Another successful expo for GSW and Mimaki as hundreds of industry professionals flocked to the Africa Print Expo in Bloemfontein on 10 May.
The expo’s visitors, from all parts of the province and Lesotho, were most impressed with GSWs affordable, digital technology solutions. The successful event attracted 425 visitors, an increase from the 2015 event.
GSW showcased a number of their winning brands and equipment such as the Mimaki CJV150 Series (Integrated printer and cutter), the Mimaki JV150 Series (Wide format inkjet printer), the Mimaki UJF-3042-MKII (Curable flatbed inkjet printer) along with GSWs affordable finishing solutions.
All exhibitors where judged by the expo’s judges based on the criteria of design, staff friendliness and professionalism.
The stand winner was Graphix Supply World.
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New 3DUJ-553 printer produces more than 10 million colours in layers as fine as 20 microns
Mimaki today introduced the official campaign of its innovative 3DUJ-553 3D printer. Commercially available since January 2018, the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer is unique in its colour capabilities, with the ability to produce more than 10 million colours in layers as fine as 20 microns. Its water-soluble support material can be easily washed off, saving time and reducing the possibility of damaging the object when removing support material. Furthermore, the availability of clear ink adds the possibility to create translucent printed pieces.
“We are very excited to be formally bringing this breakthrough product to market in Europe,” said Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “Making the leap from UV-curable 2D inkjet printing devices to 3D printing was a logical step for Mimaki, and we have dedicated significant R&D resources to our 3D development efforts. The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 is our first foray into the 3D market and it uses a unique technique based on its advanced UV inkjet printing technology. Since we first unveiled the technology at drupa 2016, we have received excellent feedback from the marketplace, and we look forward to bringing a new level of innovation once again to an emerging market.”
About Mimaki’s 3D Print Technology
Of the many different approaches to 3D printing, Mimaki chose to adopt one where the printer jets and instantly UV-cures tiny droplets of liquid photopolymer. Fine layers accumulate on the build tray to create one or several precise 3D models or parts. Where overhangs or complex shapes require support, the 3D printer jets a removable support material. Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 is differentiated from other 3D printers in a number of aspects, including:
The ability to print objects with more than 10 million colours, the only 3D printer in the market with this capability. Colour profiles can be used to ensure accurate and consistent colour. This means no overpainting is required, saving time and labour.
It offers white ink, as well as a clear ink that can be mixed with colours to add transparency to the printed product.
Its water-soluble support material eliminates the need for manual work to cut tags or other support structures, and allows even the most intricate designs to be realised.
It features a maximum build size of 50 x 50 x 30 cm, larger than comparable 3D printers.
In addition, Mimaki invites everyone to see the printer live at FESPA 2018 from 15 to 18 May in Berlin. Located on Stand 1.2-D20/D30, Mimaki promises a real spectacle at the show. “Our 3D experts will be there to explain the technology in details to visitors and how it can open new business opportunities for them,” van den Broek continued. “But most importantly, we want them to get inspired and feel confident that they can take their businesses to the next level, with a little help from Mimaki.”
3D solutions, three new sizes of the UCJV300 UV-curable print-and-cut machine, special exhibits
Mimaki today announced its participation in FESPA 2018, Europe’s largest exhibition for the wide format print industry. The brand’s full line of products will be showcased from 15 – 18 May at the Berlin event, including innovative solutions for the Sign Graphics, Industrial, Textile, and the rapidly developing 3D markets. Mimaki will also be a key participant in several of FESPA’s special exhibits, such as the World Wrap Masters competition, Printeriors, and the new textile feature Print Make Wear.
“FESPA is always an exciting show, but this year is shaping up to be the best ever,” said Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “It provides a platform for Mimaki to show its wide range of capabilities in a variety of industry segments and we promise to give a real spectacle. In line with FESPA’s theme ‘Where Print Takes Off’, we want to inspire visitors in ways that we have never done before, get them on board with Mimaki, and take their businesses to the next level.”
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Mimaki today announces a new development in the Internet of Things (IoT) with its Digital Printing Connection, which aims to help users incorporate Mimaki printers to production lines for unattended on-demand production and mass customisation through communication with robots, conveyor belts, inspection devices, sensors and other peripheral equipment.
The first two solutions to be introduced within this new development are MDL commands and Mimaki Job Controller.
MDL commands are used to control Mimaki printers from customer production systems and through peripheral devices. They manage printer operation including commencing print production and adjusting the position and height of the print substrate table. They also provide information on remaining ink amounts and errors from the printer side.
Mimaki Job Controller is a software that communicates with the printer for transmission of optimal printing data and printing conditions. It also automatically starts production, connects a printer and a robot in a production line to feed print jobs using a conveyor and collects the printed items after printing.
Bert Benckhuysen, Product Manager at Mimaki Europe, explains: “The Digital Printing Connection enables unmanned operation. It helps simplify and streamline processes by allowing printers that mostly act as stand-alone systems to be connected to peripheral equipment. The approach supports on-demand production and mass customization.”
The joint venture caps two decades of collaboration in delivering industry-leading digital solutions
Mimaki is focused on promoting the analog-to-digital transformation of printing processes in the textile and apparel market. This includes developing a total solutions approach, from pre-processing through printing and post-processing of digitally printed textiles. To that end, Mimaki Europe has established a joint venture with BOMPAN S.r.l., a leading distributor in Italy that has longstanding experience in the textile industry and has had a trusted business relationship with Mimaki Europe for more than two decades. Mimaki Europe retains a 51% ownership of the joint venture, known as Mimaki Bompan Textile S.r.l., and the majority of directors, including the CEO, Hirokazu Hayashi. Massimo Bompan is serving as Chairman of the joint venture company.
“This joint venture is a critical element of our strategic approach to the textiles and apparel market,” Hayashi said. “Mimaki Bompan will be responsible for marketing the entire Mimaki portfolio for textile printing in Italy. In addition to this joint venture, Mimaki Europe has also pursued partnerships and acquisitions that will help round out our textiles portfolio, including most recently Rimslow, a manufacturer of post-treatment solutions for textiles. This expansion will help us provide our clients with a complete solution for high volume textile production.”
The establishment of Mimaki Bompan Textile followed the launch of Tiger–1800B, the brand’s production-class textile printer, which is available in direct-to-textile and sublimation transfer models. With a maximum printing speed of 385m2/h, the Tiger-1800B fits high-volume production environments that have traditionally printed using analog printing methods, bringing the benefits of digital printing to these higher volume applications and making it more efficient and cost-effective to produce short runs, customized fabrics and garments, and samples.
“Mimaki Bompan Textile aspires to be an international one-stop center for the textile market,” said Massimo Bompan, Chairman. “Our priorities are client satisfaction with an all-encompassing vision, and a range of solutions that include entry level systems and industrial machines. The company is operating as a Total Solutions Provider, offering a complete solution that includes inks, software, pre- and post-treatment systems, as well as technical services. This makes it easier for textile producers to add digital to their production platform, and it provides a single-source entry path for new businesses who wish to take advantage of the significant opportunities the digital textile transformation offers.”
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