Xaar Expands Product Range for UV Applications

CAMBRIDGE, UK | Xaar, provider of industrial inkjet technology, announces the launch of the 1002 GS40 for UV applications. Company says the launch of this printhead into the UV market makes possible a range of high build varnish and textured effects for labels, packaging, graphics, and wood laminate. This latest addition to the 1002 family of printheads jets drop volumes from 40–160pL and has greyscale capability (5 levels). 

Cold foil and wood grain effects achieved using the 1002 GS40 printhead 

It is said to be well suited for printing UV spot varnish and for applications requiring a high laydown at higher print speeds. And, depending on the drop size, the printhead can lay down extra opaque whites with a larger drop size or a finer base of whites with a smaller drop size. Company says this can be particularly useful in creating fine detailed effects. The 1002 GS40 can be used in combination with company’s 1002 GS6 printhead to print solid white base coats underneath fine halftone images or text, e.g., for printing labels or packaging.

The large drop capability of the 1002 GS40 also reportedly means it is well suited for printing high build spot varnish or tactile, textured effects, such as wood grain, which improve the visual appearance of edge banding or other wood laminate products manufactured by the décor industry. In addition, the throughput of this printhead is said to be very high due to greyscale capability combined with high drop size, delivering a very high volume of ink laydown per nozzle.

This new variant includes TF Technology said to ensure a continuous ink flow at a very high rate directly past the back of the nozzle during drop ejection, providing high reliability, trouble-free printing, and maximum printing and production uptime.

Printhead is said to perform well with a wide range of ink types and viscosities and in varying ambient temperatures.

“We are delighted to be extending our UV printhead range to include the 1002 GS40,” says Alan Mutch, product manager at Xaar. “This enables our customers to create a wide range of effects that were typically the preserve of other techniques such as embossing. This capability is becoming more prevalent in labels and packaging for luxury products within the food and beverage sectors including high end spirits and wine labeling.”

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