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Which printer?

Which printer?

Following the recent furry of spring shows, any company reviewing its options when it comes to selecting a new digital printer could be excused for feeling a mite confused.  To help simplify the decision process we’ve asked some of the industry’s foremost suppliers to tell us which of their machines they believe are worthy of further consideration and why.  This was their response.

 

Mimaki

mimaki

John de la Roche – National Sales Manager, Sign & Graphics at Hybrid Services, Mimaki’s exclusive UK distributor for the UK and Ireland says:

Mimaki CJV150 Series

CJV150

“Starting at just £5,995, Mimaki’s ‘entry level’ range of integrated printer/cutters is available in four widths, ranging from the 80cm CJV150-75 right up to the 1.6m CJV150-160. The ideal signmaker’s tool, the CJV150 automates the design, print and cut process, delivering a quality result, whether it’s producing stickers, labels, vehicle graphics, signage, point of sale, posters, canvas, backlit, banners and more!

“Offered with a choice of inks, the low solvent SS21 ink is the most popular option and white, silver and even orange can be added to extend the gamut and offer alternative special finishes.

Other special features:

“One thing that can give signmakers a real competitive edge is the CJV150’s die-cut capability, which enables graphics professionals to deliver stickers cut out on a shaped backing sheet, thanks to Mimaki’s unique technology that uses a special cutting strip so that a cut can be made right through the vinyl and backing, whilst leaving tiny tabs to hold the print in place. This provides customers with a value-adding pile of shaped stickers rather than having to peel them off a sheet!

 

Mimaki JV300 Series

“The Mimaki JV300 is the ultimate wide format printer that offers print speeds in excess of 100sq metres/hour, whilst delivering quality more often associated with fine art printers. Available in 1.3m and 1.6m print widths, it uses Mimaki’s latest printhead technology to achieve the normally challenging combination of speed and quality.

“Building on Mimaki’s solvent printing heritage, the JV300 is intelligent, low maintenance and highly productive. Mimaki’s easy-to-use RasterLink RIP software is bundled with every new printer and seamlessly automates the design to print process from popular artwork creation software such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel DRAW.

Other special features:

“Mimaki’s latest bulk ink system is available as an option on a range of Mimaki sign and graphics printers and significantly reduces ink costs, thanks to larger two litre sacks. Fully warrantied and using exactly the same ink as the standard 440ml cartridges, the Mimaki Bulk Ink System (MBIS) is an ideal investment for higher volume print users.”

Stuart Cole – National Sales Manager, Industrial Products at Hybrid Services says:

Mimaki UJV55-320

UJV55

“Launched at the recent Sign & Digital UK 2016 exhibition, Mimaki’s brand new, 3.2m wide, roll fed, UJV55-320 LED UV printer is aimed at the grand format display market for applications such as retail point of sale, exhibition graphics, backlit and front lit banners.

“Its highly competitive price means it delivers a solution for graphics companies that may have traditionally outsourced this work to invest and bring in house. By utilising the latest, low energy consuming LED UV lamps to cure the print, the output is dry immediately after printing, enabling it to be finished straight away. With production speeds of up to 110sq metres/hour and using Mimaki’s latest, low cost LUS-120 inks, it combines ease of use and productivity in a unique platform.

Other special features:

“The machine’s innovative built-in lightbox enables the operator to check backlit output on the machine by simulating an installed environment to ensure density and quality are correct, thus potentially saving time, materials and money.

 

Mimaki UJF-3042FX

Mimaki UJF-3042FX

“Considered the industry standard for small format, direct-to-object printing, the A3 sized UJF-3042FX is the best-selling UV printer in the world. With an almost limitless number of potential applications, it can add revenue generating product lines to any business. For the signmaker though, it opens up a number of opportunities, such as direct to substrate signage on metal or wood,and short runs or one-offs of full colour photographic prints on any promotional item.

“Equally, higher end products, such as photo blocks, printed slate coasters or branded phone covers can be produced on the same machine – it really is ideal for opening up new product lines and offerings to customers.

Other special features:

“The Mimaki UJF range includes printers that feature white ink, a printable primer and even a clear varnish to facilitate the generation of myriad creative effects and ensurethat a completely bespoke end product can be produced for discerning customers.”

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Epson

Epson

 

Phil McMullin, Sales Manager, ProGraphics, Epson UK, says: “Ideal for signage and high-level POS, the latest range of 64-inch SureColor SC-S printers featureEpson’s latest-generation PrecisionCore TFP printheads and enables users to produce a wide range of products with maximum productivity and professional-quality results.

“The range uses Epson’s new formulation UltraChrome GS3 inkset, which is quick drying and has a low odour, as well as considerably cheaper. Users can also expect to see average ink consumption reduce by 15 percent as a result of improved ink chemistry.

“Set up is quick and simple, with the large clear panel offering a view of the printing area, while internal LED lights facilitate easy inspection at the point of printing.  In addition, the range features a sophisticated substrate handling system and a highly advanced auto-tension control (AD-ATC) system, plus wide-diameter feed rollers and anti-static flexible pressure rollers to optimise grip feed and accuracy.

“Working in tandem with new formulation inks, users can produce a wide range of highly accurate colours on a wide range of substrates, thanks to the printers’ Precision Dot high-quality mode. The automated printhead maintenance and ink mist collection system is designed to deliver continuous printing for maximum uptime.

“With three models in the SureColor SC-S range, there is an option to suit a variety of production needs and applications, including everything from outdoor signage to high-end interior displays such as exhibition graphics, posters and backlit panels, POS materials, vehicle wraps, wallpaper, and window manifestations.

Top: SureColor SC-S40600, Bottom Left: SureColor SC-S60600, Bottom Right: SureColor SC-S80600

Top: SureColor SC-S40600, Bottom Left: SureColor SC-S60600, Bottom Right: SureColor SC-S80600

The SureColor SC-S80600

“This flexible top-of-the-range printcombines performance and application flexibility. It featuresdual PrecisionCore TFP printheads and 9/10 colours, CMYKLcLmLk + red and orange and can also be configured to use white or metallic silver. Users can easily switch between white and metallic ink to suit job requirements. It delivers print speeds up to 95.1sqm/hr in single-pass banner mode, and up to 12.5sqm/hr in 8-pass film mode.

 

The SureColor SC-S60600

This machineis ideal for fast turnaround, high print volume environments. Featuring dual PrecisionCore TFP printheads (CMYKx2), it produces high quality vinyl output at 29.4sqm/hr, banners at 52.3sqm/hr and can print up to 95.3sqm/hr for single-pass applications.

 

The SureColor SC-S40600

An entry-level machine, it’sperfect for high-quality POS graphics and signage. This affordable, four-colour printer features a single PrecisionCore printhead and delivers up to 58.4sqm/hr productivity.”

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Roland DG

Mark Elridge rolandMark Elvidge, Business Development Manager at Roland DG says:

With the digital print sector going from strength to strength it’s now easier than ever for sign and display companies to exploit emerging market trends. At Roland DG, we have a vast range of easy-to-use machines designed to support profit-driven ventures for sign businesses of all sizes, requirements and skill levels.

 

 

The TrueVIS VG-640

TrueVIS_VG_640

This is the most advanced print and cut machine yet and is ideal for those working to meet high production levels with a quality output. It offers a number of new features, including the new TrueVis eco-solvent ink available in seven colours, more cutting force and mobile device integration to guarantee a high quality output and maximum productivity.

“Ideal for the production of outdoor and indoor applications such signs, banners, vehicle graphics, window and floor graphics, labels, POS displays and heat transfer apparel, it is 64 inches wide, and features four all new FlexFire printheads that facilitate faster firing frequency to print with multi-droplet patterns at up to 900 dpi. Each droplet of ink falls with ultimate precision and uniformity, allowing printers to produce highly detailed and intricate designs at a faster speed to maximise productivity levels.

“The newly developed contour cutting system has been equipped with a new cut carriage, blade and blade holder which allows for increased down force of up to 500g. In addition, a new and rigid industrial design ensures optimum printing and cutting performance enabling users to guarantee a high quality finish every time at premium pricing, which increases their profit margins.

Other key features include:

  • A choice of two ink configurations: Dual CMYK, 7seven colour (CMYKLcLmLk) and white.
  • Cost efficient 500cc pouches with reusable holders
  • New LED lighting to illuminate the print carriage and maintenance area
  • New Roland DG Mobile Panel for remote operation from asmart phone or tablet
  • NEW VersaWorks Dual RIP software
  • A take-up system for automated media collection
  • Roland OnSupport for remote monitoring of status and production
  • RolandCare Silver Warranty

 

SOLJET EJ-640

EJ-640

“Another 64” wide machine that is ideal for the broad gamut of sign and display applications it combines productivity, quality and reliability and features dual staggered printheads, an advanced media feed and a stable new industrial design.

“It can also offer savings of up to 50 percent on running costs via  Roland DG’s quick-drying EJ inks that offer low consumption and are available in one litre cartridges. A number of advanced time effective features such as easy media handling, an integrated tri-heater system and VersaWorks DUAL RIP software all aid cost effective productivity.

Other key features include:

  • NEW VersaWorks Dual RIP software
  • Choice of two ink configurations: Dual CMYK or seven colour (CMYKLcLmLk)
  • Staggered printheads for increased production
  • Roland OnSupport
  • Roland Printer Assist iPad app
  • RolandCare Silver Warranty

 

VersaUV LEF-300

VersaUV LEF-300

In a competitive market, the key to business growth is flexibility and versatility so that a machine can be used to exploit emerging trends. The LEF-300 UV prints directly onto virtually any media or object enabling users to benefit from the new and lucrative customisation trend.

“It is Roland DG’s largest, fastest and most productive desktop flatbed UV printer yet, with production-boosting features that include a 770mmx330mm printing area, vacuum table for media placement, four printheads and two UV-LED lamps for fast bi-directional printing. It also comes complete with the new VersaWorks Dual RIP software that enables special colour generation from CMYK data simplifying the use of white or gloss inks in artworks. Built to meet high production demands it prints on a huge variety of substrates or objects such as acrylic, wood, metal, glass, plastic, phone cases, usb keys and pens.

Other key features include:

  • Personalises virtually any substrate or item up to 100mm in height and 8kg in weight
  • CMYK + White + Gloss ECO-UV ink for outstanding print quality
  • NEW VersaWorks Dual RIP software
  • Includes Roland OnSupport
  • RolandCare Silver Warranty “

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HP

John Telling, Sales Director at Perfect Colours, an HP reseller says:

The HP Latex 560 and 570

 

“These are the latest iteration of the popular HP Latex range. Essentially they are the same machine with two ink different options, the Latex 560 with standard 775ml sized cartridges which is particularly suited to the needs of the sign sector and the Latex 570 with three-litre tanks for companies requiring a higher volume production.

“The Latex series is incredibly versatile, with the Latex ink set making it particularly well suited to the production of display graphics and with its ‘green’ credentials fitting in with many larger companies’ corporate social responsibility policies (CSR).  However, it also delivers outdoor durable print that enables it to be used for banners, vehicle graphics and other popular signage applications, as well as the means to tap into the increasingly lucrative indoor décor market with the production of wallpapers, home furnishings and floor graphics.

“The machines are built to function particularly well in environments with space constraints as all media and ink loading is handled from the front of the printer and new media rolls can be loaded in less than one minute thanks to a new spindle-less media loader.  Prints are dry to the touch and resistant toscratching straight off the machine, thus they can be applied immediately, whilst their excellent stretchability and conformability, makes them very popular for use in both traditional vehicle wrapping and the new more novel wrap applications such as furniture and furnishings.

Other features include:

  • Simplified colour management, via anon-board spectrophotometer
  • An in-built wiper roller facilitating the use of lower-cost vinyls and banner materials
  • HP matched media options
  • Print speeds ranging from 91m²/hr (980 ft²/hr) for one pass printing to 5 m²/hr for High Saturation Textiles (20-pass printing)
    • Print resolution up to 1200 x 1200 dpi “

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SwissQprint

 

Steve Pridham,SwissQprint and Zund Sales Manager at Spandex,which distributes SwissQprint systems within the UK, says:

“Fully developed and manufactured in Switzerland, SwissQPrint printers are characterised by high precision engineering, extra-long service life and robust build quality down to the very last detail.

“Featuring a modular design, they are all based on a solid flatbed solution, thus enabling users to create the machine they need with optional add-ons such as roll-to-roll and board options, as well as nine freely configurable colour channels. Indeed, a fully-equipped SwissQprint machine is rather like a Swiss army knife in that it can be precisely tailored to include all of the required tools in one unit!

“Depending on the configuration, the range, which now includes three different models, can print anything from the smallest panels, through to roll material and oversize media of any kind. with the highest accurate precision.

Nyala 2

Nyala 2

“This high performance model features a 6.5 sq.m printing table which offers the freedom to print onto all formats at a maximum print speed of 206 m²/h.  It offers a flatbed print area of 3.2m × 2.0m (edge to edge printable) and a maximum roll-to-roll media width of 3.2m and 180kg in roll weight.

Impala 2

Impala 2

“This compact model is so upgradeable that it can end up doing the work of two machines, while occupying the space of just one, as its

Its performance, both in terms of printing and format can effectively be doubled. The top of the range Impala 2 offers an impressive maximum print speed of180 m²/h and a flatbed print area of 2.5m × 2.0 m.

Oryx 2

Oryx 2

“This extra-capable entry-level model offers outstanding print quality and versatility, being freely configurable to offer up to nine colour printing, a 2.5m roll-to-roll option for continuous flexible media printing and a board option for oversized panels. It has a maximum print speed of 65 m²/h and a print area of 2.5m × 2.0m.

Other special features include:

  • Media diversity, thanks to the use of UV-curing inks that bond well to the broad range of signmaking materials
  • Reliable white ink delivery
  • First-level and second level safety features
  • Targeted suction power
  • Vacuum inversion for seedy print release
  • Multiple points of origin thanks to registration pins
  • Tandem mode printing for maximum productivity”

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Colourgen

Melanie Enser, Marketing Manager at Colourgen, the authorised UK distributor for Mutoh, says:

“The latest range of Mutoh ValueJet printers incorporate high performance micro piezo head technology to deliverunmatched print quality plus a high level of print automation for the sign and display sector.  Designed to deliver long term outdoor and interior applications such as posters, banner, backlit signage, wall coverings, point of sale displays, fine art reproductions, vehicle graphics and more, they combine high print speeds, with great quality and high resolutions very cost effectively.

Mutoh ValueJet 1638X

Mutoh ValueJet 1638X

“This 64” Dual Head Production printer uses Mutoh Eco-Ultra or Universal Mild Solvent Inks to deliver CMYK x 2 and features a staggered dual-head set-up with the latest generation 1440 nozzle piezo heads delivering top quality output at typical production speeds of 36sq.m/hr and top speeds of 94 sq.m/hr.

It also features Drop Master print technology, a revolutionary print automation technique that eliminates the need for cumbersome and time consuming media dependent printer adjustments. Knowing the media thickness and consequently the drop-throw distance between printhead and media surface, DropMaster automatically recalculates and adjusts the uni/bi-directional fire timings regardless of resolution and print speed, leading to an overall increase of image definition and smoothness and significant time savings for the operator.

“In addition, it offers Mutoh’s Intelligent Interweaving together with simplified installation, setup and calibration and excellent print quality and clarity at all production speeds and with all media thicknesses.

There has also been a huge improvement in the overall dot control, leading to better image definition at all speeds and finally and perhaps most importantly, the VJ 1638X has an excellent cost per print performance.

Other special features include: ·

  • Inks available in both 220ml cartridges and one-litre packs for long runs
  • Optional 3M Matched System Warranty with 3M Mutoh Universal Mild Solvent inks
  • ValueJet Status Monitor
  • Handles rolls up to 100kg
  • High precision Y-Rail

Mutoh ValueJet 1604X

Mutoh ValueJet 1604X

“This attractively priced 64”-wide printer is the ideal start-up machine, which enjoys all of the proven ValueJet advantages in terms of machine build and quality and can be used for general signage purposes and uses Mutoh’s Eco-Ultra or Universal Mild Solvent Inksto deliver single head, CMYK printing at speed of up to 15sq.m/h

“It can be used to produce the broad spectrum of banners, billboards, building wraps, posters, POS displays, wayfinding signage, plus pop-ups and roll-ups, as well as vehicle graphic applications.

Special Features:

  • Uses both 220ml cartridges and one litre ink packs for long runs
  • Ideal for volume sticker production
  • Introduced as an alternative machine to Mutoh’s faster ValueJet 1624X in terms of speed and price for entry-level users or those looking for an additional machine for frequent material changes

Mutoh ValueJet 426UF

Mutoh ValueJet 426UF

“This desktop A3+ Flatbed LED UV printer uses Mutoh

LED UV Ink in a CMYK configuration, plus white, plus varnish is ideally suited for use with short run items or one off designs/prototypes, awards, customised gadgets, packaging and labels on boards, acrylics and glass

Other special features include: ·       

  • Excellent print/gloss preservation
  • An integrated vacuum table
  • UV inks that eliminate the need for costly extraction methods
  • Wide distance between the printhead and UV lamp facilitates the printing of reflective materials
  • Low energy and low temperatures facilitate the use of heat sensitive substrates”

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