Software and electronics is now available from The Technology Partnership for driving all types of industrial inkjet printers, “reducing costs, complexity and time to market for new print systems”, the company states.
The Meteor system will drive most commercially available digital printhead types in any configuration – from XY flatbed systems used for manufacturing printed electronics, to massive arrays of printheads for high quality commercial graphics printing.
According to TTP, technology like Meteor has not been available up to now and the industrial inkjet market has been hampered by the lack of a low cost, off the shelf printhead driver technology. The company believes the availability of its “affordable independent driver”, which is not tied to any particular printhead manufacturer, “will facilitate a massive expansion of the market”.
Meteor has already been adopted by customers on both sides of the Atlantic and incorporated in a number of recently launched printer models, as well as being integrated into others to be launched in 2008.
The Meteor system consists of a printhead independent USB print controller card and head driver cards specific to each brand of inkjet printhead. To date, the biggest selling head driver cards have been for Xaar/ToshibaTec greyscale printheads and Fujifilm Dimatix Spectra printheads.
The new technology is said to be powerful and modular – ideal for the larger arrays of inkjet printheads now being developed for commercial graphics printing with printheads such as the Spectra Galaxy, the new ToshibaTec CE2 and the Xaar 1001.
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