Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd.

Bulk Ink Supply System

Mimaki Engineering Co Ltd. has introduced MBIS (Mimaki Bulk Ink System) for its series of JV5 and JV33 large and superwide-format inkjet printers. The new two liter ink supply system is available for Sb52 as well as SS21, HS and Eco-HS1 solvent inks.

Mimaki's inks are known for their high print quality exhibiting excellent color consistency and image results. Up to now, these inks have been available in up to 440 cc cartridges. Due to increased demand for both lower ink prices and longer continuous print runs Mimaki has developed a bulk ink supply system accommodating two liter ink packs for its solvent printer models. The two liter ink containers enable a saving in ink costs of up to 40 percent in comparison to traditional 440 cc ink cartridges. The inks have the same high quality features such as ink emission, stability, color gamut and reliability as Mimaki's ink cartridge system.

The MBIS consists of either an eight-slot chassis to hold eight flexible aluminum-packed ink containers for both JV33 and JV5 series or a 16-slot chassis for JV5 series to be used for larger print runs. The system is connected via tubes to the conventional cartridge where the ink flows from the two liter container through the cartridge into the print head. An ink-end detection function is incorporated. This way simultaneously or separately the 440 cc cartridge for colors whose consumption is not so large as well as the bulk ink supply can be used for continuous and uninterrupted ink supply enabling long unattended print runs. The flexible ink containers alone are replaced so saving on consumable costs and providing for more environmentally friendly print operations.

Mimaki has simultaneously developed different two liter ink containers to be used with the bulk ink supply system. The newly developed Sb52 inks for sublimation printing feature higher density as well as improved color characteristics like the new Sb51 inks. The two liter ink containers are ideally suited for print service providers as they enhance productivity, performance and quality while retaining the highly acclaimed features associated with their cartridge system. In addition Mimaki has developed two liter bulk ink containers for its solvent inks SS21, HS and Eco-HS1 to be used in the JV5 and JV33 series for all kinds of applications and jobs.

"We are happy to offer the new bulk ink system and low-cost two-liter ink containers to our customers in order to enable them to stay competitive in these challenging market conditions. We believe that with these new products we are presenting attractive and affordable alternatives for existing and new customers," said Isao Tabayashi, general manager of IM (Ink and Media) business unit.

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