Memjet has introduced a new print engine, which means the bits that go around the print head, such as the ink tanks, the pipes that take the ink to the head, and the pumps and electronics that govern the ink flow. The new print engine, the Sirius-12G, will work with the existing Memjet printhead.
Tom Roetker, Vice President of Engineering, says that it’s designed to make it easier for OEMs to implement the print head. It’s mainly aimed at roll to roll printers, as Roetker explains: “This engine is just a marking engine that sits on top of the substrate.” This has a number of advantages, such as allowing for a wider range of substrates regardless of the thickness of that media. But it also means that the substrates can pass underneath the print engine so that the media can be easily accessed without having to break the web to do so for maintenance. It should also be possible to move the print zone up and down to be able to handle varying material thickness such as stuffed envelopes or board stock.
Memjet is targeting the print engine at label printing, package printing, mail processing, and print-and-apply labels in product manufacturing operations.
This also marks a new level of flexibility from Memjet, as the Sirius-12G engine is available in several different versions. Gus Piccin, Senior Vice President of Global Business Development at Memjet Labels, explains: “It could be an engine that we fully assemble or they can buy a bag of parts or they can just buy the main parts from us and source parts such as ink tanks and pumps from other suppliers.”
The really significant advantage of this is that OEMs will be able to develop distinctly different products. Thus one of the first to be announced is the Trojan 2, which is a standalone label printer built as a mini press and able to handle a much greater throughout than the bench top type label presses that have typically used Memjet heads.
In the past Memjet printers have all had the same specifications and basic design leaving the vendors to compete on price and support contracts but this approach will leave each vendor free to design their own unique solution, which should make the market for Memjet printers much more interesting.
That said, this new print engine will continue to work with the existing Memjet printhead. This is a high speed head with over 70,400 nozzles capable of delivering millions of ink drops every second. It’s a page-width head, 220mm wide, that has 1,600 dpi native print resolution in full process color (CMYK). Speeds are 12 in/sec in standard-quality (1600×800 dpi) print mode and 6 in/sec in premium- quality (1600×1600 dpi) print mode.