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[August 31, 2017]

Memjet's Next-Generation Printhead Technology Brings Inkjet's Benefits to High-Volume Print Markets

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Memjet (www.memjet.com) transformed the printing industry when it released its first inkjet technology 10 years ago. Today, Memjet announces the release of an additional inkjet technology platform called DuraLink. This groundbreaking digital printing platform combines long-life printheads, pigment ink and flexible modules to give OEM partners a fast, easy way to develop solutions for high-volume commercial, packaging and industrial printing markets. Memjet will showcase both of its inkjet technologies at the upcoming PRINT 17 trade show on Sept. 10–13, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois.

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, 100 inches (2.5 meter) 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."

Redundancy at the Nozzle Level

At the heart of DuraLink is a new long-life printhead. Unlike most printheads on the market today, DuraLink 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.

This level of redundancy and longer printhead life result in high reliability.

The long-life DuraLink printheads require less maintenance and enable longer print runs. Moreover, printing companies no longer need to take on the cost and complexity of adding additional print bars to achieve nozzle redundancy or implementing costly image-quality monitoring systems.

"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," explains Owen. "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."

Print Modules for Stability and Flexibility

DuraLink modules provide OEMs with the building blocks to design and create a custom printing solution specific to their applications. These standardized 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. 

OEM partners can use these modules to build customized presses that offer print widths from 8.5 inches (220 mm) to 100 inches (2,500 mm), speeds up to 668 feet per minute (203 meters per minute), one to eight colors simplex or duplex, and offset-like print quality up to 1600 x 1585 dpi.

In addition to flexibility, DuraLink has a lower cost than other printhead technologies. This, along with the available modules, allows OEM partners to affordably build powerful inkjet solutions designed to meet the needs of their specific markets.

Industry-Leading Speed and Quality

Together, the features of DuraLink provide industry-leading quality and speed to a range of commercial, packaging and industrial printing markets.



DuraLink Speeds by Resolution

Resolution

Meters per Minute

Feet per Minute

1,600 x 1,585

74.5 m/min

244.5 fpm

1,600 x 1,260

93.7 m/min

307.5 fpm

1,600 x 790

149.5 m/min

490.5 fpm

1,600 x 580

203.6 m/min

668.1 fpm

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.

The Future of Print

"There are new opportunities being created in the printing industry today," says Owen, "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."

About Memjet

Memjet is a global leader in the development of digital inkjet technology that brings an unmatched combination of speed, simplicity and affordability, transforming what is possible in color printing.

Memjet's original technology platform, VersaPass, is an aqueous dye-based, single-pass digital print system that enables on-demand printing in a variety of markets, including desktop labeling, mailing and addressing, wide format and commercial press.

The DuraLink digital printing platform expands Memjet's industry-leading speed, simplicity and affordability to a broader range of commercial, packaging and industrial printing markets. Features of DuraLink include a new long-life printhead with 5x nozzle redundancy, super durable pigment ink, 2.5-meter (100-inch) maximum print width and impressively versatile modularity, providing the ultimate flexibility in building market-leading solutions.

Memjet supplies this advanced printhead, modules, and ink technology to OEM partners around the world, enabling the creation of solutions that bring new opportunities to users in a variety of markets.

Memjet maintains its corporate office in San Diego and has offices in Dublin, Sydney, Taipei, Singapore and Boise, Idaho. The company is privately held. For more information, please visit www.memjet.com. Follow Memjet on LinkedIn and Twitter @memjet.

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