Mimaki has made its Kebab module for printing cylindrical objects available for its new UV flatbed printers.
The Kebab, which uses rotary rollers, was first launched for the UJF-3042HG small-format flatbed LED UV printer in 2014.
In October that device was replaced by the UJF-3042 MkII while the UJF-6042 MkII replaced the UJF-6042.
The UJF-3042MkII, which has an A3 format bed, is compatible with the new Kebab MkII model while the new MkII L model Kebab is suitable for use with the UJF-6042MkII, which has an A2 format bed.
The Kebab module is optional and sold separately to the two MkII printers. The Kebab MkII costs £2,495 while the MkII L model costs £2,995. The standalone printers are priced at £20,995 for the UJF-3042MkII and £35,995 for the UJF-6042MkII.
The Kebab is said to enable high-quality printing on cylindrical products with diameters from 10mm to 110mm, including wine and water bottles, seals, candles and cosmetics bottles.
Mimaki said the Kebab makes it possible and affordable to produce on-demand original products in short or individual runs and opens up revenue streams in sectors such as the cosmetics industry, where regulatory requirements differ between countries.
Stuart Cole, national sales manager for industrial products at Mimaki’s UK and Ireland distributor Hybrid Services, said: “Some people buy this machine with an entrepreneurial view to the future.
“Even though they might not have an application for it now, they can see the potential and it makes sense to spend that little bit extra on the Kebab because it adds another string to their bow and makes the overall package more flexible.
“For other people the Kebab is imperative because they are printing onto things like glasses, bottles and drinks containers.”
Commercial availability for the new Kebab modules is expected in February 2017.