Mimaki to launch new entry-level printers

Richard Stuart-Turner
Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Mimaki is set to launch two new entry-level roll-to-roll inkjet printers that are said to combine high quality printing and high productivity “at minimal cost to the user”.

The UJV100-160 is set for commercial release next month
The UJV100-160 is set for commercial release next month

The manufacturer's new 100 Series is additional to its existing product portfolio and consists of the UJV100-160 UV model and the JV100-160 solvent model. Both 1.6m-wide machines can print at speeds up to 23sqm/hr.

The CMYK plus white and clear UJV100-160 uses lower-cost LUS-190 UV ink which cures immediately after being exposed to UV light, allowing a faster turnaround without the need for a degassing period after printing. The LUS-190 ink can be printed onto PVC as well as uncoated substrates such as PET film and paper.

The JV100-160, meanwhile, uses Mimaki’s SS21 inkset which allows printers to create a raft of different applications for both indoor or outdoor use.

The machine will be available in both a dual CMYK four-colour mode and an eight-colour CMYK plus Lc, Lm, Lk and Orange mode.

The UJV100-160 is set for commercial release next month while the JV100-160 is expected to follow in January 2021. Both machines will be available in the UK from Hybrid Services, Mimaki's exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland.

While pricing for the new machines has not been disclosed, Hybrid Services managing director Brett Newman said it will be “extremely competitive, offering impressive functionality and performance at an affordable price point”.

He told Printweek: “The Mimaki UJV100-160 is well suited to bringing the benefits of LED UV curing print technology to companies for the first time and is the ideal way in which to diversify, thanks to its broad capabilities.

“Able to deliver applications as diverse as PVC banners, fabric lightboxes, posters, vinyl graphics, window films, packaging and floor graphics, the UJV100-160 is a powerful addition to any business.

“The JV100-160 uses Mimaki’s proven SS21 inks with their wide colour gamut – the inkset includes orange to help with corporate colour matching – and makes it a great option for companies that want to incorporate wide-format output into existing corporate campaigns.”

The new printers are equipped with various features aimed at improving usability for the operator. Both utilise Mimaki’s new DAS (Dot Adjustment System) feature, which has been developed to support a streamlined, efficient printing process.

Dot adjustments are normally carried out manually every time the user changes the media type but Mimaki said this new function performs drop position adjustment for bi-directional printing and media feed compensation automatically, to ensure perfect alignments and print quality.

Mimaki’s core technologies, such as NCU (Nozzle Check Unit), NRS (Nozzle Recovery System) and MAPS4 (Mimaki Advanced Pass System4), will all be available as standard features on the new printers to help achieve continuous and reliable production.

Mimaki has also included its new RasterLink7 RIP software with the series, which incorporates Harlequin RIP developed by Global Graphics Software as a core engine.

Mimaki said the RIP processing time for PDF files “is considerably shortened” with RasterLink7 and that there are also “significant quality improvements”, with the correct processing of PDF transparency and improvement in the expression of thin lines.

Variable data printing and favourite settings have also been added to the RIP, which is included free of charge with the new printers.

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