Mimaki is to debut a new wide-format LED UV-cured flatbed inkjet, the JFX200-2513, next week.
The new device is set for commercial availability from UK distributor Hybrid Services in the first quarter of 2014.
The JFX200-2513 is intended to be an entry-level option for printers in the sign and display sector. The manufacturer said the CMYK-plus-white machine can print at up to 25sqm/hr on sheets of 2.5x1.3m and up to 50mm thick and offered high-quality output at an affordable price.
According to Mimaki, the new printer produces high-quality print by generating ink dots in three different sizes at once. It also employs a white ink for use on transparent materials, for backlit displays for example, or dark substrates.
The machine has been designed with ease-of-use in mind, with the control panel, vacuum valves and ink supply on the front of the unit.
General manager of marketing for Mimaki Europe, Mike Horsten said: "It is designed based on customer input as an entry-level printer with extreme ease of use but also incorporates many of the advanced features that Mimaki is known for in the sign and display graphics industry."
The new printer will be available with a range of ink options to support different substrate types. LH-100 is a hard UV-cured ink, which Mimaki said offered high rub and chemical resistance while maintaining image quality.
LUS-150 is a low-cost UV-cured ink designed to be flexible so it can be used on curved surfaces without cracking. PR-100 is a primer ink that can be used as a pre-treatment agent to improve ink adhesion on difficult substrates.
The machine will have its debut at Viscom next week.