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As the first company in Ireland to install the recently launched Mimaki JV300 solvent digital inkjet printer, Horizon Digital Print is celebrating its addition to its sizeable large-format production line and is delighted at the surge in productivity that has resulted. 

The award-winning Dublin-based printing company, which originally opened in 1986 as a pre-press operation, has continued to embrace the many changes that have taken place within the printing sector over the last 30 years, together with the fresh opportunities that each advance in technology has brought them.

Now operating out of two purpose-built sites on Dublin’s Phoenix Industrial Estate, employing 60 people and operating a 24-hour shift rota, Horizon offers everything from design to print, through to installation.

The Mimaki JV300-160, which at first glance seems to be dwarfed by the array of grand-format hardware surrounding it, is in fact more than holding its own, as Horizon’s Digital Manager, Kenneth Kavanagh is happy to explain. He said: “What we’re loving most about the JV300 is that it gets on with the job, quietly and efficiently, without the need for extensive maintenance, thus enabling us to divert an increasing number of jobs away from the larger kit and, as a result,we’ve noticed a definite increase in productivity since its arrival.”

Supplied by authorisedMimaki reseller, Reprocentre Group, the Mimaki JV300 Series is compatible with both solvent and dye-sublimation ink sets and offers a top speed of over 105m²/h. Available in both 1.3m and 1.6m widths. It has a staggered dual printhead system, coupled with variable ink dots and large ink drops, which means that excellent quality is maintained at high speed.

Kenneth Kavanagh continued: “We’ve been running the JV300 in four-colour mode to maximise the speed, but remarkably, it provides the same colour gamut as that obtained on our previous eco-solvent printer, when operating in six-colour mode.  This means enhanced productivity without having to compromise on print quality, a combination that is perfect for the volume of outdoor advertising we produce – we certainly wouldn’t be without it now!”

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