The digitalisation of the ceramic deposition processes has brought new levels of design creativity to a wide audience and now leading manufacturers are looking for new ways to increase differentiation and add value to their product ranges.

Examples of this are obtaining intense colours and special effects, adding structure to tiles and applying decorative and flood glazes.

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Why digital?

Minimise/eliminate pattern repeats

Traditionally, drum circumference set the pattern repeat length, but with digital printing, pattern length is limited only by the memory of the PC or printhead drive electronics, which means that more realistic natural patterns and finishes are achievable and there is greater flexibility in design and creative potential (for example, an entire bathroom could be tiled with no repeats).

Faster set-up

By eliminating roller sleeves there is no physical changeover time between images; and with set-up handled by print control software, production downtime and waste are reduced, making it simpler to print short runs, including single tiles.

Improve colour management

Compared to traditional screen printing methods, software-controlled colour management is sophisticated and predictable, enabling the more accurate replication of patterns and colours.

Reduce stocks of finished goods

Faster set-up, instant pattern switchover and improved colour management means there is no need for long print runs or to hold extensive stocks of finished and partially finished goods – saving on storage costs.    ​

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Why inkjet?

High quality, print finish

A high quality, fine finish can be created with digital printing to produce tiles that are virtually indistinguishable from natural materials.  

Reduce tile breakage

The non-contact nature of digital inkjet printing makes breakages very rare, reducing waste and material costs.

Print on textured tiles

Digital inkjet printheads can work on textured surfaces​. Combining digital inkjet printing of colour with texture produces more realistic representations of natural materials, enhancing the value of the tiles. The printheads also decorate right to the edge of a tile, eliminating white edges and creating a seamless, natural look.

Wider ink choice for manufacturers

Ceramic tile producers using digital systems are free to buy from a variety of ink vendors – based on price and performance.

Why Xaar?

The printhead of choice for the ceramics industry is the Xaar 2001+ which offers tile manufacturers ultimate versatility in ceramic tile decoration
Ultimate versatility

Xaar’s ceramics printheads are ideal for printing an extensive range of ceramic tile designs and patterns. Tile printers enabled with Xaar printheads can respond more quickly and cost effectively to design changes.

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Production flexibility

Xaar’s portfolio delivers market-leading print quality, high productivity and high ink laydown to create ceramic tiles that are differentiated form the competition.

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Industrial reliability

Xaar’s ceramics printheads are designed to deliver maximum production uptime with minimum operator intervention which ensures high production output and a fast return on investment.

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