MGI's Inkjet Technologies Take Center Stage at GRAPH EXPO

Published Friday, 30 September, 2011
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Published in the GRAPH EXPO Show Daily - Monday, September 12, 2011 (page 22)
MGI (booth 3619) is probably best known for their flagship Meteor series of dry toner, multi-substrate digital presses. However, with the introduction of two different inkjet devices within the last 3 years in the JETvarnish and the JETcard, they are establishing themselves as a 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 still is) the only commercially available digital inkjet spot UV coater, providing end users 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 no longer requiring plates or screens for spot UV coating afforded, 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 2nd line of print heads for black ink printing (ideal for text, barcodes, etc), plus other specialty effects, such as glitter, have also been previewed. Customers all over the world have seen the new opportunities the JETvarnish has brought to their business, including major book printers, specialty photo retailers and commercial printers in the United States and Canada.  
With the introduction of the JETcard in late 2010, MGI moved from spot UV coating into the world of color inkjet printing. A truly 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, which has no peer in the graphic arts marketplace. In 2010, it was given an extreme honor when it was awarded the Siemens Gran 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.