Maker of page-wide inkjet print heads Memjet announced on November 27th that MGI Digital Technology, a manufacturer of digital printing presses and finishing solutions, has integrated Memjet’s DuraLink printing technology into its new AlphaJET B1 Inkjet Printing and Embellishment press.
Memjet says this is the first 40-plus-inch sheet-fed press to integrate Memjet DuraLink inkjet print heads, ink and modules. It also says it’s the first five-color digital printing system to offer decorative special effects such as 2D/3D UV dimensional textures and variable embossed foil. MGI is previewing the AlphaJET this week at the All4Pack Exhibition in Paris.
Memjet introduced its DuraLink inkjet print head in August 2017 – see story here.
“The launch of the AlphaJET comes at a time when print markets are experiencing a high demand for inline digital printing, embellishment and finishing,” commented Eric Owen, general manager at Memjet. “To capture that opportunity, MGI chose the modular nature of DuraLink — its extremely fast speeds, 1,600 by 1,600 (dpi) resolution and affordable cost — to develop an industry-changing solution. This is a valuable partnership for MGI, Memjet and the print market as a whole.”
This year, Memjet also formed several partnerships with other companies, including Canon Inc., Konica Minolta, and two Chinese firms – see “More Resources” below for more information. In 2016, Memjet and HP Inc. ended months of patent-infringement litigation and entered into a cross-licensing agreement (see here).
As for MGI, back in 2014, Konica Minolta also acquired a 10-percent stake in MGI Digital Graphic Technology (see here for more). In 2016, Konica Minolta expanded that share to 40.5 percent (see here).
Michael Abergel, MGI’s managing director, commented: “Memjet has developed superb core technology with the DuraLink architecture and ink modules. In addition, their teamwork and technical support for the AlphaJET product has allowed us to quickly achieve unprecedented functional advancements. The AlphaJET has been designed to introduce a new model of printing, packaging and finishing productivity. For such an important product, we found an ideal business partner in Memjet. They understand the spirit of innovation that drives MGI.”
‘All-in-One’ Unified Decorative Printing and Packaging
The AlphaJET is said to consolidate traditionally separate, disconnected operational workflows, such as primer coating, printing and embellishment and converting them into a single, combined “All-in-One” Industrial Print Factory for complete job management.
The AlphaJET utilizes the new Memjet DuraLink ink, modules, and print heads for cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK) color impressions with 1,600 dpi resolution. The white and clear varnish inks use UV inkjet technology for a “best-of-breed” convergence of digital-printing methods. This high-speed ink deposition processes allows the AlphaJET to both print and embellish corrugated flute board, paper, plastic, and synthetic substrates at 1,800 B1 sheets (70.7 x 100cm/28 x 40”) per hour.