The future for inkjet printhead development in terms of technology and business-management trends
By Rick Mandel
The advancement of inkjet technology has taken the customization of graphics imagery to higher levels for large-format graphics. Increased speed, resolution, and software advancement for variable data have opened these doors to a multitude of marketing opportunities.
The next phase of development is the customization of the actual inkjet heads to optimize the manufacturing of specific applications. Printhead development leads to more throughput (faster), more up time (nozzles are staying open), pushing through the particular ink that makes large format special.
Piezo and thermal heads are the mainstays of the inkjet printhead world for the drop-on-demand market. The fine tuning of thermal heads resulted in an explosion in the consumer markets for desktop inkjet printers during the last 20 years, and it continues to this day. Continuous tone appearance can be had for under $100 in desktop units for use at home. This is quite an amazing occurrence, when our clients have first-hand experience in our digital print product, albeit in a non-production desktop device. Any way you look at it, print clients know what looks good.
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