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New Jetrion Technology Expands Applications And Market Reach Of Thermal Inkjet

Press release from the issuing company

CHICAGO, IL, October 11, 2004 — Jetrion LLC, a leading global provider of advanced products, services and specialized solutions for industrial inkjet applications, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Flint Ink, is significantly expanding the application set and widening the market reach for thermal inkjet (TIJ) technology with innovative, patent-pending coating developments that overcome the most restrictive production limitations of water-based TIJ systems. "The advancement of TIJ technology is a high priority for Jetrion," said Dr. Kenneth Stack, president of Jetrion. "We're focused on solving the critical performance limitations of TIJ technology, including its current inability to print on non-porous substrates. Improving TIJ technology using proprietary chemistry will allow us to move this technology into higher level applications such as low-porosity commercial printing applications, packaging, labeling and plastic card printing. We believe our new coating solutions can greatly expand the use of TIJ technology without compromising its intrinsic advantages of ease of use and low entry cost.” Visitors to Jetrion’s booth at Graph Expo will see that Jetrion has already delivered a thermal inkjet-based product in the new Jetrion 3005 Inkjet System, the third in the Jetrion 3000 Inkjet Systems Series. The combination of Jetrion's new coating technologies, the Jetrion 3005 Inkjet System, and its industry-standard Graph-Tech controller enables customers to utilize thermal inkjet technology for entirely new applications. The 3000 Series controller allows users to perform advanced bindery and finishing applications, while taking advantage of the low entry cost of TIJ. Coupled with Jetrion’s new coating technologies, which can also improve color density and image durability, the Jetrion 3005 can allow users of continuous inkjet (CIJ) or drop-on-demand (DOD) to take advantage of what TIJ has to offer, while not giving up the ability to print on a large variety of substrates. At Graph Expo, Booth #836, Jetrion is exclusively demonstrating for the first time its new technology that enables water-based TIJ to print on, and adhere to, the most challenging low- to medium-porosity substrates, such as plastics and glossy print stocks. The demonstration of unique thermal inkjet receptivity on difficult substrates will be shown using the new Jetrion 3005 Inkjet System. Jetrion will continue to leverage its extensive ink and coatings expertise to further enable the use of TIJ and other water-based inkjet systems in industrial printing.