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Kyocera opens new inkjet test lab in Germany

February 19, 2015

The OEM’s new facility in Esslingen will “reinforce support for the European inkjet market”.

Kiwolo Mubieme, Kyocera Field Application Engineer, Inkjet Design Centre, Printing Device Division

Kiwolo Mubieme, Kyocera Field Application Engineer, Inkjet Design Centre, Printing Device Division

The new laboratory, in Esslingen near Stuttgart, “supplements an existing Kyocera inkjet design centre” opened in September 2013 at Kyocera’s European base, the OEM stated, adding that it has “further enhanced its technical support” for the European inkjet market with the new site. The existing site provides “technical service for printer and ink manufacturers” working with the OEM’s KJ4 printheads, and has three field engineers who provide “onsite support and remote technical service”.

The new laboratory features a drop watching system enabling “observation of drop ejection at a picolitre level”, while a single-pass flatbed printer featuring a media transportation rate of around 1,693 millimetres per second accompanies “other related equipment for general experiments and evaluations”. Kyocera noted that “further investments are planned in the near future for the installation of additional printing machines” in the new lab.

In addition to the “enhanced” customer support Kyocera can offer with the new lab, there are three “key improvements”: the KJ4 printheads are said to have “changed the market” in high-speed and quality textile printing, and the new lab “provides further support” for “customer development”; the lab offers joint testing and digitalisation “under contract-based agreement”; and it will be available for collaborations with “suppliers of inks or peripherals […] in order to support expanding markets”.

Shigeru Koyama, European President at Kyocera Fine Ceramics GmbH, commented: “The simultaneous demand for diversity and efficiency has created a long-term conflict in the market. Meanwhile, inkjet technology is offering promising solutions to solve this contradiction. Through the establishment of this inkjet test lab, Kyocera expects to make an important contribution to the market.”

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