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ITMA | July 2019

Mimaki’s hybrid textile printer

Mimaki Engineering, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, showcased its broad portfolio of cutting-edge digital print technologies at ITMA 2019. This included 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 also gave 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 demonstrated how its long-term commitment to the textile arena and extensive investment in R&D, can help textile print service providers to 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), visitors saw 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 showed 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 on solution ensures complete technology compatibility, as well as increased productivity, print quality and reduced production costs.

Mimaki used 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, used the show to demonstrate the power of Mimaki digital print technology for increased creativity, personalisation and profitability within the fashion industry.

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