Fujifilm's Dimatix Showcases New Samba Printhead for Single-Pass Printer Designs
Fujifilm Dimatix, the world’s leading supplier of drop-on-demand inkjet printheads continues building upon its long and innovative history of providing printheads that deliver excellent dot placement accuracy, channel-to-channel uniformity, low-cross talk and high frequency/high productivity with the Samba printheads. With 2,048 individually addressable nozzles, the Samba printhead has 1,200dpi native resolution (600dpi in redundant mode) and a native ink drop size of 2.4 picoliters (pl) delivering outstanding print quality that can jet a wide range of fluids including UV curable and aqueous inks. Scalability is the key to the Samba technology, having a single head print width of 43 mm (1.7") it can be easily configured to make a print bar of any width, making it an ideal choice for print application such as high-quality commercial print, labels, packaging and textiles. The unique parallelogram design of the Samba nozzle plate enables simplified stitching, resulting in a very narrow, 1,200 dpi printbar.
"The speed, precision and scalability of the Samba platform sets a new standard for single-pass printer designs, providing significantly expanded capabilities that system developers will need to meet the requirements of high-speed, wide-width, and high-image quality printing," said Bailey Smith, senior director, business development, Fujifilm Dimatix.
Through continuous ink recirculation directly behind the nozzle and several innovations including nozzle plate design, specialized nozzle plate geometry, and waveforms tailored to specific fluids, known as RediJet, this process unlocks the full productive potential of the Samba printhead. RediJet allows the printheads to be quickly and easily primed, resulting in faster time to print, minimal ink waste and greater reliability.
Fujifilm Dimatix’ breakthrough VersaDrop jetting technology allows multiple fixed drop sizes in binary mode and greyscale capability from one printhead, with no loss to productivity. In binary operating mode, the Samba printhead is designed to eject adjustable drop sizes from 2.4 to 13.2 picoliters, and can support grayscale levels as defined by the users control electronics.
Samba Printhead Technology Highlights:
- Advanced Silicon Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
- 2,048 nozzles per module
- 1,200 native dpi
- 2.4 picoliter native drop size
- RediJet continuous ink recirculation
- VersaDrop multi-level grayscale plus multi-drop and fixed drop sizes in binary mode
- Scalable, narrow to wide printbars possible
- Robust design and high-speed operation
- Multiple ink capabilities
The Samba printhead is available for use by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and integrators to incorporate into new designs with the confidence of using a highly reliable and technologically advanced printhead.
Fujifilm Dimatix, the world's leading supplier of drop-on-demand inkjet printheads for industrial applications, is driving a revolution in inkjet technology to support a new generation of products for printing, industrial product decoration and materials deposition. The company's innovative inkjet technology and world-class fabrication techniques enable OEMs, system integrators and manufacturers to build cutting-edge systems and manufacturing processes for high-performance, precision printing of traditional inks and deposition of functional fluids on all types of surfaces, including flexible substrates.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujifilm Corp., Fujifilm Dimatix, is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, and maintains U.S. product development and manufacturing operations in California and New Hampshire. The company sells and supports its products worldwide through offices in the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and Singapore.
FUJIFILM Holdings, Tokyo, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: healthcare, with medical systems, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; graphic systems; highly functional materials, such as flat panel display materials; optical devices, such as broadcast and cinema lenses; digital imaging; and document products. These are based on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic, software and production technologies. In the year ended March 31, 2014, the company had global revenues of $23.9 billion, at an exchange rate of 102 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship.