Dutch company OPM Europa, which makes specialist labels for various chemical companies, has developed a direct to object inkjet printer, the LabelSaver, by combining a Trojan Label print engine with a robotic system.
The Trojan is based around Memjet VersaPass printheads, meaning that it’s using Memjet’s aqueous dye based inks, printing in CMYK. Dursun Acun, founder and European sales director at OPM Europa BV, explained: “The modularity of VersaPass technology, combined with the support of Trojan Label, meant I could save money on engineering costs and offer this unit at a more affordable price.”
The idea is that manufacturers will be able to print direct to products and save the cost and bother of printing labels. It was originally developed to print directly to jerry cans, metal paint cans and plastic containers. It can print at a rate of 500 jerry cans per hour in full color, 360 degrees. The solution is also capable of printing on Memjet-receptive coatings for flexible packaging and films.
Memjet’s Senior Vice President Russell Boa said, “LabelSaver has given us a glimpse into the future of the label printing process. This printer shows us how robotics and the right printing technology can work together to improve operational efficiency and be more responsive to their customer’s demands. We envision a future that gives manufacturers a whole new way to approach the production and application of labels.”