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Mimaki puts the pedal to the metal for Internet of Things at FESPA 2019

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Process automation and Internet of Things (IoT) a highlight of Mimaki’s Imagine the Future of Print booth at FESPA Global Print Expo 2019.

  • Keeping at the forefront of industry innovation, the company showcases a state-of-the-art production line emphasising the strengths of automation in UV LED inkjet printing processes.
  • In line with its theme at FESPA 2019 – “Imagine the Future of Print” – Mimaki demonstrated a truly integrated and automated print production line to inspire visitors and show how they can take their businesses to the next level.

Process automation and Internet of Things (IoT) are widely recognised as new powerful tools that manufacturers could be leveraging to boost efficiency in production and increase revenue. Mimaki keeps at the forefront of industry innovation, demonstrating how integration and automation in printing production processes can enable print service providers to take their businesses to the next level. Utilising Mimaki’s R&D leadership in advanced workflow automation, together with collaborations with automation experts outside of the industry, the company has been able to create a truly integrated and automated UV LED print production line. This was one of the highlights of the Mimaki booth at FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 (Munich, Germany – 14-17 May 2019), encapsulating the company’s theme “Imagine the Future of Print”.

“A pioneer in digital printing, Mimaki has already embraced the countless possibilities of IoT and is now taking full advantage of it,” comments Uwe Niklas, General Sales Manager, Mimaki Deutschland GmbH. “This IoT-based R&D strategy has led the company to develop advanced printing systems able to communicate with robots, as well as with a wide range of hardware including belt conveyors, inspection devices and cutting machines. The objective is to make it possible for print service providers to incorporate inkjet printers in fully-connected industry 4.0 production lines, ultimately enabling unattended on-demand production and mass customisation. This is how Mimaki sees the future of digital printing.”

With the aim of helping customers to take on board a new vision for future growth, Mimaki provided live demonstrations of integrated processes at FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 and will continue to do so at successive trade shows addressing other manufacturing industries.

A glimpse into the future of inkjet print production
Encompassed in the Industrial Product area on Mimaki’s booth at FESPA 2019, a state-of-the-art production line demonstrated the power of IoT automation within a UV LED inkjet printing process. Developed by Mimaki with the collaboration of German company Robominds, the ground-breaking production line featured a Mimaki UJF-7151plus compact direct inkjet printer combined with a robotic arm by Danish firm Universal Robots (distributed in Germany by Robominds). Uniquely, the robotic arm loads and unloads substrates from the printer, without any human intervention.

The communication and information exchange between the UJF-7151plus and the robotic arm is enabled by a Mimaki IoT-based interface, called Job Controller IP, which is also available with Mimaki’s current JFX series. “Utilising our long history of developing state-of-the-art workflow management software, we were able to design our own advanced yet user-friendly solution. As an IoT interface, Job Controller IP is extremely easy to install and use – boosting production efficiency and flexibility levels within the print production workflow. The incredible in-house technical capabilities at Mimaki enabled us to successfully integrate robotics within the print production workflow, and achieve unmanned operation,” says Niklas.

The choice of robotic arm from Robominds has also contributed to Mimaki’s ability to deliver top-level performance at the show: a six-axis robot, it featured a modular design which makes it suitable for all kinds of printed products. In addition, the robot is compact, so it does not require any extra space, and is safe, as it stops as soon as someone touches it. Featuring four degrees of movement, the Robominds robot is also equipped with suction cups that enable it to handle different substrates.

For all print service providers, no matter their size, the market they serve or the inkjet solution they use, the benefits of integrating IoT automation into their production lines is significant. These benefits range from increased productivity and print capacity, to flexibility in materials handling and reduced machine make-ready times. For visitors to the show, Mimaki demonstrated how they can enhance their business performance by getting their printing platforms and related hardware ‘intelligently’ connected – to ultimately increase their profitability.

“Providing a new level of production efficiency, the proof of concept robotic demonstration was aimed at offering visitors to our booth at FESPA 2019, a glimpse into the future of inkjet print production for wide format applications and beyond,” concludes Niklas.

First Global Showing of New Hybrid Textile Printer at ITMA 2019

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Mimaki will have its first global showing of a brand-new hybrid digital textile printer at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, Spain from 20-26 June.

  • New textile printer delivers unparalleled flexibility and unprecedented application capabilities.
  • Mimaki to showcase a wealth of technological breakthroughs and creative opportunities to drive digital print adoption in textiles.

Mimaki Engineering, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announces that it will showcase its broad portfolio of cutting-edge digital print technologies at ITMA 2019 (20-26 June 2019, Fira de Barcelona, Spain). This will include the first global showing of a brand-new hybrid digital textile printer, uniquely featuring both direct-to-textile and direct-to-transfer print capabilities. Crucially, these features enable textile and garment manufacturers to achieve unparalleled flexibility and enhanced application opportunities for increased business growth. To facilitate these benefits, the new Mimaki printer also allows multiple sets of inks to be loaded simultaneously, supporting increased fabric range versatility and maximum product variety.

As the future of textile printing and for further production benefits, Mimaki will also give a sneak preview of its new and upcoming TA Job Controller software, specifically designed for textile production environments. For use on Mimaki’s successful EDP-awarded Tiger Pro Series and Rimslow TR Series – and all Mimaki textile printers – TA Job Controller enables users to connect one-on-one to the RIP and other devices, for an automated workflow from design to pre-print, print and post-print processes.

Featuring pioneering inkjet printing equipment, advanced workflow software and top-performance inks, Mimaki will demonstrate how its long-term commitment to the textile arena and extensive investment in R&D can help textile print service providers boost their business. It will also show them how they can cut their production costs and diversify their offering to maintain competitiveness.

A not-to-be-missed highlight on the Mimaki booth (H3-B110) will be the company’s flagship industrial digital textile printer, the Mimaki Tiger-1800B MkII – in dye-sublimation configuration. Combining Mimaki’s Japanese expertise in electronics with La Meccanica’s know-how in building solid and robust belt printer bodies with ‘made-in-Italy’ design, the Tiger-1800B MkII – the latest model of Tiger-1800B Series – enables users to produce extremely high-quality products (up to 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution) at up to 385m2/h print speed, without the need to compromise on production and throughput.

The Tiger-1800B MkII features a number of pioneering Mimaki core technologies, including MAPS (Mimaki Advanced Pass System) and NRS (Nozzle Recovery System). MAPS prevents banding and colour-shifting during the printing process by spreading the edge of each pass to create a gradient. This feature, alongside NRS, enables the printer to replace damaged nozzles without stopping production – enhancing the printer’s performance and boosting productivity and print quality for the user.

From its advanced TR series, Mimaki will also show the TR300-1850C coating machine and the TR300-1850S steaming machine, and the benefits of a total solution for textile print production. Providing the equipment needed to operate the entire digital textile workflow, Mimaki’s all-in-one solution ensures complete technology compatibility, as well as increased productivity, print quality and reduced production costs.

“As a pioneer in textile printing, this industry has always been in our company’s DNA and we are excited to show our extensive textile portfolio at ITMA 2019,” comments Danna Drion, Marketing Manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe. “The potential of digital printing in textiles is clearly evident, and we aim to provide the technology to enable our customers to take full advantage of it and grow profitably.”

Mimaki will also use ITMA 2019 to showcase its wide range of flagship solutions addressing different textile market segments. These include:

  • Mimaki TS55-1800: A dye-sublimation business-enhancing printer, the TS55-1800 addresses the entry and mid-level markets offering continuous operation and an unprecedented price-quality ratio. Equipped with Mimaki’s core technologies, the printer achieves high productivity and high-quality print with vibrant colours and vivid imagery and is suitable for interior fabrics, sports and fashion apparel and soft signage.
  • Mimaki UCJV300-160: A roll-to-roll UV LED inkjet integrated printer/cutter, featuring a white ink capability. A versatile printing system, the UCJV300-160 uniquely enables four-layer printing for transformative backlit applications, and five-layer printing, allowing different designs to be viewed on both sides of a substrate simultaneously. Visitors at ITMA 2019 will see the UCJV300-160 printing wallpapers live.

This array of technological breakthroughs represents only one side of Mimaki’s commitment to the textile industry. At ITMA 2019, the company will also demonstrate its cooperation with world-renowned designers who are driving innovation with cutting-edge and inspirational printed textile applications. As part of this approach, Dutch retail fashion designer, Tessa Koops, will use the show to demonstrate the power of Mimaki digital print technology for increased creativity, personalisation and profitability within the fashion industry.

Mimaki Tiger-1800B MkII scoops two EDP Awards at FESPA 2019

Mimaki’s Tiger-1800B MkII topped two award categories at the 13th EDP Awards at FESPA 2019.

Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, celebrated winning two awards at the European Digital Press Association (EDP) Annual Awards ceremony, held at FESPA 2019 last week. Mimaki’s Tiger-1800B MkII was the champion of the day, earning its first award in the category of ‘textile printer roll-to-roll more than 100 sqm/h’, and the second for its Rimslow TR Series complete solution, in the category of ‘pre- and postpress-treatment solutions’.

During the 13th EDP Awards contest, over 100 entries across five main categories were made, with 28 products announced as winners. Chosen based on numerous criteria including quality, value to user and environmental impact, the winners were selected by 20 leading trade publications within the digital printing industry, reaching over half a million readers across 25 European countries.

As part of the Tiger Pro Series, the Tiger-1800B MkII is a high-volume textile printer for direct printing or paper transfer with a print speed of up to 385m2/h. This versatility and speed paired with the printer’s ability to print at up to 1200 x 1200 dpi, enables users to produce extremely high-quality products without the need to compromise on production and throughput. Capable of handling all kinds of fabrics and papers, the printer can be used for a wide range of applications including tapestries, interior decoration and fashion & apparel.

Other important features of the Mimaki Tiger-1800B MkII include MAPS (Mimaki Advanced Pass System) and NRS (Nozzle Recovery System). MAPS prevents banding and colour-shifting during the printing process by spreading the edge of each pass to create a gradient. This feature, alongside NRS, which enables the printer to replace damaged nozzles with operating nozzles without stopping production, enhances the printer’s performance and boosts productivity and quality for the user.

“We’re delighted that our Tiger-1800B MkII came first in two categories during such a prestigious awards ceremony,” says Bert Benckhuysen, Product Manager for Mimaki Europe. “To be recognised for the fact that we listen closely to the needs of the market and constantly work to improve our products for customers, affirms our position as a strong force within digital textile printing.”

Allowing textile printers to take full control of their workflow, the Tiger-1800B MkII and the TR Series is a complete solution for coating, printing, steaming and washing machines. Rather than purchasing technology from different manufacturers to handle the four production processes, Mimaki ensures complete technology compatibility, for improved efficiencies and quality.

“The Mimaki TR Series is all about increasing productivity and cutting costs throughout the whole digital textile printing process. Providing an entire workflow solution instead of a stand-alone product, enables us to offer a much more stable and reliable production line. This enables increased uptime and allows our customers to focus on designing products that make them stand out in the crowd,” Benckhuysen concludes.

Mimaki Europe will be showcasing both the Tiger-1800B MkII and the TR Series at ITMA 2019, Hall 3, Stand B110.

Mimaki Announces JFX200-2513 EX Large Flatbed UV Inkjet Printer European Launch at FESPA 2019

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World’s first flatbed inkjet printer to offer ‘one-touch’ 2.5D texture capabilities with significant productivity gains thanks to a 280% increase on speed.

Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announces the European launch of the new JFX200-2513 EX large flatbed UV inkjet printer at the FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 (Munich, Germany – 14-17 May 2019). 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.

This feature was originally developed for Mimaki’s 3D printing technology and is unique to Mimaki in sign and graphics printing. Taking large format print applications to a different dimension, Mimaki print houses can now offer exceptional printed textures such as simulated woodgrain, oil painting on canvas, as well as raised, high-visibility lettering for more traditional signage applications.

Danna Drion, Senior Marketing Manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe, comments: “In a market where competition is fierce and margins have been squeezed, we’re excited to launch the new Mimaki JFX200-2513 EX. In terms of offering new profitable services, our new product represents an important business differentiator for customers. If that wasn’t enough, the productivity gains that the JFX200-2513 EX represents, makes it a very compelling proposition. Irrespectively, no matter the size of your business, it’s important that when you enter a new market, you do so with a technology and partner you can trust. Offering Japanese product quality and a culture built around customer service excellence, this is certainly assured with Mimaki.”

Seen for the first time in Europe on the Mimaki booth at FESPA 2019 (stand B6-A30), the new Mimaki JFX200-2513 EX is the successor to the JFX200-2513 large flatbed UV inkjet printer. Since its launch six years ago, the JFX200-2513 has enjoyed excellent commercial success and a global install base. The new Mimaki JFX200-2513 EX builds on this legacy, pushing innovation further with its increased productivity and value-added print proposition.

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 – commonly used for applications including sign panels, furniture displays, building materials and much more. Usability has been improved with a vacuum-controlling foot switch, for when the user has no hands free and needs the media to be held stable on the print bed. An ethernet connection is now also provided, improving the functionality for IoT. connections. Another interface has been added to connect external safety devices such as a safety curtain. Additionally, the system includes Mimaki Core Technologies, Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) and Nozzle Recovery System (NRS), for uninterrupted printing with no loss to quality if print nozzles become clogged or unproductive.

At FESPA, Mimaki is expounding the benefits of its MUH-100-Si UV-curable metallic ink, the world’s first metallic ink available for flatbed direct-to-object printing. By mixing a special bright aluminium pigment into the ink, printers can place UV metallic ink directly onto products without the need for a separate glitter or foil transfer process. “It’s just another way Mimaki provides solutions for its customers to stand out from the competition and provide value-added print for brands using their services,” adds Drion.

Mimaki’s latest 3D printing solution, the 3DFF-222, also features with Mimaki explaining how sign and display printers can cut operational costs and open new profitable markets by introducing the 3D printer to their businesses. Using in-house 3D printing to produce jigs used in direct-to-object printing, allows print houses to broaden the products they offer. It also enables them to introduce new products very quickly, without having the expense and time it takes to receive outsourced jigs produced using traditional methods. 3D signage can also be produced and, with a 3D printer in-house, new markets can be explored to employ the printer to its full capacity.

Mimaki is also using FESPA 2019 to demonstrate its collaboration with some of the market’s most inspirational and world-leading designers, creatives and photographers. Commissioned work from designers including Claire Vos (Studio Roderick Vos) is showcased throughout the booth. From creative backlit graphics and novelties, to fashion dresses and upholstery fabrics, a myriad of Mimaki produced digitally printed applications are on display, enabling visitors to understand the power of digital print to increase the creative process and drive new profitable application opportunities.

“Epitomising our show theme ‘Imagine the future of print’, the new Mimaki JFX200-2513 EX launched today, featuring cutting edge technology and capabilities designed to drive business growth. Indeed, each new technology that Mimaki introduces has been developed to support our customers’ success today, but also supports their future growth for tomorrow – we are delighted to share some of these latest innovations at the show.”

French debut for new Mimaki 3DFF-222 3D printer at 3D Print Congress & Exhibition

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Mimaki will show for the first time its newly launched 3DFF-222 3D printer at the 3D Print Congress & Exhibition in Lyon, France from 4-6 June.

  • The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer offering 10 million colours will also be demonstrated.
  • Mimaki officially introduces new French dealer, ERM Fab&Test, at the show.

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Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announces that it will show for the first time in France its newly launched Mimaki 3DFF-222 3D printer at the 3D Print Congress & Exhibition (4-6 June, Lyon, France – Stand C05). Visitors to the Mimaki stand will also see the unparalleled levels of photorealism achieved by Mimaki’s flagship 3DUJ-553 3D printer, which prints in over 10 million colours. Mimaki will also use the show to introduce its new French distributor, the automation and manufacturing experts, ERM Fab&Test.

Using Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technology, the Mimaki 3DFF-222 3D printer has been developed as an in-house design and production tool, delivering ultra-reliable, almost silent manufacture of prototypes and end-use parts such as jigs and 3D signage.

A product co-branded with Sindoh, a manufacturer of 3D printers and multi-function printers based in South Korea, the 3DFF-222 system prints in PLA material. Using easy-to-load filament cartridges, it prints parts up to 210mm x 200mm x 195mm (W x D x H), and offers remote monitoring of each print job through a Mimaki app. The new platform recently joined the 3DUJ 553 in Mimaki’s portfolio of 3D printers, to which Mimaki has applied the expertise from its long heritage in 2D printing. Consequently, both systems offer enduring reliability and have technical support and customer service in place across the globe.

“Flexibility and ease-of-use are key features of the new desktop 3D printer,” states Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager at Mimaki Europe. “It’s been developed so that you can have it sitting in your office without disruption. Running at 45dB, the noise levels are almost the same as a museum, and the footprint is small enough that it fits onto a desk, running off design iterations as they are needed with maximum convenience.

“With the PLA material you can also produce hard, robust models that don’t warp easily with the new Mimaki 3DFF-222 system. Ideal for the French market, this makes it perfect for production parts such as jigs and moulds that can be produced rapidly, helping manufacturers to reduce their lead times. And this is provided with Mimaki’s renowned build quality and extreme reliability benefits,” says Benckhuysen.

Key features of the 3DFF-222 3D printer

  • PLA (Poly-Lactic Acid) filament – a hard, robust material that is a plant-derived eco-plastic made from corn and potato starch.
  • Automatic Filament Supply – filament installation is simplified, comprising insertion of a reeled filament in the dedicated cartridge and setting it to the main unit. The filament is supplied to the nozzle automatically.
  • Auto Filament Cutting – is also possible after the print job is completed.
  • A flexible metal bed – with built-in thermostatic function, enables both stable formation and easy removal of the model once it is ready.
  • Bed Leveling Assist – automatic measuring of horizontal error of the table and correction also supports stable formation.
  • HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter – prevents the discharge of foul air.
  • Motor drivers – designed specially to reduce noise levels during operation.
  • A camera and LED light are provided for remote monitoring with a smartphone or tablet.

The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer

The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer, launched in 2018, allows bureaux, designers and product developers to reach unparalleled levels of photorealism due to its fine detail and extensive colour capability. The 3DUJ-553 3D printer prints in over 10 million colours and the results are consistent and repeatable thanks to Mimaki’s expert use of ICC colour profiling. Mimaki has also developed a clear resin, so full transparency and semi-transparent colour can be realised. Printing in 19, 32 or 42µm layers, the 3DUJ-553 3D printer delivers super fine detail and smooth surfaces, which are preserved during post-processing as the support material is water-soluble and simply dissolves away with immersion.

ERM Fab&Test

Mimaki is also proud to introduce its newly appointed French dealer, ERM Fab&Test, at the show. For almost 30 years, ERM has supported businesses in integrating new technologies into their manufacturing processes – including robotics, IoT and digitalization of workstations. In 2014, the company created ERM Fab&Test, a business unit dedicated to new digital manufacturing solutions for industry, medical, research and education, integrating a professional range of additive manufacturing solutions.

Cyril Liotard, CEO at ERM Fab&Test, comments: “We chose to integrate Mimaki technology into our business offering because it is ‘the’ reference point for anyone looking to produce 3D printed pieces in full colour – and we knew a few businesses looking to do exactly that. The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 can produce polymer parts with a palette of more than 10 million colours, which is absolutely unique in the market, and now allows us to meet all our customer needs.”

Mimaki makes an impression on Bildkraft with the dramatic effects of UV-multi-layer printing

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German sign and display provider, Bildkraft, creates clever effects for day and night displays, previously impossible to achieve, thanks to the UV inkjet printer UCJV300-160 from Mimaki. Multi-layer printing has clearly increased the intensity of backlit illuminated signs for the company.

One illuminated display, two different images: a panoramic alpine view with mountain tops and a deep green lake by day, a tropical beach with palm trees and foaming surf at night. These are the two magnificent images on an illuminated display that can be changed with a simple flick of a switch. There is no need for any kind of roller mechanism or other elaborate image-changing device. The Mimaki UV inkjet printer UCJV300-160 makes this possible with its multi-layer printing. “We are really impressed with the image display effects that we are able to print using our new Mimaki machine. We have never seen anything like it before”, explains Björn Blum, owner of German sign and display provider, Bildkraft. As an expert in advertising technology, he speaks from experience.

He has been printing and cutting wide-format images exclusively on the new Mimaki UV inkjet printer since the beginning of May 2018, having chosen the seven-colour version with CMYK, light cyan, light magenta and white in order to be able to offer backlit effects for illuminated signs on a whole new quality level. The company took action when its previous inkjet printer from another manufacturer was starting to wear down. What remained on the shortlist was a latex printing solution and the UV-curing inkjet printer from Mimaki. Even though the latex option would have been cheaper, Björn Blum decided to go with the UCJV300-160 print-and-cut solution Mimaki announced the previous year. “We spent an entire day with DP Solutions, our incredibly patient reseller, printing our own images on our own substrates, all across the board for hours on end. And then the dye was cast”, Blum recalls.

UV print that looks like it has been varnished
In his view, the print quality and extended colour gamut of six colours plus white make a crucial difference to the brilliant colour and image display. Whilst solvents and latex inks penetrate the substrate and can therefore flatten or “drown” the image, UV ink is cured on the surface without loss of colour brilliance. One of his team’s test images at DP Solutions was a 2.5m print in spot colour blue, which can be a tricky colour as it tends to give a blotchy appearance when applied to a large surface area. “The result was absolutely flawless. It looked like it had been varnished”, outlines Blum. Even during testing, the Mimaki printer demonstrated its strong reliability with its robust industrial printheads.

One of the most exciting applications Bildkraft produced on its Mimaki printer, following the quick installation (in a single day), was a 2.5m tall and 1m wide illuminated sign in the shape of a nose for a local beauty salon. The inverted print on transparent film was then coated with 12mm of acrylic glass. White overprint eliminated the need for coloured interleaf film, saving an entire process step. Other applications Bildkraft will now only undertake with their Mimaki UV printer include vehicle wraps with colour gradients. “The colours appear much more intense and vibrant on the adhesive film, which our customers confirm unanimously”, says Blum.

Technology + craftsmanship = success
Bildkraft is based near Stuttgart, Germany, and boasts more than 100 years of experience in signmaking and displays. Starting out in the signmaking business in 1905, the company produced the first illuminated displays a few years later. The company, as it exists today, was formed through the merger of lettering firms Wiedmann and Bliederhäuser. Björn Blum has been managing the business since 2010, choosing an impactful, future-oriented name, Bildkraft, meaning ‘image power’, to reflect the new opportunities in the sign and display arena. The core competencies of the five-strong team include custom-made illuminated displays for industrial organisations and service providers from the Stuttgart area and across Germany. Customers include Audi, Bosch, Wirtgen Group, banks, car dealerships and football club VfB Stuttgart. “We differentiate ourselves from LFP print providers who have to compete with low-cost print services from abroad. With all the technology we apply, we are ultimately a crafts business continually creating new and individual solutions for customers – therein lies our strength.”

An all-round printer with classy extras
Mimaki first presented its combined UV printing and cutting solution at the key signage shows in 2017. The UCJV300-160 is now considered an all-round machine for print-and-cut applications in sign and display advertising. UV curing enables printing on film, banners, paper and thin substrates that are too heat-sensitive for latex and solvent-based systems. One of the printer’s USPs is the combination of white and coloured ink on transparent and translucent film. This multi-layered printing creates the day and night effects on illuminated banners that Bildkraft offers to its customers. The UCJV300-160 has a print width of 1.61m and a maximum resolution of 1200dpi. It operates at a speed of around 25m2/h in draft mode and 8m2/h in standard mode. The UV ink dries immediately and is extremely scratch-resistant.

Imagine the future of print with Mimaki at FESPA 2019

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Mimaki to take FESPA visitors on a future journey exploring a whole spectrum of creative opportunities, and connecting them to valuable partners, designers and innovators

  • New Mimaki industrial printer to be seen for the first time at FESPA 2019, delivering increased productivity and unprecedented application capabilities
  • New 3D printer focusing on JIG self-production
  • New exciting workflow IoT solutions and connectivity; learn about the next level of IoT
  • New design software for the retail industry; design, print & cut your own signage

Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announces that it will inspire customers to explore creative, innovative, profit generating possibilities in a futuristic atmosphere at the FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 (Munich, Germany – 14-17 May 2019). Under the theme “Imagine the Future of Print”, the company will take visitors to its booth (stand B6-A30) on a journey through its world-first and market-first innovations in printers, software and cutting-edge solutions, to demonstrate how they can take their businesses to the next level.

Another must-see stop along that journey will be a brand-new Mimaki large format printer, displayed at FESPA 2019 for the first time in EMEA. Featuring a best-in-class combination of productivity and print stability, new application opportunities, boosted usability and unprecedented substrate range flexibility, the new Mimaki print platform will provide a glimpse into future developments of UV LED inkjet technology. Due to Mimaki’s development of the 3D printer and its slicing software, preparation and printing of 2,5D up to multiple layers will be easy and fast. A further highlight on the booth this year will be the new FDM 3D printer for the small Print to Object market, focusing on JIG self-production.

The journey continues with workflow efficiency, which will be the keyword for Digital Printing for years to come. As Mimaki already introduced its IoT solution for the UJF-7151plus and the JFX-series, this year’s FESPA visitors can learn about the next phase of IoT showing a glimpse of the new upcoming software Job Controller IP. Come and learn how your improved efficient workflow is going to look like with Mimaki’s solutions! Connectivity with Gravograph and Trotec laser systems will be fully supported in the latest Rasterlink Rip.

Last but not least on this journey, Mimaki will demonstrate its new Simple POP software, specially developed for the retail market. Shop-owners don’t need any graphic knowledge to create and design their own shop signage such as labels, stickers, roll-ups and so on. This new software connects one-on-one to Rasterlink for an automated workflow from design to print and cut on Mimaki’s successful and popular UCJV series.

“Mimaki boasts a history of pioneering inkjet technologies and breakthrough innovations. Building on those solid foundations, the company aims to maintain its position at the forefront of advancements in digital printing,” comments Danna Drion, Marketing Manager, Mimaki EMEA. “This vision of reflecting on past innovations and leveraging state-of-the-art solutions to deliver a whole spectrum of unexplored future customer opportunities, underpins that ambition, and embodies our FESPA show theme.”

Designed with a futuristic theme, Mimaki’s largest ever FESPA booth will lend a glittering silver guise to proceedings. As an example, LED-lighting paths on the floor will lead to a central hanging kaleidoscopic installation, incorporating UV digital print on mirrors. Encompassing four key business areas strategically integrated across the booth – Sign Graphics; Industrial Products; Textiles and 3D – flagship Mimaki technology and a wealth of exciting, creative applications will be showcased.

Visitors will also be able to take part in product demonstrations and engage directly with the Mimaki team. To learn more about how they could implement and use Mimaki technology to offer and sell new inkjet applications, Mimaki visitors will also have access to some leading designers and creative professionals who regularly use digital print within their work. Connecting customers, partners, designers and innovators to generate new and rewarding collaborations will be key to Mimaki’s FESPA 2019 show and vision for the future.

“With the help of our industry-acclaimed inkjet print and cutting technology, we will use the show to demonstrate how businesses can become forward-thinkers and boost productivity in a more advanced workflow. At the same time, we will also encourage and welcome visitor ideas, feedback and requests too – as always, this is essential R&D learning for us,” adds Drion. “What’s more, why not talk to us live at the show using #FutureofPrint and tell us what you think? In addition, go to Mimaki’s registration page for a chance to win one of 50 fantastic Flic Wireless Smart Buttons that we will give away during the show.”

Bringing desert landscapes to London with Mimaki digital printing

Crate Brewery

London-based architects Tomaso Boano and Jonas Prišmontas brought desert landscapes into Crate Brewery in Hackney (London), through the help of Mimaki technology.

When architects and designers Tomaso Boano and Jonas Prišmontas, owners at London-based architectural firm Boano Prišmontas, were asked to exhibit their landscape installation, Alphabet, at Crate Brewery in Hackney, they initially planned to stage an existing project. However, after visiting the space, they were inspired to push the boundaries of creativity at the venue. The traditional white brick walls of the brewery – normally used as a blank base for hanging small pictures or paintings – could be turned into large windows on an infinite landscape to take the experience of urban Londoners to the next level. Only one piece of the puzzle was missing: how to decorate such large walls with 1:1 scale landscape pictures? The solution came from digital printing technology by Mimaki.

Bringing landscapes into the city
It all started off in the headland of Dungeness, on the coast of Kent, South East England. “We aimed to convert some school desks that we collected from the street into an art piece, as we liked the idea of giving new value to items destined for landfill. We disassembled and reassembled them to create a series of structures that we then placed against the vast plane of that deserted area,” explains Boano. “We ended up creating a spectacular installation, with sleek free-standing portals to the gravel and shell beach of the headland under a grey sky, which we then decided to bring into the city.”

After a couple of exhibitions at art galleries in London – with the installation consisting of the structures combined with small-format pictures of the original art piece at Dungeness – Tomaso Boano and Jonas Prišmontas decided to take up a new challenge at Crate Brewery. “When we visited the location, we envisioned transforming those large white walls into the infinite landscape of Dungeness. The longest opposite walls could be decorated with 1:1 landscape pictures of the original installation, with the structures standing against the shorter wall of the room.”

Boano Prišmontas had come up with a strong design concept that could both transform the space at the brewery and further enhance the value of their piece of art. What they needed then was finding a way to make it happen. “Prior to the Alphabet project we had been in contact with Mimaki and had heard about their large format printers. Therefore, we decided to get in touch with the company and see if they would like to be part of this event. And they did,” explains Prišmontas.

Working to a tight deadline, Mimaki produced two large-scale artworks – sized 2.5×9.5 metres and 2.5×3.6 metres. “The result is stunning. Everyone who steps in is greeted by the visual impact of those massive high-quality images and the way they completely change the perception of the space.” However, the aesthetic outcome is not the only benefit achieved. The artworks were printed on a special canvas – SILENCIO®, a sound-absorbing technical textile from German company PONGS – with Mimaki’s UV printing technology. “The acoustic properties of the fabric contribute to enhance the quality of the location, by absorbing the noise of the vibrant, thronging crowds,” says Boano. “In addition, the use of a UV printing technology is in line with the original goals of our installation, bound to the topics of sustainability and respect for the environment which are central to our vision.”

Owners at Crate Brewery are so enthusiastic about the Alphabet installation that they decided to extend the exhibition – initially set to last one month – by another month. “We always try to challenge our clients with projects that go beyond their requirements and when they like the result to the point of changing their original plans, we know we achieved something great,” states Prišmontas.

“The project at Crate Brewery perfectly combines interior design, art and state-of-the-art technology. In fact, we have re-designed the space – with some architectural crafting involved when installing the printed artworks. Art is at the core of the installation and Mimaki’s cutting-edge printing technology was the tool that enabled us to make an idea become a working reality,” adds Boano. He concludes: “This cooperation with Mimaki has enlightened us on the capabilities of digital printing. We are already generating new ideas and even revisiting some concepts that were put aside because we were struggling to find a way to produce them. We are looking forward to exploring further what digital printing technology, mixed up with creativity and architecture, can enable us to achieve in the future.”

interzum 2019 – Mimaki to demonstrate business enhancing inkjet technology with market leading robotic automation for furniture production and interior design markets

Visitors to interzum 2019 will see how Mimaki digital print technology is revolutionising the furniture production and interiors industries.

  • Mimaki to showcase robotic technology for ‘no human intervention’ inkjet print operation.
  • Mimaki to present at interzum a ‘Speakers’ Corner’ and feature samples at Focus 5 ‘edutainment area’.

Mimaki Deutschland GmbH, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announces that at interzum 2019 (21 – 24 May 2019, Koelnmesse GmbH, Germany), the company will demonstrate how Mimaki digital print technology is revolutionising the furniture production and interiors industries, and enabling customers to produce high-quality print for a wide range of profit-generating applications.

A highlight product on Mimaki’s stand (Hall 3.2, stand A-011) will be the UJF-7151plus direct-to-object UV flatbed printer. The high-performance Mimaki solution has a maximum print size of 710mm x 510mm and enables precise placement of ink, ensuring flawless print quality on a wide range of products/substrates. At interzum 2019, visitors to the Mimaki booth will see interior applications including laminated floor boards, wallpaper, furniture fabric, textiles and much more. A further highlight will be Mimaki’s recently launched MUH-100-Si UV-curable metallic ink, which can be placed directly onto the product without the need for further manual processing and handling. This provides customers with a means to create elegant and sophisticated applications efficiently.

In addition, the Mimaki UJF-7151plus at interzum 2019 will feature a robotic arm from Robominds. Designed to enable workflow automation, the Universal Robots robotic arm provided by Robominds will demonstrate how Mimaki customers can use the technology without any human intervention, to improve their profitability. Providing a new level of production efficiency, the proof of concept robotic demonstration will provide interzum visitors with a glimpse into the future of inkjet print production for furniture and interior applications.

Mimaki will also show its UCJV300-75 UV integrated printer/cutter, enabling unique five-layer printing for the creation of distinct designs, simultaneously, on each side of the substrate. This capability makes the Mimaki solution ideal for transparent foil for laminated surfaces, enabling high quality printing on furniture, wallpaper and worksurfaces. “There is an increasing interior design trend for the production of more individual, shorter-run applications, featuring more diverse printed colours and patterns. Mimaki’s UCJV-series is compatible with a wide range of materials and is suitable for numerous interior and furniture applications,” states Hisashi Takeuchi, Managing Director of Mimaki Deutschland GmbH.

The company will also participate in interzum 2019’s Focus 5 ‘edutainment area’. Demonstrating how digital print can be integrated into furniture production and interior construction, the area will see an impressive and inspirational range of Mimaki samples. With a focus on “Digital printing as stylistic device”, the interzum 2019’s ‘Speakers’ Corner’ programme will also see Uwe Niklas (General Sales Manager, Mimaki Deutschland GmbH) deliver an insightful presentation on “Digital printing as a stylistic device” at Stand P-020 at 1pm on the 24th of May.

“We anticipate an exciting show,” concludes Mr. Hisashi Takeuchi. “In this market, digital printing is still in its infancy, but it’s also poised to unlock huge creative potential for designers and revenue opportunities for print providers and manufacturers. This potential is clearly evident in the samples we will present and the customer case studies we will share with prospects at the show.”

PS-Medtech creates photorealistic 3D prints of the human body with Mimaki

Skeleton

The medical industry increasingly generates 3D patient data with MRI, CT and ultrasound equipment. Dutch software company PS-Medtech specialises in the 3D visualisation of these scans of the human body by means of their own imaging software Vesalius3D. The company teamed up with Mimaki to print the images their software generates in full colour. The results are astonishing.

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PS-Medtech is a high-tech software company developing software and solutions to visualise medical data. Their technology enables users to isolate organs, bones, blood vessels, veins and tumors on MRI, CTI and ultrasound scans and to view them in 3D. This allows doctors and students to quickly process complex data, sharpen their skillsets, prepare more thoroughly for operations and ensure better overall patient outcomes.

Arjen Brinkman, Director at PS-Medtech, explains how customer requests had the company expand their software with 3D print functionality: “In 2015 the media reported extensively on Baby Jasmijn, a three-month-old baby with a very complex heart defect. The team at the University Medical Center in Leiden had a 3D print of her heart created by a Spanish company. It wasn’t long before doctors contacted us to integrate a 3D functionality in our software. We made it happen within a few months.

Photorealistic prints
The 3D print technology evolved rapidly after that. In 2018, PS-Medtech met with Mimaki, who had just launched their revolutionary full-colour 3DUJ-553 3D printer. A cooperation quickly emerged to repurpose the PS-Medtech generated 3D data and produce prints of body parts and organs.

“The medical market is increasingly relying on our solutions due to the advances of MRI technology”, Brinkman states. “We provide lab technicians with the means to make the absolute most of that data via 3D visualisation. With our software, they can now isolate different organs and export these as print-ready files. The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 can print in ten million colours by adding photorealistic textures to render unparalleled realism. An extremely powerful combination. It’s very hard to tell the Mimaki printed organs from the real ones.”

Conference feedback
The first results of the Mimaki PS-Medtech cooperation were presented publicly on January 30 and 31, 2019 during the 3D Medical Printing Conference. Jordi Drieman, 3D Application Expert at Mimaki Europe, attended the show and received a lot of positive feedback on the 3D printed medical models: “Visitors were clearly impressed with the realism of our prints. A bit too realistic even for some, bordering on creepy. I can’t tell you how many times people asked if we collaborate with the Body World exposition in Amsterdam.” said Drieman.

Unique features
What makes the Mimaki 3D printer so unique is that it can produce no less than 10 million colours and uses ICC profiles for incredibly accurate and consistent colour management. “Comparable printers by other suppliers can only print up to 500,000 colours and you can’t deny the difference.” Drieman stresses. “That’s how you can tell a photorealistic printed organ from a standard coloured anatomic model. By using water-soluble inks, the printer can also manage very complex prints. Just think of a lung cross-section complete with air ducts and veins.” Another important added value, according to Brinkman: “Next to the photorealistic colour rendering, I like the fact that Mimaki is able to print extremely delicate structures without any interruption – it’s magnificent.”

Cooperation
3D print technology has been used by universities and hospitals for many years, but never in full colour. PS-Medtech’s clients have already shown a keen interest in the new feature.

“There’s an obvious need for 3D printed patient data, especially when it comes to highly complicated operations”, Brinkman says. “Surgeons want to be fully prepared by handling a printed organ and checking if they can reach whatever they need to reach with their instruments. They often only have flat images without any depth or texture, so interpretations remain highly subjective. With 3D prints, you can visualise what you’re going to do, illustrating every single step.”

The future cooperation between PS-Medtech and Mimaki looks very promising. “Full-colour 3D printing of medical data has enormous potential for this market”, Drieman adds. “And not just for the medical staff and their patients – educational institutions can equally benefit from these advances. Just imagine photorealistic models of human anatomy or demo models of exceptional medical treatments!”

Find out more about the Mimaki 3DUJ-553.