Xaar Hydra — Deliver benefits for In2 Printing Solutions

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Xaar Hydra's ink supply system

The reliability and robustness of the Xaar Hydra Ink Supply System have made it the number one choice for innovative digital printing company In2 Printing Solutions.

Headquartered in Navarra, Spain, In2 Printing has become a worldwide reference point and the domestic leader in the industrial inkjet printing sector for the pharmaceutical, food and aeronautic industries.

The business approached Xaar back in 2011, to develop a prototype for printing aluminium foil in pharmaceutical applications. The solution, using Xaar 1001 GS6U printheads alongside the Xaar Hydra, was so good that it was soon incorporated into production and some 10 years later, In2 Printing has installed more than 100 systems.

Xaar Hydra’s unique upgraded technology

The Hydra Ink Supply System is a recirculating ink supply system that drives Xaar’s unique TF Technology within the Xaar Nitrox, Xaar 1003, Xaar 2002 and the Xaar 50x series, single-pass industrial inkjet printheads. Single-pass applications have become more complex, and users now demand that printers handle a wider variety of jobs as well as a faster turn-around. In addition, overall printer performance and uptime have become critical. The Xaar Hydra delivers the reliability, adaptability and ease of installation needed to meet these demands.

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In2 Printing equipment using Xaar Hydra Ink Supply System

Simple installation, enhanced uptime and exceptional greyscale quality mean the Xaar Hydra Ink Supply System continues to deliver for In2 Printing’s clients and works as well today as it did on installation.

In2 Printing Solution’s managing director, Carlos Corchon said, “From the very beginning, our collaboration with Xaar was both close and rewarding. Our Xaar Hydra kit was up and printing within days and it soon became clear that we had great potential to open up new possibilities for our clients.

Today we are running more than 100 of the Xaar Hydras in real-time production, some of them working 24/7. Even the first one we installed is still running with very little need for much more than scheduled maintenance. And there is a very good reason we are still using them – we still cannot find anything better in the market!”

The Xaar Hydra offers precise nozzle meniscus pressure and differential pressure (ink flow rate) control, ensuring reliable operation, and exact temperature control facilitates the use of a wide range of fluid viscosities.

The intuitive user interface either via a PC or when operating the Xaar Hydra in stand-alone mode delivers easy, effective, real-time monitoring of the nozzle pressure, ink flow rate and temperature control.

As with many firms in this specialist industry, the monitoring of performance in production is crucial. For those running the Xaar Hydra, if an error or anomaly is detected the printer can be paused immediately and an early diagnostic check and solution can be delivered, with delays minimised or eliminated.

Carlos concluded, “Whilst there is no doubt that the Xaar Hydra Ink Supply System has been a real game-changer for us, a strong contribution to its continued success is the refreshingly open and collaborative relationship that the team at Xaar provide. Their commitment to a ‘listen and develop’ approach to clients will ensure we regard them as a trusted supplier for years to come.”

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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