Summer 2010

Xennia Technology introduces modules and systems

Xennia launched new inkjet modules, inks and the application of composite materials in inkjet printing systems. The efficient use of materials (inks) and savings in water and energy are characteristic of digital inkjet technology.

Xennia has a leading position in digital inkjet technology. Not only does this technology for applying high-grade functionalities to substrates such as textiles open the door to new technological possibilities, it is also characterized by the remarkably efficient use of materials. Considerably less ink is necessary than when using traditional printing and dyeing processes, and applying this technology to textiles delivers savings in water. Moreover, energy savings are made as well. In short, the environmental benefits are tremendous.

Process step
In traditional processing, for example in electronics, material is applied everywhere and any superfluous or undesired material is then removed with a second process step. With inkjet printing technology, the ink is applied only where necessary, which means one less process step and a significant decrease in wasted material. The recycling of materials in the existing semi-conductor industry is expensive and means additional energy consumption, but printed electronics promises great savings in materials and energy during production.

Xennia makes virtually no use of conventional solvent-based inks. In fact water-based inks will be used for the vast majority of future textile applications. In cases where Xennia does use solvent inks, these are mainly based on on safe solvents from renewable sources.

Composite materials
Xennia Technology is using composite materials from TenCate Aerospace Composites in its latest design for inkjet printing systems. The result is lower operational costs for inkjet systems because lighter modules mean lower costs for moving parts, and this leads to a substantial reduction in energy consumption. This development is a good example of synergy within TenCate and demonstrates that internal cooperation pays off.

Inkjet modules
The XenJet inkjet modules are designed to configure inkjet printing solutions for industrial printing applications such as ceramics, glass, textiles, packaging and product decoration. The inkjet modules encompass inkjet print engines, fluid controllers, printing software, application software and integration support. Furthermore, a series of specialist inks has been launched for industrial applications: XenInx.

With the inkjet modules, OEMs and partners in the engineering industry can create reliable inkjet printing solutions − or, in the words of Tim Phillips (marketing manager Xennia), ‘transform their inkjet ideas into production reality. Introducing reliable industrial inkjet solutions reaps major benefits in increasing customers’ responsiveness, efficiency and profitability.’

With the launch of several new modules and the use of TenCate composite materials in the design of drivers for new inkjet systems, Xennia is further implementing its strategy to use technological developments to revolutionize inkjet applications.
   
The Viridian webprinter at the IPEX

Partnership and takeover
The three critical components of inkjet solutions are the inkjet hardware modules (print engine and fluid controllers), the inks and the operating software. To provide a reliable solution for industrial production environments, Xennia is pursuing the ‘one-stop shop’ concept, and several leading parties have already declared their interest in this respect.

An agreement has been signed with printhead manufacturer Trident from Brookland (USA) for the supply of industrial inkjet printheads for a number of specific applications. Through the takeover of Cametrics (Cambridge), which specializes in printing software for inkjet technology, market leader Xennia Technology will have complete control over printing software, a critical component of its modular industrial inkjet solutions, including those for textile applications.

Mid June, Xennia was also present at FESPA (Federation of Screen and Digital Printers Associations) in Munich. There was a huge amount of distributor interest; among them were several distributors that visited Xennia at IPEX

Blue fabric (Tecawork Blue 65287)