KYOCERA Starts Mass Production of World’s Fastest Inkjet Printheads for …

KYOTO, Japan, Mar 26, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) —
Kyocera Corporation


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(tokyo:6971) today announced that it will
start mass production in April 2012 of two new inkjet printhead products
— the KJ4B-Y for water-based ink and the KJ4A-B for UV-curable ink —
both offering the world’s fastest print speeds*1. New
additions to Kyocera’s KJ series, the printheads are key components for
commercial inkjet printers. The company will initially produce 1,000
units per month (total for both types combined) and will gradually
increase production volume.

KJ4B-Y (for water-based ink) This product provides
high-resolution printing combined with a print speed that is
approximately 1.3 times faster than Kyocera’s conventional products, by
ejecting ink up to 40,000 times per second (at 40kHz drive frequency)
from each ink nozzle, resulting in approximately 100 million drops per
second from a printhead with 2,656 nozzles. This allows for higher-speed
and higher-resolution printing for large-volume print jobs with
individualized data, such as invoices and statements, in a short period
of time using water-based ink suitable for paper printing.

KJ4A-B (for UV-curable ink) This product provides
high-resolution printing combined with a print speed that is
approximately 1.5 times faster than Kyocera’s conventional products, by
ejecting ink up to 30,000 times per second (at 30kHz drive frequency)
from each ink nozzle, resulting in approximately 80 million drops per
second from a printhead with 2,656 nozzles. This allows high-speed and
high-resolution printing for an increasing number of commercial
products, such as label printing for plastic and glass bottles and
containers using UV-curable ink that enables printing on non-absorbent
materials including films and plastics.



        
        Features
        1.  World's fastest high-resolution printing
            Kyocera improved the piezo actuator for controlling the frequency
            and intensity of ink ejection and the programming to achieve
            high-frequency drive. In addition, enhancing the nozzle shape to
            improve drop placement accuracy enables the world's fastest
            high-resolution printing.
        2.  Design functionality
            Both of the new products have a print width of 4.25 inches, thus
            requiring a fewer number of printheads for wide-format printing,
            which makes design work easier. It also allows for micron-level
            printhead alignment, as well as easy adjustment of ink tubing and
            wiring.
        3.  Applicable to various types of printing
            The product lineup includes both water-based and UV-curable inks.
            This makes it possible to print not only on paper but also on a
            variety of other materials such as fabrics and plastic films.
            Because inkjet systems print without contacting the target material,
            this technology is expected to be used in a wider range of
            applications such as printing on textiles and printed electronics
            (e.g. printing and manufacturing of electronic circuits).
        4.  High reliability
            Breaking the world's fastest print speed record, these new products
            also deliver the same drive durability performance as conventional
            products, where drive durability performance (ink ejection
            frequency) represents product durability. Furthermore, employing an
            externally sealed structure ensures the high reliability required
            for commercial printing.
        


Printing equipment manufacturers are aggressively developing new
products in response to recent demands in commercial printing for
smaller lot size, shorter delivery time, inventory reduction and
variable printing*2. Kyocera’s KJ series high-speed and
high-resolution printheads, including these new products, will
contribute to the advancement of the printing industry.



        *1  The world's fastest in single-pass inkjet printheads that print with
            a resolution of 600dpi x 600dpi, with a width of 4.25 inches, and
            one head for feed direction. Based on research by Kyocera (as of
            March 22, 2012).
        *2  Variable printing: A printing method by which individually unique
            data (e.g., individual content of private ledger sheets, each of
            which is different from the other) is printed.
        


For more information about Kyocera Printing Devices:
http://global.kyocera.com/prdct/tfc/index.html

About
KYOCERA

Kyocera
Corporation


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(tokyo:6971) (
http://global.kyocera.com/ ),
the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in
1959 as a producer of fine
ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these
engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with
other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of electronic
components, printers, copiers, solar power generating systems,
telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and
industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2011, the company’s
net sales totaled 1.27 trillion yen (approx. USD15.3 billion). The
company is ranked #604 on Forbes magazine’s 2011 “Global 2000”
listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.

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        Judah Reynolds, +81-(0)75-604-3416 
        Corporate Communications 
        webmaster.pressgl@kyocera.jp 
        Fax: +81-(0)75-604-3516
        


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