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  • 14 Dec 2011

Colordyne launches Memjet-based label system

Colordyne Technologies has launched its near-line production class label machine with Memjet technology and components. Danielle Jerschefske reports

Colordyne used videos at the Own-X’ booth, its European distributor, and at the AzTech converting booth, its integration and finishing partner, at Labelexpo Europe to demonstrate its new CDT-1600PC (production class) roll-to-roll press dedicated to the prime and secondary pressure sensitive label markets, narrow web packaging and tags. Show attendees saw Colordyne’s inkjet system using Memjet color printing technology mounted on a specially engineered web handling system developed in cooperation with AzTech Converting.

The 1600PC is a five-color fixed head system equipped with CMYK water based dye ink, plus a water-based dye pantone spot color capable of running at 32 in/sec, or 160 ft/min on both continuous and pre-die cut materials. Memjet’s printheads utilize nanotechnology that can print at 1600 x 1200 dpi on this system. Memjet-powered printers use Memjet printheads, controller chips and ink. The Memjet printhead is 8.77 inches wide and has 70,400 nozzles that can fire more than 700 million drops of ink per second. With its five printheads, the CDT-1600PC can fire more than three and a half billion drops of ink per second.

This digital inkjet system is poised to tackle two separate pieces of market share. Firstly, the Colordyne system can offer a turnkey solution to brand owners of all sizes to help improve turnover times, reduce inventories and waste and provide a production avenue for more cost-effective full color labels. Since the system is capable of printing pre-die cut materials, the complex conversion step is removed from on-demand label production, thereby streamlining the process.

The Colordyne 1600PC has been designed with flexibility in mind and with the AzTech Converting partnership, and label converters can additionally customize the converting line by adding stations to the front and back of the digital heads with options to coat, laminate, integrate foiling, stamping and/or die stations to produce more short runs of high-value labels cost effectively.

Gary Falconbridge, president of Colordyne says, ‘The system can truly compete with flexo at job run lengths from 1,000 to 75,000. It provides label converters the opportunity to come into the digital market offering full color variable printing for a variety of business sectors at low costs. The 1600PC is a lower capital expenditure. There’s opportunity to find profit margins with the system’s consumable infrastructure and it has a smaller footprint. The Memjet heads in the production class Colordyne system can be replaced for about 500 dollars at MSRP, and with the 1.4 picoliter size of the dots, which is half the size of other industry heads, lowers the cost per print as it requires less ink to provide full coverage of the material. The total system cost is $150k.

‘We believe the Colordyne printers will forge a paradigm shift,’ explains Falconbridge. ‘Looking at a high speed color printing system in this way and fully utilizing the Memjet technology creates a whole new way of doing business.’

Colordyne will begin shipping machines to North American and Europe in the fourth quarter of 2011. Already Colordyne has three distribution points for the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, and 30 or so resellers.

While Colordyne was unable to deliver machinery to Labelxpo in time for live demonstrations, it did exhibit with the 1600PC and its benchtop units at both Graph Expo and Pack Expo, receiving a vibrant response with over 150 quotes to end users and converters. It was able to sign on an additional 15 channel resellers and expects to add another 15 in Q4. It will be shipping up to 15 1600-PC models in Q4.

Pictured: The Colordyne 1600PC

This article was published in L&L issue 5, 2011

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Danielle Jerschefske is Labels & Labeling's sustainability consultant.

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