Epson invites proposals to expand micro piezo tech

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By  Published  October 13, 2006

Epson has unveiled plans to expand the commercial and industrial applications for its micro piezo inkjet technology in the Middle East with a strategy of entering into regional business partnerships.

The company has invited proposals for joint product development of micro piezo technology, which is present in the Epson Stylus Photo and Stylus Pro range of inkjet printers.

Khalil El-Dalu, general manager of Epson Middle East, commented: “Epson’s micro piezo technology has been used to develop a range of products for specific market needs by its network of commercial and industrial partners in areas that include photo lab printing, digital printing and textile printing.”

“As a result of this success, Epson is now broadening the opportunities to other partners in the Middle East, who may want to benefit from further joint development of micro piezo technology.”

An original Epson technology, micro piezo is an ink firing system for inkjet printers, whereby an electric signal is sent to the piezo elements placed above each nozzle on the print head and ink droplets are fired according to the force generated by the change in shape of these elements.

Epson said this allowed for precise control of the piezo elements, which in turn meant precise control of ink droplet size and resulted in good print quality.

This technology makes it possible to control not only water-based pigment ink with superior water and light resistance, but also a wide variety of substances in miniscule quantities, and fire them with high precision, the printing vendor stated.

“As inkjet systems are introduced more widely in commercial and industrial applications, much value is being placed on the potential of Epson’s micro piezo technology which consists of the core inkjet system components — the inkjet print head and the ink itself,” commented El-Dalu.

“By widening its network of partnerships, Epson will be able to reach a broader market thus benefiting the region’s photo lab printing, digital printing and textile printing industries.”

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