04 May 2021

Mimaki launches two new UV inkjet flatbed printers

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Mimaki, a manufacturer of industrial inkjet printers, cutting plotters and 3D printers, has released new JFX600-2513 and JFX550-2513 large format flatbed UV inkjet printers. The two new products are successor models of JFX500-2131, a large flatbed UV inkjet printer on sale from 2012.
 
Equipped with an increased number of print heads, the JFX600-2513 and JFX550-2513 enable highly efficient printing and are claimed to improve productivity by approximately 300 percent for the JFX600-2513 and 150 percent for the JFX550-2513 compared to the JFX500-2131.   
 
In addition, the number of colors that can be installed has been increased from 4 colors in the previous JFX500-2131 to 6 colors. And a wide variety of ink sets can be selected to lead printing with vivid colors. It can be used to print eye-catchy signage graphics at high speeds.    
 
The maximum printable size is 2,500 mm x 1,300 mm, with a thickness of up to 60mm. It supports 4×8 feet boards (1,220mm x 2,440mm), which are often used for signboard production. Since direct printing on media is possible, the new printers can print on a variety of media such as resin, glass, and metal, not to mention large signboards, which makes them perfect printers for a wide range of applications such as large decorations, sign displays, and interior materials.   
 
Capable of printing directly on media up to 60mm thick, the printers are capable of 2.5D printing (emboss print), which creates an uneven surface by printing with multiple layers of UV ink, offering high value-added printing applications.  
 
In-house developed UV inks developed by Mimaki for JFX600-2513 and JFX550-2513 are claimed to be environmentally harmonized products with extremely low VOC content that are friendly to humans and the environment. They are also Greenguard Gold certified.  
 
Mimaki Engineering is developing ‘Connected Digital Printing,’ a system that connects inkjet printers to peripheral devices such as robots, conveyor belts, inspection equipment, various sensors, and pre and post-processing systems through intercommunication to enable integration into production lines, unattended on-demand production, and mass customization.   
 
The new models JFX600-2513 and JFX550-2513 support Mimaki’s original ‘MDL command’ that allows users to control the printers from their production system or peripheral devices. By utilizing MDL commands, it is possible to acquire information such as the amount of ink remaining in the printer and error information. It also allows the user to control the table position and height where the print media is set, and printer operations such as the start of printing to deliver the unmanned, labor-saving, and automated printing of workpiece transfer.    
 
It contributes to achieving digital transformation (DX) including pre and post processes of print and provides digital on-demand printing capabilities for added value.   
 
The sale of JFX600-2513 and JFX550-2513 will begin in the summer of 2021 and will be targeted at sign graphics applications including large indoor and outdoor signs and advertisements. 

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