Mimaki Engineering, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, showcased its broad portfolio of cutting-edge digital print technologies at ITMA 2019 (20-26 June 2019, Fira de Barcelona, Spain).
Which include the first global showing of a brand-new hybrid digital textile printer, uniquely featuring both direct-to-textile and direct-to-transfer print capabilities.
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.
Mimaki’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).
“As a pioneer in textile printing, this industry has always been in our company’s DNA and we were excited to show our extensive textile portfolio at ITMA 2019,” comments Danna Drion, Marketing Manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe
“The potential of digital printing in textiles is clearly evident, and we aim to provide the technology to enable our customers to take full advantage of it and grow profitably,” Danna Drion also added.
Along with a brand-new hybrid digital textile printer from the TX300P series.
The new printer is an evolution of the Mimaki TX300P-1800, with the added capability of printing direct-to-transfer. Crucially, print service providers will benefit from enhanced versatility in terms of fabrics, applications and targeted markets.
This affords smaller print service providers with an opportunity to provide a full range of textile printing applications with just one system. Aligned with Mimaki’s Total Solution Provider approach, the printer is compatible with Mimaki’s full range of pre-treating, steaming and washing equipment.
“The textile market is still relatively early-on in the adoption of digital printers, with most textiles being printed in the conventional way and a lot of large players dominating the market. With this new hybrid printer, Mimaki has provided an affordable solution that lowers the barriers to entry for smaller print providers,” says Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales EMEA.
Interchangeable platens enable the hybrid nature of the printer. When printing direct-to-textile, excess ink that penetrates through the fabric is drained by a platen with an ink-receiving ditch. This can quickly be swapped out for a vacuum platen, suitable for printing onto heat transfer paper.
The printer can also be configured with three different ink combinations, comprising textile pigment/direct sublimation or textile pigment/sublimation transfer or direct sublimation/sublimation transfer. This means more versatility and more possibilities, making it an ideal entry model.
Reliable productivity is assured with Mimaki Core Technology including a Nozzle Check Unit and Nozzle Recovery System. This enables the printer to automatically clean print heads when nozzles malfunction, and when nozzles are not repairable, switch any missing or damaged nozzles with working nozzles without stopping production and without affecting final print quality.
An adjustable head gap also means the distance from the print head to substrate can be changed preventing print heads from touching substrates.
“The features of this new hybrid printer will enable textile and garment manufacturers to achieve unparalleled flexibility and enhanced application opportunities for increased business growth. With this product, Mimaki is effectively democratizing accessibility to textile printing, and with solutions like this in the market, we expect to see improved growth of digital printing in textiles,” van den Broek concludes.
Mimaki also 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 colors 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 also demonstrated 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, personalization and profitability within the fashion industry.