What is Duraflex Technology?
Duraflex is the latest offering from Memjet. It’s a print technology not to dis-similar to the current Memjet technology but everything’s moved to the next level. You still have the fixed with printhead and nothing moves other than the material during the print process but there are now both A4 & A3 wide print heads coming.
Duraflex will use pigment ink rather than water based ink currently used with Memjet. The advantage of this is that pigment ink is a lot more durable. Chemical, UV & water resistance will be far greater.
Duraflex Printhead Specs:
- Widths – A4 or A3+ printheads
- Resolution – 1600 x 1600 dpi
- Speed – Up to 30 inches per second / 46 m/min
- Inks – Aqueous pigment inks. Fast drying and very durable. Water based so safe and more environmentally friendly.
- Colours – CMYK with “edge to edge” ability
- 2x Nozzle redundancy
Who will use Duraflex Technology & Why?
Duraflex is designed for high volume printing where quality, speed, durability and a low cost per print are key. There will be many applications for Duraflex but we’ll be focussing on what this tech can bring to label and packaging printing. Memjet printers are already our highest selling print technology and Duraflex is just the next generation of this. Industrial printers as well as end users with high volumes of printing will use this.
Do we think Duraflex will be integrated into label printers?
Yes is the short answer. Memjet has been so popular and successful in the world of labels that we can’t see it not being used. We (HD Labels) will most likely be one of the first users of Duraflex in label as we run a print service in house and this will be perfect for us. Brands like Afinia have led the way in terms of Memjet printers and I expect them to do much the same with Duraflex.
The difference will be that the costs of the initial purchase of the machinery could be much higher. I think these systems will be for professional printing but as always, the rule of thumb with printers is that the more you spend on one the lower the running costs are. I expect that to be the case with any Duraflex label printers once released.
When will we see Duraflex label printers available?
This we’re not sure about. 2022 will most likely be the earliest that a Duraflex label printer will be on show but in terms of being tested, built and in the mainstream market, we’ll have to wait and see. I think you will see some options at trade shows throughout 2022 but these will most likely be early versions of printers or prototypes.
What we can assure you is that as soon as they are out and we have a demo unit running at HD Labels we’ll let you all know and you can come and see it in action. Watch this space!!
Make sure you keep up to date with the latest print technology
HD Labels supply all levels of label print technology so make sure you keep in touch. Request samples, demonstrations from the team and we’ll help you find the right label solution for you.