Konica Minolta IJ Technologies Inc. has announced that it will introduce the industrial-use 72-mm wide KM1024 series inkjet print head with 1024 nozzles in mid-November 2009. Compared with conventional inkjet heads, it greatly reduces the energy consumption, thus making it an environmentally sound product.
The new KM1024 is a piezo on-demand print head developed by Konica Minolta to meet industrial needs for higher printing quality. It is characterized by its 1,024 nozzles as well as its 72mm-wide print head, which means that it has twice the number of nozzles and is double the width of the KM512 series inkjet print head that has been chosen by many industrial customers. The characteristics of the new KM1024 print head make it an ideal choice for print systems that require higher productivity, such as single-pass inkjet printers.
By incorporating a newly developed lower capacitance actuators, the KM1024 reduces power consumption by 50 percent compared with the conventional KM512, making it more environmentally sound. Another new technology is the development of IC, enabling printing in eight grayscale levels, and thus better satisfies the needs of customers for higher-resolution print images. In addition, the thin body of the print head enables simple and compact design of head mount systems when mounting a number of print heads into a printer. To cater to a wider range of industrial needs and for greater ink compatibility, the new print head is offered in two versions: with or without a heater.
1. Adoption of 1,024 nozzles and the 72mm-wide print head has resulted in an increase in productivity.
2. The newly developed lower capacitance actuators reduce energy consumption by 50 percent compared with the per nozzle energy consumption of the KM512 series.
3. The new IC is capable of reproducing 360dpi x 360dpi images in maximum of eight grayscale levels, delivering rich color tones and high resolution.
4. The thin print head, which measures 131mm (W) x 18mm (D) x 89mm (H) and weighs only 140g, enables compact design of head mount systems and print systems.
5. To better serve industrial needs, a print head with a heater is also available. Solvent, oil and UV inks can be used.