Mimaki Engineering Co. Ltd. has announced its new large-format direct and dye-sublimation printer JV5-320DS. The machine enables direct printing on polyester substrates up to a width of 3.2 meters. The productivity and quality features of JV5 have been merged in this model to produce outstanding results on textiles on the superwide-format printer. JV5-320DS will be shipped from January 8, 2010 onwards.
JV5-320DS is based on the solvent superwide-format printer JV5-320S from Mimaki that was introduced in 2007 and is designed for high productivity and accurate print quality requirements in the outdoor signage market. As the exterior signage market is experiencing growing demand for outside signage on polyester textiles, for instance, for flags, banners, so called soft signage, that are better catered to with water based dye-sublimation inks, Mimaki has designed the JV5-320DS.
Almost all the benefits from current JV5-320S are incorporated into JV5-320DS in such a way that the highest productivity and excellent image quality are achieved on this direct and dye-sublimation printer. During printing on polyester substrates, inks can easily pass through the fabric underneath. Thus, JV5-320DS is newly equipped with an ink catcher to prevent that inks penetrating the fabric will stain the back side. Furthermore the new drying fan will dry inks directly after printing in order to prevent sticking of media during the winding process. In addition, JV5-320DS features Mimaki's new Spray Suppressor System that improve consistency even further.
JV5-320DS achieves a maximum resolution of 1440 dpi. Print speeds vary according to resolution between 60.3 sqm/hr (540 x 720 dpi) for far away viewing to short range viewing of 44 sqm/hr (at 540 x 1080 dpi). Mimaki's Sb52 dye-sublimation ink with its superior coloration characteristics is used. Furthermore, the machine features MBIS (Mimaki Bulk Ink Supply System (optional)) that enables an ink load of two-liter containers and thus caters to long uninterrupted print runs while at the same time saving money on ink. By enabling not only direct on textile printing but also dye-sublimation printing in one machine, print service provider's experience far broader application possibilities that will raise a business's values and improve its business proposals. Further savings can be achieved by directly printing on pre-treated polyester thus eliminating transfer paper costs and environmental impact thereof.
"With the introduction of JV5-320DS we are answering the market demands in soft signage for a highly productive and efficient as well as high quality large format printer. The ability to print direct to polyester broadens not only the offerings of print service providers but also saves on materials such as transfer paper as well as improves environmental footprint," said Shinichi Uehara, head of Mimaki's SG Business Unit. "We are sure that with the addition of these outstanding features our superwide-format JV5 series will once again prove successful."