New dye sub star
Mimaki’s much lauded JV300 wide format printer has enjoyed strong sales in the sign and graphics sector in its solvent configuration, but it’s also proving to be a hit for a variety of customers when commissioned with Mimaki’s Sb53 dye sublimation inkset according to specialist Mimaki textile reseller, R A Smart.
Magnus Mighall, R A Smart’s Managing Director, explained: “As soon as we heard about the new JV300 we knew there was significant potential for it within the textile sector and that’s already proving to be the case. Its unique combination of speed and quality really comes to the fore, especially when it is used with the Mimaki dye sublimation inks, when it as good as rewrites the rules for performance!”
Affordably priced and available in 1.3m and 1.6m print widths, the JV300 was launched in 2014 when it assumed the flagship position in Mimaki’s sign and graphics product range, offering users a top speed of over 105sq m/h. With a powered take-up unit included as standard and an optional bulk ink system, it’s designed to be production ready out of the box, something which Magnus confirmed, really appeals to his customers.
He said: “The price for a JV300 starts at just £17,995 so our customers can acquire a volume production machine at a fraction of the cost of alternatives. It features the usual high build quality that Mimaki is renowned for and the complementary inks, which deliver vibrant, durable colour, are suitable for use on a broad range of applications.”
The flexibility of the new printer is something Magnus is equally keen to underline. He added: “So far we have installed machines for a variety of different customers operating within the sportswear, apparel and textile display areas, but in addition, we have also sold machines into the ceramics and promotional products markets too, thanks to the high print quality that it can achieve.”
R A Smart is the UK distributor for a variety of heat transfer presses, including Transmatic and offers turnkey packages including the JV300, a matched rotary calendar press, a textile specific software RIP, heat transfer paper and, if required, a variety blank products to sublimate on to –including fabric, garments and a wide range of promotional items.
Magnus continued: “The dye sublimation market continues to flourish and, with an increase in manufacturing within the UK, products like the Mimaki JV300 really enable our customers to meet the tight deadlines and high volumes demanded when they continue to fly the ‘Made in Britain’ flag!”