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Xerox Previews Inkjet Press

May 24, 2010

Xerox, during the Ipex tradeshow in the United Kingdom, demonstrated its new Production Inkjet Technology in a machine that currently fires 2-billion drops of ink every second. The roll-fed device – “designed to produce high-impact colour on low-cost papers” – runs on 56 piezo-electric print-heads with more than 49,000 nozzles each.

Xerox states the 4-colour, 600-dpi produces more than 2,000 colour images per minute, as well as production speeds of up 500 feet or 152.4 metres per minute. With a 20.5-inch width, the system features technologies based on more than 2,000 patents.

“[It] is a marvel of research and engineering, and an example of how our unique differentiated ink technology can address the needs of production customers,” said Xerox CTO, Sophie Vandebroek. Many of the technology needs for the machine are based on the work of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, based in Mississauga.

Xerox explains the core of its technology is based on a sensor, referred to as Image On Web Array (IOWA), that scans the billions of droplets per second – for registration, among other production needs. A scan bar registers each print-head and automatically adjusts alignment when necessary.

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