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Xaar Hydra Fluid Management System

Key benefits

The Hydra Fluid Management System is part of Xaar’s range of systems components which accelerate OEM time-to-market by easing development, saving time and cost whilst ensuring optimal performance of Xaar printheads.

The compact Hydra can be combined with the Hydra Power Supply Unit (PSU), and the Hydra Sensor Manifold, to control nozzle pressure, ink flow rate and temperature. This complete solution can support up to six Xaar 1003 / Nitrox printheads. An additional option available for the Hydra PSU is a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) and allows a controlled shut down in the event of power failure preventing ink drying in the printer.

The Xaar Hydra Fluid Management System is part of Xaar’s range of systems components, which includes the Xaar Print Manager (XPM), Xaar Head Personality Cards.

Xaar’s Hydra fluid management solution ensures optimal performance and reliability

Xaar’s Hydra Fluid Management System is a recirculating ink supply system which supports Xaar Nitrox, Xaar Aquinox, Xaar 1003, Xaar 2002 and Xaar 50x series, single-pass industrial printers ensuring optimal performance and reliability. As single-pass applications become more complex and users demand that printers handle a wider variety of jobs and faster turn-around, the overall printer performance and uptime have become critical elements.

  • Precise nozzle pressure and ink flow rate control – ensuring reliable operation
  • Exact temperature control – enabling the widest range of fluid viscosities
  • Intuitive User Interface either via a PC or when operating the Xaar Hydra in stand-alone mode – for easy monitoring of the nozzle pressure, ink flow rate and temperature control
  • Supports Xaar Nitrox, Xaar Aquinox, Xaar 1003, Xaar 2002 and Xaar 50x series, used in a wide range of applications – providing the widest possible flexibility and applicability.

Connectivity to Printhead  
Number of printheads, typical 1-6 (100x), 1-3 (200x), 1-8 (50x) 1-6 (Nitrox), 1-3 (Aquinox)
Flowrate per printhead, typical (ml/min) 100 (100x, Nitrox), 200 (200x, Aquinox), 75 (50x)
Printhead orientation All orientations
System performance  
Maximum flow rate (ml/min) 750
Maximum differential pressure, DP (mbar) 400
Maximum ink temperature (°C) 50
Fluid Compatibility  
Fluid types
Aqueous, Oil, Solvent and UV Curable
Fluid viscosity at jetting temperature (cP) 5-35
Built-in filter (μm) 10 (field replaceable)
Unit to printhead distance (m) Up to 4
Bulk fluid tank to unit distance (m) Up to 2
Control Standalone or with supplied SW
Meniscus pressure control (mbar) ±1
Differential pressure control (mbar) ±2
Fluid temp control (°C) ± 0.5
Ink system volume (ml) 1000 (approx)
Typical start-up time (min) 20
Typical shutdown time (min) 4
Voltage (VAC) 110 or 230
Current (A) 6
Communication interface USB
Compliance CE (EU), MET (US)
Mass, dry (kg) 11.5
FMS dimensions (mm) 477 x 389 x 110
PSU dimensions (mm) 400 x 310 x 120
Manifold dimensions 27 x 56 x 174
Single pass Yes
Scanning Yes
High laydown Yes

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