Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd. launched the UV curable inkjet Printer UJF-3042, in February 2010. Now Mimaki introduces the enhanced model UJF-3042FX featuring UV LED curing as well as new UV inks and a new inkjet primer expanding possibilities and design applications for print service providers.
UJF-3042FX enables printing on flat substrates up to A3 size (300 x 420 mm) as well as materials of up to 50 mm thickness. Using UV LED technology means that after curing the ink is instantly bonded to the substrate. As LED do not generate high temperatures, it enables full color printing on almost every material including heat-sensitive substrates such as resin, wood and leather, among others. Ink adhesion is subject to material properties. In some cases it is advisable to improve adhesion of ink by applying a primer before printing. UJF-3042FX incorporates automatic primer application functionality for those substrates.
Printing with white and clear ink adds value to printed products. White under- and overprinting capabilities enable more vivid colorings, especially on colored or transparent substrates. Spot coloring with clear ink, as well as layered printing or clear ink varnishes add stunning results to all printed products resulting in happy customers that are willing to return for more.
Original images, photos as well as text incorporated into gifts, nameplates and personal accessories enable a degree of personalization that enthuses print customers and gift recipients. Printing on paper, film and all kinds of novelty goods adds the individual touch that is required to make lasting impressions. In addition, printing on film and carton board enables production of flexible and hard based prototype packaging projects significantly streamlining workflows of packaging designers.
Materials usually not suited for UV inkjet printing can be printed upon by applying a primer. This foundation layer on substrates enables better ink adhesion thus making UV inkjet printing on those materials possible. While usually application of primer is executed manually, UJF-3042FX incorporates an automatic primer feature whereby primer is applied via its inkjet system. The new inkjet primer PR-100 cartridges (available in 220 and 600 ml sizes) are simply inserted into the corresponding ink slot of UJF-3042FX enabling easy to use priming capabilities.
The primer does not require extra printing time as it is simultaneously applied with the process colors during printing thus streamlining printers workflows significantly without compromise in speed. When printing with primer and white or clear ink production speed is reduced by approximately 50 percent.
The automatic primer application functionality enables the application of primer in selective areas only. Thus areas where no application of primer is necessary will not be primed enabling multi-material printing designs and applications.
Until now, when printing and nozzle clogging or failure occurs that could not be resolved by the nozzle cleaning function, printers had to wait for service personnel to arrive, meanwhile stopping production. Now, the new nozzle recovery functions enable printers to keep on printing in excellent quality until service personnel arrive at the scene. Downtime and full stopping of printers is thus avoided.