Mimaki - 4/14/2009
New Sublimation Transfer Printer for Sport Apparel
Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting machines for the
sign/graphics, industrial and textile/apparel markets is proud to present new sublimation transfer printers for sport
apparel, TS3-1600 and TS5-1600AMF. The dye sublimation printers enable short run creation and production of
various polyester sportswear. Both printers are equipped with Mimaki’s Bulk Ink System (MBIS) accommodating
2 liter ink containers for long continuous unattended high quality printing.
TS3-1600 features one print head with 8 lines of 180 nozzles (total 1,440 nozzles) and achieves a speed of
12.7 sqm/h at high speed mode (540 x 1080 dpi) and 7.7.sqm/h at standard mode (720 x 720 dpi). The highly
automated printer exhibits excellent cost-performance ratio and incorporates as standard an automatic media
take-up system with torque adjustment. Thus smooth and seamless media path and web tension are enabled.
TS3-1600 accommodates media rolls up to a maximum roll diameter of 180 mm and a maximum roll weight of
TS5-1600AMF is a high-end, high-speed model featuring an array of 4 staggered print heads with 8 lines x
180 nozzles. This results in a maximum speed of 44.4 sqm/h at high speed mode (540 x 720 dpi) and 25.3
sqm/h at standard mode (720 x 720 dpi). The machine includes AMF (Auto Media Feeder) as standard. The
substrate is fed via a dancer shaft absorbing web tension discrepancies caused by roll diameter change
during printing. The AMF accommodates rolls up to a diameter of 250 mm and a maximum roll weight of 38 kg.
Both models feature Mimaki’s Bulk Ink Supply System (MBIS) accommodating 2 litter ink containers as well as
the traditional 440 cc ink cartridges. Both ink supplies can be used separately or together according to the
individual requirements of the job. As the new 2 litter ink containers need to be exchanged after longer time
spans environmental impact and waste as well as costs are reduced significantly. Furthermore compared to
Mimaki’s conventional dye sublimation ink (Sb51) the newly developed SB52 inks exhibit enhanced density
values resulting in bright vivid color prints that are required for sport apparel. By adopting the new 2 litter ink
containers ink costs can be reduced up to 40 % compared to conventional 440 cc ink (Sb51) cartridges.