Fujifilm Dimatix launches Samba G5L Printhead

Faster throughput Dimatix inkjet head for corrugated and textile

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The Fujifilm Dimatix Samba GL5 printheads are easy to stitch into compact bars for single- pass printing Photo Fujifilm

Fujifilm Dimatix launched the Samba G5L, the latest generation in the Samba printhead family, virtually at the Printing United digital experience in the last week of October 2020. The newest generation in the Samba printhead line leverages state-of-art silicon micro-electro-mechanical systems manufacturing (SI-MEMS). The Samba G5L has a parallelogram design on the nozzle plate to offer simplified printhead stitching – making for a compact print bar and enabling easy integration in production environments.

The G5L also offers a 30% to 45% larger droplet size (3.5 – 13 picolitres) than the Samba G3L printhead. The idea is to provide higher ink coverage at production speeds for large surface applications such as corrugated or direct to textile printing. The 1,200 x 1,200 or 1,200 x 600 dpi print resolutions similar to the G3L can produce high saturation colour printing. The slightly larger drop sizes of the G5L mean that higher viscosity inks can be pumped through it compared to the Samba 3GL.

The overall architecture of the new G5L is similar to the G3L – it is merely designed for a different set of applications. Both the heads have 2,048 nozzles, with a print width of 43mm, with similar resolutions of 1,200 dpi and a firing frequency of 100kHz.

A single printhead width of 43 millimeter (1.7 inches) can be configured to make a compact print bar of any width to scale to various print applications. Its extensive fluid compatibility and broad ink latitude (from a robust non-wetting coating on the nozzle plate) offer robust functionality for inkjet printing and materials deposition. Optimized for single-pass printing, the Samba G5L offers a fast priming, higher standoff capability (up to 4 millimeter, without air-assist and up to 5 mm with air-assist), and reduced maintenance cycles from multi-level ink re-circulation – all to reduce downtime. While air-assist helps ink droplets reach the substrate faster, experts warn that it can cause a woodgrain-like pattern to become apparent in the output.

“With features enabling faster printing speeds, more versatility and better uptime, the Dimatix Samba G5L was engineered to meet the evolving needs of the corrugated packaging and textile industry,” said Bailey Smith, senior vice president of Sales, Marketing and Business Development at Fujifilm Dimatix. “The Dimatix Samba G5L will enable faster print speeds and better uptime, allowing our customers to remain competitive and deliver outstanding results.”

An early adopter of the new printhead is BHS Corrugated of Germany. BHS chose the Samba G5L for its newly developed roll to printed sheet printer for corrugated box making.

“After evaluating several printheads in the market place and in close co-operation with our technology integrator Screen, selecting the Dimatix Samba G5L turned out to be the right decision,” said Maximilian Mark, product manager digital print at BHS. “Our development program proved that the Dimatix Samba G5L printheads enable linear speeds up to 300 meters a minute while maintaining sellable print quality. Its high sustainable performance as well as its longevity when given proper care, are crucial properties for
our application in the corrugated industry.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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