Mimaki launches small format UV flatbed printer that can print on anything

Written by Colin Gillman on Monday, 24 April 2017.

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Mimaki is launching its latest generation of small format UV flatbed printers that can print on anything at FESPA 2017. The addition of the new UJF-3042MkII EX to the UJF-MkII range offers unique opportunities for companies looking for a direct to object printer that can deliver real value-added functionality.

The new UJF-3042MkII EX adds more features to the standard model for higher performance and ease of use and offers a unique approach to value-added printing by combining four steps into one: delivering the ability to place primer for strong ink adhesion, white ink for high print opacity, full colour CMYK printing and a clear print surface treatment, all in one operation. 

UJF 3042MkIIEX MainVisual resizedThe UJF-MkII UV curable flatbed printing systems were launched last summer and have been very well received by the market since their introduction. Mimaki has identified the opportunity to raise the bar even further with the new model, enabling in a single operation; the laying down, where required, of a base coat of inkjet primer, a base print of white ink, full colour print and a surface coating of clear ink, adding up to an efficient means of producing value-added promotional printing applications.

Mimaki’s clear ink, with either glossy or matte effects, can add texture and depth to prints. It can be laid down in multiple layers for an embossed effect and can be used with Mimaki’s texture library as part of the Mimaki RasterLink6 RIP software which offers 129 different textures that can be displayed as swatches in Adobe Illustrator. Application of these textures with clear ink can deliver more elaborate designs, such as a floral motifs or other patterns that add even greater value to the printed piece.

Mimaki Europe will have two stands at FESPA, and is set to show the new printer on its stand in the Digital Hall (Stand A1-A25), where it will also be demonstrating a wide range of solutions for the sign and graphics market and industrial print.


BTEC Fashion student shines with Epson exhibition stand display

Written by Colin Gillman on Thursday, 13 April 2017.

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There were a lot of very good looking stands at Sign & Digital this year, but the one that really caught my attention was Epson. I was impressed at how well the company was able to seamlessly display the all-round capabilities of its SureColor eco-solvent and dye-sublimation printers featuring a wrapped car, wallpaper, signage and textiles, and how they were able to produce rich and perfectly-matched colours all blended together in a single display wall.

Epson regularly supports community projects and charities close to its Hemel Hempstead head office. When it was planning its stand at the Sign & Digital exhibition to showcase Epson’s large format printers, it asked Longdean School down the road to help. The stand needed an exciting design to highlight the impressive capabilities of Epson’s SureColor eco-solvent and dye-sublimation printers and every element would need to be blended together to demonstrate that Epson’s printers can achieve excellent results, no matter what the medium. The tutor and students on the final year BTEC Fashion course at the School were eager to get involved in the project.

Epson asked the students to develop a vibrant and contemporary design that could be used throughout the stand, including the front half of a car bursting through a wall. Epson provided advice about the SureColor inkjet printers and their capabilities while signage specialists Slam Signs guided the students through what is involved when developing and applying a digital car wrap.  

Epson booth graphic by Longdean student resizedThe students were given six weeks to create their artwork before submitting their final designs to Epson for the judging process. Some students used themes from existing project work, while others created new designs from scratch.

“I was very impressed by the quality of the entries,” says Phil McMullin, Sales manager, Epson UK. “The students all put a lot of time and effort into this project; it was difficult to choose an overall winner but Mel Mantle’s intricate floral image featuring a myriad of vibrant colours met the brief perfectly.” 

Slam Signs printed the car graphics on the 10-colour SureColour SC-S80600 and wrapped the car chassis on site in the school auditorium. This drew crowds of students to watch the design being applied - transforming a dull grey car into a unique technicolour vehicle.

The stand at Sign & Digital brought everything together in one stunning display. 

“It was great to work on a real project and to see my design used on a product for a real audience. It has changed how I will design in the future,” says Mel Mantle. “I put a lot of thought into the design which represents the changing seasons and features a woman with a floral dress that flows across the car and wall behind it in varying colours. I had to adjust my pattern, and make it larger in some places, so that the flowers would sit in specific places on the car when applied. I am really proud of the end result.”


YPP adds additional Mimaki hardware to diversify and expand product offering

Written by Colin Gillman on Monday, 20 March 2017.

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YPP adds additional Mimaki hardware to diversify and expand product offering

Macclesfield-based R A Smart has installed additional print hardware at Your Print Partner (YPP) who has added a Mimaki JFX200-2513 grand format flatbed and a Mimaki UJV-55 3.2m roll fed UV LED printer to its already established textile, dye sublimation and solvent printing business.

According to YPP managing director Stuart Maclaren (above right), the plan is to continue to diversify the company’s product and service offering to offer an extended product range to both end customers and print companies requiring a trade print service. "We're already very well known for our ability to print polyester textiles such as flags, airmesh banners and event signage, thanks to our bank of Mimaki dye sublimation and direct-to-textile printers, but we're consistently being asked for additional products and are keen to deliver,” he says.

Lincoln-based YPP is an all Mimaki house and alongside the new Mimaki flatbed and 3.2m roll fed LED UV units, the company sports three Mimaki JV5-320DS 3.2m dye sublimation printers, two Mimaki direct to textile machines, Mimaki solvent wide format hardware and a pair of Transmatic calendar presses used to fix the dye sublimation output. All are housed in a specially constructed print room which also features a sewing and make-up area, a new showroom, warehousing, despatch and offices.

Maclaren sees the move into direct to substrate printing as a key strategy in customer retention. "With the most recent investment, Your Print Partner has become a 'one stop shop' for printed graphics. Whatever the need; be it signage on foamboard, printed textile or rigid exhibition graphics - even high quality retail backlit work, we can produce it in-house, removing the need for customers to have to work with multiple suppliers."

Making its debut at Sign & Digital UK this year, YPP will have a stand that showcases its capabilities, featuring a range of systems that demonstrate to visitors what can be created with its products. "It's a great opportunity to talk with prospective new customers as well as making existing partners aware of the breadth of our capability," says Maclaren. "Having visited the show myself for many years, I'm looking forward to participating as an exhibitor - and using it as a platform to launch our new range of stretch fabric products.”

Managing director at R A Smart, Magnus Mighall (pictured above left) says: ”Stuart continues to break new ground in production printing and UK manufacturing. We're very pleased to be supplying YPP with the new Mimaki hardware that is enabling the company to diversify into exciting new products."


New precision software from swissQprint avoids reprints after a crash

Written by Colin Gillman on Thursday, 16 February 2017.

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The moving print head carriage of a swissQprint UV printer immediately halts should it come into contact with a person or object. The system also stops instantly if there is a danger of the print head grazing the substrate, typically where there are undulations or raised edges. People and print heads are thus protected. But what about the print item and the work carried out so far? This is where swissQprint has figured out a new software feature that looks set to save users both time and money by avoiding reprints. 

After a crash, two mouse clicks by the operator make printing resume at exactly the same point where the print head carriage came to rest, and this can often be right in the middle of the pass. The output software resumes operations at the exact same point on the printing pass, without leaving any tell-tale traces, and helps users to avoid rejects and rework.

The new feature is already integrated into new systems and is available to existing customers as a software update.


Mimaki Europe’s Mike Horsten to join HP in EMEA sales manager role

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 31 January 2017.

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A rumour doing the rounds at the C!Print exhibition in Lyon, France is that Mimaki Europe’s EMEA General Manager of Marketing Mike Horsten is set to depart Mimaki and join HP.

A quick call to Horsten has confirmed this today, and he says he set to join HP in March 2017 where he will move from marketing to a pure sales position with the graphic arts giant where he will assume the role of HP Sales Manager Large Format Graphics Production EMEA.

Horsten was reluctant to speak openly about the move, only to say he has had a great time while at Mimaki Europe and that he is really looking forward to a fresh new challenge. 

Blimey! Who saw that coming?

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