Company Backgrounder- June 2012 Overview FUJIFILM Dimatix

Company Backgrounder- June 2012 Overview FUJIFILM Dimatix
Company Backgrounder- June 2012
Overview
FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation and the world’s
leading supplier of piezoelectric drop-on-demand inkjet products used for industrial applications, is
driving a revolution in inkjet technology to support a new generation of products used for print
production, industrial product decoration and materials deposition.
The company applies its innovative inkjet technologies and world-class fabrication techniques in
the design and manufacture of inkjet printheads, assemblies, components and systems designed
to jet a wide range of fluids in precise amounts onto all types of flexible and non-flexible surfaces.
FUJIFILM Dimatix customers include OEMs, system integrators and organizations that use the
company’s state of the art inkjet products and services in building cutting-edge systems or
devising manufacturing processes for application in diverse markets worldwide, including graphics,
electronics, flat-panel displays, the life sciences, chemistry, 3-D mechanics, optics, and
photovoltaics.
FUJIFILM Dimatix invests heavily in inkjet technology, maintaining one of the most capable inkjet
R&D groups in the world, with over one third of its staff actively engaged in product engineering.
Over many years, the company has been awarded numerous patents and has developed multiple
generations of best-in-class drop-on-demand inkjet printheads.
Founded as Spectra, Inc. in 1984, the company was renamed Dimatix in 2005 to reflect its
expansion into digital materials deposition, and was acquired by FUJIFILM Corporation in 2006.
Locations
FUJIFILM Dimatix is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and maintains product development
and manufacturing facilities in Santa Clara, California and Lebanon, New Hampshire. The
company sells and supports its products worldwide through offices in North America, Europe,
Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and China.
Technology
FUJIFILM Dimatix piezoelectric drop-on-demand inkjet printheads are recognized for their ability to
sustainably jet ink and functional fluids at high frequencies without trading off drop placement
accuracy. This precision at full production speed allows every jet on the printhead to operate at
high throughput rates with exceptional drop placement accuracy.
Known for their high duty cycles and long service life, the company’s patented printhead products
also support the broadest range of ink and fluid types, enabling OEMs and systems integrators to
design advanced systems that are fast, reliable and economical.
The following proprietary core technologies make FUJIFILM Dimatix piezoelectric inkjet products
distinctive:
 Our non-shared wall, shear mode actuation of the piezoelectric material allows us to
dedicate to each channel a piezoelectric actuator that is physically isolated from the fluid path.
Separating the PZT actuators from often-aggressive and or conductive jetting fluids allows our
printheads to jet a wider variety of fluids. Our inherently low cross-talk enables all the jets on
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FUJIFILM Dimatix printheads to be individually addressable – able to fire droplets simultaneously
and at high frequencies, straight and true to their intended targets. These critical design
differences enable jetting system designs that are faster, more productive and more reliable.
 Our VersaDrop™ jetting technology enables each of several hundred nozzles in one or more
printhead arrays to deliver from 2 to 150 picoliters (pL) in each drop of ink. In its simplest
implementation, all the nozzles of a printhead or jet module can be programmed to fire the same
size drop on every cycle, allowing a single system design to handle a wide range of common
printing resolutions. VersaDrop technology also supports full grayscale capability. By programming
specific channels to fire variable size drops at different times, the technology can be used to print
job components requiring more tonal expression and higher saturation within the same image file
while operating at the printing system’s rated speed.
 Our RediJet™ jetting technology encompasses several breakthrough innovations – such as
unique nozzle plate design, special conformal and non-wetting surface coatings, enhanced onhead electronics, continuous ink recirculation at the nozzle and waveforms tailored to specific
fluids – to unlock the full productive capacity of a printhead while lowering the recurring service
cost. RediJet technology minimizes initial start-up and ongoing maintenance times along with
reducing associated fluid consumption, especially when using faster drying and/or heavily
pigmented ink formulations like those found in high-speed industrial single-pass systems.
 Our Si-MEMS technology uses MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) fabrication
techniques to develop printhead families that are significantly smaller and more versatile. These
silicon MEMS-based printhead products provide more precise control over nozzle shape, and
absolute position on the silicon die permits higher drop placement accuracy over greater throw
distances. The robust silicon structure lends itself to solid, reliable operation and long service life –
all of which are desirable attributes for building new printer architectures and opening up new
applications.
Printhead Products
FUJIFILM Dimatix pioneered industrial inkjet technology in 1984 with the inception of its first
generation printhead, which was used for wide-format printing, display graphics and industrial
marking and coding.
Nova and Galaxy
Nova and Galaxy printheads provide 256 inline, individually addressable nozzles with droplet
sizes of 30 to 80 pL. These support a wide range of viscous fluids including hot melt, solventbased, aqueous and UV-curable inks used in graphics, marking, textile manufacturing and
other applications.
S-Class
S-Class family provides 128 inline, individually addressable nozzles with droplet sizes from 30
to 80 pL. Three different printhead designs: the SL-128 (80 pL), the SM-128 (50 pL), and the
SE-128 (30 pL) are suitable for a broad range of graphics applications.
Skywalker HD
Skywalker HD 128/50 is a high performance printhead with 128 individually addressable inline
nozzles producing a droplet size of 50 pL. It is designed for OEMS to develop high-speed,
value priced systems for printing wide-format graphics using solvent-based inks.
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Q-Class
The Q-Class is an inkjet platform around which a new family of printheads and head arrays for
high speed scanning and single pass printer architectures is being built. The low crosstalk and
excellent channel-to-channel uniformity of their advanced hybrid construction allows Q-Class
printheads to deliver unparalleled jetting straightness at firing frequencies up to 50kHz while
supporting both binary and grayscale VersaDrop operation. Their high chemical resistance and
precision enables reliable jetting of UV-curable, organic solvent and aqueous ink formulations
onto a broad range of substrates.
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Emerald and Sapphire Series
Sapphire hybrid printheads provide 256 inline, individually addressable nozzles with native
droplet sizes of 10, 30 and 80 pL. Three different printhead designs – the Sapphire QS256/80 (80 pL), Sapphire QS-256/30 (30 pL) and the Sapphire QS-256/10 (10 pL) – are
suited to jetting solvent-based, UV-curable and aqueous inks across a broad range of
applications. All models support multiple VersaDrop™ operating modes with
unprecedented throughput.
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Polaris Series
Featuring a field-repairable design, the Polaris PQ-512/15 inkjet printhead taps Q-Class
construction and combines it with VersaDrop binary jetting to deliver 15- to 85-native drop
sizes from 512 individually addressable inkjet nozzles at continuous frequencies up to 45
kHz with exceptional straightness. Its flexible fluid interface, allowing single or two-color
operation with a broad range of inks including UV-curable inks and aggressive organic
solvents, make the Polaris PQ-512/15 suitable for a wide range of commercial and
industrial printing applications at resolutions to 1000 dpi.
StarFire
Optimized for demanding industrial single-pass printing and decorative applications, the
StarFire printhead family features an easy to integrate and repairable construction that
combines superior jetting performance supporting VersaDrop and RediJet jetting technologies
in a compact, self-contained design. StarFire SG-1024/M printheads offer single-color
operation at resolutions up to 400 dpi from 1024 independent channels arranged in 8 rows,
using a single metal nozzle plate and field proven materials to deliver long service life with
consistent and reliable output. Precise mounting features allow the unit to be easily arrayed
into print bars for wide width, higher resolution and multiple-color printing systems designs.
SAMBATM Printhead Technology
Developed jointly by FUJIFILM Dimatix and FUJIFILM Corporation, SAMBA printhead
technology utilizes Dimatix' proprietary silicon MEMS fabrication methods, VersaDrop multipulsing jetting capability and Meniscus Replenishment Technology. Collectively, these
technologies and other innovations enable printhead nozzles to be arranged in a matrix array
with improved meniscus formation and ink recirculation to provide unparalleled stability,
uniformity, maintainability and scalability in a compact package.
SAMBA printhead technology delivers the breakthrough quality, speed and scalability required
for wide-width single pass production inkjet printing and materials deposition applications. The
first implementation of SAMBA inkjet technology is in a parallelogram-shaped "printhead on a
chip" that measures a mere 45 mm deep, packs 2048 jets per module at 1200 dot-per-inch
spacing, and is capable of pulsing fluids in industry-first native drop volume of 2 picoliters at up
to 100 kHz – the highest jetting frequencies yet developed.
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Materials Deposition Products
FUJIFILM Dimatix also offers precision printhead products and systems for micro-jetting picolitersized droplets of a broad range of functional fluids – from liquid silver to organic "inks" – onto all
types of surfaces, from flat panel displays and flexible electronic circuits to DNA arrays for the
biosciences.
The Dimatix Materials Printer (DMP) is a line of materials deposition systems designed for
micro-precision jetting of a variety of functional fluids onto virtually any surface. All DMP
systems employ single-use cartridges that researchers can fill with their own fluid materials to
minimize waste of expensive fluid materials and reduce the cost and complexity associated
with traditional product development and prototyping. The larger DMP systems can
accommodate a broader range of printheads and/or multiple, sequentially-operating
printheads, depending on the DMP model.
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The DMP-2800 is a turnkey bench-top materials deposition system designed to facilitate
developing and testing manufacturing processes as well as product prototypes. It features
micro-precision jetting of a variety of functional fluids onto virtually any surface including
plastic, glass, ceramics, and silicon, as well as flexible substrates from membranes, gels
and thin films to paper products. The DMP-2800 can build and define patterns over an
area of 200 x 300 mm and on substrates up to 25 mm thick.
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The DMP-3000 is a complete materials deposition system ideally suited to meet the needs
of printed electronics research and development activities. It features a printable area of
300 x 300 mm and maintains a positional accuracy and repeatability of ± 5 µm and ± 1 µm,
respectively. The DMP-3000 also features the ability to jet a wide range of functional fluids
in drop sizes from 1 pL to 150 pL using multiple FUJIFILM Dimatix printheads and
cartridges interchangeably.
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The DMP-5000 is a complete materials deposition production system suited to meet the
needs of printed electronics research and development activities. It features a printable
area of 500 x 500 mm and maintains a positional accuracy and repeatability of ± 5 µm and
± 1 µm, respectively. The DMP-5000 also features the ability to jet a wide range of
functional fluids in drop sizes from 1 pL to 150pL using multiple FUJIFILM Dimatix
printheads and cartridges interchangeably.
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The DMP-5005 is a large format, non-contact fluid deposition system capable of jetting a
wide range of fluid types using the FUJIFILM Dimatix 16-jet, 1 or 10 picoliter user-fillable
cartridges. The DMP 5005 can support up to five sequentially-operating 128-jet, 1 or 10
picoliter printheads with up to five different functional fluids to support process, fluid and
product development.
The Dimatix Materials Cartridge is a cartridge-based inkjet printhead used with DMP
systems and available in 1 pL and 10 pL drop volumes. Based on FUJIFILM Dimatix’
proprietary Si-MEMS technology, the 16-jet Dimatix Materials Cartridge is designed for highresolution, non-contact jetting of functional fluids.
The industry-first 1 pL cartridge can deposit features as small as 20 µm to fabricate products
such as organic thin-film transistors (TFTs) and printed circuits. In biotechnology, the Dimatix
Materials Cartridge allows researchers to closely pack large numbers of elements in DNA
arrays, to permit more accurate and efficient analyses. FUJIFILM Dimatix has shipped more
than 100,000 Dimatix Materials Cartridges since its introduction.
The SX3 Printhead is a highly compact and lightweight hybrid jetting assembly designed
specifically for micro-fluid deposition. The SX3 delivers a precise 10 pL drop size through 128
inline jets that can be individually tuned. A silicon nozzle plate with a non-wetting coating is
compatible with the aggressive fluids used in electronics and other fabrication applications.
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The SE3 Printhead similar to the SX3 is a compact and lightweight hybrid jetting assembly
designed for precise drop placement of a slightly larger drop. The SE3 delivers a 35 pL
calibrated drop size through 128 inline jets that can be individually tuned. The silicon nozzle
plate has a non-wetting coating and is compatible with the aggressive fluids used in electronics
and other fabrication applications.
The D-Class are 128-channel printheads specifically designed to aid in the orderly progression
from experimentation to manufacturing scale up for printing functional fluids in applications
such as displays, electronics and biotechnology. D-Class printheads are based on proprietary
Si-MEMS technology and use robust silicon material. The D-128/1 (1pL) and D-128/10 DPN
(10pL) printheads share identical physical features for easy interchangeability. Both are further
enhanced using driver per nozzle (DPN) capability, which allows compensating for any
channel-to-channel variability. This trimming feature ensures drop volume uniformity, essential
for dispensing applications or modifications to drop velocity for increased placement accuracy,
critical for patterning applications especially when using very small drop sizes.
Two series of Q-Class printheads are available for DMP-3000 and DMP-5000 systems. The
Sapphire QS-256 in 10-, 30- and 80-picoliter native drop sizes and the Emerald QE-256 with
30- and 80-pl native drop sizes support applications requiring precise large-feature fluid
deposition such as conductive and non-conductive patterning and coating large surfaces with
functional fluids from UV-curable light-emitting polymers to conductive and dielectric Inks.
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About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc., the world's leading supplier of drop-on-demand inkjet printheads for
industrial applications, is driving a revolution in inkjet technology to support a new generation of
products for printing, industrial product decoration and materials deposition. The company's
innovative inkjet technology and world-class fabrication techniques enable OEMs, system
integrators and manufacturers to build cutting-edge systems and manufacturing processes for
high-performance, precision printing of traditional inks and deposition of functional fluids on all
types of surfaces, including flexible substrates.
A wholly owned subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc., is headquartered in
Santa Clara, California and maintains U.S. product development and manufacturing operations in
California and New Hampshire. The company sells and supports its products worldwide through
offices in the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and Singapore. For more
information, visit www.dimatix.com.
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge
products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment,
medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products,
based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The
company was ranked among the top 17 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2011,
and in the year ended March 31, 2012, had global revenues of $27.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed
to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please
visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.
* At an exchange rate of 79 yen to the dollar.
Editorial Contact:
Edward Chrusciel
FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.
603-443-5364
[email protected]
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