Gulmen develops Memjet label press

Gulmen Digital, which makes commercial label printing and finishing machines, has developed an inkjet label printer, the Quantum Jet 333, using Colordyne’s ChromaPlex LT aqueous pigment inkjet engine. 

Gulmen Digital has developed this Quantum Jet 333 label press using a Colordyne ChromaPlex LT engine with a Memjet DuraFlex printhead.

The ChromaPlex LT is based around Memjet’s DuraFlex thermal printhead, which has four channels and as such offers a cost-effective option with a small footprint. It has a maximum print width of 330mm and a maximum speed of 45mpm at a resolution of 1600 x 954 dpi. The DuraFlex heads can produce 1600 x 1600 dpi resolution but then the speed drops to 23mpm. Colordyne uses Memjet’s DuraFlex aqueous pigmented inkset, which is suitable for printing secondary food packaging as well as printing on porous and offset papers, along with special inkjet and coated papers.

Gulmen Digital, which is based in Melbourne, Australia, started in the label and packaging business as a service provider and eventually moved into manufacturing and distribution of commercial printing and converting equipment. Working with Colordyne allowed the company to speed up its engineering development cycle and bring a new inkjet printing solution to market quickly. 

The peculiar problem that defines the Australian market is that it is a very large country, with a desert in the middle and a small population sprinkled here there and everywhere, which makes any kind of service operation quite challenging. So Eddie Gulmen, president and founder of Gulmen Digital, set out to develop a mid-range colour platform that could produce high quality work for a reasonable investment.

Gulmen says that inkjet allows for a very straightforward solution: “You create the artwork, place it in a folder with automated colour management, set the copies and off it goes. Digital printing allows users to save on material and labor. Plus, with digital the job can be finished faster.”

The Quantum Jet 333 is billed as an industrial label printer. It can print on various types of materials including paper, PP/PE, metallic material as well as light cardboard up to 450gsm. It’s operated via a colour touch screen and can be used with external digital RIP interfaces.

Gulmen says that the aim is for a single person to manage a fleet of these printers, noting: “This platform will provide opportunities for further process automation to control the printer, like automatic unwind loading with turret rewinds and intelligent camera systems for fault detection and recovery.”

Taylor Buckthorpe, director of Sales & Marketing at Colordyne, commented: “Colordyne has played a role in advancing inkjet technology, but it’s partners like Gulmen Digital that identify the fit for end users that make it exciting to continue innovating.”

You can find more details on the Quantum Jet 333 from gulmendigital.com.au, on the ChromaPlex LT from colordyneinkjet.com and on the DuraFlex printhead from memjet.com.


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