Fulfilling customer needs while bridging the gap between high capital cost and high-quality performance has been at the heart of Gulmen Digital’s philosophy since the company began manufacturing and supplying commercial label printing and finishing machines in 2002.
The QuantumJet 333 is a case in point. Designed and manufactured in Melbourne some 18 months ago for the pharmaceutical industry, this model has been operating successfully in the interim producing high-quality work. Now other sectors of the industry can benefit from the latest additions to the range – the QuantumJet Elite and the QuantumJet Lite.
Joshua Long, Gulmen Digital’s Business Development Executive, explains: “Having the ability to build machines to spec, we are able to meet the specific needs of the client. Whether they require a printing press or operate in the packaging space, we can manufacture a machine to match.
“For example, the needs of the pharmaceutical industry revolve around printing on substrates that allow the type to be easily read and which conforms to minimum size requirements. Another consideration is label life. This needs to take into account the necessity to withstand an environment that can have the influence of chemicals as well as storage under temperature extremes.
“On the other hand, a client in the packaging space is looking for extreme speed on cardboard-like material. This gave us the opportunity to really push our web handling system through its paces, using a very high 450 gsm material to produce picture quality at high speeds. To combat the extreme speed a special aqueous ink (which is FDA Food Safe Certified) was developed and we added a high-quality NIR Heater (Near Infrared Heater) which is instant on and instant off. It’s very impressive to watch the prints come out instantly dry once they’ve passed the heater.”
The QuantumJet pigmented aqueous inks are able to withstand harsh environmental conditions. They are lightfast, water-resistant and scratch-resistant. With low odour, low migration direct to food contact, they are suitable for printing secondary food packaging as well as printing on porous and offset papers, along with special inkjet and coated papers.
QuantumJet Lite offers a cost-effective option with a small footprint. It combines the best in speed, simplicity and affordability with increased durability, A4 and A3+ widths and a high-speed data link. The Quantumjet Lite architecture significantly reduces costs and print times. High productivity and cost-effective printing are achieved with minimal operator intervention thanks to an intuitive colour touch screen that makes it easy to operate the printer’s functions.
These machines provide the perfect combination of increased print accuracy and low ink costs, offering significant cost savings over the life of the printer.
A QuantumJet Elite, soon to be installed at The Paper Cup Company, one of the largest coffee cup producers in Australia, is on display now at Gulmen Digital’s factory along with the budget-conscious QuantumJet Lite version. The latter can produce multi-colour labels and short-run packaging labels, and also has the capability to print on light cardboard.
What’s next on the agenda?
Gulmen Digital is currently manufacturing the latest design in web handling combining flexo and digital inline finishing: a ‘hybrid’ digital flexo/digital CMYK/digital finishing all-in-one system incorporating Durabolt technology.
Gulmen Digital has partnered with Memjet to introduce this new technology, a first in Australia. Brilliantly designed by Memjet, the bullet-proof digital print unit can withstand production of up to three shifts. It will be launched in July at Gulmen Digital’s showroom.
“The sky’s the limit with the QuantumJet technology,” says Joshua Long. “It’s relative to how creative the buyer can be. We’ve generated heaps of interest in the industry along with the potential to be at the forefront of this new era of digital printing.”
A QuantumJet Elite is soon to be installed at The Paper Cup Company