We’ve seen Memjet heads in label applications from Colordyne and packaging applications from Xante. Now, at GRAPH EXPO, Delphax (Booth 2038) is showing an alpha test version of the elan color inkjet press, powered by Memjet, for the commercial print market. “It’s a Delphax printing engine with Memjet technology at the core of the chips and the heads,” says company spokesman Kevin Holmes. “We are jetting all five colors through a single head.”
At a base price under $500,000, Holmes adds that the elan will be very enticing to commercial print firms, as well as competitive—capable of outputting 1600 dots per inch at up to 500 full-color sheets per minute. Its maximum sheet size is 18x25”, and the press can run paper basis weights ranging from 60 gsm to 350 gsm, which is the equivalent of 16-point stock. Depending on ink coverage, users can expect running costs of between 1.5 cents and 3.5 cents per A4 (8.5x11”) image, Holmes notes.
The elan press, which uses a PDF workflow, will be commercially available in late 2013. The alpha model can be seen in action during live presentations daily through Wednesday at 1:30, 2:45, and 3:45 pm in Booth 2038.