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Mimaki Dye Sublimation Inks Achieve ECO PASSPORT Certification

05/09/2017
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

04/18/2017
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.
Availability The TX500P-3200DS printer is available for order now through Mimaki authorized dealers in the Americas. Connect to an authorized dealer by visiting www.mimakiusa.com/mydealer. 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.   Listing information for this release: Mimaki USA 150-A Satellite Blvd., NE Suwanee GA 30024 USA Toll-free: 888-530-4021 Local: 678-730-0170 Email: info@mimakiusa.com Web: www.mimakiusa.com

Mimaki USA announces TX300P-1800B direct-to-textile printer

04/18/2017
Includes advanced belt transport system for direct printing to fabrics Suwanee, GA, Apr. 17, 2017 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced the availability of the TX300P-1800B direct-to-textile printer featuring an advanced belt transport system to ensure stable feeding of stretchy and thin fabrics. The 74-inch wide TX300P-1800B direct-to-fabric textile printer includes many features found in high-end direct-print models. It was designed specifically for direct-to-textile applications and is suitable for users creating samples or short-run pieces. It includes new print heads with a high gap setting that maintain accurate ink droplet placement and enable printing on thick or thin textiles, dimensionally unstable fabrics, woven patterns or raised fiber surfaces. Mimaki original inks are specifically designed for exceptional color reproduction onto natural or synthetic fibers for producing fashion textiles, performance sportswear, interior décor, flags, banners, and more. Advanced belt transport system This model utilizes an advanced textile feeding and conveyance mechanism – including rear tension bars as well as a sticky belt that ensures stable and high quality textile printing and transportation. Delivering the highest quality direct-to-fabric printing, the TX300P-1800B printer uses an embedded belt washing mechanism and belt feed compensation to clean the belt and stabilize the image quality. High gap printhead The TX300P-1800B printer includes new print heads that enable printing directly on 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. Five ink types for printing to natural and synthetic fibers Mimaki original textile inks are optimized for the TX300P-1800B printer. These purpose-developed Mimaki textile products provide an industry leading solution delivering consistency and reliability essential for the production of the highest quality direct-to-fabric products. Sb420 (direct-to-fabric dye sublimation), Ac400 (acid dye), Rc400 (reactive dye), Tp400 (textile pigment), Dd400 (disperse dye) are all Mimaki original textile inks designed to suit specific fabric characteristics ensuring exceptional color reproduction on either natural or synthetic fibers for producing fashion textiles, performance sportswear, interior décor, flags, banners, and more. Dye sublimation, textile pigment, reactive dye, and acid dye inks are available at the time of the machine release. Disperse dye inks are planned for future release. Dual ink capability The TX300P-1800B printer, along with its sister product the TX300P-1800 (without belt) printer will be able to accommodate two different inks in one printer. This dual ink capability gives users the ability to print onto natural materials with textile pigment inks (Tp400) or on polyester materials with sublimation dye inks (Sb420) using only one printer. Since neither Tp400 nor Sb420 inks require a steaming and washing process – resulting in an environmentally friendly production (less water usage) – this configuration simplifies the textile production process and is ideal for designers, fabric workshops, education and research institutions, and entrepreneurs. Dual ink capability is expected to be available in the summer of 2017, for both models. Mimaki technologies for assured production of high quality 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 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 is available as an option. TxLink3 RIP software for textiles offers effective color management, standard profile creation, simple RGB and CMYK color replacement on raster and vector data, and the ability to create colorways.
Availability The TX300P-1800B printer is available for order now through Mimaki authorized dealers in the Americas. Connect to an authorized dealer by visiting www.mimakiusa.com/mydealer. 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.   Listing information for this release: Mimaki USA 150-A Satellite Blvd., NE Suwanee GA 30024 USA Toll-free: 888-530-4021 Local: 678-730-0170 Email: info@mimakiusa.com Web: www.mimakiusa.com

Mimaki USA to preview 3D printer technology at International Sign Expo 2017

04/18/2017
UV-cure inkjet printer prototype makes its U.S. debut in Mimaki booth 3569 Suwanee, GA, Apr. 15, 2017 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, will previewing the company’s 3D UV-cure inkjet printer prototype in the Mimaki USA booth 3569, at the upcoming International Sign Expo, April 20-22, in Las Vegas. In 2015, Mimaki Engineering (Nagano, Japan) announced it would enter the 3D printer business and started its own full color, 3D printer development. After initial rounds that received positive reviews along with further development, the company is now in the commercialization phase of this product. This technology preview of the provisionally named 3DUJ-P printer follows its worldwide debut at JapanShop, held March 7-10 in Tokyo, where it received an enthusiastic reception due to the advanced differentiation of Mimaki’s technology in 3D printing.   Key highlights
  • More than 10 million possible color combinations While 3D inkjet printing technology is relatively new, most 3D printers use binder jetting technology, an additive manufacturing process in which a liquid binding agent is selectively deposited to join powder particles. However, binder-jetting technology is limited in the number of available color combinations. Because of Mimaki’s extensive experience in inkjet printing and based on a patent obtained by the company in 2009, the 3DUJ-P printer will use a full-color UV-cure method that enables unprecedented 3D modeling, yielding vibrant colors and high definition imaging.
 
  • Mimaki technology combined with high quality modeling Mimaki’s printer and ink technologies enable high quality 3D printing that can create products that are delicate, extremely precise and incredibly realistic.
 
  • Clear ink enhances product variations The 3DUJ-P printer is also able to utilize clear inks that can be jetted independently or combined with colored ink to create translucent objects. Additionally, Mimaki’s technology utilizes clear ink to create a glossy finish, thereby making the underlying colors more vibrant.
 
  • Unique support material for hassle-free finishing Unlike many other 3D materials, the Mimaki water-soluble support material does not require lye or other harsh chemicals but is easily removed with water alone. Easy removal of the support material means that end users can create models and products with fine details and intricate designs without affecting the final design.
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.   Listing information for this release: Mimaki USA 150-A Satellite Blvd., NE Suwanee GA 30024 USA Toll-free: 888-530-4021 Local: 678-730-0170 Email: info@mimakiusa.com Web: www.mimakiusa.com

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Mimaki USA strengthens sublimation offering with Coldenhove distribution agreement

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Mimaki USA to distribute Jetcol® transfer media line for the TS Series dye sublimation printers Suwanee, GA, Apr. 14, 2017 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Coldenhove Papier, a premium supplier of paper products. Mimaki USA will be demonstrating Coldenhove’s Jetcol® transfer media in its TS30-1300 dye sublimation printer, in the Mimaki USA main booth 3569 at the upcoming International Sign Expo, April 20-22 in Las Vegas. Jetcol® media for dye sublimation transfer application Coldenhove Papier operates a state-of-the-art paper mill that is known for its innovative paper solutions. The Jetcol® line includes a range of sublimation transfer papers for various applications. Mimaki USA will distribute the entire Jetcol® portfolio, which will carry both the Mimaki and Coldenhove brands. All Jetcol® HTR, Jetcol® HS, and Jetcol® TA lines of transfer media in all roll widths, will be available for all Mimaki TS Series dye sublimation printers including the TS30-1300 entry-level printer, TS300P-1300 production printer, TS500P-3200 super wide printer, and the TS500-1800 model. Jetcol® papers will also be prominently displayed in Mimaki USA Technology Centers where they will be used to demonstrate the company’s dye sublimation printers. Availability Jetcol® for Mimaki media is expected to be available from select Mimaki dealers beginning in mid-Summer 2017. About Coldenhove Coldenhove Papier (www.coldenhove.com) is an industry recognized leader in sublimation transfer paper. Founded in 1661, Coldenhove has a long history of innovation in paper manufacturing and specialized coatings. From pulp to final product, Coldenhove manages each step of the process to ensure consistency and reliability in their product. With their focus on renewable self-sustaining processes, such as water recycling, solar panels, and recyclability of their paper Coldenhove is an eco-conscience manufacturer. Coldenhove introduced their Jetcol® digital sublimation line of papers in 1998 and hold the key patents for sublimation transfer paper worldwide. 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. - 30 -   “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.   Listing information for this release: Mimaki USA 150-A Satellite Blvd., NE Suwanee GA 30024 USA Toll-free: 888-530-4021 Local: 678-730-0170 Email: info@mimakiusa.com Web: www.mimakiusa.com  

Mimaki Canada Open House Event

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Join us at the Mimaki Canada Technology Centre to meet our knowledgeable industry experts and get hands-on experience with our most popular and newest Mimaki wide-format printers and cutters.

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Mimaki Canada Open House

Address: 20 Barnes Court, Bldg. G | Concord, ON L4K 4L4

Date: March 24, 2017

Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Business Phone: 905-738-3913

 

Latest Edition of Imprint Impress is now available

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The latest edition of imprint [impress] -- the Mimaki magazine -- is now available. This issue focuses on all things industrial, featuring customer profiles and product updates. Read all about it here!

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Mimaki USA announces new Kebab options for UJF Series UV-LED flatbed printers

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mimakilgoNew configurations enable printing on cylindrical objects Suwanee, GA, Dec. 12, 2016 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced two new Kebab options for printing on cylindrical objects using the company’s UJF -7151 plus or the new UJF MkII Series UV-led printers. UV technology has revolutionized the inkjet world by enabling print service providers to print directly to previously unimaginable substrates. Print service providers can go beyond flat media and command a piece of the ever-increasing demand for customizing just about everything. The Kebab option for UJF Series printers is prized by many users for its ability to print on cylindrical objects such as stainless steel tumblers, bottles, cans, vases, packaging and candle holders. Available for order now are the new Kebab MkII device for the UJF-3042 MkII printer, and the Kebab MkII L device for the UJF-6042 MkII and the UJF-7151 plus printers. All Kebab devices offer 360-degree direct printing on a wide range of material sizes. These new options are easily mounted to the printer’s flatbed table. They function intuitively via Mimaki’s RasterLink6 software.  
Specification Overview[1] Kebab MkII Kebab MkII L
Compatible printer model UJF-3042 MkII UJF-6042 MkII UJF-7151 plus
Rotary degree of printing material Over ±360°
Rotation system Rollers
Rotation resolution Approximately 7.0μm
Applicable roundness Under 0.01 inches (0.5 mm)
Printable length 1.1 – 11.8 inches (30 – 300 mm) 1.1 – 23.6 inches (30 – 600 mm)
Printable diameter 0.3 - 4.3 inches (10 – 110 mm)
  The original Kebab is still available for the UJF-3042HG and the UJF-6042 printers.mimaki_ujf-3042_mkii_kebab_4x3 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.       [1] Consult the specification sheet for full details.