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Mimaki drives cost-effective wide format printing with innovative SWJ-320EA

Earlier this year, Mimaki and Graphix Supply World showcased its innovative, cost-effective SWJ-320EA large format solvent printer at FESPA Africa 2019. Addressing the demanding, ever-changing and price-sensitive super-wide format printing market, this highly productive 3.2-meter-wide printer offers an unmatched ratio of top print quality, fast printing speed and reliability at a very accessible price.

Following successful sales progression in price-sensitive markets, such as Turkey, Russia and the Middle East, the SWJ-320EA is now available for the entire EMEA region. “Addressing the needs of the highly competitive wide format market, the SWJ-320EA represents an important business differentiator for customers,” says Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe. “Combining a high level of efficiency and low operational costs with a very competitive price for the hardware and the inks, the SWJ-320EA makes a much more cost-effective choice for investment, particularly when compared to what our competitors in China, Russia and Turkey have on offer.”

Building on the legacy of Mimaki innovation, the SWJ-320EA super-wide solvent printer includes Mimaki core technologies, namely MAPS4 (Mimaki Advanced Pass System) and NRS (Nozzle Recovery System). MAPS4 helps prevent banding during the printing process. With every pass, MAPS4 is using a unique algorithm that calculates the most effective way of jetting the ink drops to avoid visible banding. This constantly changes depending on ink colour, coverage and printing speed. This feature, alongside NRS – which ensures the replacement of clogged nozzles without stopping production – enhances the printer’s performance and boosts productivity and print quality for the user. For further production benefits, the SWJ-320EA is equipped with four advanced high-speed printheads, arranged in a staggered array ensuring resolutions of up to 1200dpi and print speeds of up to 137m2/h.

Offering established world-class Mimaki speed, quality and reliability in a super-wide format, the SWJ-320EA is equipped with an extremely stable media feeding system and a newly designed tension bar. These features prevent the media from cockling and ensure high grip for extremely accurate printing, resulting in steady, premium print quality, even for larger prints. For those requiring higher volumes, a twin-roll printing function is available as an optional feature, enabling the printer to handle up to two rolls (with maximum width of 1,524mm each) and resulting in double-volume production for smaller rolls per day.

Designed to enable users to diversify their businesses in a profitable way, the Mimaki SWJ-320EA is ideal for producing a wide variety of large format indoor and outdoor applications, including POS materials, banners and billboards, displays, transport and floor images. Diversification will also be driven by a wide and varied range of compatible solvent-coated substrates, such as self-adhesive PVC film, photo paper, billboard paper, blue-back, backlit film, banner materials and tarpaulin, to name a few. The SWJ-320EA uses Mimaki CS100 solvent-based ink – available in CMYK configuration and with a capacity of 3 litres per colour. The new inks have been developed to ensure lower consumption and increased weather and scratch resistance.

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RollsRoller® Flatbed Mounting and Laminating

ROLLSROLLER® is a patented and proven technology for flatbed mounting and lamination. More than 8 000 signmakers worldwide are using ROLLSROLLER® daily for efficient sign making and print finishing.

Rollsroller AB is the leading manufacturer and supplier of products and services for flatbed laminators. The company has the proprietary and patented ROLLSROLLER® Flatbed Applicator recognised internationally. ROLLSROLLER® Flatbed applicator poses a technological shift in the sign and printing industry. The company has grown rapidly and established sales in more than 40 countries through an efficient distribution system and business concepts.

THE ROLLSROLLER IS THE FUTURE

More than 7,000 sold machines later, the ROLLSROLLER is ready to revolutionise production for thousands of graphics companies, just like it once revolutionised Reklamidé. Since the first machine was built, its functions, details and materials have been repeatedly fine-tuned and tested in daily production.

Göran is confident about the future:
“This is only the beginning. I imagine a ROLLSROLLER in every print shop – and I’m sure my vision will come true. A modern sign maker can’t afford not to use this technique, and we’re ready to supply the whole world with a top class, proven product. The ROLLSROLLER is the future.”

 

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Neenah Coldenhove Texcol® Revolutionary Technologies

“Have you recently heard about Neenah Coldenhove’s latest product, Texcol®?
Texcol® is their newly developed digital transfer paper, it allows users to print on a wide range of natural fibre textiles, using a waterless process with your standard technology! This eliminates complex pre- or post-treatments of textiles and reduces the user’s cost and carbon footprint.

“After we launched it in July during ITMA 2019, Texcol® has been hailed as one of this year’s revolutionary technologies.”

From that point on, Texcol® has secured its place in the spotlights and the interest surrounding our new product has not faded away. We kept receiving enthusiastic feedback and in order to keep the momentum going, we took some actions.
A brand-new printing laboratory has been built here at Neenah Coldenhove and throughout the week of 11 November we organized a seminar with selected parties: the Texcol® Demo Days.

Out of more than 600 interested leads, we choose a few experts from various countries with differing backgrounds, end-use markets and expertise.
Driven by the curiosity of a product that could be the key to unlocking new business opportunities, participants of the Texcol® Demo Days have been able to see the actual printing and transferring process, in addition to market analysis and insights on the development of the paper.

We have marked positive takeaways from those days, which were filled with solid discussions, fascinating workshops and informal chats! Despite the differences in knowledge and skill sets, we at Neenah Coldenhove and the attendees enjoyed highly productive sessions that have motivated us all to continue improving and working together to achieve great results.

True, we will most likely experience some challenges in the near future, but challenges open the door to new opportunities. Additionally, all the insights collected during the Texcol® Demo Days can create the basis for new initiatives!
Our first action will be to declare our participation at Heimtextil 2020: the international trade fair for home and contract textiles.

Stay tuned to find out what else we have in store for you at this upcoming event. Who knows, you might even be the next person invited to the Texcol® Demo Days 2.0!”

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Efi Reggiani Exhibit Sustainable Solutions at ShanghaiTex

Textile solutions from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI) are changing the way textile and apparel products are designed and produced, bringing environmental sustainability to the industry in a big way.

The EFI Reggiani ShanghaiTex tradeshow exhibit features sustainable printing solutions for direct-to-textile production and denim dyeing under the theme of Innovation in Green. The company is showcasing the future in innovation with the range of superior-quality EFI Reggiani scanning digital printers; the company’s short and environmentally friendly direct sublimation process offering; a new FUOCO acid ink range; and DENIM technology, a highly sustainable, breakthrough continuous indigo rope and warp dyeing and denim fabric finishing solution.

“We look forward to sharing the benefits of our green solutions, such as the TERRA printer line-up with pigment inks and direct sublimation processes, with ShanghaiTex attendees,” said EFI Reggiani Senior Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. “More and more, the market is rewarding textile producers that not only deliver high efficiency, but also sustainability and a lower environmental impact.”

Leading-edge digital textile printing

The centrepiece of EFI’s ShanghaiTex exhibit is the EFI Reggiani VOGUE, an industrial textile printer designed for superior-quality direct-to-textile printing in fashion and sportswear applications. The VOGUE model prints at resolutions up to 2,400 dots per inch (dpi) with 16 printing heads, 8 colours and 4- to 72-picolitre drop sizes. In addition, the VOGUE printer boasts an innovative recirculation system that saves ink and reduces maintenance during machine operation and between stoppages. The recirculation system also reduces the need for specific air conditioning and humidity controls, saving energy and reducing overall usage costs.

The VOGUE printer is capable of using virtually any type of textile ink; at the show, it will be running with EFI Reggiani IRIS sublimation inks to showcase direct-to-textile printing. The EFI Reggiani direct sublimation process ensures superior colour brightness and penetration, as well as fast turnaround time, while increasing sustainability by avoiding transfer paper waste.

EFI Reggiani develops and produces a whole range of water-based inks from reactive to direct disperse and disperse sublimation, pigment and acid. New at ShanghaiTex is the EFI Reggiani FUOCO range of water-based acid inks, which are specifically designed to deliver superior-quality prints for highly demanding textile applications with unmatched colour depth and vibrancy.

Available in 11 colours, including three light colours, EFI Reggiani FUOCO can give textile producers some of the highest-quality printing available on both silk and polyamide fabrics. EFI Reggiani Extra Deeping chemistry, an additional enhancement solution that can be used with FUOCO, increases the penetration of the ink into fibres for a fabulous double-face effect.

Facilitating efficient textile and apparel design

The EFI portfolio of advanced technologies also features prep, design and colour management solutions from the EFI textile ecosystem. These include:

  • EFI Optitex, a portfolio of solutions, including both 2D and 3D design elements, that enable brands and designers to make design decisions virtually and then transform those decisions into manufacturing instructions. It also includes Revu, a collaborative tool for showcasing virtual samples in a 3D digital environment to facilitate design review and approval processes.
  • EFI Fiery digital front end (DFE) technologies designed to ensure the ultimate in ease of use, colour management and efficient throughput. The EFI Fiery proServer DFE features advanced colour management and screening technology, giving users high-quality prints with saturated blacks, vivid colours, clean pastels and smooth gradients, without compromising fine detail designs. The DFE also provides important production tools including shrinkage correction and step-and-repeat management, plus a set of design tools to create repeats and colourways, manage seasonal palettes and create colour ranges.
  • EFI Fiery DesignPro, a suite of powerful and easy to learn Adobe® plug-ins for fashion and textile designers that delivers a comprehensive design workflow. Fiery DesignPro improves design speed and accuracy, lets designers experiment more effectively and communicates colour consistently from design to production.

“We are looking forward to talking with ShanghaiTex attendees, learning more about their requirements, and demonstrating the EFI Reggiani commitment to improving sustainability through the continuous development of productive systems with lower environmental impact for the full textile workflow,” Genoni concluded. “Not only will they see the industry’s leading solutions for digital textile and apparel production, but they will also experience Innovation in Green, a key focus for EFI as we continue to bring innovation to the industry.”

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GSW Launch the New JFX200-2513 EX at Fespa Africa 2019

Graphix Supply World has reported the availability of its new Mimaki JFX200-2513 EX. Introducing a new print mode and an extra printhead, the JFX200-2513 EX boasts substantial productivity increases on previous JFX models – 280% faster in new draft mode when printing in four colours plus white, and 100% faster for all other print modes.

This entry-level printer also uses Mimaki’s 2.5D Texture Maker to enable smooth embossed print at the touch of a button. For the first time, this allows print service providers to offer large format digital print with enticing-to-touch dimensional textured effects without lengthy file preparation.

Opening new and valuable application opportunities for customers, the new Mimaki layering technology has been designed for supreme simplicity and ease of use. Eradicating the previous time-consuming and skilled process of creating multiple Photoshop files featuring stacked stepped layers for smooth expression, Mimaki’s genuine RIP software ‘RasterLink6Plus’ completes the process in seconds. It achieves this by adding a greyscale image of the original coloured file in the RIP.

Features include:

High value-added print
• 2.5D texture maker that enables easy creation of smooth semi-stereoscopic 2.5D data.

High productivity
• Print speed in white-simultaneous printing has improved 200% compared to the conventional model.
• Higher-grade productivity realised by adding the new print mode.

Stability and safety
• NCU and NRS automatically detects missing nozzles and performs recovery.
• Links with external interface allow users to meet safety standards that are different by factory.

Upgraded usability
• Work efficiency improved by adding the vacuum-controlling foot switch.
• Ethernet connection supported.

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Say “Hello” to Our Latest Family Member

DTM CX86e Colour Tag Printer

The fast and compact printing solution for production, POS and POI applications

The DTM CX86e is the world’s smallest LED dry toner colour label printer and helps companies to produce versatile and professional colour labels and tags that maximise advertising impact vs. standard black and white thermal prints.

Whether they are vouchers, coupons, value-added receipts, ID tags with photos, visitor badges, price and promotion stickers, pasted labels, sleeves, loop ribbons or labels for cardboards and boxes, the DTM CX86e makes it fast and easy to print high-quality full-colour labels and tags for signage and product identification that will attract customer attention and increase sales.

Due the compact size the CX86e is ready to use everywhere and easy to transport. It can be used in a variety of ways, including personalisation. Take your advertising campaigns, stalls and fairs to a new level by enabling customers to add personalisation on-site.

Outstanding Features

  • Dry Toner Technology. No need for expensive coated inkjet stock. As with laser printers you can use plain stock which gives you 100% waterproof and UV-resistant prints.
  • What’s LED-Technology? The printing process is similar to laser printers, fusing dry toner on the label material through a heat unit (fuser). The digital LED technology delivers high resolution prints. Thanks to this technology the printer requires less space, is compact, environmentally friendly and energy efficient, using significantly less raw materials and energy in the manufacturing process. LED print heads have no moving parts, making them robust and ultra-reliable.
  • CMY three-colour toner cartridge. With the CX86e you simplify your warehousing, because you only have to keep one toner in stock, as well as speed up your production. The three-colour toner is replaced within seconds and the device is ready to use without delays.
  • Ethernet and WLAN connection. Forget annoying USB cables, that block your way or force you to stand next to the printer. Connect the CX86e via Ethernet or WLAN with your network and easily print from unlimited clients in the network.
  • Set Up Jobs In Minutes. Choose NiceLabel Free 2019 DTM Edition for simple creations of label designs or upgrade for data import and variable data printing. The printer can also be used with other popular label design software such as BarTender and graphic software such as Adobe Illustrator and other Windows applications. Printing PDF’s? For ease of use you can print straight from Acrobat Reader.
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First in Africa, the SWJ-320 EA

Ronald van den Broek, general manager sales Mimaki EMEA and Bert Benckhuysen, senior product manager Mimaki EMEA, were present at the Sign Africa and FESPA Africa Expo to discuss the new SWJ-320 EA and JFX 200-2513 EX machines, both of which could be seen at the Graphix Supply World stand.

The Mimaki SWJ-320 EA, an African first, is a large format solvent machine, particularly renowned for its affordability and user-friendliness. As the economy continues to struggle, the machine is priced competitively and has been designed as an entry-level model.

Designed to enable users to diversify their businesses in a profitable way, the Mimaki SWJ-320EA is ideal for producing a wide variety of large format indoor and outdoor applications, including POS materials, banners and billboards, displays, transport and floor images.

Also discussed was the new JFX model, which features a new print mode for increased speed, 2.5D printing for embossed and layered effects, as well as a print resolution of up to 1200dpi. The machine also features a maximum print area of: 2500 x 1300 mm (98.4 x 51.2”).

‘The 2.5D printing was previously difficult and time-consuming for operators to achieve, so we have made it as easy as possible for users to create beautiful embossed images with value through a fully automated process,’ said Benckhuysen. It was developed based on the need for Mimaki to not only innovate, but also to differentiate itself from its competition.

Van den Broek also discussed some trends emerging in Africa:” ‘The African market is picking up with European demands, and has a clear idea of what it needs. The signage, graphics and textiles markets are growing increasingly on a global scale, and Africa is included. The UV market is growing too, and more and more countries in Africa are becoming approachable for Mimaki.’

Benckhuysen added that Mimaki are continuously developing solutions for every market and application, and that it is not just a company based around printing, but engineering knowledge.

Speaking about Mimaki’s relationship with Graphix Supply World, van den Broek said, ‘GSW is our gateway into Africa. We know each other well and it is crucial to have partners who know the market – a market that is not as easy to explore as Europe. There are challenges in terms of language, education and infrastructure, and GSW has helped us overcome all of these barriers,’ said van den Broek.

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Mimaki SWJ-320EA – A revolutionary latest-generation printer

Mimaki and GSW will be launching the new Mimaki SWJ-320EA at Fespa Africa on Wednesday 11 September 2019 at the Gallagher CC  on stand D21-43, hall 3,  – a revolutionary latest-generation plotter with a width of 3.2 m with a unique ratio of affordable price, highest quality and reliability, which replaced the legendary model  SWJ-320 S4 . The plotter is equipped with new high-speed printheads that provide resolutions up to 1200 dpi and photorealistic image quality thanks to variable droplet volume technology. The new plotter has amazing performance and allows you to print at speeds up to 137 square meters. m / hour. Mimaki’s most innovative features – compensation for inter-pass errors, replacing bad nozzles, unique media feeding / reeling and heating systems – are now available in this ultra-wide format plotter.

The functionality of the  Mimaki SWJ-320EA  makes it possible to use this plotter for printing large-format graphics for almost any purpose for the street and interior, including POS materials, wide-format banners and posters, billboards, firewalls, banners, window-dressing, transport and floor graphics. For printing, a wide variety of coated and non-coated materials can be used – self-adhesive PVC films, photo paper, Blue-back billboard paper, films for interior lighting, banner materials, PVC stretch ceilings.

The technical and operational qualities of the  Mimaki SWJ-320EA plotter  make it possible to produce any interior decoration elements – designer photo murals, “stucco” murals, stretch ceilings, art reproductions on canvas. By purchasing this multifunctional plotter, companies specialising in the field of decoration and interior design get at their disposal a universal tool for providing additional exclusive services.

Features of the solvent plotter Mimaki SWJ-320EA

  • Stunning performance – up to 137 sq. m / hour.
  • Ultra wide format printing with interior quality. The maximum resolution is 1200 dpi.
  • Low ink consumption, low cost of prints.
  • A wide selection of print modes to meet existing print quality and cost requirements.
  • A high-speed printing unit with four staggered printheads.
  • The technology of variable droplet volume guarantees the reproduction of smooth gradient transitions and the absence of a visible raster.
  • Failure Nozzle Replacement (NRS) is an innovative solution for trouble-free, high-quality printing.
  • MAPS4 function to compensate for inter-pass errors and guarantee high quality prints without stripes and colour unevenness even at high speed.
  • Adjustable print head heights.
  • Mimaki CS100 solvent-based inks in four-colour CMYK configuration at an affordable price.
  • Ink supply system from 3 litre containers.
  • The versatility of ink in relation to carrier materials.
  • Powerful feeding / reeling systems as standard, designed to work with heavy rolls, provide constant web tension across the entire area regardless of the changing weight of the rolls.
  • The presence of a highly efficient three-stage carrier heating system with independent temperature control in each zone.
  • The function of simultaneous printing on two rolls.
  • Ready-made technological solution for printing on PVC ceilings (optional).
  • Multifunctional control panel with multilingual support for easy parameter setting and control. High performance USB 2.0 and Ethernet 1000BASE-T interfaces.
  • High reliability of the plotter, ease of operation and maintenance.
  • The most competitive price among models of this class. Low initial investments and daily expenses; quick return on investment.
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Get set to re-imagine the future of print

Under the theme ‘Imagine the Future of Print’, Mimaki Europe will take visitors to FESPA Africa 2019 (Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa – 11-13 September 2019) on a journey through its cost-effective and profit-generating printing solutions. Represented by its established distributor in Africa, Graphix Supply World (GSW) on stand D21-43, hall 3, the leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems will demonstrate how businesses can use Mimaki technology to support increased revenues, address new markets and drive pioneering application possibilities.

Mimaki’s brand new JFX200-2513 EX large flatbed UV inkjet printer will be exhibited in Africa for the first time at the exhibition. With a new print mode and an extra printhead, the JFX200-2513 EX boasts substantial productivity increases on previous JFX models – when printing in four colours plus white it reaches a 280% speed increase in draft mode, and is 100% faster in all other print modes. Its predecessor, the JFX200-2513, however will not be replaced by the new model, but offered to the market at a new attractive price point.

Also equipped with Mimaki’s cutting-edge 2.5D Texture Maker, the JFX200-2513 EX uniquely enables smooth embossed print with enticing-to-touch dimensional textured effects at the touch of a button. Designed for supreme simplicity and ease of use, as well as for increased productivity, the Mimaki layering technology opens up new and valuable application opportunities for customers. Eliminating the previous time-consuming and skilled process of creating multiple Photoshop files featuring stacked stepped layers for smooth expression, Mimaki’s genuine RIP software ‘RaterLink6Plus’ completes the process in seconds. Ideal for demanding production workflows, the JFX200-2513 EX prints on substrates up to 2,500mm x 1,300mm (98.4″ x 51.2″), in a wide variety of materials including white board, transparent/coloured board, wood, cardboard and metal.

“Mimaki has a history of pioneering innovation and continues that vision, maintaining its position at the forefront of advancements in digital printing. Each new technology that we introduce has been developed to support our customers’ success today and to support their future growth for tomorrow too,” says Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe.

Mimaki will also expound the benefits of its latest 3D printing solution, the 3DFF-222, at FESPA Africa. Based on Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) and using PLA material, the 3DFF-222 is designed to enable sign and display printers to produce jigs used in direct-to-object printing in-house. The 3D printer will be combined with the Mimaki UJF MkII series in Johannesburg to illustrate to visitors how production costs can be reduced and new profitable markets reached by introducing the 3D printer to their businesses and employing it to its full capacity. Full colour and fine detail models produced by the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer will also be exhibited on the stand.

GSW executives will furthermore reveal details of an upcoming product release at the show. As part of this, FESPA Africa visitors will get exclusive insights on the SWJ-320EA solvent printer and how it will build on the legacy of Mimaki innovation.

“We are delighted to share some of our latest innovations at FESPA Africa and we strongly believe that our technology enables printers from the region to stand out from the crowd. Epitomising our show theme ‘Imagine the Future of Print’ and building on our industry-acclaimed printing platforms, we will empower our visitors to become forward-thinkers, boost productivity and ensure healthy margins,” concludes Benckhuysen.