Mimaki launches small-format direct-to-shape digital printer

Jez Abbott
Monday, October 5, 2015

Increasing demand for the rapid roll-out of high-mix and low-volume printing has led Mimaki to launch a direct-to-shape industrial small-format LED UV inkjet flatbed printer.

The UJF-7151plus on-demand, industrial, small-format system for screen printers aims to improve accuracy, consistency and reliability by modifying the mechanical structure of the print table.

The digital kit, with a maximum printable area of 710x510mm, boasts fine lines, edges and small text and enables users to double-layer print and colour on a white base layer, according to Mimaki.

Hybrid sales manager Stuart Cole said the cost of the kit, due on the market late this year, was being finalised but the speed of 3.3m/hr was “massively faster” than other small-format machines.

“It's unlike other UJF models, which are desktop, bench-mounted machines. The 7151plus is floor-mounted and more industrial in touch and feel,” said Cole.

“Instead of the bridge assembly moving back and forth, with this machine the bed itself moves and the machine stays static. It is more robust and offers precision.

“Print quality is up again, there are more printheads - six in total - so it's faster. And it has large ink volumes so it is more cost-effective.”

Cole, who described the printer as an “entrepreneurial machine” said that, though targeted at screen printers, the applications for the printer were so diverse it could not be pigeonholed.

It can also be used by engineering companies for printing on control panels, switches and alarm-bell covers thanks to its quality and accuracy, he said.

Mimaki general manager for marketing Mike Horsten said there is more demand for digital, on-demand and plateless inkjet print because of its ability to quickly provide high-mix, low-volume printing.

“The high-performance UV inkjet printer UJF-7151plus enables high-precision dot placement and beautiful printing at top-level productivity. The market is growing.”

Daily operation is enhanced by MFD1 dithering technology that processes image data, while an improved advanced pass (MAPS4) reduces banding and uneven colour printing.

A continuous ink circulation system aids uninterrupted printing and reduces waste by helping stop ink sedimentation and clogged nozzles: a nozzle check unit detects and cleans the clogged nozzles.

More key features of the UJF-7151plus include a mechanical structure for high-precision printing and superior print-image quality control technology. The six staggered printheads improve speed and productivity.

The UJF-7151plus will be available through the specialist reseller network of exclusive UK and Irish Mimaki distributor, Hybrid Services, from November.

Cole added: “The UJF-7151plus combines peerless print quality with excellent productivity. Its distinctive size, industrial design - including the larger one-litre ink bottles - along with cutting-edge features sets it apart.”

The Mimaki UJF-7151plus will be on display at the Viscom Italia, Viscom Düsseldorf and Inprint exhibitions across Europe throughout the autumn.

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