Cicogres has followed its philosophy of continuous innovation and improvement by investing in the latest generation of digital inkjet printers from Xaar.
Owner, Israel Sanchez and his team at Cicogres have always believed that digital inkjet technology enables the company to produce differentiated products with a particular focus on quality and detail.
Soon after the Xaar 1003 was launched, Cicogres, who had been using Xaar printheads for around eight years, opted to upgrade its tile decoration machine in order to take advantage of improved print quality and uptime.
“When we upgraded we could very quickly see the improvements delivered by the Xaar 1003,” says Technical Director, Ricardo Baldayo. “You can really notice the improvements in print quality over the Xaar 1002. There’s a huge difference between the two printheads.”
Cicogres has also seen other advantages. “Line speed has increased because we only need to do routine maintenance when the line is stopped for other reasons,” says Baldayo. “In terms of performance, we see that this printhead is faster than previous printheads. And because we don’t need to adjust the printheads or clean them, production uptime has increased as well as print quality.”
The benefits seen by Cicogres stem from a number of innovations on the Xaar 1003. These include XaarGuard, which provides mechanical protection to the nozzle and reduces the frequency of maintenance. Another improvement is the use of Tuned Actuator Manufacturing which ensures actuator performance in each printhead is optimised to deliver uniform print quality across all printheads in a print bar, and at different greyscale levels.
The Xaar 1003 family of printheads combines Xaar’s TF Technology with Xaar’s Hybrid Side Shooter architecture so that ink is recirculated directly past the back of the nozzle during drop ejection at the highest flow rates in the industry. This ensures that the printhead operates reliably even in the harshest industrial environments.