Mimaki USA Announces Tiger-1800B Digital Textile Printing System
Mimaki USA announces Tiger-1800B digital textile printing system Complete production model system available as direct-to-textile or transfer dye sublimation models Suwanee, GA, Feb. 14, 2018 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced the availability of Tiger-1800B printing system in the Americas. The Tiger-1800B printer is a purpose-engineered, high production digital inkjet printer capable of direct-to-textile or transfer dye sublimation output. It can deliver large-scale production at manufacturing sites and small-scale production at on-demand sites, making it the ideal printer for digital textile applications. The Mimaki Tiger-1800B brings operational efficiencies and reliability to large companies that are currently using analog screen-printing processes – or multiple, smaller digital units – to produce high volume textile runs for internal vertical markets sold via business-to-business or business-to-consumer avenues. The Tiger-1800B printer enables these businesses to overcome quality, cost and time to market issues by offering more efficient operations, higher resolution printing, consistent quality for repeat orders, and reduced operating costs. The 74.8-inch Tiger-1800B digital textile printer includes an adhesive belt transport system with belt washing technology and in-line heat drying unit for an all-in-one process for direct-to-textile printing. It includes a built-in PC with software for easy and efficient printer operation. High efficiency for all production runs The Tiger-1800B printer is a production model featuring 16 print heads in a staggered array for the direct-to-textile model (or 8 print heads for the transfer dye sublimation model), resulting in very high print speeds of up to 4144 square feet per hour. Usable quality can be achieved even at these high print speeds to meet volume demands, or to quickly produce shorter-run projects such as for regional or seasonal fashion requirements. High print speeds are complemented by a sophisticated textile transport system. Stable textile transport is achieved through twin pressure roller shafts attached to the edge of the transportation belt. Textiles are uniformly transported onto the belt through the rollers. Wrinkle and Media Jam sensors detect textile wrinkling or creasing early in order to minimize potential damage to the print heads from collisions with raised or jammed textiles. Technologies for improved performance and productivity The Tiger-1800B model includes a number of technologies and automated processes for consistent quality output and productivity. A belt washing mechanism that prevents stains on fresh fabric from ink remaining on the belt. It is equipped with two squeegees to prevent splash-back, and two heaters to dry and re-activate the belt surface. To ensure optimal print head maintenance, cleaning liquid is automatically applied to each wiper before and after head cleaning. This liquid enhances the head cleaning process and reduces daily maintenance time by ensuring a clean wiper. The Tiger-1800B printer features Variable Dot Printing where variable ink droplet sizes – small, medium and large – are precisely placed. Smaller droplets create smoother gradients and quartertones, while large droplets produce uniform solids. A standard Degassing Module reduces clogging by removing air bubbles in the ink, and an Ink Circulation ensures stable ink supply by constantly circulating the ink. Optional high production upgrades Options for the direct-to-textile model include: Roll Media Centering Unit featuring a feeding unit with a centering device and tension bar; a Jumbo Roll Unit; a Plaited Unit; and a Drying and Take-Up Unit for high density printed fabrics. The dye sublimation model includes the Jumbo Roll Unit as a standard feature. Availability The Tiger-1800B printing system is available for order now. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.mimakiusa.com/Tiger for more information, or request a callback through www.mimakiusa.com/contact and enter “Tiger-1800B” in the comments section. 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 USA installs first 3DUJ-553 photorealistic 3D printer in the Americas at Pictographics Las Vegas
Mimaki USA installs first 3DUJ-553 photorealistic 3D printer in the Americas at Pictographics Las Vegas UV-cure inkjet printer with more than 10 million color combinations part of a new venture for pioneering company Suwanee, GA, Feb. 7, 2018 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, has installed the first 3DUJ-553 3D printer in the Americas at Pictographics in Las Vegas. The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 printer offers an unprecedented printing experience with a number of enhancements to produce objects with high definition, fine detail and in full color up to 20 inches wide by 20 inches deep and 12 inches high. It is a color-managed device with more than 10 million possible color combinations for photorealistic output. Clear ink is available for creating translucent colors. It uses water-soluble support material that is easy to remove, maintaining fine details. “Pictographics has expanded its market by becoming a total solution provider and by partnering with other solutions companies,” said Craig Miller, President & CEO of Pictographics. “This is our plan for 3D printing as well, and the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 printer is a key component in our business strategy. What sets it apart from all other 3D devices is its color - more colors, brighter, more vibrant. We looked at the market and tried to match the available technologies to what our customers need, and the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 printer was best suited for the detail 3D work we want to produce.” Mimaki 3DUJ-553 key highlights
- More than 10 million possible color combinations for photorealistic output The 3DUJ-553 printer is a fully ICC-compliant, color managed device that can produce more than 10 million color combinations and achieve 90% of SWOP colors. It is the only color managed 3D printer currently available offering users the ability to reproduce a tonal range far surpassing that of any other 3D printer and enabling them to utilize 2D and 3D in tandem for photographic applications. The ability to create highly color-accurate objects and prototypes that can be reproduced without the need for manual hand coloring reduces finishing and prototyping times drastically.
- 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-553 printer is also able to utilize clear inks that can be jetted independently or combined with colored ink to create translucent objects.
- 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.
Mimaki USA announces LA Series wide format, heat-assisted laminators and film
Part of complete, harmonized system for printing & finishing Suwanee, GA, Oct. 5, 2017 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced the LA Series of wide format, heat-assisted laminators and laminating film. The LA-160W model will be on display in the Mimaki USA main booth 1231 at the Specialty Graphic and Imaging Association (SGIA) annual exhibition scheduled for October 10-12 in New Orleans. Key features Heat-assist provides superior finishing. LA Series laminators are heat-assisted devices with a maximum temperature of 140˚F (60˚C). This heat assistance improves overlaminate film adhesion, particularly to surfaces printed with UV ink, and reduces the potential for silvering effect created by pressure sensitive overlaminates. Fast throughput speeds. Laminating speeds of up to 295 linear inches per minute – or nearly five inches per second – means that the finishing can keep up with production and reduce bottlenecks. Simple and reliable operation. This easy-to-use laminator includes all functions on one operation panel, with easy access to the pressure handle and foot pedal. Additionally, a take-up reel makes it easy for one person to control the entire process. Mimaki Vision Laminate. Designed specifically for use with UV inks and LA Series laminators, Mimaki Vision Laminate 310 (Gloss) film offers fine finishing with a glossy feel while maintaining color brightness of the print. This high quality, heat assisted, overlaminate is also a cost-effective alternative to cold laminating films. Complete system from Mimaki LA Series laminators with Mimaki Vision Laminate film are the ideal companions to a UCJV Series UV-LED cut-and-print device. Because UCJV prints are instant-dry, they can be immediately finished on an LA Series laminator. This complete, harmonized system ensures reliable performance and quality output for those times when a protective overlaminate is preferred. Availability LA Series laminators are expected to be available beginning in November 2017. Two models will be available: the 62.2-inch (158cm) LA-160W model and the 66.9-inch (170cm) model. Mimaki Vision Laminate 310 will also be available in two sizes: 310-137 (54-inch) and 310-152 (60-inch). 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 USA Introduces CF22-1225 Flatbed Cutting Plotter
Mimaki USA introduces CF22-1225 flatbed cutting plotter Full-sized, 4-foot by 8-foot table and improved workflow efficiency for increased productivity Suwanee, GA, Oct. 6, 2017 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today introduced the CF22-1225 flatbed cutting plotter, a 4-foot by 8-foot model with features to improve workflow efficiencies. The CF22-1225 will be on display in the Mimaki USA main booth 1231 at the Specialty Graphic and Imaging Association (SGIA) annual exhibition scheduled for October 10-12 in New Orleans. Key features Larger work area. The CF22-1225 cutting plotter is based on the proven Mimaki CF2 platform, providing reliable cutting performance since 2005. The new CF22-1225 features a work area that can accommodate oversized media and allows a full 4-foot by 8-foot maximum cut size so print service providers can move materials directly from a standard flatbed printer. Improved workflow efficiency with ID Cut function in RasterLink6 plus software. The CF22-1225 cutting plotter is compatible with FineCut8 and the new RasterLink6 Plus software. This new, feature-rich version of the widely used Mimaki RasterLink RIP software includes an ID Cut function to make printing and cutting easier and faster. Along with registration marks, RasterLink6 plus software will include a bar code on output from a Mimaki printer driven by this version. The barcode, read by the crop mark sensor on the CF22-1225 cutting plotter, contains cutting and rotation information enabling the CF22-1225 cutting plotter to automate the cutting process. This function is particularly useful when running nested print-cut jobs, as the cutting plotter continuously reads the data for both single and ganged jobs. Multiple cutting head and tool holder configurations. Users can choose from several cutting heads that offer a range of tool holders to hold a variety of cutting, creasing and drawing tools, depending on the application. Swivel knife, tangential knife, reciprocating knife, creasing wheel and pen options are all available with a wide range of blade and creasing options. A broad variety of materials can be cut including corrugate, styrene and foam up to 20mm thick for packaging and POP applications; rubber, resin materials and plastics for industrial applications; and more. Multiple connectivity options. In addition to the legacy RS232C connection, the CF22-1225 cutting plotter also supports USB 2.0 and Ethernet connections. Redesigned control panel. The CF22-1225 cutting plotter features an updated user-friendly control panel with shortcut keys for the most commonly used functions and an easy to read LCD display. Total solution for on-demand production The CF22-1225 cutting plotter is an ideal match with the JFX200-2513 UV-LED flatbed printer for on-demand production of seasonal POP displays or exhibit components. It is a complete system with the addition of ArtiosCAD Designer Solution software for creating custom packaging or prototypes. Availability CF22-1225 cutting plotters are expected to be available beginning in December 2017. 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 USA introduces UCJV Series UV cut-and-print devices
Mimaki USA introduces UCJV Series UV cut-and-print devices World’s only 64-inch UV printer/cutter series, offers model featuring four-layer printing and white ink Suwanee, GA, Aug. 29, 2017 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today introduced the UCJV Series UV-LED cut-and-print devices, the only 64-inch UV printers offering in-line cutting capability and models featuring white ink to enable four-layer printing. The UCJV Series will make its U.S. debut in the Mimaki booth 4019 at PRINT 17, September 10-14 in Chicago. The UCJV Series is available in two models: the four-color UCJV150-160, and the UCJV300-160 that can accommodate up to seven ink colors. Each can produce a wide variety of print-and-cut applications offered by many signage, commercial and packaging print service providers. UV-LED curing technology enables print service providers to utilize an expanded range of media including many thin film substrates that may be too sensitive for latex or solvent high heat fixation systems. One graphic, two views Four-layer printing, for example – color, white, black, white, color – available on the UCJV300-160 model offers an enhanced print capability that allows designers to build layered, transformative graphics for backlit applications. This gives print service providers the opportunity to offer something unique – a dynamic graphic that ‘morphs’ its image or color scheme depending on the light source. This distinctive capability enables designers and print service providers to produce high impact, premium margin output while maintaining low operational costs and reducing production time. Integrated cutting capability The integrated cut functionality enables volume production of labels, decals, window clings, floor graphics, POP displays, vehicle markings, packaging and prototypes, and more in a single unit. Additionally, the ability to pre-cut before printing prevents common problems such as film separation and other issues related to post-cutting on thin materials. Instant-dry for instant use UCJV Series prints are instantly-cured at even the highest production speeds meaning users can quickly print and immediately move to finished product, unlike other technologies that require slower production to accommodate for dry time or out-gassing. For many jobs, instant-dry, durable, UV printing and cutting can also eliminate the need for additional finishing, enabling print service providers to reduce time to sale while recognizing additional cost savings. White ink adds value The combination of white and color inks available on the UCJV300-160 model adds value to applications utilizing transparent or semi-opaque films. Compared to alternative inks such as solvent and latex, UV-curable inks deliver greater opacity with less ink consumption per square foot of coverage while maintaining image vibrancy and density. High opacity white ink also enables block out printing within a single print, enabling print service providers to easily and efficiently create window graphics that can be viewed differently from either side, as in a PUSH / PULL door sign. These features ensure higher throughput, reduced waste, and perfectly registered double-sided graphics with lower overhead costs per print. ID Cut function in RasterLink6 plus software The UCJV Series printers will ship with updated RasterLink6 Plus software. This new, feature-rich version of the widely used Mimaki RasterLink RIP software includes an ID Cut function to make printing and cutting easier and faster. Along with registration marks, RasterLink6 plus software will include a bar code on the print. The barcode, read by the crop mark sensor on the UCJV printer/cutter, contains cutting and rotation information allowing the UCJV printer/cutter to automate the cutting process. This function is particularly useful when running nested print-cut jobs, as the printer continuously reads the data for both single and ganged jobs. RasterLink6 software also includes a print preview for four-layer printing enabling operators to preview the transition effect before printing. Mimaki Core Technologies On-board Mimaki Technologies included for exceptional print quality and continued productivity.
- Mimaki Advanced Pass System 4 (MAPS4) - utilizes an advanced algorithm pattern to reduce visible banding.
- Variable Dot Printing (VDP) – uses smaller drops to produce smoother gradations, while larger drops produce uniform solids.
- Waveform Control (WFC) – utilizes finely tuned frequencies for each ink’s specific gravity and viscosity to precisely shape and place individual drops.
- Mimaki Circulation Technology (MCT) - continuously agitates the white inks to prevent settling.
- Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) - monitors nozzle outages and automatically activates a series of recovery functions.
- Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) - automatically assigns operational nozzles when an outage is detected.
- Half Cut (HC) – a proprietary function where the backing sheet can be cut leaving behind a small connecting point that can be easily detached when necessary, ensuring contour cut pieces are easier to handle with less waste.
- Over Cut (OC) - makes a cross cut at the start and end positions so the finished piece has sharp edges with no undercut fragments.
- Continuous (C) - crop marks are automatically and continuously detected for accurate cutting.
- Segment (S) - detects intermediate crop marks in feed direction and enables four-point corrections for each segment for accurate, long-length cutting, even if the image is distorted.
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.