ImageXpert Announces JetXpert, a High-Speed Drop-in-Flight Analysis System

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Real-Time Analysis for any Ink Jet Print-Head With a Minimum Pulse Width of 500 Nano Seconds

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ImageXpert announces JetXpert, a New Drop-In-Flight Analysis System. JetXpert combines state of the art strobing technology with customized optics and powerful ImageXpert software to provide a flexible platform for analyzing the performance of any print head through drop-in-flight analysis and visualization.

Measuring the in-flight characteristics of ink drops under different conditions can aid in optimizing system settings, ink formulation and printer performance. Manufacturers of ink jet heads, head driver electronics, inks, and integrated printing and material deposition systems will benefit from analysis of drops in flight.

In JetXpert, the strobe is slaved to the firing frequency of the print head (50Hz - 100kHz) so it can be used to measure drops in flight for any print head including those from Xaar, Spectra, Toshiba Tec, Konica Minolta, Seiko Epson, Kodak and HP.

The strobe interface software provides digital control of strobe pulse width (minimum pulse width: 500ns). The optical design allows for imaging and analysis of drops down to 3 picoliters in volume. Camera integration time is adjustable which impacts the number of drops imaged in a single frame to improve image clarity.

ImageXpert software is used for image analysis including drop trajectory, drop velocity, volume, radius, ligament and break off length, as well as other features as desired.

The strobe software also enables animated visualization of drops in flight for more detailed observation of jetted drops during flight providing greater insight into print head performance.

JetXpert has several optional configurations including an automated head scanning capability for analysis of the output of every jet. This calibrated system returns results in real-world units such as picoliters and meters/second.

Offering unparalleled flexibility in both hardware and software, JetXpert is an affordable and powerful solution for measurement and visualization of drops in flight and is appropriate for both R&D environments and for verification in production.

About ImageXpert Inc.:
ImageXpert is based in Nashua, New Hampshire. Since 1989, ImageXpert has been providing systems for image quality and part inspection solutions for manufacturers of digital printers, consumables and components. Leading imaging companies throughout the world rely on ImageXpert systems in R&D and production. For more information visit: http://www.imagexpert.com or call (603) 598-2500.

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Yair Kipman