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Mimaki’s JV33-260 and JFX-1631 Inkjet Printers

(October 2009) posted on Thu Oct 15, 2009

Mimaki bulks up.

By Chris and Kathi Morrison

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The popular, Mimaki JV33 family of inkjet printers is indigenous in the sign- and fabric-imaging industry. Previously, the JV33 printer lines’ media widths ranged from 53.9 to 63.9 in. However, as digital-print market acceptance and applications have expanded, printmakers receive more requests for larger prints. To meet this demand, Mimaki has introduced two, grand-format printers; the JV33-260 roll-to-roll and the JFX-1631, UV-cure, flatbed printer.

The JV33-260
At 990 lbs. and dimensions that reach 143.7 in. wide x 51.3 in. deep x 56.1 in. high, the JV33-260 has become the big brother of the JV33 line of printers. The printer includes a newly developed, high-speed, printhead that comprises 180 nozzles and eight ink lines, which allows for easy compilation and calibration.
The new bi-directional-printhead system also increases the print speed by 30%, compared to previous JV3 series systems. Media tension control and stabilization via a weight take-up device (engineered for printing on heavy substrates or long media rolls) ensures high print quality. The printer also features a triple-stage, intelligent heater.
Opt for one of two solvent-based inks if your customer-base prefers outdoor signs. The SS21 is a durable, scratch-resistant, solvent-based ink that requires a separate vent system. For milder environments, choose the odorless, ES3 eco-solvent ink. If your shop specializes in textile prints, choose the Sb52 dye-sublimation ink. For indoor work, Mimaki offers an aqueous, pigment-based ink. Choosing the ink type is a onetime shot, at the time of purchase, so choose wisely.

The ink system
An added bonus is the uninterrupted, ink-supply system (UISS). The printer has slots for eight, 440ml ink cartridges and, in its four-color configuration, you load two cartridges, each, of cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The second cartridge automatically kicks in as the first one runs out of ink.
Mimaki also offers its Mimaki Bulk Ink System (MBIS) which will hold eight, two-liter ink bags.
The printer’s ink-receiving slots house a set of permanent, bag-fed cartridges, and, when necessary, you can combine the cartridge/bag feed systems. For example, you can feed a rarely used color via the 440-ml cartridge system as standard colors enter via the bulk bags.


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