Gulmen Digital, an Australian manufacturer of commercial label printing and finishing machines, has launched Quantum Jet 333, an industrial label printer developed to answer the growing demand for high-quality printing and faster turnarounds.
The Australian company recognized an opportunity for a 13-inch (330mm) printing system, which leverages Colordyne’s ChromaPlex LT aqueous pigment inkjet engine to offer a high-speed, high-resolution print for short-run labels and tags.
For Gulmen Digital, navigating the challenges of Australia’s vast landscape and spread-out population was the key driver for developing a process color, mid-range platform that bridges the gap between high capital cost equipment and high-quality performance.
The company views the new system as suitable for printers in the consumer products space and businesses looking to reduce costs by offloading work from their flexo presses without sacrificing the quality of the printed product.
According to Gulmen Digital, with the Quantum Jet 333, businesses can eliminate process waste and reduce the room for error surrounding analog print production, including plates, inks, material and more.
‘Inkjet is brilliant. From the computer to printing, it’s straightforward like that,’ said Eddie Gulmen, president and founder of Gulmen Digital. ‘You create the artwork, place it in a folder with automated color 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.’
Celebrating a 20-year milestone, Gulmen Digital started in the label and packaging business as a service provider and eventually moved into manufacturing and distribution of commercial printing and converting equipment. Partnering with Colordyne, Gulmen Digital identified a cost-effective way to speed up its engineering development cycle and bring a new inkjet printing solution to market quickly. The company sees a clear market for the Quantum Jet 333 today and in the future.
‘The goal is to get to a point where a single person can manage a fleet of these printers,’ added Gulmen. ‘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.’
By leveraging the ChromaPlex LT print engine, the system can consistently produce high volume jobs at 1600 x 1600 DPI print quality while running at speeds up to 150 ft/min (45m/min). The Quantum Jet 333 can print on various materials used for labeling and product identification, and it’s equipped with an intuitive color touchscreen that makes it easy to operate.
‘We are happy we were able to collaborate with Gulmen Digital and its innovative approach to bring to market a successful and affordable technology,’ said Taylor Buckthorpe, director of sales and marketing at Colordyne. ‘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.’