Ceramic Tiles

Digital printing has revolutionised the decoration of ceramic tiles. Industrial inkjet systems are now considered to be the industry standard and are rapidly replacing screen printers worldwide.

Meteor is the leading independent supplier of printhead driving solutions to the ceramic tile decoration industry. Providing products with a host of features backed by responsive, world-wide technical support, Meteor is the first choice for ease of integration and unsurpassed system performance.

Why Meteor?

  • Reliable, robust products to drive industrial inkjet printheads
  • Comprehensive software options
  • Lowest risk path to speedy print system launch
  • Scalable, customisable solutions for systems of any size or complexity
  • World-wide support from development to mass production
  • Unrivalled industrial inkjet experience and expertise

Benefits for Ceramic Tile Printers

  • Digital printing of ceramic tiles offers significant cost advantages over analogue. Short production runs become economically feasible due to lower set-up requirements and reduced stock of finished goods. Other manufacturing benefits include less breakage/waste due to non-contact printing and ease of colour matching for repeat orders.
  • Inkjet printed ceramic tiles offer attractive design benefits including the ability to produce realistic images of marble and other natural materials and to print without repeat patterns.
  • Ceramic tile printers require recirculating printheads and ink systems to prevent the sedimentation and nozzle blocking to which heavily-pigmented ceramic inks are prone. Meteor products fully implement the control functions required of such systems.
  • Meteor drive electronics and software are capable of producing complex, multi-pulse waveforms to control printhead drop ejection volume, velocity and timing allowing print system builders to optimise ink/printhead combinations and to get the best from their chosen printhead.
  • Meteor’s ability to support large numbers of printheads, ultra-high data rates and large image buffers means that high speed single-pass systems can be deployed with no limitation on throughput.
  • OEMs can continuously stream print data, print pre-loaded individual tiles or use Meteor’s unique Quarry Wall feature, selecting random or sequential tiles for on demand printing in random or numbered batches.

Software for Ceramic Tile Printers

Meteor offers MetCeramic front end software developed specifically for single-pass ceramic tile printers with an easy-to-use interface for maximum productivity. Alternatively, a bespoke front end can be designed using Meteor’s Print Engine Software Development Kit.

Supported Printheads

Meteor offers products to drive all leading printheads used for ceramic tile decoration including FUJIFILM Dimatix SG1024, Kyocera KJ4C-0360, Seiko Instruments RC1536, Toshiba TEC CF1, Ricoh MH2810, Konica Minolta 1024i Xaar 2001+ and more.