PrecisionCore

Technology of the future

Speed

PrecisionCore printhead technology delivers Epson's renowned, industry-leading output quality at high speed. Inch for inch, the high-resolution Epson print chips are one of the fastest inkjet printing technologies in the world. PrecisionCore piezo elements each fire nearly 50,000 times per second.

Quality

PrecisionCore has up to triple the nozzle density of conventional Epson piezo printheads. These nozzles are roughly 20 microns in diameter and deliver small, round, repeatable dots about 40 microns across. This dot precision is particularly important for creating sharp text and fine lines.

Reliability

PrecisionCore introduces a new system that uses the power of the piezo crystal itself to raise reliability. The piezo element is able to generate a voltage that can detect in milliseconds whether it is firing normally. It has the ability to self-diagnose its health almost instantly.

Ink & media flexibility

PrecisionCore's micro-mechanical firing element avoids the material limitations faced by heat-based systems. It allows for more colourful and durable ink formulations, which contain higher concentrations of colourants and binders than heat-based inkjet systems, and it also allows printing on a much wider range of substrates.

Scalability

PrecisionCore is a scalable technology suited for products ranging from industrial systems such as large-scale label presses to desktop printers. Its modularity allows PrecisionCore print chips to be arrayed in both moving serial printhead and fixed linehead configurations.

Breakthrough precisioncore technology

PrecisionCore printhead technology is the product of one of the largest investments in research and development in Epson's history, merging the company's expertise in MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) fabrication with advances in materials science.

Development and manufacturing process

Epson recently announced the completion of two new inkjet printhead production lines in Japan, costing 125 million euros. These new production lines make possible the creation of the new MicroTFP print chip and a whole range of new printheads.

THIN FILM PIEZO

A piezo crystal flexes when an electrical voltage is applied to it. This motion is the driving force of the tiny 'ink pumps' in every nozzle of Epson's printheads. In general, the thinner the piezo element, the more it flexes. MicroTFP doubles the piezo actuator's flexing power compared to the original TFP printhead.

MICRO ELECTRO MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

MEMS technology is used to create accelerometers for automobiles and mobile phones, parts used in hard disk drives, and other devices. By merging MEMS processes with its advanced piezo material science, Epson has been able to create microscopic, high-performance actuators and form high-accuracy ink channels, enabling precise, high-speed ink ejection.

PRECISION ASSEMBLY

These print chips are then connected to ink reservoirs, filters and electronics, and finally encased on fully-automated assembly lines featuring Epson's leading-edge factory automation, with almost no human intervention.

Six-axis scalar robots work in unison with proprietary image processing and assembly technology to produce a steady flow of encased chip assemblies, which form the platform for the respective print heads.

NOZZLE STATE ANALYSIS

The SurePress L-6034VW is Epson's first single-pass industrial press, the first to use Epson's new PrecisionCore linehead technology. The new PrecisionCore linehead is the key component behind the high performance, high reliability, low maintenance and low running costs of the SurePress L-6034VW.