Delphax to Introduce ‘Game-Changing’ Color Print SystemsJanuary 31, 2012
elan brings to the commercial/industrial printing market a transformational advance in imaging technology in a robust sheet-fed print system offering production speeds up to 500 impressions per minute in full color and 1,600-dpi print quality on a wide range of substrates and sheet sizes.
“We are introducing a game-changing print system at Drupa,” said Dieter Schilling, president and chief executive officer of Delphax. “elan represents an entirely new category of digital print technology and is our response to growing customer demand for more efficient, versatile and affordable color printing equipment.
"We have developed a revolutionary sheet-fed transport technology and integrated this with multiple Memjet printheads to provide a unique high-resolution, high-quality and high-speed inkjet printing system. Developed, engineered and manufactured by Delphax, this system offers an unprecedented combination of speed, versatility, affordability and high quality for color sheetfed inkjet production. There is nothing approaching this performance in the market today.”
A pioneer in digital print production, Delphax brings over 30 years of experience in sheet-fed printing innovation to the creation of elan, a commercial class platform exploiting the stunning color-reproduction capability of Memjet’s scalable high-speed inkjet technology. Each Memjet printhead lays down 1600 dpi color graphics by delivering up to 700 million drops of ink per second with more than 70,000 ink nozzles on a single printhead.
As a multi-application system, elan is expected to have multi-market appeal. By providing fast turnaround and short set-up time between jobs, the system promises to be ideal for commercial print-on-demand applications in direct mail, transpromo and billing, book and manual publishing or security printing. elan is designed for an extremely wide range of applications requiring high quality results, whether text or images, in full color.
“The addition of high-speed color capability is an exciting and essential strategic advance for Delphax,” Schilling said. ”It’s what customers have been asking for and represents our opportunity to remain in the forefront of digital printing technology in the years ahead. Digital color is a segment of the printing market that has grown despite the recession and social-media-driven declines within the printing industry. It is projected to gain steadily in share of revenues from equipment, supplies and services.