New Xaar Nitrox printheads

Versattile variants of the Xaar Nitrox – Core, Pro and Elite

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The Xaar Nitrox Elite
The Xaar Nitrox Elite delivers printing at up to 48kHz and its exceptional drop placement and accuracy are useful for functional fluids and 3D applications, alongside more traditional display graphics and label printing solutions. Photo Xaar

Cambridge, 27 April 2021, Xaar, one of the leading inkjet head manufacturers, has launched its latest Xaar Nitrox printhead meant for bulk fluids. Claimed to provide greater print speeds and uniformity the company’s press release says it works across a wide variety of print applications. The Nitrox is the next printhead to come from ImagineX which sets the roadmap for Xaar’s bulk inkjet innovations and printhead developments.

Speed is integral to the Nitrox, with firing frequencies of up to 48kHz enabling print at up to 100 metres per minute. Set-up time and installation are also fast, with drop-in printhead alignment, and Xaar’s AcuChp Technology allowing a more automated process.

The new Xaar Nitrox Elite inkjet Photo Xaar
The new Xaar Nitrox Elite inkjet Photo Xaar

With its ‘plug and print’ capability, printer uptime can be maximised, together with print uniformity. Xaar’s TF Technology recirculation minimizes temperature changes within the printhead, virtually eliminating print density variations and controlling viscosity to provide consistent printing across the swathe throughout each job.

Maintaining a constant flow of fluids directly past the back of the printhead nozzles enables instant priming of the Nitrox and avoids the need for costly and wasteful purging before printing can start. The very high flow rate also prevents sedimentation and nozzle blockages, particularly in heavily pigmented inks, radically improving reliability in even the harshest printing environment.

The Nitrox head supports a wide range of applications and handles a broad range of fluids. Its open printhead architecture and TF Technology facilitate printing in multiple orientations. Consequently, the Nitrox prints extremely reliably, whether in vertical or horizontal mode or even when being positioned by a robotic arm with accelerating and decelerating speeds.

Versatile heads

High Laydown Technology delivers very high volumes of ink in a single pass and combined with Xaar’s TF Technology allows fluids with higher particle loading and sizes, even those with viscosities of up to 100 centipoise, to be used. This enables the Xaar Nitrox to print an increased colour gamut and special effects for applications in the ceramic, glass and packaging sectors as well as jetting higher molecular weight materials for Advanced Manufacturing and 3D printing.

Backwards compatible with the Xaar 1003, the three variants of the Xaar Nitrox – Core, Pro and Elite – provide customer choice and flexibility for a range of print needs.

The Nitrox Core is designed for applications using oil-based inks, such as in ceramic tile decoration, while the Nitrox Pro can handle more demanding fluids including soluble salts and frit used for printing glass. The Nitrox Elite delivers printing at up to 48kHz and its exceptional drop placement and accuracy make it perfect for functional fluids and 3D applications, alongside more traditional display graphics and label printing solutions.

Graham Tweedale, general manager of Xaar’s printhead business unit says, “We are delighted to be launching the next printhead from our ImagineX platform. Whether using the latest highly viscous fluids for 3D printing or High Laydown for packaging and labels, the speed, performance and productivity of the Xaar Nitrox mean you can use it to print right the first time and every time.”

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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