Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, has announced the availability of the Mimaki Tiger-1800B industrial inkjet textile printing system in the Americas.
The 74.8-inch Tiger-1800B is a purpose-engineered, high production inkjet printer for decorating textiles for fashion, performance apparel, soft signage, and interior decor. It can be configured with 16 printheads for direct-to-textile printing or with 8 printheads for transfer dye sublimation output.
Operating at speeds of up to 4,144 sq. ft./hr., the Tiger-1800B can be used for higher-volume production at manufacturing sites or fast-turnaround, small-scale production at on-demand sites. It can quickly produce shorter-run projects for regional and seasonal fashion requirements.
The Mimaki Tiger-1800B can bring operational efficiencies and reliability to large companies that currently use multiple small digital printers or analog screen-printing processes. The Tiger-1800B printer enables high-resolution printing, consistent quality for repeat orders, and reduced operating costs.
The Mimaki 1800B digital textile printer supports an all-in-one process for direct-to-textile printing. It includes an adhesive belt transport system with belt washing technology and an in-line heat drying unit. A built-in PC with software for easy and efﬁcient printer operation is also included.
Technologies for improved productivity
High print speeds are complemented by a sophisticated textile transport system. Stable textile transport is achieved through twin pressure roller shafts attached to the edge of the transportation belt. Textiles are uniformly transported onto the belt through the rollers.
Wrinkle and Media Jam sensors detect textile wrinkling or creasing early to minimize potential damage to the printheads from collisions with raised or jammed textiles.
The Tiger-1800B model includes a number of technologies and automated processes for consistent quality output and productivity.
A belt washing mechanism prevents stains on fresh fabric from ink remaining on the belt. The mechanism is equipped with two squeegees to prevent splash-back, and two heaters to dry and re-activate the belt surface.
To ensure optimal printhead maintenance, cleaning liquid is automatically applied to each wiper before and after head cleaning. This liquid enhances the head cleaning process and reduces daily maintenance time by ensuring a clean wiper.
The Tiger-1800B printer features Variable Dot Printing, in which variable ink droplet sizes (small, medium and large) are precisely placed to optimize print quality. Smaller droplets create smoother gradients and quarter tones; large droplets produce uniform solids.
A standard Degassing Module reduces clogging by removing air bubbles in the ink, and an Ink Circulation ensures stable ink supply by constantly circulating the ink.
Optional high production upgrades
Options for the direct-to-textile model include: Roll Media Centering Unit featuring a feeding unit with a centering device and tension bar; a Jumbo Roll Unit; a Plaited Unit; and a Drying and Take-Up Unit for high density printed fabrics.
The dye sublimation model includes the Jumbo Roll Unit as a standard feature.
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About Mimaki USA
Mimaki is an innovator and a pioneer in the development of digital printing and cutting products worldwide. The company has engineered and manufactured a complete line of digital printers and cutters. Mimaki USA offers total workflow solutions for many applications in the sign, graphics, textile, apparel, and industrial printing markets.
In 2014, Mimaki USA celebrated 15 years of serving customers in the Americas. It is an operating entity of Mimaki Engineering of Japan, which celebrated its 40th year in 2015. For more information, visit www.mimakiusa.com.