Xaar, whose inkjet print heads are found in many industrial printing devices, announced the development of a new print head. Earlier generation “end shooter” heads often are challenged by debris and air that become trapped inside. The new version, according to Chris Lynn, VP of sales and marketing, creates an acoustic wave that ejects drops and is self-priming and self-recovering.
In addition, Lynn said, the new head can control ink temperature and viscosity more closely. With certain inks, typically whites and metallics, this permits longer retention of suspended solids. The typical speed of the new “side shooter” head is about 80 feet per minute.