TF Technology, Printheads
15 February 2017
The new Midas Ink Supply System from Xaar is a compact, reliable ink and fluid supply system for Original Equipment Manufacturers looking for a fast time-to-market and therefore lower development costs. Robust and easy to integrate, it is ideal for full production as well as prototype systems.
Its outstanding simplicity of integration is assured through its compact and light design, easiness to mount and install and small ink tank capacity; in addition it has an optional degasser and remote heater units. In addition, As the Xaar Midas has a modular design it is suitable for a range of applications and is able to run multiple printheads out of the box as standard.
Ease of use is guaranteed by the Xaar Midas’s rapid start up time of less than 15 minutes and almost instant shutdown time of under 5 seconds. In addition, changing fluids takes less than 30 minutes via the software, and the system can be positioned up to 5 metres away from the printhead using a remote manifold.
Ink temperature can be controlled up to 65°C and ink is recirculated within the angled tank to avoid settling. This is particularly useful for heavily pigmented inks.
For OEMs looking for a robust ink supply system, the Xaar Midas incorporates a number of useful design features; a failsafe chamber that protects against ink loss during power failure, no moving parts inside the tank and no need for an external air source or vacuum pump.
Available in three variants, the Xaar Midas Ink Supply System is suitable for single or multiple printhead configurations. In addition it is fully compatible with the Xaar 501, Xaar 502, Xaar 1003 family, Xaar 2001 and Xaar 2001+ printheads – all of which incorporate Xaar’s TF Technology® ink recirculation system.
The Xaar Midas 450 offers up to 450 ml per minute recirculation flow rates, and has a 60 ml ink reservoir. This is ideal for advanced manufacturing, direct-to-shape and other applications jetting expensive fluids. The Xaar Midas 950C and 950X both have a fluid flow rate of up to 950 ml per minute, with a 150 ml ink reservoir, targeting high volume and high throughput printing.
Consistent high print quality is ensured in both single-pass and scanning modes by the integrated hydraulic meniscus measurement system. The system automatically compensates the meniscus pressure within the printhead as fluid levels inside the integrated fluid reservoir change during usage.
“The Midas range is the ideal choice for OEMs looking to accelerate time-to-market by reducing development requirements and costs, while also delivering the optimal performance for Xaar printheads” explains Alan Mutch, Product Manager at Xaar. “With its compact footprint and range of options, we are delighted to be offering such a flexible ink supply system. Anyone wishing to find out more should visitwww.xaar.com/midas.”