Mouvent – New concept: cluster instead of fixed size print bars
The base building block for all Mouvent machines – the Mouvent Cluster (Source: Mouvent)
SWITZERLAND • The company Mouvent – recently founded by a joint venture between Bobst and Radex – has published more details to its new digital printing technology. The so-called Mouvent Cluster uses clusters instead of fixed size print bars by colour, arranging them in a modular, scalable matrix. According to the company, the result is one system that can be simply adapted for all substrates, of all widths, for all markets.
The cluster technology was developed by Radex, a start-up company owned by multiple stakeholders with a long track record in the field of DOD inkjet digital printing. Radex and BOBST created Mouvent as a joint venture in June 2017. The cluster technology is the centerpiece of revolutionary new machines developed by Mouvent for a wide variety of markets such as textile, labels, corrugated board, flexible packaging, folding carton and more.
Piero Pierantozzi, Co-founder of Mouvent, states: “The cluster technology is completely flexible and can be adapted and used for any market and any substrate.”
Besides an eight-colour digital printing line Mouvent has also announced first label printing presses: two high speed seven-colour UV ink printers (LB701-UV and LB702-UV) and a water-based ink digital inkjet label printer in the narrow web segment. According to the company, with single-pass machines like these, the substrate is running through at up to 100 m/min (328 fpm) below the fixed clusters, at one colour per cluster.
A Mouvent Cluster prints up to 170 mm (6.69”) wide. It is possible to add additional clusters (two clusters is 340 mm (13.38”) wide etc). With 10,000 operating hours the company promises a very long lifecycle of the cluster.