Meteor Inkjet Ltd

Meteor develops and supplies electronics, software, tools and services for industrial inkjet systems.

A first class pedigree and strong track record

Known for its technical expertise and innovation, Meteor has worked closely with printhead manufacturers for many years and has gained a deep understanding of the fundamental science and engineering underpinning digital printing. The company has used its expertise and market insight to develop a suite of world-class, flexible, but very powerful driver systems to meet customers’ printing needs in a robust, future-proof and cost-effective way.

Meteor Inkjet spent its first ten years as part of TTP Group, a major independent technology and product development company based in Cambridge, UK. The company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Global Graphics (Euronext: GLOG) in December 2016.

Expertise and support from digital printing experts

Meteor Inkjet has a world-class team of electronics, software and systems engineers who have been developing printhead driver systems and closely involved in digital inkjet printing for over twenty five years. This unrivalled expertise, together with a knowledge of the specific printheads available on the market today, is available to help customers integrate Meteor technology into their printer, minimising development risks. Meteor understands the commercial realities of digital printing systems and the same team will support you as you progress from development, through prototyping into mass-production and beyond. Meteor offers regionally located sales and support in Europe, Mainland China, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

 


Products and services

Electronics

Robust, cost-effective solutions 

Meteor develops, delivers and supports the electronics and software required to drive industrial inkjet printheads. With a long and solid track record, Meteor helps customers realise the potential these ever-evolving technologies in a growing array of applications.

  • modular components for scalable implementation
  • off-the-shelf, production-ready solutions
  • powerful data path and application software

 Supported printheads*

Fujifilm Dimatix

GMA | SG600 | Samba StarFire | SG-1024 | Galaxy | Nova | Polaris | Q-Class | S-Class

Meteor has a long history of collaboration with Dimatix, having launched the first Meteor-branded drive electronics for Dimatix printheads in 2006.  In addition to offering easy to integrate, scalable, reliable solutions for all major Dimatix printheads, Meteor is proud that Dimatix has chosen to use Meteor products in their own labs.

Konica Minolta

KM1024i | KM1800i | M600SH | M600SH-2C

Meteor solutions allow customers to take full advantage of the benefits and features of Konica Minolta printheads. Working closely with Konica Minolta, Meteor has developed scalable and reliable electronics coupled with powerful datapath and application software.

Kyocera

KJ4A-0300 | KJ4B-0300 | KJ4A-AA | KJ4B-1200 | KJ4A-RH | KJ4B-QA | KJ4A-TA | KJ4C-0360 | KJ4B-0150

Meteor has been a trusted and proven Kyocera partner since 2010. Offering scalable, reliable electronics together with powerful datapath and application software, Meteor solutions allow customers to take full advantage of the performance, width and reliability of Kyocera printheads.

Ricoh

GH2220 | MH2620 | MH5220 | MH2820 | MH5420 | MH2420 | MH5440 | MH2610F | MH522IF | MH2810F | MH5421 | MH2910 | MH5421F | MH5421MF | MH5441

Meteor has been a trusted and proven Ricoh partner since 2011. Offering scalable, reliable electronics together with powerful datapath and application software, Meteor solutions allow customers to take full advantage of the benefits and features of Ricoh printheads.

Seiko Instruments

RC1536 | 1024GS | 508GS

Meteor has been a trusted and proven Seiko Instruments partner since 2006. Offering scalable, reliable electronics, together with powerful datapath and application sofware, Meteor solutions allow customers to take full advantage of these robust and adaptable printheads.

Toshiba TEC

CF1 | CF1L | CF1XL | CF3

Meteor has been a trusted and proven Toshiba TEC partner since 2005. Offering scalable, reliable electronics together with powerful datapath and application software, Meteor solutions allow customers to take full advantage of the benefits and features of Toshiba TEC printheads.

Xaar

1001 | 1003 | 1002 | 1003AMp | 2001 | 1003AMx | 2001+ | 1201

Meteor has been a trusted and proven Xaar partner since 2008. Offering scalable, reliable electronics, together with powerful datapath and application software, Meteor solutions allow customers to take full advantage of the benefits and features of Xaar printheads.

*List not exhaustive. Company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

 

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Software

Meteor’s software options allow development of a bespoke industrial digital front end (DFE) using a Meteor Software Development Kit (SDK) or licensing an application-tuned Meteor DFE.

SDKs for scanning or single pass printers enable systems to be built from the ground up and allow developers to easily run associated printhead drive electronics. DFEs offer an easy-to-use interface and enable features specific to industrial applications including ceramic, textile and 3D printing.

Meteor solutions are compatible with any RIP. Alternatively, customers can opt for a fully-functional, integrated Harlequin Host Renderer™. Meteor also offers the ultra-high-speed screening capability of ScreenPro™. Harlequin Host Renderer and ScreenPro have been designed by Global Graphics Software, a leading developer of platforms for digital printing.

Functionality

  • Ready-to-use application software
  • Printhead waveform development and optimisation
  • Sequential or random tile selection and the ability to insert priority samples into a running job queue for ceramic tiles
  • Seamless repeats and tracking of printed area for textiles
  • Easily created swath interlace patterns for scanning systems
  • Print a sequence of Z-plane TIFF™ files for 3D printers
  • Integrated optional RIP to interpret a wide variety of native file types

Benefits 

  • Complete toolset for building printers from the ground up
  • Compatible with all major industrial inkjet printheads
  • Optimised print quality through advanced image screening techniques
  • Reduced time-to-market and minimised product development risk
  • Created by a world-class team of software engineers

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Tools & Services

Meteor DropWatchers are turnkey systems for evaluating and optimising printhead and ink combinations using production-ready electronics that can be transferred straight to manufacturing.

Visualise and characterise drops in flight and adjust waveform parameters using live feedback.

• from the leading supplier of industrial inkjet printhead driving solutions
• essential tool for waveform characterisation and development
• supports all major industrial inkjet printheads

Easy to use

• PC-based software with the intuitive and familiar Meteor interface
• Straightforward printhead mounting and alignment
• Simple calibration
• Captures and records setup data and annotated observations of drops in flight Cost Effective
• Standard Meteor drive electronics for lab results that are directly applicable to the production environment
• Interchangeable printhead mounts and drive electronics
• Optional ink supplies (from simple syringe to recirculating)

Small Footprint

• Ideal for lab environments where space is at a premium
• DropWatcher and printhead waveform development tool driven by a single Windows 10 PC

Real-Time Analysis

• Live editing of waveform shape, voltage and grey level
• Double-strobe drop velocity and volume measurement with report-oriented data capture
• Direct observation of nozzle crosstalk and duty cycle
• Overlays for calibrated measurement at user defined throw distances

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