Memjet Unveils Next-Generation Aspen Inkjet Print Engine for Commercial Printing
San Diego-based Memjet has introduced its next-generation Aspen, a page-wide color inkjet print engine. Memjet says Aspen is designed for on-demand, high-quality color printing for label printing and commercial presses, boasting speeds of 225 feet per minute, full dot control, and flexible configurations for retro-fitting printers with digital capabilities. The new print engine will be available to Memjet’s OEM partners and commercial printers.
According to Memjet, the Aspen engine ensures accuracy of the data pipeline, in which information is transferred to the actual printer, with full dot (pixel) control. By directing the precise dot placement, Aspen transfers the power to end-users in order to control what’s printed on the page, including color, exact shape, shading, line values, and gradation. Full dot control also equips print shops with overall higher print quality. The dot precision provides improvements in the half-toning of the system for robust, smooth tones for photographic quality. Aspen also features 70,400 ink nozzles that deliver millions of ink drops per second, and the page-wide print head provides 1,600 dpi native print resolution in full -process color.
The print engine can be integrated with existing or legacy hardware, allowing presses to be enhanced with digital capability without the high cost or time required to rip-and-replace infrastructure. Aspen can also be integrated with standalone printers, OEM-designed systems, and multi-station production lines. It’s available in three configurations:
- A single print engine as a standalone printer.
- Two print engines mounted side-by-side for up to 17″ wide media web, allowing B-size printing.
- Four print engines for double-web and duplex printing on the same web.
Memjet says easy integration also allows presses to be seamlessly updated with future technology developments, without a large cost burden. This aligns with Memjet’s continued developments in printing speeds. As noted, Aspen provides print speeds of 225 feet per minute, an improvement of 165 feet per minute for Memjet’s previous print-engine generation.
“Customers value full control and real-time, precise printed material, and a guarantee that what’s on the screen is exactly what’s printed — down to shading and line values,” commented Gus Piccin at Memjet. “OEMs and print shops with Memjet-powered technology can deliver value in the form of that control. Accurate, real-time printed material is a reality, and an avenue for opportunity and growth.”
Memjet-powered printers are sold only through authorized Memjet OEM partners. For more information on OEM partners, or to become an OEM partner, visit Memjet here.