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Unfold focuses on smart production with wide Mimaki printer

Haarlem-based Unfold works from a large industrial building, located in a large commercial zoning area. A common assumption for most production companies. What’s not so common, is that Unfold houses a huge range of heavy production printers, yet very few people to operate them. Owner of the company, René Spanger, does most of it all by himself. Just recently, he upped his own game and invested in a 3,20-meter-wide Mimaki printer with UV-curing. The UJV55-320 is a big whopper – crucial to be able to deal with the print demand at Unfold.

From the home

Spanger started out as an events’ organiser 15 years ago. As he developed flyers and posters for events, people automatically asked for the next step. Spanger is a design autodidact. All thanks to Google, according to him: “Before you know it, you’re a trader in print material. I got so many print requests that I actually bought my first home plotter. I put it in a 15sqm room in my home. After that, things got out of hand,” he adds jokingly, “and my machine portfolio grew exponentially.”

To more space

By adding printers, Spanger needed more room and went from 150 to 800 to 1250 sqm. More room, not more people though. René Spanger and his emergency crew, that’s it. Order intake, order preparations, prepress, printing, finishing, packing and shipping – most companies have one person per division. Unfold doesn’t, it relies on its automation installation to do the work for them. Spanger no longer designs – he focuses entirely on production.

Automation

André Geuke who works for supplier Igepa calls Unfold an a-typical company. “René took huge strides forward when it comes to automation. He put in a lot of time in setting up a functional system that enables five printers to be operated by just the one person.” Nonetheless, Spanger is checking with different people for additional support, when required.

Print service

Geuke: “It’s astonishing, how the company only offers print service (printing, plotting and milling). Unfold works for third parties like graphic and sign companies that outsource the print jobs to this specialised print machine.” Companies with an online sales focus also often turn to Unfold for production. The company does not advertise, and its website is a contact page. Work comes in via resellers providing print-ready PDFs.

Combinations

The Esko software schedules jobs the smart way and completely books the machines. The four Mimaki printers are running non-stop. “Just look at the incoming orders of plates in different sizes. I put these in the Forex folder and the software sorts the plate-orders to make sure the machine is fully booked. It sends the prints to the printers and the plotting files to the plotters.” Spanger says.
The company has different job sections. Orders arrive at order processing where Spanger accepts the orders and processes them into the company workflow. At the Mimaki printers, he then picks up the orders, puts in the material, launches the order to print and cuts the output. Onto the plotter, where he scans the order and lets the plotter handle it. He then rolls it, tubes it, labels it and sends it off for shipping. The shipping company picks up the shipments from the shelf and takes it along. Igepa makes a daily delivery of substrates to make sure that each day’s order book can be processed entirely.

Long-term relationship

The relationship with Mimaki goes way back. It started with the first plotter Unfold purchased. Fifteen years ago, it was one of the first machines that could print and plot at the same time. “I asked my foil supplier a reference for a printer. It became the Mimaki on the second go. After that, it just kept on feeling right.” Spanger adds. “I am pleased with the Mimaki printers and it remained our go-to brand as our capacity grew. We still have our first machine up and running even.”

Growth

The new Mimaki UJV55-320 was supplied by Igepa and extends the print width capacity. The machine replaces a smaller 2,6m printer. Mimaki has been supplying a 3,2m printer just recently, but at Unfold it’s been running for a few months. Much to everyone’s delight from the very start. “The printer arrived just in time to comply with the increasing print demand. In Harlem we are now the frontrunner in this area. But I spot potential to push our growth even further“, René Spanger concludes.

Innovative ideas to discover at the Mimaki booth presenting at LUXE PACK and Print in Progress

Demonstrating unlimited possibilities for digital print in packaging, visual communications and retail at two important trade show events

Mimaki will be showcasing innovative solutions for packaging, visual communications and retail enabled by digital printing at two important French events this autumn. At LUXE PACK, scheduled for 1 to 3 October in Monaco, visitors to Mimaki’s Booth #DD02BIS will see how easy and effective it is to take luxury packaging to a new dimension with UV and 3D inkjet printing. At Print in Progress, scheduled for 10 to 11 October in Paris, visitors to Mimaki’s Booth E50 will learn how easy it is to produce personalised promotional items as well as stunning signs, interior décor and more. At both shows, Mimaki experts will be on hand to discuss the business needs and potential solutions with attendees.


“While digital printing is certainly not new, its applications continue to expand and grow across a number of industry segments,” said Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales EMEA, of Mimaki. “At each of these shows, we will be highlighting some of the more innovative and unique ways to make packaging, signs and visual communications more compelling. We believe brand owner attendees will leave our booths with many ideas that will help them market their products better, while printers and converters will learn about new products and services they can offer to their brand owner customers.”

One of the key differentiators of digital printing is the ability to produce cost-effective personalised, customised or small lot items. For example, at Print in Progress, Mimaki will be showing its UJF-6042MkII flatbed printer producing personalised promotional items, packaging and other retail products, while the JV150 will be printing signs and other visual communications. Mimaki will also be printing wallpaper and other interior décor items on the UCJV300 series – a compact footprint that delivers printing and cutting inline for a finished product.

At LUXE PACK, the UJF-3042MkII flatbed printer will be printing directly on perfume bottles and other premium packaging, and its optional Kebab unit will be printing directly on the 360° surface of cylindrical items such as wine bottles. Visitors to the Mimaki booth will also be able to see samples of full-colour 3D printing produced by the Mimaki 3DUJ-553, capable of printing up to 10 million different colours. Product Manager Bert Benckhuysen will be joining a panel discussion at the show on 2 October from 10:45 to 12:00: Additive Manufacturing in the Service of the Luxury Brands – New Solutions and Experiences. This is sure to be a lively discussion that will present many novel ways in which 3D printing can be used for packaging, promotional items and more.

“We’re very excited about participating in these two important shows,” van den Broek added. “The energy level at these shows is high, and visitors come ready to learn and looking for new things. They will certainly not be disappointed when they stop by the Mimaki booth!”

New clear ink enhances versatility for Mimaki’s award-winning UCJV300 series

Clear ink added to the GREENGUARD Gold certified LUS-170 UV-LED curable inks

Mimaki today announces the availability of new LUS-170 Clear Ink to be used on the UCJV300 Series. The additional LUS-170 clear ink offers a host of new design possibilities and expands business opportunities by creating compelling displays using gloss, matte or textured finish.

”With the availability of this clear ink for UCJV300 series, we have employed our proprietary Mimaki Mimaki Clear Control (MCC) technology for the first time in a roll-to-roll printer,” said Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales EMEA of Mimaki Europe. “This unique feature shortens the time needed for ink curing to prevent dust from sticking, ensuring smoother, cleaner clear effects, such as matte or glossy finish. We believe this new ink opens up more possibilities for Mimaki users and enhances the versatility of our award-winning UCJV300 series even further.”

To simplify the process of creating clear effects, Mimaki also offers the ARTISTA UV Textile Library, which users can access when they install Mimaki’s RasterLink6Plus RIP software on a UCJV300 printer. The ARTISTA UV Texture Library features 129 texture swatches for use in Adobe Illustrator to add even more visual effects.

About the Mimaki UCJV300 Series

Available in four different print widths ranging from 80cm to 1.6m, the Mimaki UCJV300 series delivers a remarkable range of applications and versatility with layered print technology, including newly developed four-layer and five-layer capabilities. Their integrated cut functionality enables volume production of labels, decals, window clings, vehicle markings and more. Utilising flexible UV inks that cure instantly, allows customers to quickly print and immediately laminate or deliver the finished product without waiting for drying. In addition, these printers also feature white ink, enabling users to produce brilliant colours on transparent, coloured or metallic substrates.

With its layered printing capability, the UCJV300 series can deliver dynamic backlit graphics, or graphics that are transformed with different light sources, which are certain to command high margins. UV-curable inks also offer greater opacity with less ink consumption than other ink formulations. Moreover, Mimaki’s LUS-170 ink is GREENGUARD Gold certified

Mimaki kicks off at Sign Istanbul 2018

This morning our General Manager Arjen Evertse of our subsidiary in Turkey was present at the official opening of the exhibition Sign Istanbul 2018. Mimaki will have a significant presence at Sign Istanbul, located at Stand E20, Hall 12, held this September 20-23, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Showcasing at the show
Here at the show, we will be demonstrating for the first time in the EMEA region the new TS55-1800 printer, a revolutionary new digital heat transfer sublimation printer, that brings high-end features to the entry and mid-level market. These include high-speed one-pass printing at a high-resolution and high ink-density, unattended printing with the new Mini Jumbo Roll and Mimaki’s Nozzle Check and Recovery System for continuous operation.

With the release of the TS55-1800, Mimaki delivers on making high-end digital textile printing features available to a much broader market. Now, textile professionals can effortlessly scale their operation with an affordable heat sublimation printer that meets the high quality and fast turnaround times demanded in the dynamic textile and apparel industry.


Read more about the launch of our TS55-1800 in the official press release or visit the dedicated textile (r)evolution campaign page.

And of course, if you want to see it in action, visit us Sign Istanbul, Stand E20, Hall 12!

Mimaki to Bring Workflow Automation and New Ink to FachPack

New silver ink, robotic loading and unloading of media will be highlights of the show FachPack

Mimaki will be showcasing innovative solutions for printing on a wide variety of media at FachPack, the trade fair for packaging, processing and technology, scheduled for 25 to 27 September in Nuremberg, Germany. Mimaki will be exhibiting in Hall 8, Stand 8-301 at the show, in partnership with Ernst Mendel GmbH. Visitors to the Mimaki stand will see innovative workflow automation solutions, as well as stunning examples that demonstrate the possibilities enabled by Mimaki’s advanced printing and cutting technologies. The company will also hold a technology demonstration of a new silver ink that will enable users to create metallic effects and colours on substrates such as wood, glass, metal and more.

“The highlight of our on-site demonstrations will be an automated workflow solution for the UJF-7151plus, developed jointly by Mimaki and German company Robominds GmbH,” said Uwe Niklas, General Manager Marketing & Sales, of Mimaki Deutschland GmbH. “Using a robotic arm, the printer is loaded and unloaded automatically via an interface solution. This reduces machine make-ready times and further increases the efficiency levels of Mimaki systems. We’re also excited to be showing a technology demonstration of our new silver ink on a second UJF-7151plus that opens up new opportunities for high margin metallic effects and colours on a wide range of substrates.”


Also being demonstrated during the show is the Mimaki CFL-605RT, a compact flatbed cutting plotter that is the ideal companion to Mimaki wide-format printers for sign graphics and industrial printers. Its compact size and high reliability make it the perfect tool for packaging prototyping and short-run production.

Mimaki will also be present in Hall 7, Stand 7-604, with the Igepa group GmbH & Co. KG. This stand will feature the Mimaki UJF-6042MkII and a CFL-605RT cutting plotter. The UJF-6042MkII is an advanced flatbed UV-curable inkjet printer that creates high-value-added products with superior productivity and print quality. In combination with the CFL-605RT, it provides a compact, affordable print-and-cut solution that can create a wide range of profitable applications.

New Mimaki Printer Launches the Next (R)evolution in Textile Printing

TS55-1800 makes high-end features available to everyone, including low-running costs, industry-leading productivity and reliability

Mimaki today announced the launch of the Mimaki TS55-1800, a revolutionary new digital heat transfer sublimation printer, that brings high-end features to the entry and mid-level market. These include high-speed one-pass printing at a high-resolution and high ink-density, unattended printing with the new Mini Jumbo Roll and Mimaki’s Nozzle Check and Recovery System for continuous operation.

With the release of the TS55-1800, Mimaki delivers on making high-end digital textile printing features available to a much broader market. Now, textile professionals can effortlessly scale their operation with an affordable heat sublimation printer that meets the high quality and fast turnaround times demanded in the dynamic textile and apparel industry. The new model prints at a resolution of 480×600 dpi with a high ink density using one-pass printing at 140 sqm/h (1,506 sq.ft/h). In addition, the unique Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS4) improves the quality of two-pass printing by eliminating banding. The TS55-1800 achieves all this with low running costs and the high-productivity and reliability that Mimaki products are known for.

“The TS55-1800 is a breakthrough digital textile printer, that will surely cause a stir in the market,” said Bert Benckhuysen, senior product manager at Mimaki Europe. “It has been designed from the ground up to deliver high quality, industry-leading productivity and an operational cost that will be hard to beat.”

Unattended printing

One of the key features of the TS55-1800 is the optional use of new Mini Jumbo Roll unit that can continuously feed 2,500 linear meters of heat transfer paper to the printer. This enables customers to substitute the use of Small Plotter Rolls with Mini Jumbo Rolls, which can save them over 20% in print media cost. Furthermore, Mini Jumbo Rolls of Mimaki Vision Jet-X transfer paper, supplied by Neenah Coldenhove, will be offered as package deal with the TS55-1800. The 2,500 m1 Mini Jumbo Rolls are the ideal way to upgrade to high-volume unattended textile printing. In addition, the printer is fitted with the unique Mimaki Nozzle Check and Recovery System and 10-liter ink tanks, which ensure failsafe continuous operation for extended operational periods, such as overnight-unattended printing.

Higher profitability

Mimaki offers its customers a high return on investment with the TS55-1800 that will be sold at a very competitive price-point.

“The Mimaki TS55-1800 offers the best specifications for the best price,” said Benckhuysen “According to our projections, textile professionals can reduce their operational cost by using this new printer and double their annual profit. This is truly revolutionary, and we believe it will make a huge contribution to the ongoing analogue-to-digital transformation underway in the industry.”

The new printer will be on first public display at three upcoming trade shows:

Mimaki to showcase its Internet of Things for UV print at Fakuma

Integrated workflow solutions for UV-LED printing on plastic are at the heart of Mimaki’s IoT strategy and its model for the future

Mimaki will be showcasing creative solutions for printing on plastic at this year’s Fakuma, the international trade show for plastics processing. Mimaki will be exhibiting in Hall A1, Stand 1410. Its focus at the show, which takes place from 16 to 20 October in Friedrichshafen, Germany, will be on integrated workflow solutions for UV-LED printing. These include the compact, state-of-the art UV-LED direct printing system UJF-7151plus; the UJF-3042 MkII for high-performance small-format UV-LED printing; the compact flatbed cutting machine CFL-605RT, the ideal multifunctional solution for the production of samples and short runs; and the innovative features of systems solution RasterLink 6.

The highlight of the on-site demonstrations will be an automated workflow solution for the UJF-7151plus, developed jointly by Mimaki and German company Robominds GmbH. Using a robotic arm, the printer is loaded and unloaded automatically via an interface solution. This reduces machine make-ready times and will further increase efficiency levels of Mimaki’s systems.

“As a trendsetting and customer-oriented company, Mimaki is pursuing an IoT strategy that creates a model for the future of integrated workflow solutions for the plastics industry, among others,” explains Uwe Niklas, General Manager Marketing & Sales at Mimaki Deutschland GmbH. “By leveraging the long-standing and trusting partnerships with our customers and partners, we are showing innovative application opportunities that demonstrate the scope of our systems, in order to enable customers to cover a broad spectrum of applications with a single system.“

Digital Printing Connection – Networked printing solutions

With its IoT strategy, Mimaki aims to help its customers connect their printing systems to achieve unmanned on-demand production and mass personalisation by integrating robots, conveyor belts, testing technologies, sensors and other peripherals with production lines. The first two solutions to emerge from this new development are MDL commands and the Mimaki Job Controller.

MDL commands are used to control Mimaki printers via the customer’s production systems and peripherals. They take over control of the printer by launching production and adjusting position and height of the substrate table. In addition, they provide information about remaining ink levels and report print errors. Customers who use MDL commands are able to build a perfect system for their needs with Mimaki’s software development kit, which can be downloaded from the Mimaki Global website.

Mimaki Job Controller is a software solution that communicates with the printer in order to transmit accurate printing data and printing conditions. It can also start production automatically, creating a link along the production line between the printer and the robot in order to feed in print jobs via a conveyor belt and collect the finished printed output.

“Digital Printing Connection enables production with fewer personnel. Our customers need to simplify and streamline their processes, since printers, which were typically deployed on a standalone basis, are now connected to their peripherals. This concept promotes on-demand production and mass personalisation,” concludes Niklas.

Mimaki to Slash the Price of TS300P-1800

End-of-summer campaign will feature price reduction and last until the end of the year

Mimaki today announced a special promotion for one of its popular dye sublimation printers, the TS300P-1800. Developed specifically for the textile print industry, the revolutionary TS300P-1800 delivers cost-effective dye sublimation printing without compromising quality and productivity. The limited campaign features a significant price reduction on the machine and will run until December 31, 2018.

Interested customers can access this promotion by contacting their local Mimaki authorized resellers or through a dedicated page on the Mimaki Europe website.

“As the end of summer is approaching, we want to finish on a high note,” said Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “A conventional-to-digital transformation is currently taking place in the textile and apparel industry. As an early mover in this space, Mimaki has always been dedicated to bringing affordable, industry-leading solutions to the segment. By introducing a lower price on the TS300P-1800, we hope to accelerate the trend and spread this conventional-to-digital revolution even further.”

About TS300P-1800

The Mimaki TS300P-1800 is a 1.8m wide roll-to-roll dedicated transfer paper printer, delivering cost effective dye sublimation printing while offering new levels of quality and productivity in digital textile printing. Perfectly suited to the creation of fashion, apparel, sportswear, furnishings and point-of-sale materials, the TS300P-1800 uses state-of-the-art technology to set new performance benchmarks for the sector. Some of the capabilities offered by the machine include:

  • Maximum print speed of 115m2/h
  • High performance, economical sublimation inks, which feature fluorescent pink and yellow inks
  • Mimaki’s core technologies to ensure reliable continuous print operation
  • Cockling reduction transfer mechanism for higher print quality

RUDI a.s. Improves Customer Service, Broadens Range of Offerings, in Partnership with Mimaki and SPANDEX

RUDI a.s., based in the Czech Republic, was founded in 1990 as a privately-held company, transforming itself into a joint stock company in 1995. The company boasts a wide range of client services around offset, digital and large format printing; graphic design; and prepress preparation. RUDI has always been dedicated to staying up with technology trends to be able to offer superior quality services that set them apart in the marketplace. Product offerings comprise display graphics (including vehicle wraps and bus shelters), marketing collateral, business cards and letterhead, menus, web and graphic design, and promotional items such as jigsaw puzzles, flags, stickers, mouse pads, calendars and more.

“In order to retain our market leadership,” said Daniel Růžička, RUDI Co-Founder, “we decided to replace our three older eco-solvent printers with a more modern solution that would expand our range of services even more while increasing throughput and allowing us to reduce the amount of outsourced work we had. We were pleased with the Japanese quality of the Mimaki printers, as well as the exceptional service from SPANDEX. We could have purchased a printer from China at a lower price, but service and support can be an issue. We needed a relationship that assured both quality and maximum up-time. We have not been disappointed.” RUDI chose to install a Mimaki UJV55-320 super wide format UV-LED printer, a 3.2-meter roll-to-roll model featuring seven ink colours including white for printing on transparent or coloured media.

The day the new printer was installed was exciting for two reasons. First, the installation process was tricky, since the printer was installed through an attic window that was only 2 cm wider than the printer. Using a crane and expert operators, this process was accomplished smoothly. Even more exciting according to Růžička, was the fact that the printer was installed in one morning, with training the following day. “In just two days, we were up and running, and producing billable work. It was an amazing experience,” he added.

Why Mimaki?

Růžička chose UV LED technology due to its many benefits, including:

  • The long lifespan of LED lamps compared to conventional lamps.
  • The fact that LEDs do not need to be heated and cooled, but only switched on and off – for an immediate start.
  • The ability to cure at a low temperature, without damage to heat-sensitive materials that are less expensive and cost less to ship.
  • Low power consumption (a 220v connection is sufficient for the printer).

Růžička noted, “This and other investments ensure we have sufficient production capacity, giving us the throughput speed required in today’s fast-paced market while preventing unnecessary price increases we might face if we had to outsource the work. By staying current with technology and ensuring adequate capacity, we can produce most, if not all, of our work internally. That is the goal.”

New Opportunities

Růžička comments that in addition to more capacity and improved quality, he is excited about UV LED printing technology as an opportunity to expand his offerings, saying, “Direct UV printing also opens the door for us to print directly on rigid materials such as foam core, wood, plastic and glass up to 2 x 3 meters and 45 mm thick. Other wide format products that are better suited to this technology include our vehicle wraps and bus shelters as well as wall coverings.”

Enthusiastic and Timely Support

RUDI has also been pleased with the support it is receiving from both Mimaki and SPANDEX. “We like the fact that there is local support,” Růžička stated. “As I mentioned, we could have acquired a printer out of China for less up-front money, but we risked greater costs in the long run. If there is a printer issue and you are looking for support from China, it is difficult to get that support quickly, even online, due to the time difference. When this happens, work stops, deliveries are late, and our reputation declines. For that reason, we place emphasis on prompt, high quality service and the availability of timely in-person, online or telephone consultation. SPANDEX has a sufficient number of service technicians, offers a 24-hour service guarantee, deliveries of materials through its own distribution channel and other services facilitating our work. Plus, they know the Mimaki printer line inside-out. In addition, there is a team of pleasant and stable employees working at SPANDEX, with whom you can quickly create personal relationships. For these reasons, Mimaki and SPANDEX were the clear choice for us.”

GSW Brings Mimaki Experience to FESPA Africa 2018

Mimaki’s flagship solvent, UV and textile solutions to show how print business can really take off

Mimaki today announced its participation in FESPA Africa 2018, where the brand will be represented by their exclusive distributor in Africa, Graphix Supply World (GSW). In line with FESPA’s theme ‘Where Print Takes Off’, the stand aims to inspire visitors and get them on board with Mimaki. FESPA Africa will take place between 12 -14 September at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Mimaki’s flagship digital print solutions will be displayed on stand D20-D21 in hall 3.

“We created a one-of-a-kind Mimaki airport experience on our stand at FESPA Berlin back in May,” says Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “Visitors found the theme very exciting and they were able to draw inspiration from every single element of our stand. This is why we want to bring the same theme to FESPA Africa. We are inviting all visitors to join the experience and let our innovative printers, unique application areas, and Mimaki experts help them grow their print business!”

On Display
In addition to stunning samples sure to generate new ideas for attendees at FESPA, Mimaki will showcase its full line of printing and cutting technologies, ideal for use in sign graphics, textile, and industrial markets. This includes:

  • Mimaki’s best-selling advanced LED UV flatbed printers, the UJF and JFX Series, which offer print areas as compact as A3 size all the way to 2.5m x 3.1m format. With multiple ink options, the series offer direct printing on various objects and substrates, including wood, metal, and glass. Furthermore, the UJF series also offers 360o direct printing on cylindrical objects.
  • Several flagship solvent printers for the sign graphics market, including the high performance JV150 series and the integrated print-and-cut CJV150 series.
  • A range of textile printers for both direct-to-textile and sublimation transfer printing, including the Tx300P series, which offers the unique ability to simultaneously load textile pigment and sublimation inks on one printer.
  • Mimaki’s technologically advanced range of cutting plotters.


“FESPA Africa is a great opportunity for us to introduce visitors to our award-winning technologies and exclusive Mimaki experience,” van den Broek concludes. “In fact, we have something special for visitors who share their experience at our stand with the hashtag #onboardwithMimaki on their social media. This is definitely a show not to be missed!”