For the first time, Epson integrates thin film PZT MEMS into its office inkjet printer.
The MEMS inkjet printhead market is expected to reach $1B in 2023, with a 3.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2017 to 2023. Within that, office printers and industrial segments are driving innovative technologies for piezo printheads, with CAGRs of 2.7% and 18% respectively for the next five years.
System Plus Consulting has a long experience in printhead reverse costing studies, with more than 15 custom analyses. Today we are using our competency in printhead reverse costing to simultaneously release two reports on printheads from Epson and Xaar.
Epson is the first printer manufacturer to integrate a thin film lead zirconate titanate (PZT) MEMS inkjet die into its industrial and office printers. Called a microTFP inkjet die, where TFP stands for thin film piezo, this MEMS device can be assembled in arrays of two, four, or more, according to the need. Each microTFP can print one color, with 600dpi density.
This reverse costing study provides insight into technological data, manufacturing cost, and selling price of the microTFP inkjet MEMS and the PrecisionCore printhead supplied by Epson.
The inkjet MEMS uses patented tech-nology, based on non-standard silicon crystals, to manufacture the pressure chambers and manifolds. The PZT actuators and the two electrodes have complex structures in their material choices and stacking structures. The final component is also a complex structure with nozzle plate, pressure chambers, manifolds and channels all manufactured on a silicon substrate and bonded together.
The microTFP has two rows of nozzles staggered on the die to obtain 600dpi. The PrecisionCore is a four-color printhead. One microTFP MEMS device is used per color. The driver integrated circuits are assembled in the printhead.
This report includes a comparison between the Xaar 1201 and the Epson PrecisionCore printhead.