Memjet will be providing demonstrations of the new DuraLink printing platform and its pigment-based ink at PRINT 17, Sept. 10- 14 in Chicago.
DuraLink combines long-life printheads, pigment ink and flexible modules to give OEM partners a fast, easy way to develop solutions for high-volume commercial, packaging and industrial printing markets.
When developing the aqueous pigment inks to meet the demands of these markets, Memjet faced challenges: The ink would need to achieve water fastness and resistance to light fade and be compatible with a broad range of media. In addition, it would need to have a competitive gamut and image quality, fast dry time, high reliability and long life — all within the low-cost, and small drop-volume of the Memjet thermal inkjet printhead.
For more than five years, Memjet and Kao worked together to develop the aqueous pigment inks that could meet these challenges. The custom design of the ink, combined with its highly controlled pigment dispersion manufacturing process, means the ink is extremely stable and produces excellent ink-on-media performance with DuraLink printheads in high-speed inkjet presses.
“By leveraging Memjet’s ink and printhead expertise with Kao’s in-depth knowledge of dispersion technology and ink formulation, we were able to create a high-performing and reliable ink set for DuraLink,” Kim Champion, VP of ink and materials at Memjet, said.