The Mimaki UJV100-160 printer is a full-featured, competitively priced 63-in. roll-to-roll wide format printer that uses 4, 5, or 6 colors of UV-LED curable ink plus white and clear inks. Users of this versatile wide-format inkjet printer can output high-value, instant-dry prints on a wide variety of materials, including banner materials, adhesive-backed vinyls, clear PET window films, translucent backlit films, inkjet fabrics, and plain paper.
The UJV100-160 holds 1000 ml refillable bottles of Mimaki LUS-170 UV LED inks in six colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan, and light magenta) plus clear and white inks.
The six colors, combined with the printhead’s ability to precisely place various sizes of droplets on the media, help produce detailed, high-contrast images with smooth gradients between the color tones.
White ink can be used to create a base layer for bright, accurate colors on clear and translucent backlit films and fabrics.
Clear ink can be applied as an overprint layer to add textures or a glossier finish to selected areas of the print. These types of embellished prints typically command higher margins.
The bulk ink system and hot swappable inks enable the printer to be used for continuous production. The operator doesn’t have to stop the printer in the middle of a print job when one of the colors of ink runs out.
Mimaki’s LUS 170-UV LED inks are flexible enough to use for vehicle graphics, stickers, and decals. The inks don’t crack when the material is flexed to adhere to a curved surface.
The inks are also UL Greenguard Gold Certified, which means the printed graphics don’t emit hazardous chemicals. Printed graphics can be safely posted on the floors, ceilings, walls, and windows of indoor environments, including schools and healthcare facilities.
Instant lamination and delivery. Vehicle wraps, fleet graphics, and other graphics that will be exposed to high levels of abrasion or harsh conditions typically are laminated. Whereas eco-solvent inkjet prints require extra time to outgas before being laminated, the instant-dry prints made with UV-LED inks can be laminated immediately. UV-LED lamps onboard the printer fully cure the inks before the print rolls off the printer. Because the inks don’t need to dry for several hours before lamination and delivery, the 247 sq. ft./hr. maximum throughput speed of the UJV100-160 shouldn’t be compared directly with the faster throughput speeds of eco-solvent inkjet printers.
The printer and its software are engineered to make high-quality printing easy for newcomers to the wide-format graphics business. The UJV100-160 features many core technologies found in Mimaki’s high-end, wider UV-LED printers, as well as Mimaki’s new Dot Adjustment System.
Dot Adjustment System (DAS) offers automatic alignments to ensure repeatability and consistent quality of the fine lines and details expected in high-quality photographic imaging. The DAS frees operators from having to perform common adjustments themselves.
The Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) and Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) work together to monitor and correct the performance of the nozzles that eject the inks from the printhead. The NCU automatically detects the condition of each nozzle. When a missing nozzle is detected, it automatically performs a cleaning. If the nozzle still isn’t working, the NRS automatically replaces defective nozzles with alternate nozzles.
Mimaki Adavanced Pass System (MAPS) provides gradation to printed pass boundaries to reduce banding and uneven colors. The result is a streak-free, high-quality printed image.
Ink Circulation Technology improves printhead performance by keeping the pigments in certain inks from settling.
Raster Link 7 RIP Software converts PDFs and other design files into the dot sizes, colors, and patterns that the printer will lay down on each pass back and forth across the printer. The software is designed for quick and accurate processing of big files, including PDFs with special effects such as transparency. It can also print variable text or image data on each print. Variable-data printing is ideal for posters that will be personalized or customized with different languages or local images.
Like other RIP software, Raster Link enables you to create super-large tiled prints (such as multi-panel wall murals) or automatically “nest” a variety of smaller prints across the full width of media roll to reduce wasting media.
Variable-drop printing means the printer can change the size of the droplet being ejected during each print job. Ink drops as small as 4 picoliters can be used to create fine details and smooth tonal gradations. Larger drop sizes are used to speed the production of areas with solid colors.
The UJV100-160 is expected to ship in December, 2020 with a retail price of $16,995.
About Mimaki USA
Mimaki USA in Suwanee, Georgia is an operating entity of Mimaki Engineering In Japan. Mimaki engineers and manufactures digital sign and graphics printers and cutters, digital textile and apparel printing systems, 3D printers, and industrial printers. In 2019, Mimaki USA celebrated 20 years of service to print service providers in the Americas.
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