With the recent renovation of Mimaki USA headquarters showroom, the decision was made to create a contest with the goal of uncovering fresh designs
from Mimaki end-users to display in their new expansive showroom. So Mimaki challenged print professionals and shops from around the US to submit
their most innovative and outstanding print projects produced on their Mimaki printers. Even after decades of innovation in printing, Mimaki print experts
were delightfully surprised by the creativity of their customers.
The response was overwhelming, “The number of entrants and the quality of their work exceeded our expectations,” according to Paul McGovern,
Marketing & Promotions Manager at Mimaki USA. Paul also noted, “Our winners were chosen for their original design and execution, which exhibited
a level of creativity consistent with an industry that is constantly looking for new ways to push the envelope.”
A Mimaki panel reviewed all of the entries and are excited to announce the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners – all recipients of great Apple products for
their efforts! Mimaki would also like to thank everyone who entered for sharing their inspiring work which remains on display in the showroom.
And now for the contest winners. . .
A Better Sign – Snellville, GA
Project: One of a kind Arcade Controller
Type of Media Used: Acrylic
Mimaki Printers Used: JV33-160; JFX500-2131
A Better Sign – Snellville, GA
Project: Zelda Dog Tags with Treasure Chest
Type of Media Used: Aluminum, Foam, Vinyl
Mimaki Printers Used: JV33-160; JFX500-2131
Kaleidoscope New York – New York, NY
Project: Starbucks Packaging
Type of Media Used: Clear Film (JetComp)
Mimaki Printer Used: CJV30-160
Mimaki Announces 3M MCS Warranty with the UJV-500 LED UV Inkjet
Mimaki USA, Inc (President: Masaaki Fujita; Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia USA), the American division of Mimaki Engineering Ltd., Nagano, Japan and
a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers, today introduced the new UV curable inkjet printer UJV500-160 which attains a maximum print speed
of 645 sq.ft/h, and supports long lasting, energy saving LED UV lamps. The UJV500-160 is available with LUS-200 3M inks in late Fall with the MCS
Warranty. The UJV500-160 employs a new LUS-200 UV ink which has been jointly-developed with finished graphics warranty. This warranty covers
fading, cracking, peeling and other surfaces such as vehicle wraps and fleet graphics where stretching could crack other 3M. When applied onto 3M
media, and installed using 3M guidelines, this ink carries the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, widely recognized as the industry’s most comprehensive aspects of
graphic performance. The LUS-200 ink is ideal for applications with curved inks.
The unprecedented productivity, the comprehensive 3MTM MCSTM Warranty, and the wide media compatibility open up new possibilities in the inkjet
Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers, is excited to announce the release of the Enhanced JV400LX latex inkjet printers.
These state-of-the-art printers utilize the innovative new LX101 latex ink that features orange and green ink, for an expanded color gamut, as well as
CMYK and the world’s first white latex ink.
The Enhanced JV400-130/160LX improves on the previous models not only with a new ink set but also with upgraded heaters for more efficient curing.
The lower curing temperatures allow greater flexibility and more media choices. These improvements are in response to our customers’ desire for a wider
variety of media options, especially in the textile and home décor arenas.
The LX101 ink has been formulated to produce extremely vivid, glossy, high quality images with excellent ink color density. Six-color process printing is
possible and the color gamut has been expanded to achieve coverage of 93% of the Pantone color chart. Additionally, 3-layer printing (color, white,
color) is now an option.
The Enhanced JV400LX latex printer showcases the following: innovative, more ecologically friendly latex inks, the world’s first water-based White latex
ink, 6 color printing (CMYK, Orange and Green) plus white ink, fast drying inks for improved productivity, production quality output at up to 193 sqft per
hour, lower ink curing temperatures allowing for greater flexibility and choice of media, high print durability for outdoor/indoor applications and a choice
of two print widths (54” or 64”).
Mimaki Unveils Revolutionary New Solvent UV Inkjet Printer
Mimaki USA is excited to announce the official release of the JV400SUV solvent UV inkjet printer. This revolutionary new printer utilizes a unique new ink
that combines the flexibility of solvent with the durability of UV cure ink. The JV400-130/160SUV prints in four colors (CMYK) at speeds of up to 193
square feet per hour (18 square meters) in draft mode.
During the printing process, the solvent compound is absorbed into the ink receiving layer of the media and the pigment is settled on to the media. The
printed ink is then cured with a special UV light process that results in a smooth, beautiful, high gloss finish that simulates coating while maintaining the
bright colors of solvent print. UV curing also results in strong resistance to scratching and is weatherproof. Once finished, the prints are completely dry
and ready for post processing. No outgas time is needed before lamination.
The JV400SUV will come bundled with RasterLink6 RIP software. RasterLink6 offers an intuitive and user-friendly single window interface. This exclusive
RIP software easily converts special colors to Pantone colors and CMYK color matching to ensure color integrity. Users can measure a target color with
an optional colorometer and utilize the integrated Color Picker System to reproduce the desired target colors.
Mimaki USA, Inc has introduced the new UV curable inkjet printer UJV500 160 which attains a maximum print speed of 645 sqft/hr, and supports long
lasting, energy saving LED UV lamps.
The UJV500 160 is available with LUS 150 inks / LUS 200 3M inks in early summer with MCS. The UJV500 160 employs a new LUS 200 UV ink
which has been jointly developed with 3M. When applied onto 3M media, and installed using 3M guidelines, this ink carries the 3M MCS Warranty,
widely recognized as the industry’s most comprehensive finished graphics warranty. This warranty covers fading, cracking, peeling and other
aspects of graphic performance.
The LUS-200 ink is ideal for applications with curved surfaces such as vehicle wraps and fleet graphics where stretching could crack other inks.
The unprecedented productivity, the comprehensive 3M MCS Warranty, and the wide media compatibility open up new possibilities in the inkjet
Mimaki’s LED UV cure technology delivers a print speed of up to 645 sqft/hr with high image quality. This speed and quality represent the
next generation of performance. A maximum print speed of 645 sqft/hr can be achieved. Since UV inks dry immediately when exposed to UV light,
no drying time is required. This dramatically improves work efficiency for the user. The new UV ink type LUS-200 with the 3M MCS Warranty ensures
outdoor durability for a wide range of flexible applications. This flexible ink enables installation on curved surfaces. Environmentally-friendly UV
printing generates little VOCs. Curing is performed with a power-saving and long-lasting LED UV lamp.
Mimaki Completes New Dealer Agreement with Florida Graphic Supply
Florida Graphic Supply, Inc. located in Clearwater, Florida is now an authorized Mimaki dealer serving all of Florida and the greater Southeast wide-format
printer market, including the Caribbean islands. FGS will debut the new Mimaki JV-400 Latex Printer at the 2012 ISA International Sign Expo in Orlando,
Florida March 22-24.
In addition, Florida Graphic Supply will be exhibiting at the 2012 Graphics of the Americas in Miami Beach March 1-3, Booth #784. “Attendees who visit
our booth will have the unique opportunity to participate and see for themselves a live demonstration with one of the most affordable, high performance,
and high quality printers in its class...the Mimaki JV33-130, says John Eukovich, VP Sales”.
Mimaki USA has maintained a reputation of product quality for decades, and is a true leader in achieving low cost printer performance. Mimaki’s stunning
value and selection of highly competitive printers provides the ultimate solution for sign professionals seeking to profit from some of today’s finest
print technology. This is especially important for sign shop owners who are continually challenged by today’s very competitive landscape, and
sustaining profitability is at the forefront of every print job.
Mimaki USA recognizes that in order for sign shops to meet their full potential, they need to maximize their production and print performance needs at all times.
It is for this reason a quality product must be backed by a quality service and support team. Since marking over 20 years of sales and service
excellence, Florida Graphic Supply has become a staple for many sign shop owners who prefer to engage with only competent and reliable personnel
for their installation, training and service needs.
“Florida Graphic Supply was the simple and prudent choice for expanding our dealer network in the Southeast, says Steve Urmano, SE Regional Manager
at Mimaki. Our new relationship with FGS is the perfect match, and will provide our customers a comprehensive and reliable choice for their wide-format
Mimaki Introduces the JV400 Family of Inkjet Printers
Mimaki Engineering Co.,Ltd., a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers, today introduced two new printers to support its commitment in bringing
truly innovative and productive products to the market. The JV400 product line achieves faster print speed and higher print quality without compromise.
The JV400-130/160LX is a latex printer featuring newly developed environmentally friendly latex ink. The JV400-130/160SUV is a revolutionary inkjet
printer, blending the flexibility of solvent printing with the durability of UV-cured inks. These new printers are expected to be available Spring 2012. Both
printers deliver maximized performance with Mimaki’s user-friendly RIP, RasterLink6, enabling three ink layers in one pass with white and color inks.
The JV400-130/160LX supports six colors plus white, and the world’s first latex printer using white ink, increasingly required in the signage market.
Mimaki’s white latex ink meets the needs of a wide range of printing requirements and substrates. It can be utilized with transparent PET, window
decoration, shatterproof window film and more. The JV400-130/160LX is equipped with Mimaki’s MCT (Mimaki Circulation Technology) ink
circulation system that prevents pigment sedimentation for stable ink dispersion and a reduced need for manual ink cartridge circulation processes.
Mimaki latex inks are fast-drying, and the drying process is additionally supported by three heaters integrated into the printing system (pre, print and
post heaters) as well as drying fans that ensure products are ready for processing and finishing as they exit the printer. An amazing low curing
temperature of 60 degrees C or below also enables printing on a wide range of heat-sensitive materials.
Exceptional quality is ensured by a minimum dot size of 4 picoliters and the ability to use variable sized ink dots for smooth gradation without a
grainy appearance. And at a print speed of up to 18 square meters per hour, the JV400-130/160LX is sure to improve the productivity of any shop.
The JV400-130/160LX also comes with 600ml ink packs, which are set in eco-cases. These eco-cases don't have to be recycled and thus ensure
an ecological and economical production, as they eliminate the need to change small ink cartridges during ink replacement.
The JV400-130/160SUV prints in four colors (CMYK) at speeds of up to 18 square meters per hour. This truly unique printer combines the flexibility of
solvent with the durability of UV-cured inks using newly developed Mimaki inks. In the printing process, the solvent component is absorbed by the
ink-receiving layer of the media and the pigment is settled into the media. Printed ink is then cured with a UV process, resulting in a smooth, glossy
appearance, which simulates coating, yet maintains the bright colors expected of a solvent printer. These brilliant solvent UV prints will surely attract
attention, satisfying even the most demanding customers. UV curing also results in strong resistance to scratching and weather. Prints exit the printer
completely dry, ready for immediate post-processing.
Mimaki USA is pleased to announce the arrival of our newest printer, the TS34-1800A. This transfer sublimation printer is able to print at high speeds, and
with either four or six color configurations. This versatility allows the TS34-1800A to be used in a wide variety of applications.
Printer model: TS34-1800A
1) Increased productivity
a) High print speed – Maximum print speed of 344sqft/hr in 4 color mode.
b) Staggered print head array – Productivity can be vastly improved due to the staggered array of the print heads. This allows for much
2) Continuous unattended operation
a) Uninterrupted Ink Supply System (UISS) – Having two cartridge slots for each color (in 4 color mode) enables ink cartridge replacement without
having to stop the print job. The TS34-1800A will automatically switch to the new cartridge when the first cartridge is almost empty. This allows for
continuous unattended operation.
b) Optional Mimaki Bulk Ink System (MBIS) – The MBIS uses 2 liter ink containers in conjunction with the UISS to allow even longer unattended
operation, as well as reduced ink costs and environmental footprint.
Mimaki is always on the leading edge of the printing industry. The TS34-1800A is another example our continued drive to provide the most reliable,
high quality printers in the industry. We look forward to providing you with more great products.
Mimaki to Launch the New TS34-1800A Sublimation Transfer Inkjet
Mimaki is launching the Mimaki TS34-1800A inkjet dye sublimation printer. This new printer was designed specifically for the sublimation transfer
market with high speed and quality in mind. Sublimation transfer printing is widely utilised for sportswear applications due to the elasticity and
quick-drying capability of polyester material and in the growing market of soft signage applications, such as flags, retail in-store banners, and tapestries.
High speed printing up to 32m2/h
With a staggered array of two newly developed print heads, the new TS34-1800A is capable of printing up to 32m2/h at 540 x 720 dpi. Furthermore,
the machine can achieve a printing speed of 17.7m2/h in 6-colour mode at the same resolution, responding to the needs for superior quality prints,
with minimal amount of grainy appearance and smooth gradations. These features make the TS34-1800A suitable for both large-sized soft signs and
apparel applications, which require quick response and fine image quality respectively.
# Improved productivity through unattended continuous printing
In addition to increased print speed and quality, various useful functions also contribute to the improved productivity of the machine by enabling
automated continuous operation.
* UISS(1) function enables setting two ink cartridges per colour in 4-colour mode. When an ink cartridge is used up, the system switches
automatically to the second cartridge of the same colour, preventing the printing process from stopping due to running out of ink.
* MBIS(2) provides large volume continuous ink supply with 2-litre ink aluminium bags. As a result, ink costs and environmental footprints
are substantially reduced.
* Automatic drying fan(3) increases the ink drying speed remarkably, enabling continuous media take-up even during high speed printing.
Consequently, printing efficiency improves dramatically.
Mimaki Engineering Co. Ltd. (President: Mikio Noguchi; Headquarters: Nagano, Japan) is pleased to announce its newest addition to its award-winning
portfolio of super wide large format printers, JV34-260. Based on the award winning JV33 series, the new model features a print width of 2.6 m and
achieves significantly faster speeds resulting in higher productivity while at the same time appealing to cost-conscious print service providers.
Shipment is expected to commence in March 2011.
Mimaki’s new JV34-260 not only is one of the most productive super wide format printers, it also comes at a very competitive price. Print Service Providers
can thus cost-effectively produce excellent graphics and images as Mimaki’s proven RIP software is included in the standard package. JV34-260’s
high throughput of up to 30 sqm/h as well as a host of further features as standard makes it one of the best investments in its class.
Suitable for all signage needs including banners, flags
The sign market is characterized by different requirements for indoor-outdoor applications. Mimaki’s new JV34 series covers all of these and more. Be it
banners, flags or other substrates, the new super wide inkjet printer enables print service providers to produce outstanding results with water-based,
solvent or sublimation inks(*1) on a wide variety of materials including polyester while at the same time streamlining workflows.
*1 Ink type must be selected when installing the printer.
1. High productivity with up 30 sqm/h
JV34-260 incorporates two newly developed print heads in staggered arrangement resulting in a print speed of about 30 sqm/h (at 540 x 720 dpi). Fast,
efficient and superb super wide format prints can thus be achieved for on demand production of all signage requirements.
2. Various functionalities for unattended printing
Further productivity improvements are achieved due to the implementation of different Mimaki functionalities that enable largely unattended production,
freeing personnel and workload for other tasks:
• AMF (*2), Mimaki’s Automatic Media Feeder, ensures continuous web tension over the whole width of the substrate enabling brilliant image quality even
on long jobs. As standard, it supports a maximum roll weight of 100 kg.
*2 AMF (Automatic Media Feeder) features an automatic delivery/take-up device.
• Mimaki’s UISS (Uninterrupted Ink Supply System) ensures continuous ink supply. As soon as one ink cartridge is empty the system automatically detects
this and will start supplying ink from another cartridge of the same color. In combination with the optional MBIS (Mimaki Bulk Ink System), containing 2 l ink
each, significant cost savings and environmental benefits can be achieved.
3. Easy production of outstandingly colorful images and graphics featuring highest accuracy
• Three variable dot sizes enable accurate and high quality images with smooth gradations even when printing in four-color-mode.
• A 3 stage intelligent heater before, during and after printing ensures fast drying times. The pre-heater warms the substrate before printing while the
automatic drying fan dries the ink even at high speeds after printing so that the media can be taken up directly after printing.
• Print head height of 2 to 3 mm can be adjusted easily according to substrate thickness thus reproduction of highly colorful and exact prints is widely
supported. (For prints with sublimation inks, print head height can be adjusted according to the thickness of transfer paper between 3 and 4 mm).
• Smaller media widths of less than 1,620 mm are supported by the small take-up device for narrow widths that comes with the printer thus enabling full
control of all substrate sizes.
• Mimaki’s proven RIP software RasterLink Pro5 enables output of a printed color chart so that print service providers and their customers can just choose
the color from the chart that then serves as reference color for RasterLink Pro5.
Mimaki Introduces New Silver Ink for JV33 and CJV30 Series
he company offers a new silver ink for its ES3 ink portfolio of eco-solvent inks for JV33 and CJV30 series of large
format printers. Shipment of the new silver ink is expected to commence in October 2010.
1. Higher valued print products with a new silver ink
Metallic effects, such as gold or bronze as well as other color shades, can be achieved by combining Mimaki$B!G
(Bs new silver ink with full color ES3 ink, thus realizing astounding and eye-catching effects on print products. Silver
inks enable print service providers to offer higher value to their customer$B!G(Bs creative projects.
2. Compatibility with standard JV33 and CJV30 large format printers
Existing Mimaki$B!G(Bs standard printers such as JV33 and CJV30*1 are compatible with the new silver ink. It is
not necessary to acquire additional devices or equipment. Just by switching to ES3 ink and updating the firmware
and the RIP software, Mimaki$B!G(Bs silver ink can be used.
*1 Corresponding products: JV33-130/160/260, CJV30-60/100/130/160, TPC-1000
3. MImaki$B!G(Bs proven RIP software Raster Link Pro5 for simplified output
Printing with silver ink requires no special knowledge or technical skills. Users can just choose the appropriate
color from the metallic color library in Raster Link Pro5 and print their jobs with silver ink. In addition, Raster Link
Pro5 enables output of all shades of metallic colors by calling up the feature chart for silver ink. Users can also
devise their own or the appropriate customers$B!G(B colors and metallic shades.
White ink availability
At the same time as silver ink is released, Mimaki will introduce and begin shipment of its new ES3 white ink.
The new white ink is especially good for prints on transparent and colored substrates, which benefit greatly from
white under print as colors will become more vivid and spectacular effects can be achieved.
Mimaki Announces the Compact Desktop Inkjet Printer UJF-3042
Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting machines for the
sign/graphics, industrial and textile/apparel markets introduces UJF-3042, a desktop UV LED printer for short
run production and imprints of industrial products, novelties, cards and nameplates, electronics covers as well
as label and packaging applications. Apart from its versatibility the UJF-3042 excels in low investment costs,
very good value for money and print quality. The machine will ship from February 1, 2010.
In 2004 Mimaki introduced their first UV curing inkjet printer, UJF-605C, that already featured white ink (under
and overprint) to enable printing of bright colorful images on all materials including non-coated media and
Now Mimaki introduces the UJF-3042, a desktop size UV LED inkjet printer that combines Mimaki’s highly
developed UV LED technology with the engineering knowledge from earlier UV inkjet printers thus enabling
highly detailed, precise and brillant images on non-coated substrates. The machine incorporates a new
developed inkjet print head that fits the requirements of this compact printer and enables an exceptionally good
value for money proposition. Its cost-efficient features include lower energy costs due to the implementation
of UV LED as well as broad media choices. Thus cards, packaging, labels and stickers, seal labels, display
production but also imprinting of novelties, nameplates, electronics covers and other industrial products is
“UJF-3042 further strengthens Mimaki’s position among the leading providers of inkjet printers. As the entry
model the machine provides an extraordinary value proposition for screen printers, label, industrial application
and sign printers requiring short run on-demand production and imprint capabilities”, declares Kazuyuki
Takeuchi, head of Mimaki's IP Business Unit. “Our ground-breaking, future-oriented UV LED technology
allows our customers to be once again at the forefront of the digital transition.”
Mimaki Introduces the New Highly Productive Direct and Dye-Sublimation
Mimaki Engineering Co. Ltd. (Headquarters: Nagano/Japan, President: Akira Ikeda) announces its new large
format direct and dye-sublimation printer JV5-320DS. The machine enables direct printing on polyester substrates
up to a width of 3,2 m. The highly acclaimed productivity and quality features of JV5 have been merged in this
model to produce outstanding results on textiles on the superwide format printer. JV5-320DS will be shipped from
January 8, 2010 onwards.
JV5-320DS is based on the award-winning solvent superwide format printer JV5-320S from Mimaki that was
introduced in 2007 and is designed for high productivity and accurate print quality requirements in the outdoor
signage market. As the exterior signage market is experiencing growing demand for outside signage on polyester
textiles, for instance, for flags, banners, so called soft signage, that are better catered to with water based
dye-sublimation inks, Mimaki has designed the JV5-320DS.
Almost all the benefits from current JV5-320S are incorporated into JV5-320DS in such a way that the highest
productivity and excellent image quality are achieved on this direct and dye-sublimation printer. During printing
on polyester substrates, inks can easily pass through the fabric underneath. Thus, JV5-320DS is newly
equipped with an ink catcher to prevent that inks penetrating the fabric will stain the back side. Furthermore the
new drying fan will dry inks directly after printing in order to prevent sticking of media during the winding process.
In addition, JV5-320DS features Mimaki's new Spray Suppressor System that improve consistency even further.
JV5-320DS achieves a maximum resolution of 1440 dpi. Print speeds vary according to resolution between 60.3
sqm/h (540 x 720 dpi) for far away viewing to short range viewing of 44 sqm/h (at 540 x 1080 dpi). Mimaki's
proven Sb52 dye-sublimation ink with its superior coloration characteristics is used. Furthermore, the machine
features MBIS (Mimaki Bulk Ink Supply System (optional)) that enables an ink load of 2 liter containers and thus
caters to long uninterrupted print runs while at the same time saving money on ink. By enabling not only direct
on textile printing but also dye-sublimation printing in one machine, print service provider's experience far broader
application possibilities that will raise a business's values and improve its business proposals. Further savings
can be achieved by directly printing on pre-treated polyester thus eliminating transfer paper costs and
environmental impact thereof.
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
Enhancements to the new UJV-160 UV LED Hybrid Wide Format
Mimaki Engineering Co Ltd. (head office: Nagano, Japan;President: Akira Ikeda) is proud to announce the
enhanced version of its UV LED curing hybrid printer UJV-160 for roll and rigid substrates featuring substantially
more robust tables that can accommodate heavier media weights. The new model will be shipped as from April
The groundbreaking UJV-160 is the first hybrid large format printer using UV LED (Light Emitting Diodes) curing
technology and is shipping since last August. The flexible inks that have been developed jointly with 3M
Corporation stretch standalone up to 200 percent. The inks are suited for printing and postprocessing including
bending without ink cracks for applications such as fleet markings and vehicle wraps. In addition Mimaki has
developed hard UV LED curing ink.
The upgraded UJV-160 now announced can accommodate rigid media of up to 12 kg (until recently 2 kg) thus
providing for print on substrates such as acrylic and aluminum compound boards used by the signage and
display industry. With this upgrade Mimaki broadens the application possibilities of its award-winning UJV-160
Rigid substrates are quite often subject to abrasion and scoring. For this reason Mimaki has developed, in
addition to its flexible ink (LF-200), a new hard UV LED curing ink LH-100. The UJV-160‘s individual white
overlay function enables vivid and precise prints on colored substrates as well as transparent media.
Mimaki now offers ink containers with 600 ml content that enable print service providers to spend up to 30 to 40
percent less on ink costs. Users can reduce their environmental footprint even further by adopting these reusable
Eco-packaging resulting in far less waste.
Furthermore 3M Corporation offers its highest stage of warranty, the MCS (Matched Component System)-
warranty for the improved UJV-160 version when printing with flexible UV LED inks (LF-200) and 3M media.
Mimaki Introduces 2 Liter Bulk ink Supply System (MBIS)
Mimaki Engineering Co Ltd. (head office: Nagano, Japan; President: Akira Ikeda) announces the introduction
of MBIS (Mimaki Bulk Ink System) for its series of JV5 and JV33 large and superwide format inkjet printers.
The new 2 liter ink supply system is available for Sb52 as well as SS21, HS and Eco-HS1 solvent inks.
Mimaki’s inks are renowned for their high print quality exhibiting excellent color consistency and image results.
Up to now, these inks have been available in up to 440 cc cartridges. Due to increased demand for both lower
ink prices and longer continuous print runs Mimaki has developed a bulk ink supply system accommodating 2
liter ink packs for its solvent printer models. The 2 liter ink containers enable a saving in ink costs of up to 40 %
in comparison to traditional 440 cc ink cartridges. The inks have the same high quality features such as ink
emission, stability, color gamut and reliability as Mimaki’s ink cartridge system.
The MBIS consists of either an 8-slot chassis to hold 8 flexible aluminum-packed ink containers for both JV33
and JV5 series or a 16-slot chassis for JV5 series to be used for larger print runs. The system is connected via
tubes to the conventional cartridge where the ink flows from the 2 liter container through the cartridge into the
print head. An ink-end detection function is incorporated. This way simultaneously or separately the 440 cc
cartridge for colors whose consumption is not so large as well as the bulk ink supply can be used for continuous
and uninterrupted ink supply enabling long unattended print runs. The flexible ink containers alone are replaced
so saving on consumable costs and providing for more environmentally friendly print operations.
Mimaki has simultaneously developed different 2 liter ink containers to be used with the bulk ink supply system.
The newly developed Sb52 inks for sublimation printing feature higher density as well as improved color
characteristics like the new Sb51 inks. The 2 liter ink containers are ideally suited for print service providers
as they enhance productivity, performance and quality while retaining the highly acclaimed features associated
with their cartridge system. In addition Mimaki has developed 2 liter bulk ink containers for its solvent inks SS21,
HS and Eco-HS1 to be used in the JV5 and JV33 series for all kinds of applications and jobs.
"We are happy to offer the new bulk ink system and low-cost 2-liter ink containers to our customers in order to
enable them to stay competitive in these challenging market conditions. We believe that with these new
products we are presenting attractive and affordable alternatives for existing and new customers", says Isao
Tabayashi, General Manager of IM (Ink and Media) business unit.
Mimaki Launches JV33-260 with Bulk Ink Supply and Auto Media Feeder
Mimaki Engineering Co Ltd. (head office: Nagano, Japan; President: Akira Ikeda) is proud to announce the
superwide inkjet printer JV33-260. The 2.60 m (103”) wide machine is equipped with Mimaki’s Auto Media
Feeder (AMF) for rolls up to 100 kg (220lbs.) as standard feature and Mimaki’s bulk ink supply system (MBIS).
Since its introduction in 2003 the solvent superwide format printer JV3-250SP has evolved to one of the best-
selling machines in its market. The award-winning highly acclaimed JV33 series has already made big inroads
into its class, one year after its successful introduction to the market. To succeed the JV3-250SP Mimaki now
introduces the even more advanced JV33-series superwide model with a width of 2.6 m.
Superwide printer models require a secure media handling especially for heavy rolls and substrates. The new
AMF (automatic media feeder) comes as standard on the JV33-260, thus ensuring outstandingly exact media
tension control over the whole printing width of 2.6 m even when using roll-based substrates of up to 100 kg for
superb print quality. In addition JV33-260 incorporates Mimaki’s print assist function for two-sided print enabling
edgeless printing while printing on both sides of transparent substrates that can be seen without backlight in
daylight conditions or with backlight in the dark for superb vivid prints. Operating costs can be decisively
reduced by employing Mimaki's new bulk ink system (MBIS) another feature of the machine. JV33-260 is
available in both solvent and water-based versions.. Especially for dye sublimation printing substantial cost
reduction can be achieved by using the new Sb52 2 liter ink containers and MBIS. Mimaki has priced its
newest offering competitively in order to correspond to customers¹ desire for a highly productive and cost-
efficient superwide format printer exhibiting exceptional print quality.
"In launching the 2,6 m wide JV33 model for the superwide printing market Mimaki builds upon the successful
market entrance of its best-selling JV33 series for the large format market. We are sure that our customers will
be able to enhance their productivity as well as experience significant cost savings with the advanced features
on the JV33-260", says Shinichi Uehara, General Manager of SG (Sign and Graphics) business unit. "Once
again, Mimaki has underlined its commitment by bringing innovative and top of its class technology to market."
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.
Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd. announces that on 28th January 2009, it has achieved ISO14001 certification for
its headquarters, Bokuya plant, Kazawa plant, Tokyo branch, Osaka Branch, and Mimaki Precision Co., Ltd, a
subsidiary of Mimaki Engineering, supplying precise milling parts and processed jigs and parts.
ISO 14001 is a globally recognized standard for an environmental management system. It specifies requirements
for establishing an environmental policy, determining environmental aspects and impacts of products/activities/
services, planning environmental objectives and measurable targets, implementation and operation of programs
to meet objectives and targets, checking and corrective action, and management review.
"With the ISO 4001 Certificate Mimaki aims at a company devoted to the environment and sustainability. We
are continuously improving our environmental assurance and performance in all business activities to have the
least impact on our environment and burden for future generation," said Akira Ikeda, president of Mimaki
Mimaki Introduces New High Solvent Ink: Eco-HS1 ink
Mimaki Engineering co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting machines for the
sign/graphics, industrial markets and textile/apparel, is pleased to announce its new generation of HS ink. This
new ink has a lower odor and prevents media shrinkage due to solvent migration, and has enhanced color
reproduction by using a new light black ink.
There are two types of solvent ink on the market: one is high or aggressive solvent ink which features fast-drying
and strong ink bonding on the media. The other is a medium durability, environmentally friendly light or eco-
solvent ink which does not include toxic substances like Cyclohexanone. Mimaki’s JV5 series can use both
the high (aggressive) solvent ink: HS1 and the eco-solvent ink: ES3. The reason is to meet the various
requirements in outdoor signage, as well as indoor uses such as aqueous-based dye sublimation and pigment
ink for photographic applications. To make the most of ultra-high speed printing of the JV5 series, HS ink is
the most suitable due to its faster drying time, which is much faster than eco-solvents.
The newly developed Eco-HS1 ink has no toxic ingredients such as Cyclohexanone and NMP, which vastly
improves the work environment and health conditions. Also the inks will dramatically reduce odor to the same
level of SS21 ink which is used for JV33 series. Innovations like expanded color gamut, improved Magenta, a
newly added light black ink, provides a smoother gradation and a more glossy finish. In addition to these
attributes, shrinkage of media (especially thin self-adhesive PVC) is prevented. Eco-HS1 ink is suitable for fleet
graphics using thin self-adhesive PVC where prints are exposed to intensive mechanical stress or abrasion.
Improvement in the permeability of the ink on the media due to residual solvents helps shorten job turnaround
time from printing to the next job. UV and water resistance is further enhanced by an improved Yellow ink.
"Our new high solvent has both the feathers of a high solvent and eco-solvent ink which dramatically reduces
odor, toxins, and media shrinkage. Now customers are not forced to choose unacceptable alternatives. Users
now don’t have to sacrifice print speed and durability due to environmental restrictions. Eco-HS1 ink represents
new generation environmentally-friendly high solvent ink," says Mr. Isao Tabayashi, Manager of IM (Ink and
Mimaki USA and Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering Partner
to Create a Vision Enabled Cutter Combination
Mr. Hisayuki Kobayashi, President of Mimaki USA and Steen Mikkelsen, President of MGE, Inc. (Mikkelsen
Graphic Engineering, Inc.) are pleased to announce a partnering to combine the Mimaki CF2 precision cutting
table and the market leading i-cut® Vision workflow. Together, these products create a best of breed flatbed
cutter combination for printed graphical elements.
This vision enabled cutter combination offers a wide selection of contour cutting through various cutter blades
options (knife, kiss cut knife, oscillating knife and creasing wheels). This combination product is ideal for
creating graphic displays and product prototypes. It is the perfect companion to the Mimaki UJF series UV
curable digital imaging products. By offering a wide range of cutting and scoring blades complex cut lines are
no longer of concern. As two tools can be used at the same time, you can perform both half-cuts and die-cuts,
or die-cuts and scoring without changing tools .A vacuum bed offers a stable platform to perform the most
intricate cuts while holding the media in place.
The Mimaki CF2 / i-cut® enabled flatbed cutter performs high accuracy cuts on a wide range of media including:
Double Face Corrugated
Printed Circuit Boards
The i-cut® Vision camera, software, and workflow enhancements offer significant benefits to users of the
Mimaki CF2 table. Like other i-cut® / i-script® enabled systems, the i-cut® enabled CF2 can import completed
cutting files from all of the major wide format RIPs, fully integrated with the industry’s leading wide format printers
into a fully digital workflow. By integrating with i-cut®, Mimaki can assure its customers that they are getting the
advantage of a mature industry standard system with more than 1,350 satisfied i-cut® users worldwide.
Unlike standalone cutting tables without vision capability, or with simple vision systems that are unable to
completely compensate for location, rotation, print, material or lamination distortions, both linear and non linear
in nature, this system can cut and finish any print job it encounters with complete accuracy, through one workflow,
independent of the RIP, Printers or Cutting devices that may be selected today, or added in the future. This way,
a customer who may opt to use the Mimaki UJF series UV curable digital imaging products, and the i-cut®
equipped CF2 will know that their employees will be able to continue using the same workflow now being
implemented as additional printers and/or cutters are added in the future.
Mimaki Introduces a 54" Solvent Inkjet Printer, JV3-130SPII
Mimaki USA has released a new, economical 54" addition to its family of large format solvent inkjet printers.
The new JV3-130SPII is an affordable, low maintenance, 54" solvent inkjet printer that prints on inexpensive
untreated vinyl media, at speeds up to 478 square feet per hour at 360 x 360 dpi (4 color print: 360 nozzles /
color; 7 color print: 180 nozzles / color) and photo quality print modes at up to 1440 x 1440 dpi. This 4 head
printer can print at twice the speed of the competitor’s 2 head printers. The JV3-130SPII is offered in a value
priced package with the CG-130 FX electric eye cutter, bringing you maximum versatility, as well as superior
accuracy and productivity. All this for under $20K!
This new printer is designed for both sign, banner & silkscreen markets with inks that will last up to 3 years
outside without lamination, and can also be used for the more demanding interior displays. The new 4 printhead
Mimaki JV3-130SPII / CG-130 FX Combo is an excellent alternative to the less productive 2 head or older
printhead eco-solvent inkjet print/cut solutions.
JV3-130SPII equipment includes:
-Selection for 4 colors (CMYK) or 7 color (CMYKLcLm, + White) print modes
-Select the use of SS-2, standard, ES-3 eco, or HS-1 rugged solvent inks.
-An automatic roll take-up device: inside, outside selectable.
-Enhanced intelligent heater
-Includes drying fan
-Improved platen component for smoother media handling
-Automatic cleaning features
-Selectable head heights of 2 mm or 3 mm
-High speed IEEE1394 fire wire ports; IEEE1284 parallel
It also includes the latest generation of permanent piezo print heads capable of print resolutions from 360 x 360,
360 x 540, 360 x 720, 720 x 720, 720 x 1440 and 1440 x 1440 with photo quality variable droplets.
Printer package, JV3-130 SPII $19,995 includes 220CC starter set of ink, Raster Link Pro II RIP, and Mimaki
Profile Master profiling software.
The combo package with the Mimaki CG-130FX Cutting Plotter is offered through participating Mimaki USA
dealers at $25,960.00
"The JV3-130SPII continues the tradition of offering hi-quality & value at a very popular price" said Steve
Urmano, marketing manager of Mimaki USA, Inc. "This combination package will provide our users with an
accessible solution to printing and cutting with the ultimate in versatility".
Mimaki USA Awarded 5 DPI Awards at the SGIA Digital Expo in
Mimaki USA was awarded 5 prestigious DPI Awards for the following product categories at the recent SGIA
Digital Expo held in Phoenix, Arizona December 8-10, 2005.
Category Printer Ink Media
Presentation Size JV3-75SP Mimaki ES3- Eco Solvent Avery 1005EZ
Photo JV22160 Mimaki Pigment Mimaki PET Gloss
Grand Format JV3-250SPF Mimaki HS1 UltraFlex Gloss
Banner Fabric JV22-160 Mimaki Dye Magic (Intellicoat) Fab 6
Garment Printer GP-604D Mimaki Textile Pigment Gildan Heavy Cotton T-shirt
We would like to thank our Boston based technical marketing team, led by the exceptionally skilled Ralph
Terramagra, Sales & Marketing Manager. "The Mimaki team has again scored another series of wins", says
Terramagra, whom has won DPI awards for three consecutive years. Mimaki’s products continue in their fine
tradition of offering excellent print quality at very competitive prices. From our aqueous and solvent wide format,
to the freshly popular garment printers, Mimaki continues to offer our customers unparalleled value and a wide
choice of digital screen-less printing applications.
The winners of the 2005 DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out were announced February 22, 2005 at the PMA 2005
Convention and Trade Show in Orlando, FL. Winners, displayed during PMA 2005, were chosen from 122
prints entered by 37 companies. The DIMA contest entries were organized, supervised, and produced by Ralph
Terramagra (Sales and Marketing) with the assistance of Dave Mee and Jim Maffeo (Technical Support) all
of Mimaki USA’s Boston Branch. Mimaki USA applauds the fine work and dedication of this team which
consistently excels in demonstrating their unparalleled knowledge and imaging skills.
Entries in the DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out were produced from files created by color workflow experts
Chromaticity, Grand Rapids, Mich. Participants were asked to provide specification information pertaining
to the equipment used (printer, RIP); the consumables used (output media, ink/toner/dye); and the production
timing. A panel of expert judges voted on the entries, based on the overall quality of the digital print and the
accuracy of color as compared to the "target" print.
The panel of judges included some of the well-respected names in the industry, including Roy Bohnen, Richard
Lerner, Eric Harsh, Brian Mundy, and Steve Olock.
Below are the categories of the DIMA 2005 Digital Printer Shoot-Out awarded to Mimaki USA:
Ink - Solvent 20" or Larger Printer
JV3-160 SP: Printed on Intellicoat Magic GF Photorealistic, using Mimaki SS-2 standard solvent ink.
RIP- Wasatch Softrip
Inkjet: Over 72 inches wide (Solvent)
Mimaki JV3-250SP: Printed on Ultraflex Glossy Banner, Normandy Pro/Jet Flex using Mimaki SS-2 standard
solvent ink. RIP- Mimaki RasterLink Pro RIP
Inkjet: 18 inches to 35 inches wide
Mimaki JV3-75SPII: Printed on Intellicoat Magic GF Photorealistic, using Mimaki SS-2 standard solvent ink.
RIP - Wasatch Softrip
Creative Application: Textile
Mimaki GP-604: Garment Printer, printing on a Cotton towel, using Mimaki (TP) Textile Pigment ink.
RIP - Mimaki RasterLink GP
Mimaki USA would like to extend its gratitude to the DIMA judges and the PMA organization for choosing our
entries and recognizing Mimaki USA for these prestigious awards.