The choice of printhead and driving waveform can make the difference between dazzling success and dismal failure for any industrial inkjet system. Matthew Pullen, Meteor Inkjet’s product manager for dropwatching systems, discusses tools and techniques for manipulating printhead waveforms.
Part 2 of a review of the recent IMI Europe Digital Printing Conference, the main event of Digital Print Europe, Barcelona, 17-20 Sep 2018
Part 1 of a review of the recent IMI Europe Digital Printing Conference, the main event of Digital Print Europe, Barcelona, 17-20 Sep 2018
Recently, the pigment ink market for textile inkjet printing is emerging rapidly. Pigment inks have a lot of benefits such as a high colour strength and high light resistance. They are considered as “universal inks” because they can be applied directly on a large range of textile substrates without sophisticated or environmentally unfriendly pre- or post-treatments. Dr Enrico Sowade of Zschimmer and Schwarz discusses the impact of pre-treatment on ink performance.
Mark Bale of DoDxAct reviews the impact of inkjet in hybrid print processes, with some of the most successful implementations of inkjet machines relying on combined technology approaches.
Clive Ayling, managing director at Meteor Inkjet Ltd, discusses how printer driver electronics are increasingly adapting to an ever-demanding market and how good design is critical to high performance inkjet printing.
As print head and inkjet technology are progressing, the demand for characterisation of inks regarding their pigment size, single oversized grains and colloidal stability is increasing. The size of pigments has an impact on factors like printability, print head blockages, sharpness of texture, optical density and color gamut.
Drop-on-demand piezoelectric inkjet printing represents nowadays one of the most diffused technologies thanks to its high performance and reliability. To achieve high quality printing many different requirements have to be met in terms of drop properties, leading to a very precise dot positioning and thus to a high quality final image.