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Xaar Expands Range for UV

February 16, 2016  By PrintAction Staff

Industrial inkjet technology developer Xaar has launched the Xaar 1002 GS40 print head for UV applications. Already used in the ceramics tile decoration industry, the launch of this new Xaar print head into the UV market can be used to produce a range of high build varnish and textured effects for labels, packaging, graphics and wood laminate.

This latest addition to the Xaar 1002 family of print heads jets drop volumes from 40 to 160pL and has greyscale capability (5 levels). It is well suited, according to Xaar, for printing UV spot varnish and for applications requiring a high laydown at higher print speeds. Depending on the drop size, the print head can lay down extra opaque whites with a larger drop size or a finer base of whites with a smaller drop size; which can be useful in creating fine detailed effects.

For those wishing to print solid white base coats underneath fine halftone images or text, such as companies printing labels or packaging, the Xaar 1002 GS40 can be used in combination with the Xaar 1002 GS6 printhead.


The large drop capability of the Xaar 1002 GS40 also means, according to Xaar, that it is well suited for printing high build spot varnish or tactile, textured effects, such as wood grain, edge banding or other wood laminate products manufactured by the décor industry.

As with all of the Xaar 1002 family of printheads, this new variant includes TF Technology which provides a continuous ink flow at a high rate directly past the back of the nozzle during drop ejection. Xaar explains this design provides unrivalled reliability, trouble-free printing and maximum printing and production uptime.

 “We are delighted to be extending our UV printhead range to include the Xaar 1002 GS40 which 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,” said Alan Mutch, Product Manager at Xaar.

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