Available later this year, the compact and lightweight Xaar 5501 complements the existing Xaar 1201 and Xaar 5601, and provides Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) looking for an aqueous print head from Xaar with a wider choice. This is the first product resulting from Xaar’s collaboration with Xerox and delivers high print quality combined with low printing costs, while integration costs will also be kept to a minimum.
The Xaar 5501 uses proven bulk piezo technology in conjunction with Xaar Drive Electronics.
The lightweight and high resolution 1200 dpi print head is ideal for a range of water-based digital printing applications, such as textiles (digital direct to garment, dye sublimation transfer and soft signage) and graphics (banners, posters, displays).
It has 5544 nozzles, each producing 5 pL sub-drops and giving an impressive 115mm print width for high quality print at high productivity. Furthermore, the Xaar 5501’s robust construction makes it compatible with a range of fluids including aqueous inks, low viscosity UV or solvent-based inks.
The Xaar 5501 uses a simple micro alignment system to position and align print heads via software. This allows rapid and easy printer set up, therefore streamlining print head commissioning and reducing downtime overall. In addition, it does not require an ink recirculation system; this ensures lower integration costs and makes it very suitable to use in scanning applications such as printing wide format graphics and textiles. In addition, for high productivity applications, single-pass printing is possible.