Memjet has integrated new features into its Duralink technology, including adding orange, green and violet – creating a seven-colour option for OEM partners who need it. This expanded colour gamut means OEMs can create solutions that enable end users to accurately hit brand colours and produce more realistic images — capabilities that are critical in the growing food, fashion and packaged goods markets.
Based on feedback from current and future OEM partners, DuraLink XL enhancements also include a more robust printhead and four times the printhead life. These features enable the rapid, cost-effective development of next-generation solutions in commercial, packaging and industrial printing markets.
‘Since its introduction, dozens of OEMs from a variety of print markets have engaged with DuraLink technology,’ said Eric Owen, general manager at Memjet. ‘As these partners enter into the lengthy development process, they provide valuable insight on how DuraLink meets their needs, and, more importantly, how we can make the technology even better.
‘Nearly 60 percent of DuraLink’s OEM engagements are focused on packaging,’ said Owen. ‘To meet the needs of this large customer base, Memjet integrated new colour and durability features into DuraLink technology.’
Further DuraLink enhancements improve print production in the corrugated market. When printing on corrugated, it is often difficult to position the media consistently under the printhead. This creates an irregular surface that tends to move during the printing process. While the media is being transported, it can often hit and damage the printhead.
To reduce the possibility of contact between the printhead and the substrate, DuraLink can now be positioned up to three-millimetres above the board. If there is contact, the nozzle plate of DuraLink’s proprietary hardened silicon surface is strike and damage resistant. This makes it difficult to damage to the nozzle plate and, due to the unique design, unlikely that the substrate will ever reach the printhead.
OEMs across all markets will benefit from the longer life of DuraLink printheads. Previously, the DuraLink printhead had a 50-litre head life. The enhanced DuraLink XL printhead is now four times that number, lasting for an average of 200 litres.
This longer printhead life provides lengthier uptime and improves efficiency for end-users. Unplanned downtime is virtually eliminated as end users can plan for printhead replacements to happen during normal maintenance or paper-roll changes.
‘Memjet is an innovator, continually striving to make our products better. We also ensure that all customers have access to this innovation,’ said Owen. ‘So whether a customer has already built their system, or has a system in development, they can still incorporate and leverage the new features of DuraLink.’