Mutoh (1-F130) has added a new budget option to its ValueJet X roll-to-roll sign and display printer series.
The new single-head 1.62m ValueJet 1604X, which is available with immediate effect through Mutoh’s reseller network, features high print quality and precision, productivity, simple operation and a standard configuration including a motorised take-up system for rolls up to 30kg.
The device is targeted at entry-level signmakers as well as companies looking for a wider machine that need extra versatility for frequent material switches or for volume production of full colour stickers. It is available for just under €10,000 at Fespa, which includes the motorised take-up system.
The machine, which is engineered and manufactured in Japan, incorporates a piezo drop-on-demand printhead that can produce ink droplets of 3.5-21pl.
Mutoh said it is suitable for producing long-term outdoor and indoor sign and display prints, such as billboards, posters, general signage, exhibition stand graphics, wall coverings, full colour stickers, vehicle graphics and POS displays.
Outdoor durable and indoor sign and display graphics can be produced at sellable quality at speeds of up to 11.5m2/hr. The machine’s top speed is 15m2/hr for banner production while it can be operated at 2.8m2/hr to produce high-quality vinyl.
The device can be loaded with either the Mutoh Eco Ultra inks in 220ml cassettes or litre packs as well as the Mutoh Universal Mild solvent (UMS) inks in litre packs.
The litre pack ink is said to provide the functionality of ink cassettes, combined with the advantages of a bulk ink system. Running costs using Mutoh UMS inks are said to start from €0.79/m2, according to Mutoh commercial marketing manager Nick Decock.
“This machine brings ValueJet quality to a threshold for start-up sign makers. It’s an economical solution with a very nice return on investment point,” he said.
Mutoh recently obtained a pan European Indoor Air Comfort Certificate, which makes the UMS inks suitable for the production of certified indoor decorative prints.
The company is also showing its recently launched ValueJet 1938TX direct-to-textile printer on its Fespa Digital stand.
The 1.9m-wide dual staggered-head printer is targeted at sampling of short run on-demand and local digital production of garments, upholstery, fashion, swimwear, home textiles and flags.