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HP Bulk Ink Delivery System – features and benefits

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The HP Bulk Ink Delivery System combines design flexibility with proven inks and components to help OEMs develop products with a competitive advantage.

Modular design offers greater flexibility
The HP Bulk Ink Delivery System gives OEMs the flexibility to design the best solution for their customers-from systems with one ink cartridge feeding a single printhead to an entire bank of ink cartridges feeding an array of printheads. With each part available independently, this system enables OEMs to easily tailor their products to fit a wider set of printing applications, and benefit from quicker time-to-market and a higher return on investment. Modular design reduces development costs, because large systems can be built up from multiples of a smaller product.

Bulk ink supplies and independent printheads reduce operating costs
Large volume ink cartridges (up to 350 ml) enable OEMs to design economical systems with longer print runs. Large ink cartridges not only reduce the cost of ink per cubic centimeter, but also require fewer operator interventions to keep a job running. In addition, printheads are separate from ink cartridges, so part changes have less impact on a running system.

A full suite of HP components shortens OEM development time
HP has taken much of the work out of designing a bulk inkjet printing system. This full suite of components-from specialized pressure regulators and electronic interface boards to penholders and connectors-enables OEMs to get a print engine up and running quickly. By offering proven HP reliability, they can reduce product development time as well as investment and tooling costs.

A portfolio of available inks works on a variety of media
HP's innovative water-based inks have a proven track record of compatibility with a wide variety of both coated and uncoated media. These water-based inks produce sharp, crisp output without the need for specialized solvents or chemical handling equipment. Fast drying time means high-quality output without transfer or smearing, and without sacrificing print speed.

HP provides engineering support and expertise
HP works with you to quickly create a configuration and design that is customized to meet your particular market needs for specialized application printing systems. To increase your success using our products, our application engineers are ready to answer your questions, help with integration issues, and provide general consulting during the design phase.


The HP Bulk Ink Delivery System combines all the great features of HP's proven inks with a robust and flexible bulk ink delivery system designed to meet the needs of high-volume printing applications.

  • Large ink cartridges mean fewer operator interventions.
  • Advanced electronic functions enable designers to build in ink-level monitors and signals for virtually uninterrupted printing during longer print runs.
  • Printheads and ink cartridges can be changed independently, minimizing running costs.
  • Ink cartridges that can be hot swapped, easy-to-replace printheads, and highly reliable connectors make for a robust system with very high uptime.
  • Modular design enables multiple configurations of printheads and ink cartridges to achieve a variety of print swaths.

Separate components

Printhead stall
This printhead stall is specially designed to hold and orient the printhead in high-performance printing systems. Its flexible design is suitable for a variety of printhead array configurations, and is appropriate for both stationary and moving printhead applications. The stall's datum and alignment structure help ensure accurate positioning of the printhead. This modular component supports a 0.5-inch swath width and 600 dpi thermal inkjet printing. Printheads can be snapped in and out of the stall for easy replacement.

Pen driver board
This printed circuit assembly (PCA) provides both the electrical and logical interface between the host printing system and the printhead. This component is designed to maintain proper operation, proper firing, and protection of the printhead. An application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) on the PCA communicates with the host via a serial data interface and converts configuration and print data into printhead-specific firing signals. Onboard firing voltage regulation provides consistent firing energy, independent of print density. Firing energy is programmable to improve printhead performance and lengthen printhead life.

Enclosed regulator assembly
This regulator assembly maintains the pressure and ink flow to the printhead. Because of its small size and enclosed design, it can be mounted and incorporated easily into any design. With this regulator in place, the bulk ink cartridge can be mounted some distance from the printhead, and management of backpressure and ink flow is handled automatically.

Ink connectors
The system's ink connectors are specially designed to quickly disconnect for easy system operation. Their no-drip design maintains a clean operating environment, and air-tight seals prevent air from entering the system when they are connected or disconnected.

IDS interface board
This electronic board mounts on the modular ink supply stall assembly and enables access to ink-level sensing and other advanced ink-cartridge features. Each board controls up to four modular ink supply stall assemblies. Incorporating this board into the design increases printing-system functionality and reliability. For example, it can provide ink cartridge compatibility, deliver "low ink" warnings, or enable hot swapping of ink cartridges.

Modular ink supply stall assembly
This component provides for easy mounting of the bulk ink cartridge, as well as proper electrical and mechanical connection every time the cartridge is changed. When multiple ink cartridges are required, simply snap together as many modular ink supply stall assemblies as needed. This convenient module includes everything you need to make all electrical and mechanical connections to the cartridge.

The modular ink supply stall assembly includes these parts:

  • ISS connector sssembly, which enables electrical connection with the smart chip on the cartridge
  • Ink seal assembly
  • Ink stall

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