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Huge Success for GSW and Mimaki at FESAP Africa 2019

The Sign Africa and FESPA Africa Expo took place earlier this month, 11-13 September at Gallagher Convention Centre. Where a number of educational features, new products launched and insightful tours took place.  

Visitors explored the latest technologies and trends in signage, wide format digital printing and T-shirt printing on the GSW and Mimaki Stands. Visitors had the opportunity to connect with GSW and Mimaki’s industry professionals on textile printing, vehicle graphics, point of sale branding, digital signage, banners, flags, printing on different media and more.

A hot new product tour was conducted over the three days where visitors got to see and hear from GSWs Director Robert Franco, the broad selection of Mimaki’s recently launched TS55-1800 textile printer, the JFX200-2513 EX flatbed printer, the new 3D printer and the first in Africa SWJ 320 EA.

GSW and Mimaki stands were extremely well attended, one could feel the buzz when walking through their stand with not one moment of silence. Every sales rep was involved in solid discussions with existing and prospective customers and smashing the sales. We had excellent feedback from all who attended the stand and many commended the staff on their knowledge of each product they were interest in.

GSW and Mimaki ended off the expo on the Friday with a bang, winning first prize, for the best Mega Stand in 2019.

GSW would like to thank each and everyone of their loyal customers, for choosing the #1 supplier in Africa! We couldn’t do this without you!

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Popular Mimaki Textile Printer Launched at Fespa 2019

Graphix Supply World showcased Mimaki’s TS55-1800 at Fespa Africa earlier this month.

Central to Mimaki’s textile showcase at FESPA is the company’s latest dye sublimation printer: the Mimaki TS55-1800. Offering continuous operation and an unprecedented price-quality ratio, this business-enhancing printer addresses the entry and mid-level markets and is designed for users that demand high productivity and high-quality print with vibrant colours and vivid imagery.

Mimaki TS55-1800 textile printer

• Optional mini jumbo roll.
• One-pass printing at 140 sqm.
• High resolution up to 480 x 600 dpi.
• Designed for users that demand productivity.

 

“With the release of the TS55-1800, Mimaki has made exceptional digital textile printing features available to both the mid-level and high-end markets. Now, customers are able to effortlessly scale their operation with a cost-effective sublimation printer that meets the high quality and short turnaround demands of the ever-evolving textile and apparel industry”

The TS55-1800 prints with the new Sb610 inks at a maximum output of 1,506 sqft/h (140 sqm/h). These inks hold the coveted ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification, meeting specific requirements with regard to sustainability, safety and compliance. Additionally, two new optional units, a mini jumbo roll and 10 kg ink supply, were introduced on TS55-1800.

The mini jumbo roll is a feeding unit to load the 64-inch Mimaki Vision Jet-X transfer paper, supplied by Neenah Coldenhove, with a length of about 8,202 feet. This unit is an ideal way to ensure high-volume, unattended printing for longer production runs. It also decreases the running paper costs per square foot in comparison to the normal plotter rolls.

The ink supply unit holds a 10 kg ink tank of a single color. The larger quantity tank allows for a continuous operation. Compared to the conventional two liter ink pack, it significantly reduces the ink unit price per quantity.

The TS55-1800 is equipped with several of Mimaki’s Core Technologies to deliver an exceptional printing experience. The Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS) provides greater productivity and print quality by eliminating visible banding. The Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) automatically monitors the performance of the printhead and detects clogged nozzles. The Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) allows the operator to substitute unproductive nozzles to avoid poor image quality or service calls. Together, the NCU and NRS enable uninterrupted printing even if nozzle errors do occur.

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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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Quarmby Colour installs EFI VUTEk h3 LED hybrid printer

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Quarmby Colour has installed an EFI VUTEk h3 LED hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll inkjet printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. The printing company is using the 3.2-metre wide production device to drive higher throughput and superior print quality in its display graphics operations.

“We needed more productivity in a similar footprint area to cater for new customers and workload,” said Quarmby Colour Director Damian Quarmby. “We also wanted to upgrade our print quality. There’s been quite a leap in technology with the new VUTEk h3. The print quality is amazing, especially for fine detail, and it’s seriously fast!”

Outstanding print quality
Producing high-end graphics is paramount at Quarmby Colour, which chose an eight-colour plus white configuration of the printer to ensure superior colour quality reproduction.

“It’s our first printer to produce text that’s too small to read by eye, that you literally need to use a glass to view,” Quarmby explained. “It’s great for small decals, barcode and machine labels but the true appreciation is in printed gradients.

“We are printing ever-increasing amounts of architectural optical clear film for glass manifestations,” he added. “The exceptional quality of the new VUTEk h3 model is allowing us to print seamless gradient fades, especially using white ink.”

The printer’s opaque white ink also creates more opportunities for Quarmby Colour, which uses the printer’s multi-layer printing capacity to output jobs intended for viewing from both sides.

“The multi-layer is superb as we can now print true block-out double-sided window graphics,” Quarmby said. “We are doing some pretty cool stuff with rear projection fabrics incorporating illuminated customer logos along with true block-out screen ratio framing.”

The printer is also more efficient thanks to an innovative skip-white feature that advances media and controls the printing carriage to bypass unused areas of substrate. “It is a new benefit for us, and the time savings it brings has been noticeable on our existing contract work,” said Quarmby.

The EFI VUTEk h3 is fitted with high-end greyscale printheads that have a minimum drop size of 7 picolitres and a maximum resolution of 1,200 dpi. The printer prints up to 74 boards an hour and its belt drive handles sheet and rigid media up to 50.8 mm thick and 90.7 kg in weight, while the roll feeder takes rolls up to 40 kg.

The printer is one-day field upgradable to an EFI VUTEk h5 printer configuration, which gives users up to 47% higher throughput. Quarmby has already opted for the field upgrade to the h5 specification.

A lasting relationship
Quarmby Colour is a family-run company first set up in 1994 as a colour photolab and is today a well-established large format digital printing business catering to the display, exhibition and imaging industry. Quarmby Colour employs 13 people including three directors and anticipates revenues of £2 million this year with the aid of its new investment. The company has a respectable reputation for producing high-quality display graphics. As a result, the company has been using VUTEk UV-cured printers since the start.

“When we transitioned to direct-to-substrate printing in 2005, the VUTEk PV200/600 was the first printer giving the nearest to the photographic quality and richness in colour which we wanted to offer our customers,” said Quarmby. “Over the years each new VUTEk that EFI has have brought to the market has improved and proved to be a successful choice for our business. The reliability of all the printer models over the years has been superb and the few times we’ve required service support we’ve never been let down. That’s why after 14 years as happy customers we continue to go back!”

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Growth of Digital Textile Printing

Lower lead time, eco-friendly and design flexibility are the major factors driving the growth of Digital textiles printing globally.

 

Commercialised in early 2000’s, Digital Textiles Printing has revolutionised the textiles printing process in current time. DTP can be defined as any ink jet based printing designs onto fabrics with the help of digital based image. Since its introduction this technology has witnessed tremendous popularity amongst textiles printers across the world. It currently represents more than 1.5% of the overall printed textiles market which is expected to be more than 5.0% by 2020.

 

Digital textiles printing was initially used for soft signage applications, however with the advancement in the technology its applications diversified into textiles & clothing, home textiles and other applications such as tents, automotive textiles, boating products and many more.

 

Europe is the largest regional segment using DTP technology lead by Italy. The region accounted for 47.4% and 46.4% of the global DTP output in 2014, respectively in terms of volume and value. The region was followed by Asia-Pacific, North America and RoW with a respective market share of 26.7%, 15.7% and 10.3% in 2014 in terms of volume.

 

Digitally printed textiles output was around 563.2 mm2 worth $853.8 million in 2014. Digitally printed textiles output is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 28.1% in terms of volume to reach 2,519.7 mm2 worth $4,260.0 million by 2020. Asia-Pacific region led by India is expected to register the fastest growth amongst all the regions across all the regions. DTP output in this regional segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 33.0% and 35.7%, in terms of volume and value between 2015 and 2020.

 

Applications of DTP technology segmented into four major categories, namely textiles & clothing, home textiles, soft signage, and others. Soft Signage application is the oldest and largest end-use application of the DTP technology. This segment represents roughly 44.1% of the market size in 2014 in terms of volume and is expected to be the second fastest growing market till 2020 growing at a CAGR of 27.7% in terms of volume. Textiles & clothing application held the second largest share, and projected to grow fastest with a CAGR of 29.4% in terms of volume, from 2015-2020.

 

Disperse & sublimation ink which is primarily used for soft signage printing applications represents the largest market share amongst all the ink types, this segment accounted for roughly 58.7% and 57.4% of the market size in 2014 in terms of volume and value. Pigment ink segment, which accounted for 2.5% of the market share in 2014 is expected to be the fastest growing ink segment and is expected to grow with a CAGR of 33.8% in terms of volume, from 2015-2020.

 

DTP has witnessed significant growth in the recent past and the trend is expected to continue in the future also. The major factor that is driving the growth of DTP are significantly lower time to market as compared to traditional printing methods, eco-friendly process, high design flexibility, reduced inventory obsolesces. Traditional textiles printing process takes around 6-8 weeks against 3-10 days taken by DTP. DTP helps textiles printers to eliminate the unnecessary steps and reduce the time in order to stay competitive in the fast changing fashion cycles which has also reduced the average run lengths across all the regions. DTP is also more environment friendly process consuming less power and water and leaving minimal industrial waste and CO2 emission as compared to traditional printing process, which makes it an ideal choice for the replacement of the traditional printing process taking into consideration its environmental impacts.

The key players in the DTP value chain are: Mimaki Engineering Company Ltd. (Japan), Seiko Epson Corporation (Japan), Kornit Digital (Israel), Sensient Technologies Corporation (U.S.), Electronics For Imaging (EFI) Inc. (U.S.), SPG Prints B.V (The Netherlands), Sawgrass Technologies Inc. (U.S.), Durst Phototechnik AG (Italy), Du Pont (US.), Dystar Group (Singapore), Huntsman Corporation (U.S.), Kiian Digital (U.S.) and many others.

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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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Mimaki to champion sustainable packaging at FachPack 2019

At Fachpack 2019, Mimaki Deutschland will demonstrate how show-stopping technology combined with sustainable choices are key to creating smarter packaging in the future.

Mimaki Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of Mimaki Europe, today announces that it will endorse green innovation in packaging at FachPack 2019 (Nuremberg, Germany, 24-26 September 2019). Addressing the exhibition’s key theme, ‘Environmentally friendly packaging’, the company – together with its local dealer, Ernst Mendel GmbH – will exhibit show-stopping technologies and an inspiring array of applications to emphasise how packaging print service providers and converters can use Mimaki solutions to make more sustainable choices.

A diverse range of cost-effective hardware and software solutions together with eye-catching applications, including layer printing with white and clear inks, added-value silver ink effects and 2.5D-textured print, will be on display on the Mimaki booth (Hall 8, Stand 8-312). The company will also highlight how a streamlined production workflow – from design software to digital printers and cutting systems – can empower greener processes for packaging manufacturing.

“Sustainability is a hot topic in today’s packaging industry and a key asset in Mimaki’s strategy,” says Mr. Hisashi Takeuchi, CEO of Mimaki Deutschland GmbH. “Visitors at our booth will experience first-hand how the use of Mimaki’s UV and UV-LED inkjet technologies and packaging solutions can make creative ideas a reality, whilst significantly decreasing the environmental impact of the production process. Championing environmentally-friendly packaging production and driving sustainable innovation in the industry will be our goal at FachPack 2019.”

Mimaki systems have many eco-friendly credentials, including:

  • All Mimaki UV printers are equipped with LED lamps which cure wet ink instantly with UV irradiation, rendering heating unnecessary and saving energy.
  • UV printing enables printing direct onto different types of substrates, giving users the choice to use more sustainable materials.
  • Digital is an on-demand solution for producing packaging and other applications, eliminating the waste caused by over-production.
  • Mimaki UV inks are GREENGUARD Gold* certified. The inks have met some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air, and are acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities.

A technology highlight on the Mimaki booth will be the company’s brand-new JFX200-2513 EX. Seen for the first time in Europe at FESPA Global Print Expo 2019, this cutting-edge large flatbed UV inkjet printer uses the Mimaki 2.5D Texture Maker. This proprietary feature uniquely enables smooth embossed print with enticing-to-touch dimensional textured effects at the touch of a button. Opening new and valuable application opportunities for customers, the new Mimaki layering technology has been designed for supreme simplicity and ease of use, as well as increased productivity. Eradicating the 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. For further benefits, the JFX200-2513 EX enables the use of white and clear inks, and prints on a wide variety of substrates up to 2,500mm x 1,300mm (98.4″ x 51.2″), including white board, transparent/coloured board, wood cardboard and metal.

A further highlight on the Mimaki stand will be the UJF-7151plus direct-to-object UV flatbed printer. Achieving flawless print quality on a wide range of substrates, this printer enables short-run packaging applications with reduced waste and minimised use of space, making more sustainable manufacturing options more accessible. Additionally, the UJF-7151plus uses longer-life UV LEDs, consuming less energy than printers using conventional UV lamps. An ink circulation system also provides stable ink jetting and removes air bubbles from the system, reducing the need for nozzle-cleaning and thereby saving energy and costs. At FachPack, the UJF-7151plus will be equipped with Mimaki’s MUH-100-Si UV-curable metallic ink to inspire visitors with a showcase of elegant and sophisticated applications on glass, acrylic and aluminium boards, synthetic leather and cardboards.

Featuring a cutting area of 610 x 510mm, the multifunctional, versatile and compact CFL-605RT will complete Mimaki’s FachPack line-up. Ideal for packaging sampling, prototyping and short-run production, as well as packaging inlays and foam materials cutting, the system has a wide range of cutting and creasing tools, including an eccentric cutter for coated packaging board, a pen tool for line drawings and a creasing roller for folding lines.

Many Mimaki printers include a number of pioneering core technologies, which Mimaki executives will be on-hand to discuss with visitors at FachPack. MAPS (Mimaki Advanced Pass System) prevents banding and colour-shifting during the printing process by spreading the edge of each pass to create a gradient. NCU (Nozzle Check Unit) monitors nozzle outages and automatically activates a series of recovery functions, whilst NRS (Nozzle Recovery System) enables printers to replace damaged nozzles without stopping production – enhancing performance and boosting productivity and print quality for the user.

“As the label and packaging markets thrive, it is the right time to take a step back and look at environmental impact. We look forward to demonstrating how brands can make smarter, more sustainable choices with Mimaki technology at FachPack,” Mr. Takeuchi concludes.

*List of GREENGUARD Gold certified UV inks: LH-100, LUS-125, LUS-120, LUS-150, LUS-170, LUS-175, LUS-200

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Core Technologies that deliver the ultimate image quality

The development of Core Technologies, including Mimaki’s Advanced Pass System and Waveform Control Technology, make the difference by delivering the ultimate in image quality and spectacular print as standard.

Mimaki’s Core Technologies are specifically engineered to assist print operators in two broad areas; ensuring stable production and delivering high image quality. A series of innovative and proprietary features result in empowering users to deliver unsurpassable image quality – a reputation Mimaki is understandably proud of.

It’s no secret that high image quality is a given at Mimaki – we take it as standard that our machines deliver the very pinnacle of output quality day in, day out. So it’s always at the front of our minds. It’s this desire that’s driven our technical team to develop a whole list of exclusive technologies that together ensure your work speaks for itself when it comes to quality.

“We build in a raft of Core Technologies that focus on helping our customers to deliver premium image quality with the minimum of fuss,” says Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager at Mimaki Europe. “Years of experience developing cutting edge print solutions has enabled the technology to trickle down so that even our ‘entry level’ products benefit from features such as Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS) and Waveform Control Technology (WCT) that help deliver these spectacular results.”

MAPS and WCT are just two of the Core Technologies, that together with the likes of Variable Dot Printing, determine how ink is placed on the substrate and maximise the control over dot placement, shape and size to create smooth, vibrant and high-density print. Mimaki’s use of high precision piezo-electric print heads assures users of consistent and reliable output and the addition of the Core Technologies exploits it to its maximum. With a seamless workflow from design creation through to RIP, printing and cutting, these Core Technologies work away in the background to assist the user in producing the highest quality output.

“We’re proud of our reputation at Mimaki for empowering our customers to deliver beautiful printed output,” continues Benckhuysen. “The development of imaging Core Technologies is key to this and with many of the technologies featuring across our range of print devices, price is now no barrier to output quality.”

With all printers offering a range of operator-led settings for print quality, output speed and imaging, Mimaki’s Core Technologies provide the opportunity for print operators to assess a job and choose specific options to suit its precise requirements. “With Mimaki printers able to output to a vast array of substrates, ranging from paper or self-adhesive vinyl to non-flat or textured objects such as metal and glass, it’s never been more important to be able to assist operators in their quest for the ultimate in imaging quality,” concludes Benckhuysen. “Mimaki’s unique appreciation of print companies’ day-to-day requirements has resulted in innovative and practical inbuilt technology that make the difference.”