NEWS: Wider Printhead Offers Advanced Product Identification


HP Inc recently announced a 22mm wide-swath printhead for high-speed, high-resolution marking needs. These include 1D and 2D bar codes, enabling brands to benefit from large-size codes and characters for advanced product identification, anti-counterfeiting, and track and trace, it says.

Manufactured by HP Specialty Printing Systems using HP thermal inkjet technology, the new 22mm printhead can be easily integrated into OEM printing systems and configured to specific applications, according tot he company.  In addition the new printhead supports a wide range of stitch-free product coding and marking applications for secondary packaging, including pharmaceutical labels and cartons, secondary box label replacement, as well as variable data printing.

“Product identification is used increasingly in manufacturing and supply chains to help brand owners protect products. Smart barcodes and more data-rich codes require high print quality,” said Annette Friskopp, general manager, HP Specialty Printing Systems, “HP is bringing advanced technology to protect products. This new, wider printhead offers better image resolution at higher speeds.”

The HP 22mm printhead achieves the highest level of bar code reading scores, so is readable from smartphones or a handheld scanner.

Additional benefits include: 775ml ink supply cartridge which can be connected to up to four printheads at once; horizontal and vertical firing position for a range of applications; printing speeds up to 150 m/min at 1200 x600 dpi; printhead can be replaced in minutes without specific operator training;

The new HP 22mm Printhead will be commercially available in the second half of 2018.

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