Meteor Inkjet to support Xaar High Laydown tech

Richard Stuart-Turner
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Meteor Inkjet has announced its support for Xaar’s High Laydown (HL) technology for the company’s 2001+ and 1003 printheads.

Meteor, an independent supplier of electronics and software to drive industrial inkjet printheads, said the HL technology – which was first launched by Xaar last year – addresses the need that some industrial print applications have for extremely large volumes of fluid to be deposited in a single pass at high speed.

Examples include gloss, adhesive, lustre and metallic for ceramics; tactile effects including raised varnish, foil and Braille on labels, folding cartons and other packaging; white, black or flood coating; and high build UV 3D printing.

Typical digital alternatives require multiple print bars or machines to run at low speeds to build up sufficient thickness, Meteor said, while conventional techniques such as rotary screen can be economically unsuitable for low to medium run sizes.

Meteor Inkjet managing director Clive Ayling said: “Fully accessing the benefits of High Laydown technology requires a thorough understanding of the printhead waveform, image encoding, line speed compensation and the ink delivery system.

“Through our longstanding and close working relationship with Xaar, Meteor is proud to once again present a solution which allows our customers to easily take advantage of all that Xaar’s technology has to offer.”

Meteor relocated to a new, larger office at the Harston Mill complex in Harston, near Cambridge, in May and held an official opening event last month.

The 35-staff company, which works closely with all of the major industrial inkjet printhead manufacturers, was acquired by print software developer Global Graphics in December 2016.

Earlier this year it introduced the HDC-GMA99 head driver, for use with Fujifilm Dimatix Samba GMA 99 printheads.

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