MGI's Inkjet Technologies Take Center Stage at GRAPH EXPO

MGI (Booth 3619) is probably best known for its flagship Meteor series of dry toner, multi-substrate digital presses. However, with the introduction of two different inkjet devices within the last three years—JETvarnish and JETcard—it is establishing itself as a major player in the broadening inkjet field.

In 2008, MGI signaled its entrance into inkjet technologies with the introduction of the JETvarnish, shown as a prototype at drupa 2008 and then entering full production and customer deployment in 2009. The JETvarnish was (and reportedly still is) the only commercially available digital inkjet spot UV coater, providing end users with an economical, 100% digital method for offline spot UV coating, a premium service that generates real bottom line profits. In addition to the cost benefit that eliminating plates and screens for spot UV coating affords, the JETvarnish opened up the opportunity for integrating variable data into spot UV jobs on even the shortest runs. Not only limited to clear spot UV coating, the JETvarnish also offers a second line of print heads for black ink printing (ideal for text, barcodes, etc).Other specialty effects, such as glitter, have also been previewed. Customers all over the world are benefiting from the new opportunities the JETvarnish has brought to their business, including major book printers, specialty photo retailers, and commercial printers in the U.S. and Canada.

With the introduction of the JETcard in late 2010, MGI moved from spot UV coating into the world of color inkjet printing. Seen as a unique device, the JETcard streamlines the card manufacturing process, offering in just one pass, drop-on-demand color printing (4 + 2 colors, CMYK plus custom colors or white ink), spot/flood UV coating, specialty coating (black light visible), as well as inline data encoding and verification for magnetic stripes. Designed for small-format applications such as CR-80 cards (credit card format with rounded corners), the JETcard provides card manufacturers and commercial printers with an all-in-one solution for gift/loyalty/membership/ID card production as well as plastic business cards and other applications. For the first time in the plastic card segment, a digital device can go head-to-head with offset in terms of run length, color capabilities, and speed (up to 8,000 cards per hour), while maintaining a cost below industry standards, even on the shortest runs.

The JETcard has caught the attention of some of the world’s largest card manufacturers, who realize the opportunities MGI can offer with this revolutionary device. In 2010 it was given an extreme honor, when it was awarded the Siemens Grand Prize de l’Innovation, given to one product across all market segments for technological innovation and overall economic impact.

Judging by these two technologies, it’s no secret that MGI is positioning itself firmly in the inkjet segment—and with drupa 2012 quickly approaching, this signals MGI’s direction in future opportunities.