Xaar launches printhead for aqueous inkjet printing

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Xaar Aquinox is said to deliver reliability, creativity, and sustainability in printing aqueous fluids

Xaar, a provider of inkjet printing technology, has launched a printhead – the Xaar Aquinox – which is said to deliver reliability, creativity, and sustainability in printing aqueous fluids. The Aquinox is the latest development from Xaar’s ImagineX platform, and its aQ power technology provides a new approach to how water-based fluids are jetted reliably. 

Xaar’s aQ Power is a combination of technologies designed to optimize the Aquinox’s lifespan and robustness when handling aqueous fluids. These include a redesigned internal architecture, new water-compatible materials capable of coping with an extended working range of pH levels, and a new drive system enabling optimum drop ejection. This, together with Xaar’s TF Technology ink recirculation, ensures the Aquinox delivers significantly increased nozzle open time compared to typical aqueous printheads. 

Water-based inkjet printing has become effective because of Xaar Aquinox’s technologies, print speeds, and compatibility with multiple aqueous fluid types. Speeds of over 100m/min can be achieved, and a high native resolution of 720 dpi and firing frequency of up to 48kHz, enable high fluid laydown, with maximum productivity. With Xaar lay down technology, the drop size capability is extended, making the Aquinox ideal for printing textiles, highly absorbent substrates, or thick film coatings. 

Due to Xaar’s viscosity technology, the Aquinox is capable of jetting fluid viscosities of up to 100cP. By enabling a wider color gamut and fluids with larger particles and more pigment for higher opacity, colors are more vibrant and whites and blacks stronger ensuring the Xaar Aquinox can bring the latest imaginative designs and finishes to life. 

The Xaar Aquinox not only delivers the impact and creativity demanded, but also helps users future-proof their business in a more environment-friendly way. Xaar’s technology and its chevron architecture provide a very energy-efficient operation, reducing the power required for printheads, printers, and end users alike. In addition, the Aquinox’s improved nozzle open time and latency reduce maintenance and ink waste, helping to minimize the total cost of ownership for users. 

John Mills, CEO of Xaar, said: “The introduction of the Xaar Aquinox, powered by our ImagineX platform, is our most significant product launch in recent years. 

“The Aquinox demonstrates our commitment to driving the future of inkjet into new and ever more sustainable applications, and we are proud of this revolutionary transformation in aqueous inkjet printing.”

Supported by the proven Hydra ink supply system, with its ‘plug and print’ capability and easy-to-use, intuitive user interface, each Xaar Aquinox printhead is easily integrated into new print machines. 

The Aquinox comes with a development kit that gives OEMs everything they need to get up and running. This includes the ink supply system and printhead drive electronics.

Having collaborated with leading developers and manufacturers of aqueous inkjet inks to rigorously assess and improve performance, the Xaar Aquinox is equally capable of handling dye-based and pigmented fluids and inks, across a wide range of applications.

John said: “The Aquinox seamlessly combines all of Xaar’s proven technologies and innovations into a truly transformational and reliable aqueous printhead, providing a real step change in reliable aqueous inkjet printing.

“From textiles to ceramics and packaging, we see the Xaar Aquinox breaking new ground, enabling new water-based print applications, many of which were previously not possible with inkjet. 

“The Xaar Aquinox will revolutionize aqueous printing, helping to deliver a world where you can truly print anything you imagine.” 

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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