KYOCERA Develops World’s Fastest Thermal Printhead for Card Printers
Start of mass production
08 March 2010
Kyoto/ Neuss, 08 March 2010 — Kyocera Corporation announced that it has successfully developed the new KLE Series thermal printhead for desktop card printers used to print onto rigid materials such as ID cards and credit cards. The new printhead is capable of 300-dpi, full-color, high-resolution printing at 50mm per second — the industry’s highest speed*1 for this type of printhead. The company started mass production March 1, 2010.
Kyocera, which holds the top market share in the printhead industry, expands its lineup with this new product to meet customers’ wide range of needs and to realize the high-speed and high-resolution print quality required in the desktop card printer market.
|Model||KLE Series Thermal Printhead|
|Production locations||Front-end process in Kagoshima Hayato Factory (Japan) |
Back-end process in Nagano Okaya Factory (Japan)
|Mass production schedule||Full-scale mass production starts from March 1, 2010|
|Production target||3,000 units/month with target of 10,000 units/month after one year|
*1 The KLE Series is the industry’s fastest thermal printhead for desktop card printers (based on Kyocera’s research as of February 9, 2010).
*2 Real edge printheads place the heating element on the edge of the substrate to enable printing without bending the media. Real edge printheads are mainly used for rigid materials such as plastic cards.