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An Interview with Tom Roetker of Memjet
August 22, 2014
Following Memjet’s announcement of their new color print engine earlier this week, we were granted to the opportunity to go one-on-one with a member of their team to gather more information. Below is the transcript of our interview, conducted via email, with Mr. Tom Roetker, vice president of engineering, Memjet Labels.
1)In the press release, it states "the ink delivery system is highly flexible and compatible with a wide range of ink supply cartridges, including customer specific solutions." Can you expand on this a little bit?
2) It appears that once again, Memjet is poised to "disrupt" the industry with this new technology. What type of costs are involved in purchasing either the fully-assembled kit, or purchasing in parts?
3)When many people think of Sirius, the first thing that may come to mind is the sat. radio provider. Can you talk a little bit about how that name was created/chosen, and is there any significance with the 12G, as well?
4) When could interested parties hope to begin using this type of technology? Do you have (Without getting too specific) any partners lined up who have already been working with this technology?
For example, the first OEM to introduce a product using this technology is Trojan Label. Their Trojan 2 product is a mini press to serve customers who want to offer roll to roll production of labels and are not ready to purchase a large capacity digital press. As additional OEMs release products using this print engine, they will have a high degree of differentiation from bench top up to and including mini presses due to the flexibility around what can be printed on, the wide variety of ways OEM?s can transport the object being printed on, and the ability to integrate finishing stations with the print engine.
5) I know from previous conversations with Memjet that the printhead itself is very scalable. Is this new print engine equally scalable?
Tom Roetker is the vice president of engineering Memjet Labels. Tom directs product development of print mechanisms for label printing applications. Additionally, he leads the development of high speed print engines for label printing and various industrial printing applications and develpos new MEMS devices, fluidics control and management hardware, embedded software for high speed image processing, image science software, color science software.