FUJIFILM Dimatix Adds Aqueous Capability to StarFire Family with Performance Printhead for Textile Printing and Decorating

  FUJIFILM Dimatix Adds Aqueous Capability to StarFire Family with Performance
  Printhead for Textile Printing and Decorating

 New 1024-channel StarFire™ SG-1024/M-A delivers superior jetting performance
      and flexibility for the most widely used dye and pigment based ink
       formulations with heavy colorant concentrations and fast drying
                               characteristics.

Business Wire

MUMBAI, India -- November 29, 2012

At Inkjet Forum India here today, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc. introduced the
StarFire SG-1024/M-A printhead, the latest addition to its popular
1024-channel StarFire printhead family and one that delivers superior ink
jetting performance and flexibility for textile printing and decorating
applications.

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The company’s new SG-1024/M-A printhead shares the StarFire family features of
a robust and repairable construction with a high nozzle density in a compact
package suited for demanding scanning and single-pass applications.

Designed for easy integration, the compact and self-contained StarFire
SG-1024/M-A is built to withstand the harsh environment of industrial textile
production. The printhead uses field-proven materials to deliver consistent
and reliable output over a long service life, while an enhanced single durable
metal nozzle plate allows the SG-1024 M/A to accommodate aqueous-based and
UV-curable and Solvent inks needed for digital textile printing and a variety
of other applications. Designed to withstand abrasion, the metal nozzle plate
is replaceable.

The StarFire SG-1024/M-A combines superior jetting performance with a high
nozzle packing density to achieve single-color operation delivering 400
dots-per-inch resolution with fluids in the 8 to 20 centipoise range. The 1024
independent channels on the StarFire SG-1024/M-A printhead are arranged in
eight rows on the nozzle plate. Each channel can be fired simultaneously or
individually while maintaining excellent channel-to-channel uniformity and
jetting straightness at continuous frequencies up to 35 kHz.

As part of the StarFire family, the new printhead incorporates FUJIFILM
Dimatix' innovative RediJet™ jetting technology, which is combined with the
company’s patented VersaDrop™ multipulsing technology to shorten startup and
ongoing maintenance times, and deliver high-accuracy, industrial-speed
variable-drop jetting and grayscale printing.

RediJet technology encompasses several innovations including nozzle plate
design, special surface coatings, enhanced on-head electronics, continuous ink
recirculation at the nozzle and waveforms tailored to specific ink
requirements.

“These attributes are particularly important for jetting dye and pigment based
aqueous ink formulations with heavier colorant concentrations and fast-drying
characteristics essential for high-speed single-pass digital textile printing
and decorating,” explained Russ Brown, Manager of OEM Printheads.

“Together, they unlock the full productive capacity of the StarFire
SG-1024/M-A printhead while lowering recurring service costs by minimizing
initial start-up and ongoing maintenance times and associated fluids,” said
Brown.

“VersaDrop technology increases the flexibility of the StarFire SG-1024/-M-A
printhead by expanding its fundamental drop size to over 80 picoliters for
broader ink coverage and full grayscale printing for job components requiring
more tonal expression or higher color saturation, all without penalty to
productivity,” he concluded.

StarFire printheads are also designed with precise registration points
enabling drop-in alignment with system-provided mounting features. This design
allows multiple printheads to be accurately arrayed into print bars for
wide-width, higher-resolution and multi-color printing devices; it also
reduces set-up and alignment costs during replacement or exchange.

About FUJIFILM Dimatix

FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc., the world's leading supplier of drop-on-demand inkjet
printheads for industrial applications, is driving a revolution in inkjet
technology to support a new generation of products for printing, industrial
product decoration and materials deposition. The company's innovative inkjet
technology and world-class fabrication techniques enable OEMs, system
integrators and manufacturers to build cutting-edge systems and manufacturing
processes for high-performance, precision printing of traditional inks and
deposition of functional fluids on all types of surfaces, including flexible
substrates.

A wholly owned subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc. is
headquartered in Santa Clara, California and maintains U.S. product
development and manufacturing operations in California and New Hampshire. The
company sells and supports its products worldwide through offices in the
United States, Europe, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and Singapore. For more
information, visit www.dimatix.com.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and
leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic
imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic
arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast
portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating
technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world
granted U.S. patents in 2011, and in the year ended March 31, 2012, had global
revenues of $27.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship
and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit
www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 79 yen to the dollar.

Editors note: To obtain a high resolution photo of the StarFire SG-1024/M-A
printhead, please contact Sue DeHavens at sdehavens@dimatix.com.

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Contact:

FUJIFILM Dimatix
Edward Chrusciel, 603-443-5364
echrusciel@dimatix.com
 
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