New printhead enables JET3up integration even in production lines with limited space

06/28/2016

SK6 Elbow Printhead

The new printhead for the LEIBINGER JET3up enables installation even in production lines with very little space available.

The German marking specialist Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG has developed an exceptionally short printhead for JET3up inkjet coding machines. The Elbow printhead makes installing an inkjet printer in virtually any production line, even those with very limited space. The new printhead is just 19 cm (7.48 inches) long, significantly shorter than all LEIBINGER printheads to date.

The innovative design of the printhead results in a significant reduction in length. The transition to the umbilical is made at a 90° angle. This shape led to the name for the new printhead: Elbow, emphasizing the reach and versatility of the design.

The impetus for the development of the short printhead came from a request made by a customer from the United States. The food manufacturer wanted to mark its products from above using a LEIBINGER inkjet printer but there was not enough space in the production system for the overhead application. The customer has since installed several LEIBINGER coding machines with Elbow printheads and is very satisfied with the results. The Elbow printhead is certain to be the best choice whenever customers lack the space for a standard printhead in their production line.

Other than its remarkable size, the Elbow also features the automated Sealtronic nozzle seal like all LEIBINGER printheads, preventing the ink from drying out even in the event of long shut-down periods. During pauses in production, the gutter and the nozzle form an airtight circuit: No ink can leak out of the circuit and no air can get in. This keeps the ink fluid at all times – just like a sealed paint can – and the inkjet printer is always ready to go. Even after long shut-down periods, the LEIBINGER printers are ready to print within one minute, without any cleaning cycles.