Xaar is a world leader in the development of inkjet technology and a manufacturer of piezoelectric drop-on-demand industrial inkjet printheads, the key component in a digital printing system. Unlike analogue printing, digital printing requires no physical master image to copy from, and hence enables economic short run, or variable data, printing. The printhead is the device which converts the electronic image data into the physical image on the substrate. To achieve this, Xaar technology is a combination of high speed mixed signal electronics, micro-mechanics, and fluid dynamics.
Our flagship printhead is the Xaar 1003, but our full range includes numerous other printheads. A typical industrial inkjet machine could be firing up to 300 million drops of ink per second – that’s over 1 trillion drops per hour, all controlled within the picolitre range of volume and the micron range of placement accuracy (a picolitre is a millionth of a millionth of a litre, and a micron is a millionth of a metre).