Meteor Inkjet Ltd, leading supplier of drive electronics and software for industrial inkjet printheads, is expanding its product portfolio by supporting the new Samba™ GMA 99 printhead from FUJIFILM Dimatix Inc. This latest product joins the Samba GMA 33, for which Meteor was the first to announce support last year following close collaboration with the company.
Based on state-of-the-art silicon micro-electro-mechanical systems (Si-MEMS), Samba GMA printheads are the most advanced technology available today. With 1 152 nozzles, a native resolution of 300 dpi and ink drop size of 5 pl, GMA 99 printheads can jet a wide range of fluids including UV curable, solvent and aqueous inks. They are ideally suited for scanning applications such as textile, indoor signage, soft signage and high-quality UV printing.
Accessed via Gigabit Ethernet, each Meteor PCC-E Print Controller accommodates up to 8 GMA 99 printheads through the new HDC-GMA99 Head Driver. Gigabit Ethernet products have been an integral part of Meteor’s product portfolio since 2013. Enabling full binary and greyscale capabilities of the GMA 99 printhead, Meteor drive electronics and software are capable of producing complex, multi-pulse waveforms to control printhead drop ejection volume, velocity and timing, allowing system builders to get the best from these printheads. Meteor’s ability to support ultra-high data rates, large image buffers and long cable lengths means scanning machines can accommodate any number of printheads.
Clive Ayling, Managing Director at Meteor comments: “Meteor has long enjoyed a close working partnership with FUJIFILM Dimatix and this allows us to release our electronics and software at the same time as Dimatix releases sample volumes of the printhead. This ensures customers are ‘ready to go’ when the head is in full production.”
Jonathan Wilson from Meteor Inkjet will present “Complex engineering for complex challenges: Stepping up inkjet consistency and reliability” during TheIJC in Chicago on 12-13 April 2018.