Kyocera Launches the World’s Fastest Printhead for Card Printers

February 17, 2010 No Comments

Japanese company, Kyocera developed a high-resolution printhead that uses a unique proprietary design technology. This unique technology allows the printhead a print speed of 50mm per second.

Kyocera packages the new printhead as the newest addition to its KLE series. The KLE series is a series of thermal printhead models usually used for card printing applications. These are the prinheads used in printing documents or files on hard materials like PVC IDs and credit cards. What makes this new printhead different from the others is it can print in 300-dpi, full-color and high resolution printing. Best of all, the new printhead is currently the fastest thermal printhead in the world. It can print 50 millimeters per second.

Kyocera actually made some enhancements on the KLE series printheads. The new structure of the printheads uses the company’s newest design technology which increased the print speed of the enw printhead as compared to its predecessors. Prior to the launching of this new printhead, Kyocera is already a forerunner in terms of print speed.

The new printhead is equipped with proprietary double partial glaze (DPG). This is fitted in the real edge head. A real edge printhead places the heating device on the edge of the substrate. This allows printing without bending the media. This is one of the reasons why real edge printheads are commonly-used for hard materials like plastic cards.

Going back to the DPG, this technology uses the convex shape of the heat-storage glaze layer. This can increase the thermal efficiency for printing which, in turn, improves the print speed by as much as 1.5 times more than those of the other printhead models. This also gives better print quality as it uses a split structure for the heating device.

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