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.”