Justin Noble | Head of Product Management

The Xaar Aquinox permits customers to print ‘bolder and brighter’

Xaar is the world’s main impartial producer of piezo-based drop-on-demand inkjet applied sciences. The corporate’s printheads are trusted in industrial markets across the globe as the best solution to lay down exact volumes of inks and fluids with absolute pin-point accuracy time after time. In an interview with Fibre2Fashion, Xaar’s Head of Product Administration Justin Noble discusses the lately launched ground-breaking aqueous printhead.

What’s the measurement of the worldwide marketplace for inkjet printers? At what fee is it rising?

Digital textile printing continues to reveal sturdy progress alternatives for firms all through the textile and printing provide chain. In accordance with Smithers, total international progress in digital textile printing volumes will improve by 13.9 per cent from 2021 to 2026, and is predicted to hit a market share of ten per cent from six per cent over the identical interval.

Whereas nonetheless comparatively small, inkjet is the important thing to driving this progress in market share, and is the know-how predominantly used to print artificial fibres, pure fibres, and blends. OEMs are subsequently growing the provision of printers to the textile sector, and the launch of our revolutionary printhead – the Xaar Aquinox – delivers distinctive reliability, creativity, and sustainability for printing aqueous fluids, serving to to develop the market.

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What are the benefits of utilizing water-based printing? How viable is it commercially in comparison with typical inks?

The Xaar Aquinox permits customers to print ‘bolder and brighter’, providing improved precision and flexibility throughout textile print purposes by capacity to jet extremely pigmented and viscous water-based inks. Excessive Laydown Expertise will increase the drop measurement that the printhead can jet, which is very helpful for printing textiles, extremely absorbent substrates, or thick movie coatings, plus a broad vary of aqueous fluids and viscosities to simplify processes and scale back a machine’s carbon footprint.

Mixed with Xaar’s Extremely Excessive Viscosity Expertise, the Aquinox printhead may also add extra creativity to those wider substrate purposes, permitting for extra artistic finishes, by extending the vary of fluids and color gamut accessible utilizing bigger particles and heavier pigment loading.

Whereas the inkjet printing of white inks has historically brought about blockages and nozzle outs, the Xaar Aquinox with TF Expertise has delivered confirmed enchancment in coping with whites and closely pigmented inks, lowering upkeep, bettering up-time and reliability, to supply the vibrancy and outcomes wanted in textile printing, significantly on darkish substrates.

Sustainability can also be improved by water-based printing and thru the Aquinox enabling increased pigment loading and extra viscous fluids the quantity of water wanted in inks will be decreased, saving assets each initially and thru lowering the quantity of power wanted in drying supplies publish printing.

What purposes do you foresee?

Water based mostly printing, and the Xaar Aquinox, supply worth to many sectors and the textile business is not any exception. Alternatives to maximise uptime and productiveness in purposes equivalent to direct to garment printing will develop into obvious, significantly the place darkish substrates require a base layer of excessive opacity white ink to be laid down earlier than any ornament. The heavy pigment-based fluids are tough to deal with and print with incumbent know-how. Nevertheless that is an space the place Aquinox excels and can dramatically enhance reliability. The wonderful productiveness and laydown functionality of Aquinox additionally compliments this, with extra ink, at increased opacity, having the ability to be delivered in a lot much less time than present printheads permit.

Industrial roll to roll scanning machines producing house furnishing materials and materials for attire will even profit from the Aquinox. Presently, managing the open time of nozzles is a problem for present printers, with humidity and environmental circumstances needing to be carefully managed to make sure print high quality and reliability are maintained. Aquinox affords a step change in open time as Xaar’s distinctive TF Expertise retains ink in fixed recirculation, even within the nozzle. This considerably will increase the working window for customers and reduces the burden on carefully controlling a printing surroundings.

How would you describe the marketplace for printheads in Europe?

While Asia is the dominant producer of digitally printed textiles on a quantity foundation, Western Europe continues to carry second place, pushed significantly by Italy because the world’s trend epicentre, and main digital printing gear producers. Particularly, since COVID, there was a rise within the variety of European firms buying digital textile printers, and we’re seeing a requirement for printheads that may deal with a greater variety of aqueous fluids – particularly pigmented inks – at which the Xaar Aquinox excels.

That are your main markets globally?

As a world enterprise we provide printheads to producers around the globe. Whereas Europe is our largest geographic area, China and Asia are additionally key markets for Xaar, significantly within the textile sector. Our native illustration and assist in every area ensures that we meet the wants of our OEMs in growing the newest printers for inkjet purposes.

How do Xaar merchandise contribute to sustainable manufacturing?

Key amongst the brand new Xaar Aquinox printhead’s benefits is the contribution it could make to companies within the supply of extra environmentally pleasant print and manufacturing. With decreased power consumption and water utilization (each in manufacturing and drying instances), and particularly in textile printing, this may equate to as a lot as a 60 per cent saving in power and water over related analogue printing processes.

Historically during times of non-printing, many printheads have required excessive humidity and should be repeatedly jetting to make sure print high quality. Xaar’s TF Expertise ink recirculation offers improved open time and latency, lowering upkeep and unnecessarily wasted ink, saving power and assets, thus maximising the full price of possession.

Equally, the improved robustness of the Xaar Aquinox extends its print life and avoids expensive alternative of printheads, as soon as extra minimising waste and environmental impression.

How is your organization supporting the idea of round financial system?

This 12 months now we have set out our Sustainability Roadmap to 2030 which relies on 4 key pillars – Setting, Folks, Innovation and Neighborhood. Inside this now we have set the goal of constructing the Group a carbon impartial inkjet producer in 2022 by offsetting, and an intention to realize full carbon neutrality by 2030.

As well as, as a part of our innovation pillar, now we have efficiently trialled using recycled Polylactic Acid (PLA) filaments generated from returned and waste PLA as a part of the round financial system. These are equipped in 100 per cent plastic-free sustainable packaging, with straightforward to recycle cardboard spools and are the primary stage in using biodegradable structural components within the manufacture of Xaar merchandise.

Sustainability is now not simply part of our agenda, it ‘is’ the agenda, and can moreover enhance each our operational and industrial efficiency.

How would you describe the demand for printheads, and inkjet printers publish pandemic?

Whereas the pandemic has undoubtedly challenged the worldwide provide chain, we’re nonetheless seeing rising demand for inkjet printheads throughout all kinds of market sectors. It’s an enabling know-how that has a number of purposes, and with the Aquinox printhead we will now ship the reliability in aqueous printing that many producers have been in search of. As such we anticipate that demand will proceed to develop, and for Xaar to be key to delivering the printheads and applied sciences in using inkjet.

What are the highest three market developments you see in digital imaging?

We might say flexibility, reliability and sustainability are the important thing developments which are driving progress in using inkjet applied sciences within the textiles sector. When growing our aqueous know-how, the market want was clear – supply of a really dependable, strong printhead that may print a a lot wider vary of aqueous fluids together with excessive viscosity and excessive pigment loading. And that’s what now we have accomplished with the launch of the Aquinox.

What new improvements and applied sciences are you working in direction of particularly for the textile business?

Clearly, it’s all the time tough to speak about confidential improvement tasks and the work now we have underway with our textile OEMs. Nevertheless, as now we have already highlighted, a key space of focus is the chance to print ‘bolder and brighter’ by providing the aptitude to jet extremely pigmented and viscous fluids.

The Xaar Aquinox will assist break new floor, on account of its excessive compatibility with a variety of fluids, even acidic inks. Right here, Xaar’s know-how is creating the chance for ink producers to reformulate their inks and fluids to ship richer, extra vibrant colors in addition to ship better performance. Additionally, the Aquinox’s excessive native decision at 720dpi will allow very nice element for trend materials to be printed with deep penetration of colors. 

Being able to jet fluids with a lot increased viscosity – as much as 100cP – will guarantee digital and inkjet printing delivers the reliability, efficiency, artistic and sustainable print that textile companies and shoppers now demand and ship the water-based inkjet textile print revolution.

Please inform us about your water-based printing know-how.

Our revolutionary printhead, the Xaar Aquinox, delivers distinctive reliability, creativity, and sustainability for printing aqueous fluids. The Aquinox is the newest improvement from Xaar’s ImagineX platform, and our aQ Energy Expertise supplies a radically new method to the dependable jetting of water-based fluids, delivering a really transformational industrial printhead for textiles and another sector that advantages from using aqueous fluids.

The altering panorama of the textile market makes the Xaar Aquinox printhead excellent for a lot of purposes. Simplified processes, distinctive print speeds and a big selection of customisation choices, locations the Xaar Aquinox on the very forefront of effectivity and flexibility. Speeds of over 100m/min will be achieved, and a excessive native decision of 720dpi and firing frequency of as much as 48kHz, permits excessive fluid laydown for max productiveness.

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