Xaar celebrates its Xaar 5601 printhead

PrintAction Staff
February 28, 2019
By PrintAction Staff
Xaar has celebrated the ground-breaking technologies of its Xaar 5601 printhead in a special event for over 300 of its U.K. staff. The Xaar 5601, based on the Xaar’s silicon MEMS thin film platform, is the culmination of over eight years of research and development. The technology platform, the company explains, represents a major step forward in digital inkjet printing and has created a foundation for Xaar’s thin film printheads of the future.

With over 5600 active nozzles, the Xaar 5601 printhead is the first printhead from this new platform, boasting a high-quality print resolution which is capable of jetting up to nine litres of fluid per hour at a frequency in excess of 100 kHz. In addition, the Xaar 5601 printhead incorporates Xaar’s TF Technology designed to maximize production uptime, print quality and printhead lifetime, while its Z profile makes fitting multiple printheads closely together possible.

“Understanding customer and market requirements was key to the development of the Xaar 5601,” comments Ramon Borrell, Chief Technology Officer at Xaar plc. “We wanted to create a new platform with capabilities that we didn’t have at the time. Specifically, we wanted to develop an aqueous printhead, with higher resolution, higher printing speed and higher print quality.

“This meant we needed to start our development with a blank piece of paper; designing every part from the ground up and not being limited by the previous technologies.”

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