At Labelexpo Europe (Sept. 24-27, 2013, Brussels), visitors will see the significant impact that the innovative Xaar 1001 printhead is having on the industrial digital label printing industry.
During the show ALS Engineering, Durst, EFI Jetrion, FFEI, INX International, JF Machines and Stork Prints will all show their latest Xaar 1001-enabled presses, which range from stand-alone, entry-level, systems for late-stage overprinting to fully-integrated systems with in-line printing and finishing.
Xaar is also sponsoring the Labelexpo Europe Inkjet Trail, which unites many leading digital label press manufacturers in a unique showcase. Every day the participating manufacturers - including Xaar OEMs Durst, EFI Jetrion and Stork Prints - will print a selection of standard food, pharmaceutical and industrial labels to enable visitors to compare the same labels produced on a variety of different presses. These companies rely on the Xaar 1001 printhead to deliver high quality labels at speed and extremely reliably. Key characteristics for high resolution single-pass labels are opaque whites, high resolution text and images with smooth tones. The Xaar 1001 printhead delivers these better than any other printhead today.
Label converters need digital label presses to print a wide variety of labels efficiently, continuously and cost-effectively in order to maximise revenue and return on investment. They want to be able to print high-quality and customized labels on a variety of smooth and textured substrates. They need the capability to print with high-opacity white ink as a base layer for clear and metallic labels or as a top layer for reverse labels. Plus, they expect the highest reliability and lowest maintenance requirements to ensure maximum production uptime.
The Xaar 1001 piezoelectric printhead delivers an effective resolution of more than 1000 dpi using up to eight grey levels, which produces vibrant images and pin sharp text. The revolutionary design of the Xaar 1001 combines Xaar's TF Technology with Hybrid Side Shooter architecture, which together delivers the highest flow rate of ink past the back of the inkjet nozzle for effective air bubble and particle removal. As a result inks, including heavily pigmented white ink and varnishes, are kept in suspension and in constant motion to prevent nozzle blocking which can occur in some printheads. Consequently, Xaar 1001-enabled presses perform exceptionally well with minimal maintenance.
"Brands and converters are now starting to take advantage of the considerable production and marketing benefits that digital inkjet can bring which is, in turn, now stimulating a growing investment in digital label presses around the world," says Mark Alexander, director of marketing, Xaar. "Key to this sector is the ability to print not only short runs but now medium to long runs which the Xaar 1001 can handle effortlessly".