The SATAjet X 5500 spray gun and nozzle were unveiled in September at the Automechanika Show in Frankfurt, Germany. The new paint system will be available in Canada and the US on Nov. 1. State-of-the-art paint systems and the latest application recommendations open up new possibilities, but also pose new challenges for professional painters. The SATAjet X 5500 will offer the high speed and durability of current product offerings, plus the option for a soft, controlled nozzle feel. Both application technologies – HVLP and RP – remain available, but now each of them has the additional option of an “I” or “O”-nozzle set. In line with the increasing nozzle sizes within each of the respective technologies (HVLP/RP), the material flow rate increases with constant increments – which means that the spray fan size and width remain unchanged across the entire nozzle spectrum. End-users can now rely on a transparent and consistent system which offers them clear and well-structured application options. The I-nozzles produce a parallel spray fan pattern with a minimal dry zone and a drier center which is ideal for painters preferring a reduced application speed and maximum application control. The film build per coat in comparison to an O-nozzle of the same size is slightly reduced. The O-nozzles have an oval-shaped spray fan pattern with a larger dry zone and a wet core to accommodate increased application speed at the expense of slightly less application control during the painting process. The film build per coat in comparison to an I-nozzle is slightly higher. The SATAjet X 5500 Standard is priced at $1,193 while the SATAjet X 5500 Digital comes in at $1,444.