Mimaki - 4/23/2009
Mimaki Receives Two EDP Awards for its Innovative Digital Printers
Mimaki Engineering, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and cutting machines for the Sign /
Graphics, Industrial markets, and Textile / Apparel, is proud to have been honoured with two EDP Awards for
its innovative and future-oriented digital large format printers.
The UJV-160 UV LED curing large format printer won in the category up to 1.6 m. The hybrid machine features
now a new rigid media feeding mechanism that can accomodate media up to 12 kg. The flexible ink for UV LED
curing jointly developed by Mimaki and 3M adds further benefits as the ink is expandable and does not crack
when bent so allowing innovative applications to be designed and created. 3M offers its highest warranty, the
MCS™ warranty for this combination. In addition hard ink including white is available for jobs that do not require
bending or folding. In addition Mimaki offers now 600 ml reusable bulk ink containersthat provide for ink savings
up to 30 to 40 percent and enhances environmental friendliness by causing far less waste.
This large format printer enables significant energy savings as UV LEDs can be switched on and off without
any warm up time resulting in energy consumption only when it is needed. In comparison with conventional UV
lamps UV LED requires less than 50 per cent of its energy requirements. In this respect UV-LED technology is
a breakthrough new technology in step with the latest environmental demands. Since the ink is cured or fixed
immediately after LED radiation, the job turnaround time from printing to further processing, such as lamination,
is shortened greatly, so dramatically improving working efficiency and productivity.
Due to the fact that UJV-160 uses UV LED curing, it does not generate heat and heat-sensitive substrates
such as PVC can be printed upon without any problems which broadens its application range considerably.
High image quality is ensured with variable droplets and a resolution of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi. The UJV-160
comes complete with two tables for feed and delivery enabling print service providers to print on light rigid
materials as well as roll to roll.
Mimaki offers an effective and very competitively priced print and cut solution with the CF2 Series flatbed
cutting plotter for creating POP displays and other types of sign boards.
Mimaki’s second award winning product of the year is the TPC-1000, a printer cutter for textile printing. The
TPC-1000 can use two types of inks for apparel printing: Solvent ink and dye sublimation ink: Sb52 and Sb51.
The use of solvent inks for printing on heat transfer substrates enables printing of numbers, team names and
sportswear brand names, caps and casual wear. Dye sublimation printing with high density dye sublimation
inks exhibiting a wide color gamut, facilitates printing on transfer paper for image transfer to polyester sportswear
and swimsuits. The print and cut solution allows for fast and accurate order processing of variable data and
short run jobs. The machine incoorporates Mimaki’s patented Half Cut functionality as well its UISS (Uninterrupted
Ink Supply System) and continuous crop mark detection technology. When printing on heat transfer media the
design can be accurately cut and then placed on the media for transfer. All that needs to be done afterwards is
heat pressing the design to the media for achieving a beautiful adhesive finish that is washable.
For dye sublimation prints transfer paper is printed upon. Then the fabric and transfer paper are placed in a heat
press. Under the influence of heat, the ink transferred to the paper is dyed to polyester materials whereby the
water-content of the ink vaporizes instantly. Thus vivid dye colored images are produced on fabric textures.
Due to the fabrics retaining their washability, this technology is particularly suitable for sportswear.
"We feel very honoured that our forward-looking products have been selected not only once but twice by the
EDP Association. This asserts us that Mimaki’s innovative products are at the forefront of technology
development and help our customers to fulfill their daily chores to their best abilities and utmost productivity
while achieving superb quality to satisfy their customer’s demands," says Sakae Sagane, Managing Director