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Ceramic Tiles Printer Manufacturers Launched New Machines with Xaar Printheads

Several leading printer manufacturers – EFI Cretaprint, KERAJet, Projecta Engineering and TecnoFerrari – launched ceramic tiles decoration machines featuring the new Xaar 2001 GS12C and 2001+ family of printheads incorporating single-colour and/or two-colour printbars at Tecnargilla 2016. The new Xaar 2001+ family of printheads delivers ultimate versatility in ceramic tiles decoration which means that tiles manufacturers can easily manage a very wide range of ceramic tiles designs.

The Xaar 2001+ also enables production flexibility so that tiles manufacturers can efficiently manage production changes from one day to the next. In addition, the new printhead family offers unrivalled industrial reliability and the longest maintenance-free production runs in the industry. Featuring 2000 nozzles, the printhead jets one colour at 720 dpi or two colours at 360 dpi each, and is available in three drop sizes. Production flexibility is possible with the Xaar 2001+ because the printhead delivers a combination of high print quality, fast line speed or high ink laydown. Therefore, tiles manufacturers can manage a wide range of production requirements very efficiently adjusting from one day to the next as needed. The Xaar 2001+ family prints up to 720 dpi with 8 grey levels delivering market-leading print quality. Line speeds of up to 50 m/min (ink laydown up to 39 g/m2 for the Xaar 2001+ GS40C) enable high production throughput; and high ink laydown (up to 78 g/m2 at 25 m/min for the Xaar 2001+ GS40C) is also possible for producing tiles designs with intense effects.

Tile manufacturers choosing the Xaar 2001+ family of printheads also benefit from industrial reliability courtesy of multiple technologies only available in Xaar printheads. Xaar’s leading TF Technology® ink recirculation and XaarGuard™ nozzle plate technologies ensure the longest maintenance-free production runs in the industry, typically once per shift or less. Plus, new XaarSMART™ technology reports ink temperature and printhead status so that printer performance can be optimised in real time, providing consistent print quality throughout the production run even as factory conditions change. This means manufacturers can select the printhead combination that meets their exact needs: choosing Xaar 2001+ GS6C printhead for fine details, Xaar 2001+ GS12C to balance detail and laydown for a wide range of tiles designs and the Xaar 2001+ GS40C to achieve the highest laydown for special effects. For those who do not need dual colour printing, the Xaar 2001 GS12C offers the same high print quality and high productivity of the Xaar 2001+ in a single-colour configuration.

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