Printhead goes for high volume

Printhead goes for high volume
Memjet long-life printhead aims for quality, speed, and affordability

Memjet has released a new inkjet technology platform called DuraLink.

The company says the new digital printing platform combines long-life printheads, pigment ink and flexible modules aimed at giving manufacturers a fast, easy way to develop solutions for high-volume commercial, packaging and industrial printing markets.

Eric Owen, general manager of commercial printing at Memjet, says, “Memjet set out to develop an additional inkjet technology that would bring quality, speed and affordability to high-volume markets. To be successful, this technology also needed to keep pace with the rapid rate of change happening in the industry. The result of this effort is DuraLink.

“By bringing together a long-life printhead, durable pigment ink, 2.5m maximum print width, and a range of versatile modules, DuraLink enables the rapid, cost-effective development of next-generation solutions for commercial, packaging and industrial printing markets.”

Memjet says the DuraLink printhead integrates redundancy at the nozzle level. DuraLink has 5x nozzle redundancy across 70,400 nozzles. With five nozzles printing each pixel column, if one jet goes out, it will go virtually unnoticed in the printed image. The company says, this level of redundancy and longer printhead life result in high reliability.

It adds that the long-life DuraLink printheads require less maintenance and enable longer print runs. Owen says, “Businesses report that a key benefit of inkjet has been the way it greatly simplifies the print production process while still achieving the level of quality their customers demand. DuraLink now brings those benefits to markets that require longer print runs, making the production of these jobs faster, less expensive and easier than had been previously possible.”

The company says that DuraLink modules provide OEMs with the building blocks to design and create a custom printing solution specific to their applications. These standardised module designs provide the system capabilities of fluidics, maintenance, and data channel management for Memjet printheads and inks, resulting in architectural system stability and design flexibility that enable the fast and cost-efficient development of solutions that meet the demands of specific markets, according to Memjet.

OEM partners can use these modules to build customised presses that offer print widths from 220mm 2500mm; speeds up to 203mpm; one to eight colours simplex or duplex; and print quality up to 1600 x 1585dpi. Memjet also claims that DuraLink has a lower cost than other printhead technologies. It adds that DuraLink’s pigment-based printing platform also allows providers to achieve the durability level needed for various applications in commercial printing, packaging printing and industrial printing.

Owen says, “There are new opportunities being created in the printing industry today but, to capture these opportunities, printers will need affordable solutions that enable them to economically produce high-volume jobs for different markets with the quality their customers demand. With the release of DuraLink, Memjet ensures that printers will have the resources they need to capture opportunities today and well into the future.”

Memjet will showcase both of its inkjet technologies at the upcoming Print 17 trade show in Chicago.

Source: NewZealand Printer

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