Memjet has characterized its new DuraFlex inkjet printing technology as a modular, single-pass print solution that combines Memjet’s signature features of speed, simplicity and affordability with new attributes – such as enhanced durability, A4 and A3 plus widths in a four-colour printhead, a high-speed data path, and modules that control all printhead functions. Together, these features “give OEMs the resources to create affordable bench-top, mini-presses and entry-level presses for a wide range of markets capable of quality and speed previously not available in these types of solutions,” said the company. Memjet will showcase the capabilities of this new technology and provide updates at Labelexpo, which will take place in Brussels, Belgium September 25–27.
“Our goal with designing DuraFlex was to create a simple yet robust technology that could give OEM partners the resources to create affordable printing solutions that were powerful, yet affordable,” said Kim Beswick, General Manager of Memjet’s Benchtop and Mini-Press Division. “DuraFlex delivers on this goal. With its compact, modular design, category-leading speed, 1,600-dpi quality and economical cost, DuraFlex provides partners with robust resources for creating benchtop and entry-level label and packaging presses, as well as other light production and wide-format print and packaging applications. DuraFlex complements other Memjet printing technologies, providing a resource that strategically fits between our VersaPass and DuraLink printing solutions. DuraFlex also adds a pigment ink solution to the compelling dry-ink solutions provided by VersaPass technology. With the launch of DuraFlex, Memjet now has the technology to power any type of digital printer in the market.”
Memjet added that the flexibility and affordability of DuraFlex provides OEMs and their print customers with a low-risk way to make the move to inkjet, or expand their existing product lines by adding new solutions. Like other Memjet technologies, DuraFlex is based on a modular architecture that significantly reduces development costs and time, and gets the OEMs’ products to market much faster. The cost benefits of DuraFlex also extend to the end user. DuraFlex-powered printing solutions are less expensive to buy and operate. DuraFlex’s new long-life, four-colour printhead minimizes intervention rates, resulting in higher productivity and profitability for print providers. With 1,600 x 1,600 dpi and built-in nozzle redundancy, DuraFlex produces “market-leading print quality” at speeds up to 46 m/min.
DuraFlex modules and printheads will come in both A4 and A3-plus formats and can be stitched up to 1.2 meters wide. DuraFlex comes with a powerful, embedded RIP datapath and supports external RIP digital front ends for enhanced performance and datapath control. DuraFlex uses aqueous pigment inks that are lightfast, water durable and scratch resistant. The inks have been developed for use in indirect food contact applications and are compatible across a broad range of porous, uncoated offset, inkjet-treated and inkjet-coated media. This broadly compatible ink set, combined with DuraFlex’s affordability, performance and flexibility, will enable OEM partners to use DuraFlex to create a wide variety of solutions across several market segments and applications, the company added – including labels, mailing and addressing, robust office and light production printers, packaging and wide-format graphics. These solutions open up new business opportunities for manufacturers, brands and commercial print customers. “By simplifying the development process for our OEMs and offering outstanding image quality as well as performance, DuraFlex solves OEMs’ most pressing challenge: getting affordable printing solutions to market faster without sacrificing the quality and speed users demand in these rapidly evolving print markets,” Beswick added.