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Xaar announced an expansion in its product range for UV applications with the launch of 1002 GS40 printhead.  According to Xaar, printhead delivers 'high ink build capability', and is suitable for printing UV spot varnish for labels, packaging and graphics, as well as adding textured effects to wood laminate.  The GS40  family of printheads jets drop volumes from 40 – 160pL and has greyscale capability (5 levels). It is suitable for printing UV spot varnish and for applications requiring a higher laydown at greater print speeds, said Xaar in a statement. And, depending on the drop size, the printhead can lay down extra opaque whites with a larger drop size or a finer base of whites with a smaller drop size useful in creating  detailed effects. For print shops wanting to print solid white base coats underneath fine halftone images or text, such as companies printing labels or packaging, the Xaar 1002 GS40 can be used in combination with the Xaar 1002 GS6 printhead.

    “We are delighted to be extending our UV printhead range to include the Xaar 1002 GS40 which enables our customers to create a wide range of effects that were typically the preserve of other techniques such as embossing. This capability is becoming more prevalent in labels and packaging for luxury products within the food and beverage sectors including high end spirits and wine labelling,” says Alan Mutch, product manager at Xaar.