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DICEbase Expandable Inkjet Print Engine

The State-of-the-art for Single-pass Inkjet Printing

The DICE™ print engines from PPSI have been developed for high-speed single-pass inkjet printing applications. Capable of over 110m/min (360ft/min) at 600dpi, they represent the state of the art for single-pass inkjet printing systems.

DICEbase Series - These are flat configurations of the DICEblade print modules for single-pass conveyor or web applications. These print engines feature the following;

  • Print Width - from 43mm (1.7 inches) up to 647mm (25.5 inches) in standard configurations. PPSI has built the DICEbase in custom sizes up to 1524mm (60 inches).
  • Resolution - from 360 dpi up to 1200 dpi.
  • Print speeds - up to 110 m/min (360 ft/min) (print head and desired resolution dependent).
  • Print Heads - from leading manufacturers like Fujifilm, Kyocera, Konica Minolta, Xaar, and Memjet.
  • Colors - from 1 to 10.

They have been designed to allow the addition of print heads in the field to increase print width up to their maximum width. These print engines incorporate head tending and height adjustment for easy integration and high reliability. The proven head tending capability eliminates dependence upon manual operator intervention.

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High Jetting Reliability DICE™ print engines include recirculating ink supply systems that provide a constant supply of fresh ink at each nozzle. This increases jetting reliability by automatically recovering from 'jet-outs' caused by mechanical shock or by air bubbles in the ink.

Accurate Registration DICE™ print engines include large arrays of piezoelectric drop-on-demand ('DOD') printheads. High accuracy print bar and precision mounting surfaces eliminate the need for time consuming mechanical printhead adjustments when replacing a printhead.

Ease of maintenance - Each DICEblade module can be pulled out providing operators full access to every component of the DICEbase print engine. This allows for quick removal and replacement. The head tending systems washes, vacuums and caps the print head with a press of a button while the print engine is in print position.

Modular Control System - For the recirculating ink supplies, drive electronics, and software for image generation. The system has been designed as a set of modules that mount in standard 19 inch electronics racks. Separate modules allow for greater system flexibility and quick maintenance.

Powerful and Flexible Software and Hardware System DICE™ print engines include a complete system of hardware and software to go from common computer image file formats to printed images on a wide variety of substrates.

Long Lasting Piezoelectric Printheads - The DICE™ print engines are based upon state of the art piezoelectric printheads from leading manufactures. The printheads are equipped with coated metal nozzle plates to withstand abrasion and resist damage, it is removable for cleaning or replacement. These printheads typically operate for years before needing to be replaced.

Wide Variety of Inks - The DICE™ print engines have been qualified with a wide variety of inks. These include aqueous, solvent and UV and UV-LED curable inks. Application areas include product decoration, packaging, graphics and labels, ceramic tiles, plastic films, outdoor and indoor signs, printed circuit board legends, and functional fluids.