Mimaki to release new direct-to-object printers

Richard Stuart-Turner
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Mimaki has unveiled four new direct-to-object LED UV inkjet printers.

The UJF-7151 plusII can achieve 1,800dpi image resolution
The UJF-7151 plusII can achieve 1,800dpi image resolution

The UJF-7151 plusII is equipped with eight printheads which enable dual four-colour (CMYK) ink configurations. This, in turn, allows print speeds up to 190% faster than the previous UJF-7151 plus model, according to Mimaki.

The new system also boasts several features developed to enhance image quality, including the MFD2 (half-toning) processing functionality to further control dot position. The result of this increased control is sharper edges and finer lines, as well as fewer colour irregularities.

The UJF-7151 plusII’s six-colour configuration includes light cyan and light magenta, and the machine can achieve 1,800dpi image resolution.

The printer’s Colour Gloss functionality adds a glossy finish to hardened colour inks, which Mimaki said would enable users to create new, distinguishing textures and details to help products stand out, even without the use of clear varnish.

Load capacity has also been increased to 30kg, meaning the printer can handle high quality print jigs and is suitable for the accurate printing of heavy media such as wood, metal, and glass in industrial print environments.

Also new is the UJF-MkII e Series of small-format printers, which comprises of the UJF-3042MkII e, the UJF-6042MkII e, and the UJF-3042MkII Ex e.

Suitable for printing onto a wide variety of soft and hard media, including leather, wood, acrylic, metal, and glass, the UJF-3042MkII e and UJF-3042MkII Ex e feature a print area of 300x420mm, while the UJF-6042MkII e offers a larger print size of 610x420mm.

All UJF-MkII e Series printers feature new MFD2 processing “for exceptional image quality” as well as an improved gap check sensor.

This laser sensor detects media placement to prevent printheads from making contact with the material during printing. It can also detect transparent materials for increased accuracy and highly controlled media detection, according to the manufacturer.

The new additions for the UJF printer series all feature MDL (Mimaki Device Language) commands support, which enables automated workpiece transfer. This allows users to control the devices from external production systems and peripheral devices.

The new models also incorporate RasterLink7 as standard RIP software, which supports one-product-at-a-time printing and is said to make numbering and variable data printing easier.

All new UJF Series UV inks are Greenguard Gold certified, and the new range of printers incorporate the proprietary Mimaki Core Technologies function that enable stable output of high-quality prints.

“These new models deliver the cutting-edge technology required by businesses to grow and diversify their product offering, as well as creating opportunities for companies to both explore and expand into new market sectors,” said Hybrid head of marketing and business development Duncan Jefferies.

All four of the new printers will be commercially available “early in the new year” through Mimaki’s UK and Ireland distributor Hybrid Services. There was no indication of pricing at the time of writing.

In April Mimaki used its Virtual.Drupa presence to unveil two new LED-UV large-format flatbed inkjet printers and a new machine for printing onto leather.

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