IIJ ANSWERS THE CALL OF THE WIDE

3 March 2020

When it comes to developing new products, Industrial Inkjet Ltd, has always followed the demands of customers looking to expand and push the boundaries of what their business can achieve.

In 2009, IIJ launched the first of its innovative compact inkjet print modules, the ColourPrint 72 based on Konica Minolta’s compact and versatile inkjet printheads. This engine was capable of 72mm wide, 4 colour 360dpi printing at up to 27m/min, all within a footprint of less than 150mm. As the inkjet printhead technology has evolved and improved, IIJ’s range of print engines has expanded to over 55 models.

These can be supplied with print swathes up to 562mm wide at 360dpi or 594mm wide at 600 dpi and can achieve speeds from 65m/min to 300m/min depending on configuration. All of this whilst maintaining IIJ’s design philosophy of compactness and simplicity, allowing the highly reliable engines to be integrated into a huge variety of applications such as labels and packaging, décor, track and trace, ID documents and direct to product in industrial environments.

With the drive into packaging and décor markets the requirements are for even wider systems. So IIJ has responded with a new addition to its already impressive range of solutions. The latest system, a MonoPrint 775i, can print upto 160 m/min at 360 dpi or 80m/min at 720dpi, and has been produced for an industrial packaging application. The flexible design has been developed to be capable of print up to 4 colours at a maximum print width of 845mm wide when using the 360dpi KM1024i printheads or 891mm when using the 600dpi KM1800i heads. Making this product perfect for wider packaging applications such as carton, foil or flexible films as well as décor markets.

As always, IIJ have made it as versatile as possible, so the design is also compatible with the new 450 dpi, KM1280i printheads which would allow up to 849mm print width at expected speeds of 135m/min at 450 dpi.

IIJ also prides itself on having an extensive range of ink options available from a multitude of global ink suppliers. These range from UV curable inks, including low migration, covert security, low metamerism and highly flexible versions, to pigmented waterbased inks for packaging and décor applications.

The first system will be installed next month, and IIJ is already working on packaging projects that require four colour printing above 800mm wide. At Drupa in June, IIJ will be present on the Konica Minolta Business solutions booth, showcasing their new wide design print engines for a variety of applications.



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