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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.

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.

Mimaki launches new desktop 3D printer, allowing sign and display printers to cut costs and open new profitable markets

3DFF-222-3D-Printer

Flexible and easy to use, Mimaki’s new 3D desktop printer simply sits in your office without disruption.

  • The Mimaki 3DFF-222 printer can produce jigs, three-dimensional signage and many more applications in combination with Mimaki’s range of LED UV flatbed printers.
  • The Mimaki 3DFF-222 3D printer also offers a wealth of benefits for sign and display printers.

Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announces the launch of the new Mimaki 3DFF-222 3D printer, a product co-branded with Sindoh, a manufacturer of 3D printers and multi-function printers based in South Korea. The Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) solution has been developed as an in-house design and production tool, ideal for parts such as jigs used in direct-to-shape printing and tools for producing three-dimensional signage.

Commercially available from the end of April 2019, 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 joins the 3DUJ-553 in Mimaki’s portfolio of 3D printers, to which Mimaki has applied the expertise from its long heritage in the graphic arts. 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. It’s been developed so that you can have it sitting in your office without disruption,” states Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager at Mimaki Europe. “The 3D printer also complements our sign and display printers seamlessly. The 3DFF-222 is capable of inexpensively producing customised print jigs, which can be used to stabilise print quality when printing on flatbed direct-to-shape UV LED printers from our UJF Series.”

“Sign and display printers can also benefit with time and cost savings through efficient in-house manufacturing of eye-catching colourful indoor signs and channel letters, which are 3D printed first and then decorated using Mimaki’s UV printers in LD mode, allowing high quality print on three-dimensional objects.”

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.

“Following the launch of our flagship 3DUJ-553 3D printer, Mimaki continues to explore opportunities in 3D printing,” continues Benckhuysen, “Our new desktop 3D printer is designed to fit the needs of modern print production environments and it is suitable for a broad range of uses. The introduction of this latest product demonstrates Mimaki’s commitment to driving innovation and providing our customers with profit-enhancing solutions.”

In-house printing a success for Flic

Shortcut Labs

Faster production, shorter lead times and more flexibility were some of the benefits for Shortcut Labs when they began to print with the Mimaki UJF-3042MkII. “I wish we had discovered it earlier”, says co-founder Amir Sharifat.

It was almost by coincidence that three young Swedish technology students met in 2013 and together developed Flic, the market’s first Smart Bluetooth Button. In the era of “Internet of Things”, when the interest in online homes started to sprout, Flic quickly became a multi-million dollar affair with partners and production sites all over the world. With a short click, double click or a long hold, consumers and businesses in more than 110 countries would be able to control lighting or music, call for a taxi, order room service and call for help, all with a simple click of a button.

As the business grew, practical issues in the production required new solutions. One of the most urgent ones was to find an efficient and reliable printing solution for the growing number of individual customers who requested customised print, and corporate customers who wanted to have their brands printed on top of the plastic buttons. “As the Flic-buttons are produced in Malaysia, we hired a screen printing company who was based there for the printing services. It was taking several weeks, sometimes months, of sending samples back and forth numerous times to Malaysia to get an acceptable logo with the right colours. With an increasing number of business customers, the lead times were no longer acceptable,” says Amir Sharifat.

Thoughts of bringing the printing in-house started to grow, and during a printing convention in Stockholm 2016, Sharifat met with Mimaki’s Swedish reseller, Signcom, to discuss UV-printing. “I had read about Mimaki and knew that they were one of the biggest print suppliers in the market. We were introduced to the UV-printer Mimaki UJF-3042MkII, four colours plus white and varnish, 1200 x 1200 dpi, which really suited our needs. UV is essential because the print on our products needs to be scratch resistant. We calculated that printing more than 2000 buttons in one year in-house would be profitable and so we went for the leasing option of one Mimaki UJF-3042MkII,” says Sharifat, who emphasised the importance of flexibility in a forever changing future.

After a successful installation, the technicians and IT-experts in the Shortcut Labs team have all gradually become printers. “We were a bit anxious at first – is it going to be difficult to learn how to print? How much daily maintenance will the new printer require? All we wanted was to find a useful tool without having to focus too much on the machine itself. With guidance from Signcom, I learned how to run it and now everyone in the company is involved in the printing jobs,” explains Sharifat, while demonstrating the Mimaki UJF-3042MkII with a 30 x 42cm table size placed in a corner of his office.

Today, the Mimaki UJF-3042MkII runs at least twice a week. Eighty Flic-buttons fit in one print run that takes 7 to 15 minutes to complete, depending on the resolution and varnish. To keep the buttons in place during the printing process, Shortcut Labs has developed a customised jig that fits into the machine. The only daily maintenance staff has to deal with is cleaning around the three print heads and the capping station after printing. “Handling the Mimaki UJF-3042MkII is easy and the print quality is impeccable. The products come out dry and ready to be sent out immediately thanks to the fast drying flexible UV LED-ink that Signcom has provided us with,” states Sharifat. He underlines that printing in-house has contributed to better service and new business opportunities for both Shortcut Labs and their customers. “Now we are able to handle smaller orders better and the efficiency in logistics has improved considerably. It has been very profitable and we regret that we didn´t make this decision a year earlier. If so, maybe we would have been another year ahead in our business development by now.“

Mimaki Set to Flex its Muscle at FESPA with Largest Ever Presence and New Product Launches Aimed at Driving Profitability for Large Format Businesses

Mimaki’s wide format inkjet portfolio and application showcase to drive business differentiation and profitability.

Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announces that it will host visitors to FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 (Munich, Germany – 14-17 May, 2019) on its largest ever FESPA booth. The company’s increase in stand size reflects not only Mimaki’s broad portfolio offering, but also its international growth, market leading position and commitment to customer success. Mimaki will also use the show platform to launch new feature-rich products to drive customer differentiation and profitability.

The Mimaki booth (stand B6-A30) will encompass four key business areas – Sign Graphics; Industrial Products; Textiles and 3D. In a celebration of application diversity, the Mimaki stand will demonstrate how customers can leverage its cutting-edge inkjet technology to deliver increased revenue and address new markets with new application opportunities.

“By showing the smartest portfolio of cutting-edge technologies at our largest FESPA ever, we aim to demonstrate our clear commitment to the industry. In part, this is enabled by some of Mimaki’s key business strengths – our flexibility and R&D expertise. Unlike some of our competitors, we’re able to adapt quickly to market changes and customer opportunities to deliver constant system improvements or brand-new innovations,” comments Danna Drion, Marketing Manager, Mimaki EMEA.

“We head to FESPA 2019 with a product portfolio that epitomises this capability. In addition, we will use the show to educate the market – showing a wide range of successful and profitable applications enabled by our printing solutions, driving increased customer revenue,” says Drion.

Sign Graphics
Mimaki will showcase its flagship UV LED and eco-solvent roll-to-roll printing systems, providing versatile, reliable and high-quality print and cut capabilities for sign graphics applications. Ranging from entry level to high-productivity printers, these solutions are designed to enable print service providers to ‘print and profit’ using Mimaki technology.

  • Mimaki UCJV300-75: An award-winning UV integrated printer/cutter, featuring white ink capability. Uniquely enabling four-layer printing, this system is ideal for creating transformative graphics for backlit applications. Also exclusive to Mimaki – five-layer printing allows different designs to be printed on both sides of a substrate simultaneously, perfect for transparent film applications. The smallest model of Mimaki’s versatile UCJV300 series, it also features Greenguard Gold certified LUS-170 inks.
  • Mimaki CJV150-160: An entry-level eco-solvent integrated printer/cutter, offering high performance, versatility and richness in colour. Equipped with vibrant ink types including silver, orange and light black, it delivers a cost-effective solution for sign makers, display graphics professionals and printshops.
  • Mimaki JV300-160: A next-generation eco-solvent/sublimation printer, the JV300-160 sets a new benchmark for professional wide format printers. Offering the unrivalled versatility of multiple ink types (namely, orange and light black), it delivers photo-quality prints at outstanding speeds (up to 105.9m2 per hour in super-draft mode). Altogether making the JV300-160 the ideal solution for sign and graphics professionals, sportswear and fashion manufacturers, as well as print shops.
  • Mimaki UJV55-320: This 3.2m-wide LED UV inkjet printer uniquely combines high quality, super wide output and high-volume production (up to 110m2 per hour). White ink, transparent media capability, as well as twin-roll simultaneous printing, are among the features that make the UJV55-320 ideal for producing banners, retail, exhibition and window graphics and similar applications.

Industrial Products
For the industrial market, Mimaki will showcase three of its flatbed direct-to-shape UV LED digital printers from the UJF Series – the Mimaki UJF-7151plus, the Mimaki UJF-3042 MkII and the Mimaki UJF-6042 MkII. Offering print sizes from 710mm x 510mm to A3 and A2, and substrates up to 153mm thick, Mimaki’s UJF portfolio is designed specifically for the promotional products market. Visitors at the booth will be inspired by a wide range of creative promotional products in various materials, demonstrating how advanced digital printing enables value-adding and profit-driving personalisation and versioning capabilities.

Textiles
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. Equipped with Mimaki’s core technologies, such as MAPS, NCU and NRS, it prints with the new Sb610 inks, that hold the coveted ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification, meeting specific sustainability requirements. The TS55-1800 is suitable for interior fabrics, sports and fashion apparel, flags and tapestries. A Gold Sponsor of FESPA Global Print Expo, Mimaki will also be a key participant in FESPA’s special textile feature ‘Print Make Wear’.

3D
Mimaki will ‘shape the future in colour’ with its advanced colour additive manufacturing technology. The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 is recognised as the first ever polymer 3D printing system enabling more than 10 million different colours. Using CMYK with white and clear inks, it produces photo-realistic products, with rich colour expression including spot colour, shades and gradients, as well as special effects, such as full transparency and semi-transparent colour. Visitors to the Mimaki booth will see the 3DUJ-553 3D printer running live and delivering objects with super fine details and smooth surfaces. Mimaki’s 3D printer is ideal for such applications as scaled models, mock-ups and prototyping through to 3D art, figurines, as well as medical and educational tools and equipment.

For more information about products and services from Mimaki, visit www.mimakieurope.com

Mimaki to boost creativity in retail with brand-new Simple POP software

Addressing retailers, the new software enables easy design through templates and in-house production of a diverse range of advertising materials, helping enhance performance in sales.

Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, has today announced the release of brand new design software, Simple POP, scheduled for April 2019. Addressing the retail market segment, Simple POP is designed to boost creativity in in-store decoration, enabling retailers to produce in-house, as well as to widen the range of Point-Of-Purchase (POP) displays as required, simply using templates.

There is an extensive variety of advertising materials that the retail industry uses, ranging from window signs, posters and POP ads, to seals and stickers, which are also strictly linked to seasonal events, time-limited sales, weather trends and daily bargains. This means that flexibility in producing in-house advertising materials is crucial to enhancing performance in sales. Proprietary software Simple POP directly addresses those requirements, enabling user-friendly processes based on the use of preset templates. The range of available templates includes various POP ads designed to be eye-catching and to properly convey key information (such as swing POP displays, price cards, posters, banners, etc.), in-store decorations for each season and event (such as wall stickers, window signs, magnet sheets, tapestries, etc.), as well as small articles (labels, seals, stickers, etc.).

For further benefits in terms of flexibility and quality, the templates come with pre-installed cut data which empowers printing and cutting automatically by using Simple POP combined with Mimaki series UCJV150 and UCJV300 of UV curable inkjet printers with cutting functions. Additionally, the UCJV300 series, equipped with white ink, perfectly fits the needs of catchy and highly decorative items as it allows reproduction of natural colours both on transparent and coloured media.

Key technological features of Simple POP:

  • Preset templates tailored for specific applications enabling easy design
  • Pre-installed print and cut data for POP and in-store decorations
  • Automatic cutting improving work efficiency
  • White ink on the UCJV300 series enabling print on transparent, coloured and metallic media

Simple POP offers a wide range of templates suited to different applications. Once a template is chosen, users can easily edit text, as well as edit, add, resize and modify images and graphic symbols. The easy design process is intuitive, even for those who have no experience in using design software. Furthermore, additional templates will be provided on the Mimaki website as free downloads.

Another key feature of Simple POP is templates that come with pre-installed cut data which enables retailers to perform print and cut operation in-house by combining the software with the Mimaki UCJV150 / UCJV300 series. Those printers are equipped with a cutting function that allows automatic production of displays with different shapes, which would take time and effort when manually cut.

The white ink with high hiding power available on the UCJV300 series is yet another added-value feature. Using the white ink as a base for colour prints on transparent, coloured and metallic media helps increase ink colour development and achieve beautiful and appealing prints.

“Brand-new Simple POP allows retailers to bring the production of ad materials in-house, avoiding outsourcing issues. It is designed to simplify the production of eye-catching and themed in-store decoration and to enable automatic printing and cutting when combined with the UCJV150 and the UCJV300 printers,” says Senior Marketing Manager for EMEA, Danna Drion. “Benefits for retailers include shortened production time, boosted flexibility in design and improved work efficiency.”

Simple POP Specifications

Mimaki to showcase its diverse digital textile printing range at Egy Stitch & Tex in Cairo

A range of textile fabrics

Dye sublimation textile digital printers suited for different market segments will be exhibited at Mimaki partner’s, Thebes International booth.

Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, has today announced it will be represented by its established partner, Thebes International, at the Egy Stitch & Tex trade show in Cairo, Egypt (28 February-3 March 2019, Cairo International Convention and Exhibitions Center). Showcasing a range of market leading digital textile printers at the booth (Stand D1, Hall 4), Thebes International will demonstrate how textile companies and print service providers interested in taking their first steps into the digital textile world can use Mimaki’s high-end dye-sublimation digital textile solutions to support increased revenues, address new markets and drive new application possibilities in textiles.

As one of two specific highlights on the Thebes International booth, visitors to Egy Stitch & Tex 2019 will see Mimaki’s cutting-edge dye-sublimation solutions. Central to the showcase will be the brand’s latest dye sublimation printer – the 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. Equipped with Mimaki’s core technologies, such as MAPS, NCU and NRS, it prints with the new Sb610 inks, that hold the coveted ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification, meeting specific requirements with regard to sustainability. The TS55-1800 is suitable for interior fabrics, sports and fashion apparel, flags and tapestries. As part of the dye-sublimation technology range, the renowned Mimaki TS300P-1800 and JV5-160 will also be showcased.

The second highlight at Thebes International booth will be the Mimaki TX300P-1800B, a high-quality belt-fed direct-to-textile digital printer. Equipped with an innovative automated ‘sticky belt’ transport system, the TX300P-1800B enables direct printing on a broad range of natural and man-made fabrics, as it proves particularly effective on stretchable materials. The printer is equipped with Mimaki’s core technologies and is available with sublimation, disperse, reactive, acid dyes and pigment inks. Live demonstrations will be run at the booth, with the TX300P-1800B printing on cotton with textile pigment inks. The TX300P-1800B mainly addresses the production of fashion, clothing and soft furnishings.

“Egy Stitch & Tex represents a fantastic opportunity for our partner to demonstrate Mimaki’s diverse range of digital textile printers to the Middle-East and North Africa regions,” comments Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales EMEA, Mimaki. “Textile printers willing to diversify their product portfolio and print service providers searching for opportunities in the textile environment will be able to see and touch our profit-enhancing solutions at the show.” For more information about products and services from Mimaki, visit www.mimakieurope.com

Mimaki Europe Launches ‘Make the Difference’ Campaign to Celebrate, Inspire and Drive Customer Growth and Profitability

Brent Hardy-Smith

‘Your Inspiration, Our Innovation, Make the Difference’. Mimaki’s new campaign to showcase customer learnings and success.

Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, today launched its, ‘Make the Difference’ campaign, designed to celebrate Mimaki-powered print innovation and customer success. Produced by some of the most inspirational print service providers and brands across Europe, the project explores digital print diversity with stories focussing on applications from POS/POP to textiles, direct-to-object and 3D applications.

Encapsulated by the campaign’s full title, ‘Your Inspiration, Our Innovation, Make the Difference’, the initiative showcases innovative, high quality and creative commercial projects produced by Mimaki customers. In addition to the creation of a Mimaki community designed to share success, the campaign that will initially run for 6 months, will also form an inspirational catalogue of best-in-class printed applications to drive increased ideas, knowledge sharing, business growth and profitability.

“We are delighted to launch this campaign today and further support and celebrate our amazing customers. At Mimaki, we see success as a team effort,” says Danna Drion, Mimaki Europe’s Senior Marketing Manager. “By working together, we can fuse creativity, technology and energy to deliver incredible results.”

“This campaign will highlight the fantastic work that our customers deliver in partnership with other suppliers including graphic designers, artists, architects and engineers – producing jobs that are not only commercially successful, but inspirational and educational too. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be telling their stories, representing industry segments including sign graphics and industrial print to fashion, interior design and architecture. We will celebrate and reward featured customers at FESPA in Munich in May 2019,” continued Drion.

The first series in the campaign, launched today, tells three different stories featuring Mimaki customers and a technical Mimaki blog. These include Gate7 and its client KUHN who are a leading UK-based manufacturer of farm machinery, as well as the award-winning University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, UK. The technical blog, on the other hand, will cover a set of Mimaki’s proprietary core technologies used to ensure stable production and continuous operation to deliver superior results. All stories will be available on the dedicated ‘Make the Difference’ campaign page. This page also features a Mimaki customer contact form, for those interested in participating.

“While the campaign has only just begun and we continue to invite customers to participate, we are already excited by many of the applications we’ve experienced so far,” Drion stated. “We hope that the unique blend of art and science, creativity and technology, design and delivery, will provide the inspiration for the development of new and profitable solutions for Mimaki customers across Europe.

Gate7’s Digital Suite making the difference for KUHN

Gate7’s innovative use of Mimaki technology and global approach to business makes the difference for KUHN as its industrial graphics benefit from a fresh, new image.

Since 1828, innovation and quality have been the basis of KUHN’s commitment to its customers in the agriculture industry. With over 4,500 staff based at manufacturing facilities across the world, the company is renowned for its innovation and experience in manufacturing farm machinery as it seeks to offer products and services that perform to its customers’ requirements.

When KUHN required a refresh for the visual identity on its machinery, it turned to long-standing partner and manufacturer of printed automotive components and liveries, UK-based Gate7. With its ‘Digital Suite’ comprising of multiple Mimaki wide format and direct to substrate printers, the company had previously provided screen-printed graphics to KUHN.

“Customers are looking for a global standard of quality and a global supplier, yet one that thinks and responds locally,” says Gate7’s Operations Manager, George Heads. “We have been able to supply KUHN with an updated and visually appealing new look that extends across their entire product range, thanks to our use of Mimaki print technology.”

Gate7’s Digital Suite currently boasts a range of Mimaki printers, including the revolutionary Mimaki UJF-7151plus flatbed LED UV, the high speed, roll fed JV400 SUV and several flagship JV300 and CJV300 solvent printers. Working in tandem with its cutting department, it delivers high quality finished decals used to both brand the machinery and add functionality, with the UJF-7151plus providing print direct to polycarbonate for use as switchgear as well as safety and instructional labelling and documentation.

“We rigorously test all of the components that go into manufacturing a decal or membrane switch panel,” says Heads. “We offer our own unique warranty system that ensures all the components meet and exceed an outdoor performance characteristic of no less than 5 years and all the Mimaki inks are tested using our own in-house UV weather, substance and environmental testing equipment. Our challenge is to meet and exceed our customers’ specifications.”

Gate7’s Managing Director, Kate Wickham echoes Heads’ comments. “We take a unique approach to business and we’ve worked hard to nurture our supply chain through product development, finding new ways of improving manufacturing and constantly innovating.”

“Our customers have much higher expectations for decals,” she suggests. “Whilst screen printing still forms an important part of our business, our ongoing transition to digital is helping shape our customers and the way they present their products.”

“We make the difference for KUHN with the products we supply and the way we work with our customers,” Heads states. “Our industry knowledge and understanding helps us maximise the results we can achieve using Mimaki’s print technology.”

This focus on delivering quality control and a desire from customers for reduced lead times is also influencing Gate7’s development. “We replicate our processes and pricing structures in the UK and the USA and our specialist approach makes us an obvious choice for global partnering,” states Wickham, who recently received an MBE for Services to Exports and Outward Investments from Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace. “Export business currently makes up 60% of Gate7’s revenue and the award adds another level of credibility to what we strive to do.”

“Innovative decal design helps brands stand out,” concludes Wickham, “Our graphics create visual impact for companies that compete in increasingly competitive markets and we’re therefore an increasingly important partner for them. Flexible systems, investment in R&D and strong supplier relationships ensure we’re unique in delivering this level of service and product.”