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Delphax to Showcase elan 500 at Drupa

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Press release from the issuing company

Watch for Cary Sherburne’s exclusive interview with Delphax CEO Dieter Schilling on April 5th, and tune in Friday April 6th for a detailed technical discussion of elan as part of David Zwang’s ongoing series on the inkjet drupa.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Delphax Technologies Inc. , a global provider of high-speed digital printing equipment, announced today that it will introduce its new elan(TM) digital color print system at drupa 2012 May 3-16 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The system, which combines major advances in inkjet and paper-handling technologies, will be showcased in Hall 8b, stand C10 with demonstrations of the elan 500 powered by Memjet. A news conference is scheduled for May 4 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 01 Congress Center Dusseldorf (CCD-South).

"With elan we are introducing a product line that has the potential not only to penetrate important segments of the market but to reshape them," said Dieter Schilling, president and chief executive officer of Delphax. "We believe that elan's combination of price, sheet-fed configuration and performance will make versatile high-quality color printing affordable--and profitable--for a much wider range of commercial printers than is the case today."

Powered by Memjet technologies, elan 500 is a robust production class sheet-fed print system offering full color and 1600 dpi print quality at speeds of up to 500 impressions per minute.

Delphax engineers have integrated multiple Memjet printheads with a unique Delphax-designed paper path utilizing the company's patented SST(TM) transport technology to create an unprecedented combination of speed, versatility, affordability and high quality for color sheet-fed and on-demand inkjet production.

"The system's capabilities have been shaped by our market research, including extensive customer input, on the production and competitive pressures faced by commercial printers today," Schilling said. "The result is innovation that not only sets a new speed benchmark for inkjet technology in a sheet-fed configuration, but will also allow Delphax to market these systems at substantially lower prices than the competition."

The elan digital front end (DFE) uses the Adobe PDF document format for both publishing and variable workflow, driven by Delphax's unique scalable RIP architecture. The elan DFE allows simple and cost-effective integration into any workflow solution without binding the customer to proprietary systems or requiring separate software solutions for each application type. An intuitive touch-screen interface simplifies the operator experience, keeping input options clear and uncomplicated. Comprehensive reporting systems provide detailed metrics and permit real-time analysis of system performance.

Maximum sheet size is 18 x 25.2 inches (SRA2 - 450 x 640 mm); minimum sheet size - 8 x 8 inches (203.2 x 203.2 mm). The system prints on a wide range of substrates, from 60 to 350 gsm. Patent-pending in-line primer capability is an option for enhancing substrate compatibility. The system also offers up to two spot colors. Industry certified Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) is offered for security and direct mail printing and other personalized applications.

elan is Delphax's response to a growing customer demand for more efficient, versatile and affordable color printing equipment, and it promises to be ideal for commercial print-on-demand challenges in direct mail, transpromotional, billing, statements and book or manual publishing. Its variable data and MICR capability are also expected to make elan attractive to Delphax's established security printing market.

Customer beta testing is scheduled to begin later this year.

A pioneer in digital print production, Delphax has captured the largest worldwide market share in check-printing applications, developing a highly regarded global customer-service and support organization in the process.

"We are positioning elan to have a much broader market appeal than we could ask from our existing monochrome products," Schilling said. "It represents an entirely new category of digital print technology and offers a combination of price and performance that is unmatched today and long awaited by the market."



By Pat Berger on Apr 04, 2012

Again were is the lifecyle analysis. What is happending to this industry? All the talk of sustainability and being green so on and so forth. Yet there continue to be new printing devices coming without much thought to the lifecycle of the printed pieces.

This is an exact quote of the response I received from Memjet and the memjet ink.

"Here is the response to your inquiry about the Memjet ink. Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Memjet technology is a high-speed, high-density thermal inkjet technology that uses aqueous inks. Although we are significantly faster than other technologies, our ink formulations interact with paper much like the vast majority of other thermal inkjet technologies in use today and therefore perform the same from a recycling perspective.

Memjet prints on plain uncoated, standard inkjet coated, and micro-porous substrates, common across both office and commercial printing environments. All these media are recyclable.

Colorants associated with dye and pigment-based aqueous inks are generally more difficult to remove from paper ("de-ink") than some printing technologies. However, for practical reasons, inkjet pages are rarely sorted from commercially printed paper or paper printed on laser-based devices, and are simply aggregated for the recycling process. The impact of this difference today is minimal because the vast majority of paper media is still printed by large commercial presses.

There is research going on industry-wide to look at future ink formulations that improve de-inking results for aqueous inks and will contribute to higher quality recycled products in the future. Memjet is aware of this research and will consider it in future ink formulations."


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