PrecisionCore Technology

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PrecisionCore, Next-Generation Printhead Technology

PrecisionCore is thin film piezo printhead technology that merges advances in materials science and MEMS fabrication with Epson's deep portfolio of inkjet technologies. With the flexibility to deliver high-speed solutions for commercial, industrial and office printing, PrecisionCore enables superior output quality and durability on the widest range of media.

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Outstanding speed and output quality

At the heart of PrecisionCore is the PrecisionCore MicroTFP print chip. This print chip is modular and can be arrayed in various printhead configurations. Based on the thin film piezo (TFP) technology that Epson has been using in commercial large-format printers, the MicroTFP PrecisionCore print chip offers vastly improved basic performance compared to conventional piezo printheads, including faster speed and more accurate dot placement.

The thin film piezo actuators, which act as pumps that fire droplets of ink, are just 1 micron thick. PrecisionCore printheads deliver professional output quality at high speed by precisely controlling the droplet shape and volume at a rate up to 50,000 times a second per nozzle. Printing speed was further accelerated by increasing the length of the nozzle plate (and thus the length of the nozzle line) from 1 inch to 1.33 inches.

Precision manufacturing and assembly

PrecisionCore print chips are manufactured in a unique process that merges state-of-the-art MEMS manufacturing technology with Epson's piezo technology. Finished print chips are precision-assembled with other components to produce printheads in configurations that meet the needs of a particular application. Assembly takes place on fully-automated assembly lines featuring Epson's leading-edge robotics systems.
It is no exaggeration to say that the printheads rolling off the line embody the very best technologies and ideas from across Epson.

Expanding potential

Modular PrecisionCore chips can be combined in different ways to build a variety of printheads, from lineheads for industrial presses to serial printheads for desktop printers. And the technology is still evolving. PrecisionCore promises to be an enduring inkjet technology platform, and its potential is only just starting to be tapped.

PrecisionCore print chips will be used in an increasing number of applications in the future
because they can be assembled in various configurations to produce printheads that suit
the needs of specific applications.

For details about PrecisionCore technology, please see these materials. PDF