16 October 2017
A Cambridge University graduate and employee of Xaar, the world-class manufacturer of industrial digital inkjet printers, has seen three years of research culminate in the launch of Xaar's new High Laydown Technology. Nick Jackson, Senior Engineer, Advanced Applications, joined the Cambridgeshire-based company in 2008 after graduating from Clare College with a Natural Science degree the previous year.
The launch of Xaar’s High Laydown Technology was timed to coincide with Asia's largest ceramics show, Ceramics China, as well as Labelexpo 2017, the world's largest label printing show.
High Laydown Technology from Xaar can be used with the high-tech Xaar 1003 and Xaar 2001+ inkjet printheads to print a range of textured effects on product packaging and labels, as well as ceramic tiles. For example, in the perfume industry, where packaging is a key element of the overall customer experience, a raised varnish effect can be printed over the characters of the product name to make it stand out and grab the attention of potential purchasers. Other applications include warning triangles required on all hazardous products, and Braille. At this year’s Labelexpo and Ceramics China trade shows, the ability to add effects was a major talking point for many of the show’s exhibitors and visitors.
During his time at Xaar, Nick has built up an expertise in developing advanced printhead waveforms. These are electrical drive signals applied to the channel walls inside a printhead to create a movement, which in turn produces the acoustic (pressure) waves used by many of Xaar’s printheads to eject the ink or fluid from the nozzles. Over the last few years, Nick has been investigating the impact on printhead performance of different electrical signals. High Laydown Technology was borne out of this work.
“Since I joined Xaar, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of very interesting projects but this has to be the one that sticks out for me” comments Nick. “The scope and potential impact of this new technology is significant, and I’m particularly hopeful that High Laydown Technology can increase the use of Braille on packaging by removing some of the cost barriers for use”.