Mimaki USA launches mobile app for quick access to product information
August 15, 2017 Mimaki USA launches mobile app for quick access to product information Free download includes features for product selection by application search and CMYK color analysis Suwanee, GA, Aug. 15, 2017 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced availability of the Mimaki USA mobile app, for users to search and find printer, plotter, ink, software, color analysis and other information directly from their mobile devices. The Mimaki USA mobile app includes the following key functions for quick access to product information and support:
- Search is a ‘help me choose’ feature that guides the user in exploring all the printing and cutting products available from Mimaki. By answering a few basic questions on device type, application, ink type and media handling, users can view a suggested list of Mimaki products that fit the selected criteria.
- The Printers and Plotters buttons let users browse through the company’s products, with more information available on any product with a simple touch of the screen.
- The Ink button provides detailed information on all Mimaki original inks, including characteristics, suitability for an application, part numbers and printer compatibility.
- The Dropper button collects color information using the mobile device’s camera and immediately displays the CMYK values.
- A Contact button enables users to send an email to request more information, or to connect directly to the company’s web site.
Sharing news from ITNH: celebrating a successful partnership with Mimaki USA
June 20, 2017, (Manchester, NH) This year, ITNH, Inc., a leading provider of industrial inkjet printers, ink and media, is celebrating its 16th anniversary since partnering with Mimaki USA. ITNH’s relationship with Mimaki started in 2001 with the Mimaki JV4-160, a large format, roll-to-roll printer. ITNH was already an established nationwide distributor when a Mimaki salesman sent Managing Partner Michael Terlizzi the model to try for a test run. “Once we started using the printer, we realized how advanced it was,” said Terlizzi. “The engineering was six months to a year ahead of everyone else at the time.” Immediately impressed by the technology behind the JV4-160, ITNH began a partnership with Mimaki. “We started off selling a few dozen Mimaki printers a year,” said Terlizzi. “Now we have a demand for upwards of a couple hundred printers a year, if not more.” Over the past 16 years, that relationship has grown and ITNH now considers the Mimaki product line to be its flagship brand. ITNH was even responsible for the sale of Mimaki’s first flatbed printer in America in 2004. ITNH’s growth continues with the addition of Scott Yurashek as Southwestern Sales Manager. Yurashek comes to ITNH with nearly three decades of experience in the printing industry. Headquartered in Dallas, Yurashek’s territory includes Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi, with the goal of increasing both ITNH and Mimaki’s presence in the area. Since day one, ITNH has been one of Mimaki’s most successful and highest selling dealerships. As one of the first American companies to become experts in Mimaki’s UV technology, ITNH is continually at the top of the charts when it comes to sales and revenue. “There’s definitely a parallel to our company growing and Mimaki growing in terms of sales and revenue,” said Terlizzi. “We’ve been great partners for 16 years now and it’s definitely helped each other succeed.” So, what ever happened to that first JV4-160 printer? It ran successfully in the field for 12 years of service until Terlizzi took it back on trade for sentimental reasons. The printer now has a permanent home in the ITNH showroom and reminds the team (and customers) of the long-term possibilities of Mimaki’s engineering. About ITNH, Inc. ITNH Inc. is a leading provider of industrial inkjet printing equipment, inks and media. We offer comprehensive, turnkey solutions from planning and installation to implementation and ongoing support. For more information, visit https://itnh.com/.
Mimaki Dye Sublimation Inks Achieve ECO PASSPORT Certification
Mimaki original dye sublimation inks achieve certification from OEKO-TEX® Suwanee, GA, May 9, 2017 – Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd. recently announced that its original Sb54/310/410 and Sb320/420 sublimation inks have achieved the ECO PASSPORT certification from OEKO-TEX®. ECO PASSPORT is a mechanism by which textile chemical suppliers demonstrate that their products can be used in sustainable textile production. It authenticates the safety of chemicals used during the production of textile dyes, pigments and finishing agents. OEKO-TEX® is the first system proving the safety of textiles in Europe, and Nissenken is the exclusive certification authority in Japan. Certifications cover each stage of raw materials, product and company environment. The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® product certification history spans more than 20 years, and boasts more than 150,000 recipients in the world. The ECO PASSPORT mechanism was established in 1992 by the OEKO-TEX® international association headquartered in Switzerland and was the first certification process to validate the safety of textiles. Safety certification of raw materials for the Mimaki original dye sublimation inks was achieved through the Nissenken Quality Evaluation Centre. The certification validates OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 compliance, a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used. This authentication is very strict and only applies to products that meet more than 300 requirements of relevant harmful substances. This certification reinforces Mimaki’s market-leading approach to developing ink, inkjet systems and reducing overall environmental impact. This is especially the case with sublimation printing, as this environmentally conscious print system does not use chemicals such as emulsion and does not require steaming and washing processes after printing, further adding to reduced environmental footprint as compared to other textile printing systems such as screen printing. ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® Certification The Certificate numbers for the inks are as follows: • Sublimation ink “Sb54/310/410” (Certificate No. NEP 1605) • Sublimation ink “Sb320/420” (Certificate No. NEP 1606) For use in Mimaki digital textile printers Mimaki sublimation inks Sb54/310/410 are available for use in TS Series transfer sublimation printers. Sublimation inks Sb320/420 are available for use in TX Series direct-to-fabric printers. About Mimaki USA Mimaki is an innovator and a pioneer in the development of digital printing and cutting products worldwide. The company has engineered and manufactured a complete line of digital printers and cutters, and offers a total workflow solution for the many applications found in the Sign & Graphics, Textile & Apparel and Industrial Printing markets. In 2014, Mimaki USA celebrated 15 years of serving customers in the Americas. It is an operating entity of Mimaki Engineering of Japan, which celebrated its 40th year in 2015. For more information, visit www.mimakiusa.com. “Mimaki” is a trademark of Mimaki Engineering Co. Ltd. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks, are the property of their respective owners and are respectfully acknowledged.
Mimaki USA announces TX500P-3200DS complete digital fabric printing system
Super wide direct-to-textile printer with in-line color fixation unit for soft signage, exhibit graphics, and décor application Suwanee, GA, Apr. 17, 2017 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced the availability of the TX500P-3200DS super wide direct-to-textile printer with an in-line color fixation unit. This 3.2-meter wide model offers unique simultaneous printing and color fixation capabilities to enable long, uninterrupted runs for higher productivity. The TX500P-3200DS printer will be on display in the Mimaki USA booth 3569 at the upcoming International Sign Expo, April 20-22, in Las Vegas. Printing and color fixation in one unit Direct to fabric dye sublimation printing requires fixation of inks through a dry heat process, a step that is traditionally performed separately. The TX500P-3200DS printer utilizes an inline color fixation unit that optimizes the printing and finishing process by enabling simultaneous printing and color fixation, thereby reducing two steps to one in a single device. Additionally, the TX500P-3200DS printer delivers optimum finishing by linking the printer and the heater units. This enables synchronization so that the printer is initiated when the heater reaches the optimum fixation temperature. This unique feature helps to control cost by reducing production time, labor, and transfer-related waste. High gap printhead The TX500P-3200DS printer includes new print heads that enable printing directly onto various types of textiles. The high gap setting gives users the ability to print on thin and thick textiles, plus woven patterns or raised fiber surfaces, while maintaining accurate ink droplet placement. High production To achieve high print speeds, 12 print heads are arranged in a staggered array. With a wide range of printing modes from high-speed draft (1399 square feet per hour) to high quality (538 square feet per hour), this printer offers a mode and speed that best suits nearly any digital textile application. Media handling An Auto Media Feeder (AMF) and a pulling roller ensure stable and consistent feeding of fabric by automatically applying the appropriate tension to the fabric during conveyance. The AMF substrate roller motors deliver power and feed accuracy for unprecedented accuracy even at high speeds. Mimaki technologies for assured production of high quality transfer prints
- Waveform control. Each ink color has its own specific gravity and viscosity. To achieve precise placement of the ink droplets onto the media, Mimaki designed an optimum waveform, enabling the printhead to jet each ink color at the appropriate jetting angle while maintaining precise ink droplet circularity. This waveform control technology improves visible quality and dot gain even at lower resolutions and higher speeds.
- Variable dot printing. Variable ink droplet sizes – small, medium and large – are precisely placed. Smaller droplets create smoother gradients and quartertones, while large droplets produce uniform solids and are useful for high-speed printing.
- Mimaki Advanced Pass System 4 (MAPS4). This technology incorporates an advanced algorithm that reduces banding, uneven ink drying and bi-directional stripes, resulting in reduced artifacts and smoother POP-quality imaging at higher speeds.
- NCU (Nozzle Check Unit) and NRS (Nozzle Recovery System). These two functions work together to enable continuous or unattended printing, by ensuring any clogged nozzles do not reduce the print image quality. The NCU automatically checks for and cleans clogged nozzles before printing. The NRS enables mapping of unrecoverable nozzles, so that printing can continue.
- Bulk ink system standard. Large three-liter ink containers are installed in an external ink supply unit. Ink can be replenished while printing, without having to stop the printer. A degassing module is included to enable the use of economical, undegassed Mimaki original Sb320 direct-to-textile sublimation inks.
- RasterLink6 RIP software standard. This bundled RIP software package offers ease-of-use combined with powerful tools for control over image quality, color and output. The latest version of the company’s trusted RIP software provides a workflow system designed for the most demanding wide format operator. Mimaki TxLink3 textile RIP software (Standard or Professional versions) packages are optionally available.
Mimaki USA Opens New Canada Location
Showroom near Toronto offers demonstrations, training and support Suwanee, GA, Oct. 14, 2016 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today celebrated the opening of its new Toronto Branch, the company’s first in Canada and seventh in North America. A grand opening event was held on October 11, 2016, featuring a traditional Kagami Biraki ceremony often performed at celebratory events in which the lid of the sake barrel is broken open by a wooden mallet and the sake is served to everyone present. The ceremony represents an opening to harmony and good fortune. About the Toronto Branch The facility is home to Mimaki trained sales, support and service staff designed to provide Mimaki dealers and end users with prompt, direct, local sales and technical support. This 11,000 square foot facility is the site of product demonstrations, Dealer Technician Certification courses, end user software and applications training, and open house events. It is conveniently located approximately 20 minutes from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport in Building G at 20 Barnes Court in Concord, Ontario, near the intersection of Jane Street and Highway 7. Lead by Lucas Crossley, Canada Area Sales Manager, the Mimaki Sales & Support team along with Canadian dealers welcome all to the facility, which showcases the latest in digital printing technology in areas such as latex, dye sublimation, UV, and solvent printing. A gallery is also available for visitors to view samples of the many types of applications possible using Mimaki printers, cutters and software. About Mimaki USA Mimaki is an innovator and a pioneer in the development of digital printing and cutting products worldwide. The company has engineered and manufactured a complete line of digital printers and cutters, and offers a total workflow solution for the many applications found in the Sign & Graphics, Textile & Apparel and Industrial markets. In 2014, Mimaki USA celebrated 15 years of serving customers in the Americas. It is an operating entity of Mimaki Engineering of Japan, which celebrated its 40th year in 2015. For more information, visit www.mimakiusa.com. “Mimaki” is a trademark of Mimaki Engineering Co. Ltd. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks, are the property of their respective owners and are respectfully acknowledged.
Mimaki USA announces JFX200-2531 UV-LED extended-bed printer
Flatbed with dual origin points increases productivity Las Vegas, Sept. 8, 2016 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced the JFX200-2531 dual-bed UV-LED flatbed printer. Based on the popular JFX200-2513 printer, this model doubles the print area to increase productivity by enabling printing to continue from one origin while the other is prepared. This printer can be seen on display in the Mimaki USA booth #1961 at the Specialty Graphic and Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo, September 14-16, 2016 in Las Vegas. Key features The JFX200-2531 printer features dual origin points and a user-controllable, twin independent vacuum pump system that enables operators to position up to two 4-foot by 8-foot boards, multiple jigs or smaller pre-cut pieces onto the table for continuous printing. While one section (origin point) is printing, the operator can unload finished prints from the previous section and affix the next board or jig without stopping production. This 10-foot flatbed printer can also accommodate an oversized sheets with a total printable area up to 98.4” wide x 122” long and up to 2” thick. The JFX200-2531 printer includes a number of standard features designed to enhance productivity and expand operational efficiency. Features include standard threaded layout pins to ensure proper media alignment at either origin point, and an ionizer bar to minimize static electricity and enhance image quality. Additionally, the low heat UV-LED lamps enable printing onto heat-sensitive substrates while delivering reduced energy consumption and a longer lamp lifetime. The table ships in two parts that are joined on-site so the printer can be installed with minimal or no modifications at most locations that have standard double doorway entrances. Ink selection for a variety of applications The JFX200-2531 printer can use a one of a number Mimaki original ink sets, depending on the application:
- For high scratch and chemical resistance: LH-100 ink; available in C, M, Y, K, W, Clear.
- For balanced adhesion and flexibility: LUS-150 ink; available in C, M, Y, K, Lc, Lm, W.
- For more flexible outdoor applications: LUS-200 ink; available in C, M, Y, K, W.
- For up to 350% elongation for thermoforming applications: LUS-350 ink; available in C, M, Y, K, W.
- Jettable primer is also available.
Mimaki USA announces UJF Mark II Series UV-LED flatbed printers
Next-generation tabletop models in the world’s best-selling world’s best selling UJF Series line Las Vegas, Sept. 7, 2016 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced the UJF Mark II Series UV-LED tabletop printers. The two new models are production-focused, professional tools built on a small-footprint, proven platform that can deliver consistent quality for any level of production. Both models can be seen in the Mimaki USA booth #1961 at the Specialty Graphic and Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo, September 14-16, 2016 in Las Vegas. The new UJF Mk II Series printers are the next generation models in the world’s best selling UJF Series line. This series includes features that enable users – including commercial print service providers, promotional and personalization item printers, makers, technologists, educators and manufacturers – to realize the benefits of digital printing with higher margins and lower production costs, without compromising quality. The UJF-3042 MkII printer can print onto media up to 11.8” wide x 16.5” deep x 6” thick, using standard CMYK inks plus available White, Clear and jettable Primer. The UJF-6042 MkII printer can print onto media up to 24” wide x 16.5” deep x 6” thick, using standard CMYK inks plus available Light Cyan, Light Magenta, White, Clear and jettable Primer. Ink sets for the UJF MkII Series printer include LH-100 ink for high scratch and chemical resistance, and LUS-120 ink for flexibility and scratch resistance. LUS-150 ink for balanced adhesion and flexibility will be available in the future. Key Benefits
- Produce higher quality output, faster, and more efficiently. The UJF MkII Series printers combine higher accuracy dot placement with speed improvements of up to 20 percent over the previous generation.
- Consistent output for tight deadlines and demanding customers. A fully enclosed print area greatly reduces the chances of dust or other airborne particle contamination, reducing re-prints and ensuring production stays on track. It also enables placement in more demanding environments such as a production floor.
- Automated efficiencies for maximum production with minimal effort. Laser sensor media detection and automated gap check ensure that the print head is at the optimal height on each print. One-liter bottles have replaced the smaller cartridge system of previous models, making ink delivery more efficient. All bottles fit into a Mimaki Bulk Ink System (MBIS) for efficient change-out when empty. The switch to one liter bottles also ensures customers running other Mimaki UV-LED printers can better manage their overall inventory when using compatible Mimaki original inks.
- Workflow enhancements streamline production. UJF MkII Series printers are fully networkable with industry standard Gigabit Ethernet for multiple printer connections over greater distances ensuring the highest productivity. Production on UJF MkII Series printers is made more efficient with an automated hot folder-based workflow. Users can take advantage of features in RasterLink6 RIP software such as the ability to build a template and auto-populate the data using Variable Data with the Adobe® InDesign® Data Merge function or third party VDP plug-ins, to create a table’s-worth of personalized items.
- Integrated tools for high tolerance repeatable output. Ball screw table movement paired with precise ink drop placement results in enhanced image quality. The UJF print table also utilizes threaded registration pins for repeatable media placement. A vacuum table ensures better fixation of challenging materials. Combined, these features ensure consistent accuracy resulting in beautiful images, maximum production and minimal waste even with the most complex jobs.
Mimaki TX300P-1800 direct textile inkjet printer available for order in the Americas
Suwanee, GA, Sept. 6, 2016 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced availability of the TX300P-1800 roll-to-roll, direct-to-textile inkjet printer. This 75-inch wide printer is engineered exclusively for direct-to-fabric applications and will be on display in the Mimaki USA booth 1961, at the Specialty Graphic and Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo, September 14-16, 2016 in Las Vegas. The TX300P-1800 printer includes many features found in high-end direct-print models and has been purpose built to accommodate direct-to-textile applications. Capable of utilizing five types of textile-specific inks that can be direct printed on a wide variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, this printer is suitable for creating samples, one-offs, or individualized production runs that include custom fashions, runway designs and quick-response orders. Key features
- High gap printhead. The TX300P-1800 printer includes advanced piezo electric printheads that enable printing on various types of textiles. The high gap setting gives users the ability to print on textiles ranging from fine to heavy denier, woven patterns or raised fiber surfaces, while maintaining accurate ink droplet placement.
- Ink versatility. A choice of sublimation dye, disperse dye, textile pigment, reactive dye, and acid dye* inks will be available to meet a wide range of application needs. Two-liter ink packs are available for uninterrupted printing on longer runs.
- Textile handling system. A reliable textile feeding mechanism – including front and rear tension bars – ensures stable textile transportation. The TX300P-1800 printer uses a combination of tension bars and drive rollers to maintain the appropriate tension, for any textile used. The Auto Media Feeder applies calibrated tension to the media, maintaining stable and precise media feed and take-up on rolls.
- Waveform control. Each ink color has its own specific gravity and viscosity. To achieve precise placement of the ink droplets onto the media, Mimaki designed an optimum waveform, enabling the printhead to jet each ink color at the appropriate jetting angle without losing precise ink droplet circularity.
- Variable dot printing. Variable ink droplet sizes are precisely placed using three different ink drop sizes. Smaller droplets create smoother gradients and quartertones for high quality reproduction while large droplets produce uniform solids and accommodate for high-speed printing.
- Mimaki Advanced Pass System 4 (MAPS4). This technology prints passes in a gradation-like method by dispensing ink drops between passes. This Mimaki-exclusive imaging technology reduces banding, uneven ink drying and bi-directional stripes, resulting in smoother images with no distinct bands.
- NCU (Nozzle Check Unit) and NRS (Nozzle Recovery System). These two functions work together to provide continuous or unattended printing and minimize waste by ensuring any clogged nozzles do not reduce the print image quality. The NCU automatically checks for and cleans clogged nozzles before printing. The NRS enables mapping of unrecoverable nozzles, so that printing can continue.
- Bulk ink system standard. The TX300P-1800 printer includes the Mimaki Bulk Ink System 3 (MBIS3) that features two-liter ink packs. This system reduces ink costs when compared to ink cartridges used in competitive products, and enables unattended printing, freeing staff to work on other projects. When used in four-color mode, the Uninterrupted Ink Supply System (UISS) delivers continuous imaging by automatically switching from an empty ink pack to the full container of the same color.
- TxLink3 RIP software for textiles available. Mimaki’s TxLink3 Lite software delivers exceptional color management, color replacement, and advanced step and repeat.