Mimaki brings out belt equipped large-format textile inkjet printer
Mimaki's TX400-1800B textile inkjet printer is expected to attract printers wanting to supply the apparel, furnishings and soft signage markets.
The printer has a 1.8m print width, production speeds of around 25m2/h and the ability to print onto a range of fabrics. An adhesive belt carrier system stabilises fabrics that have a tendency to stretch and contract during printing. The high speeds are achieved even with an eight-colour inkset and the newly designed heater system allows for the rapid drying of the wetted out fabric before it goes onto the powered take-up roller. This also incorporates Mimaki's Web Tension Control System that provides consistent tension over the full width of the print - whether on light or heavyweight cloths.
The machine's inbuilt UISS (Uninterrupted Ink Supply System) automatically switches between ink sacks as the ink becomes spent. With the use of Mimaki's new two-litre bulk ink containers, the ink cost is reduced significantly too. Inks for the machine include reactive dye (for printing to cotton and silk), acid dye (for silk, nylon and wool) and dye sublimation inks for polyester prints.?
UK distributor Hybrid's marketing manager, Duncan Jefferies, said: "Production digital textile printing is all about reducing costs, lead times and waste, whilst maintaining quality and creativity. The Mimaki TX400 makes the introduction of a low inventory business model possible, drastically reduces environmental impact and delivers what the customer wants, in the time that they need it."
The TX400-1800B joins the dye sub specific 1800D model at the head of Mimaki's direct-to-textile printer range - adding the adhesive belt to its sister machine's feature list. Delivery of both is expected to commence in Spring 2010 with demonstrations available through Hybrid's authorised textile reseller network.?