deliver 'reliability, even in the harshest environments'.

The Xaar 501, the first in a family of printheads to incorporate Xaar's PrecisionPlus™, is the result much research and development over recent years. This new printhead can print in binary mode at up to 1440 dpi with an 8 pL drop size. Or with 4 grey levels at 360 dpi to deliver high productivity with an effective resolution of over 600 dpi. It is compatible with a range of solvent and UV inks.

PrecisionPlus™ raises the bar in print performance
This new architecture, which builds on Xaar's Hybrid Side Shooter™ design, optimises actuator performance to deliver 'unprecedented' drop velocity, drop volume and drop placement profiles for consistent colour across the print swathe. This results in outstanding print quality with smooth tints, gradations and excellent edge definition.
As an option in the Xaar 501, TF Technology™ combined with PrecisionPlus™ is available in two modes – Pulsed mode and High Flow mode. TF Technology™ in High Flow mode ensures continuous ink flow at a high rate directly past the back of the printhead nozzles during drop ejection. This carries away any air bubbles or unwanted particles in the fluid and radically improves production reliability.

Flexible and easy integration
The accurate mounting features on the Xaar 501 enable multiple printheads to be rapidly mounted together with minimal adjustment. Industry standard permanent ink connections and simple ink priming ensures that integration to inks systems is clean and easy.

"The graphics sector is an important part of our business. The launch of our innovative new architecture, PrecisionPlus™, and the Xaar 501 as the first in a range of printheads, ensures our customers remain at the leading edge of print performance," says Richard Barham, Sales & Marketing Director, Xaar. "The Xaar 501 combines new and proven technologies to deliver superb quality, industrial performance and flexibility – all very cost-effectively – to give manufacturers and their end users a significant competitive edge."

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