Q&A with Colordyne’s Director of Engineering, John Urban

After gaining experience developing inkjet technology over the last 10 years, Colordyne is ecstatic to dive into a new adventure. We are confidently expanding our horizons beyond the label and tag space by launching a new division focused on designing and engineering inkjet print engines for digital integration. We want to share our inkjet innovation and integration expertise with Strategic Integration Partners (SIPs) looking to add digital capabilities into their products.

John Urban, Colordyne’s Director of Engineering has played a key role in the development of the new division and portfolio of inkjet print engines. Let’s learn more about this process from his perspective.

Q: Can you tell us about yourself?

A: I have 20+ years of experience working as a mechanical engineer in the print industry. I’ve been involved in the design and development of digital print solutions throughout my entire career. Before joining Colordyne, I was a manufacturing process manager for LS Research and spent 16 years as a senior mechanical engineer at QuadTech.

Today, I’m the Director of Engineering at Colordyne and am responsible for the technology development of our new inkjet print engine portfolio: the ChromaPlex family. I work closely with our SIPs to ensure production plans, timelines and product capabilities meet their expectations and the needs of the markets they serve.

Q: What projects are you currently working on?

A: We announced several SIP integration projects last year and are working with those companies to get their integrated solutions to market. With the new ChromaPlex print engines, we are now able to focus on expanding our SIP network and address the specific needs of these customers. For example, we are working with our technology partners to test various ink sets to meet color density requirements from our SIPs and their markets.

Q: How does the development process work with SIPs?

A: Our engineering team works hand in hand with each SIP to integrate our digital print engines into their products. Throughout the development process, we focused on cost-effective and efficient integration techniques like using a modular design that allows us to develop a print engine for unique printers and press specifications in less time. We then create a prototype system and carefully test each engine design and product to ensure it meets the market’s needs and that the best product is delivered to the end-user.

Q: If a company is interested in becoming an SIP, what do they need to do?

A: It starts with a simple conversation about their objectives. Our goal is to ensure that integrating a ChromaPlex print engine from Colordyne is a good fit with the SIP’s equipment, market and application. During our initial discussions, we can evaluate this fit. Sometimes it works and sometimes it is not the best option, and that’s okay. We encourage equipment manufacturers who are interested in adding inkjet printing into their systems to contact us to have this conversation.

Q: What happens after the engine has been developed?

A: After an engine has been developed and integrated into an SIP’s product, we don’t stop there. Our team is committed to working closely with our SIPs not only through the development, integration and operational life of the print engine. We provide continued support to our SIPs for thier service, marketing, sales, and applications needs.

Q: What are the digital technologies available for engine integration?

A: Our ChromaPlex portfolio of digital print engines include aqueous pigment and UV LED inkjet technology. We offer three different engines, each with scalable print widths, to help SIP’s serve a wide variety of markets and applications. Depending on the SIP’s goals, our team helps them identify the best technology and configuration fit for their products.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in the upcoming year?

A: After many months of hard work planning and developing Colordyne’s new division, our entire team is excited to see our new print engines out in the field. We are excited to be at this stage, and we are ready to grow our SIPs network.

For more information about how to become an SIP and learn more about Colordyne’s ChromaPlex print engines contact us.