Memjet Ink Transition F.A.Q.s

Memjet is introducing a new ink formula for some of our printers, in response to recent global supply chain challenges. This change is necessary to ensure the ongoing availability of high-quality ink for our customers.

We have prepared detailed resources, including this FAQ section, to help you understand and manage this transition smoothly. Our goal is to maintain our commitment to quality and reliability with minimal disruption to your printing needs.

For any questions or further assistance, please contact your dedicated Afinia sales representative or authorized dealer. 

The change in ink formula is necessary due to global supply issues and the unavailability of certain dyes used in Memjet inks. This adjustment ensures a continuous supply of ink for Memjet printers already deployed in the field. 

The impacted printer models are: 

  • L701 
  • L801 / L801 Plus 
  • L901 / L901 Plus 
  • DLP-2100 / DLP-2200 (with integrated L901) 
  • CP950 / CP950 Plus
  • FP230 
  • iCube DG & DN

Terms: 

  • NorthStar: The Memjet Print Engine used in all L701, L801, and iCube printers listed above 
  • Sirius: The Memjet Print Engine used in all L901 series, CP950 series, FP230 and DLP products listed above 
  • VERSAPASS DG: Used in L701, L801, L901, CP950, iCube
  • VERSAPASS DN: Used in L801 Plus, L901 Plus, FP230, and CP950 Plus

The procedure is as follows: 

  • Step 1: Download your printer’s latest firmware version from the afinialabel.com support section. 
  • Step 2: Install the printer firmware (est. 5 min). Refer to your printer user manual for instructions. 
  • Step 3: Reboot the printer. 
  • Step 4: Execute a Change Printhead Command from the control panel (Configuration > Printhead > Replace). This will purge the ink from the printhead back into the ink cartridges (est. 1 min). When the purge process is completed, the printhead (blue) latch that holds the printhead in place will lift automatically.  
    ** DO NOT remove the printhead ** 
  • Step 5: Replace your existing ink cartridge(s) with the new ink cartridge(s). 
  • Step 6: Press down the printhead (blue) latch. This will prime the printhead (est. 8 min). 
  • Step 7: The printer is now ready for use. 

Firmware versions: 

  • L701 / L801 / iCube models – version 16.2 or later. 
  • L901 / FP230 / CP950 / DLP models – version 1.7 or later. 

Yes, you can replace one or multiple ink cartridges at one time. The color gamut of the old and new inks are similar. There may be a slight color shift in some situations due to an intermix of the inks, but it is generally not noticeable. If you wish to avoid any color shift, replace the printhead and all 5 inks at the same time. 

Not required, though updated profiles for the L901 and L901 Plus (including CP950, FP230, and DLP models) are available via our product support section.

For NorthStar engine printers, only a firmware update is required.

For Sirius engine printers, a new driver will be available, which will contain new print profiles. The new driver will detect which inks are installed and display the appropriate profiles. 

Yes, we can provide the MSDS, and RoHS/Reach documents for the new inks. These documents are available by request – please contact your authorized Afinia Label dealer or sales representative.

No, all part numbers will remain the same. Ink type will be indicated on the ink cartridge label.

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