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

Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba) 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 speeds1. 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.

Kyocera has continuously provided the world's fastest inkjet printheads; each of these two new products has broken a new record. By introducing two new mass-produced products to the market, Kyocera strives to contribute to the higher-speed and higher-resolution printing required in the commercial printing industry.

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