Mimaki Pushes Creative Boundaries in Industrial Printing with New Direct-to-Object Inkjet Printers

Mimaki is set to open the door to new high-value, high-quality industrial print applications with the launch of its latest product innovations. The company has today unveiled three new high-speed, high-quality direct-to-object LED UV inkjet printers – the 190% faster UJF-7151 plusII and the new UJF-MkII e Series, comprising two advanced, small format solutions. 

All three additions to the market leading Mimaki portfolio will be commercially available in the new year through Hybrid Services, the company’s distributor for the UK and Ireland, and take industrial print and marking to the next level. The printers feature an array of new capabilities designed to deliver significant quality and performance benefits, enabling users to explore new applications and increase productivity.

These new models deliver the cutting-edge technology required by businesses to grow and diversify their product offering, as well as creating opportunities for companies to both explore and expand into new market sectors,” states Hybrid’s Head of Marketing & Business Development, Duncan Jefferies. 

UJF-7151 plusII – Combining robust, high-speed production with outstanding image quality 

Designed for seamless and reliable high-speed production, the UJF-7151 plusII is equipped with eight printheads, which enable dual four-colour (CMYK) ink configurations. This, in turn, allows faster print speeds of up to 190% compared to the previous UJF-7151 plus model. The new system also breaks new creative boundaries with several features developed to enhance image quality, such as the MFD2 (half-toning) processing functionality to further control dot position. The result of this increased control is sharper edges and finer lines as well as fewer colour irregularities. 

The UJF-7151 plusII’s six-colour configuration includes light cyan and light magenta to enable more accurate colour reproduction and it can achieve 1,800dpi image resolution, providing superior definition for high-quality applications. In addition, the new printer’s innovative Colour Gloss functionality adds a glossy finish to hardened colour inks, enabling users to create new, distinguishing textures and details that ensure their products stand out from the crowd, even without the use of clear varnish. 

Load capacity has also been increased to 30kg, making the printer capable of handling high quality print jigs and ideal for accurate printing of heavy media, such as wood, metal, and glass, in industrial print environments. 

UJF-MkII e Series – Two new small format printers that are big on quality 

The brand-new series of UJF-MkII e printers sees the introduction of the UJF-3042MkII and the UJF-6042MkII e to the already comprehensive Mimaki portfolio. The two new models offer cutting-edge image quality and stability for printing onto an extensive variety of soft and hard media, including leather, wood, acrylic, metal, and glass. 

The UJF-3042MkII e features a print area of 300mm x 420mm, while the UJF-6042MkII e offers a larger print size of 610mm x 420mm. Both UJF-MkII e Series printers feature new MFD2 processing for exceptional image quality as well as an improved gap check sensor. This laser sensor detects media placement to prevent printheads from making contact with the material during printing. It can even detect transparent materials for superior accuracy and highly controlled media detection. In addition, the new printers provide improved usability to the operator by adding visual guidance on the 3.45inch full colour display. 

Cutting-edge, performance enhancing features included in all four new UJF printers 

The new additions for the UJF printer series all feature MDL (Mimaki Device Language) commands support, which enables automated workpiece transfer. This capability allows users to control the new UJF printers from external production systems and peripheral devices. This enhanced automation not only increases user control and productivity but reduces manual operator intervention to increase efficiencies. 

The new models also incorporate RasterLink7 as standard RIP software, supporting one-product-at-a-time printing. With this latest software platform, numbering and variable data printing has never been easier, providing users with significant time and production efficiencies. 

All new UJF Series UV inks are GREENGUARD GOLD certified and the new range of printers incorporate the proprietary Mimaki Core Technologies functions that enable stable output of high-quality prints. These include the NCU (Nozzle Check Unit) function that automatically detects the status of nozzles using the sensor and performs auto cleaning when a missing nozzle is found (optional for the UJF-3042MkII e), NRS (Nozzle Recovery System) that automatically replaces defective nozzles with other nozzles if there is a problem left unsolved by the nozzle cleaning, and MAPS4 (Mimaki Advanced Pass System4) that prints pass boundaries fading in gradation to reduce banding (horizontal stripes), uneven colour, and glossy streaks.  

“Once again, Mimaki is leading the way with new solutions that have been specifically developed to ensure our customers can increase their competitive edge and boost profitability,” concludes Arjen Evertse, General Manager Sales at Mimaki EMEA.