Question: Some folks (Mediastreet) have touted in the past that ink can cost upwards of $21,000/gallon of ink and most inks are dyes rather than pigment causing image fade over time.
Sitting idle most inkjet technologies "dry out" and cause nozzle clogs which then cost a bunch of ink to clear out during the
"cleaning process", how does Memjet handle clogging or drying of ink in the nozzles?
Answer: Image fade caused by light and ozone can vary greatly. Some of the conventional wisdom on this topic is shifting because of new papers, new dyes and new pigment dispersions that are improving some of the old parameters. Permanence itself has both to do with the ink type but, perhaps more importantly, the paper type and the interaction between the two. Photo papers designed to interact positively with
the ink can still lead to long life, even with dyes. Having said that, pigments (because they do have non-soluble particles) have an
advantage in terms of light and ozone fade, but a disadvantage in terms of overall vibrancy.
What can we say about the Memjet dyes? Our Memjet dyes are specific to our system. While they are not fundamentally different than other
dye formulations, other dye formulations may cause catastrophic damage because of subtle but important differences. In the future our
ink formulations will continue to evolve to potentially include novel dye elements as well as pigments.
Question: Paper handling, at these kinds of speeds an A4/Letter page hopper can fill up mighty fast. Are there additional paper handling options?
Answer: The biggest advantage of the speed is the productivity that is realized from being able to pick up your print job immediately. While we do believe that Memjet's speed will increase the number of pages end-users typically print, we don't think this increase will be
dramatic for desktop device and, in most cases, users will simply print more 1-5 page documents vs. a 200-page document. Very quickly