Mimaki announced in May the availability of a new latex ink for its JV400-130/160LX latex inkjet printers. LX101 ink was shown for the first time in Europe at FESPA 2013, where visitors to Mimaki stand were able to see the difference with the addition of orange and green inks for more accurate reproduction of corporate colours and a higher density black ink that delivers sharper, richer details.
“Our JV400-130/160LX latex printers have proven to be quite popular,” said Mike Horsten, General Manager, Marketing of Mimaki EMEA. “We believe our latex customers will be very excited about this new addition to our sign graphics latex ink set. The new LX101 inks and the 6-colour printing capability, already supported by our RasterLink6 RIP, offer so much more than just new ink. The LX101 Latex inks are more eco-friendly than solvent inks, yet the outdoor durability of the Mimaki LX inks are equivalent to solvent, offering the best of both worlds with a small environmental footprint. These new inks offer glossier and more vivid colours than our current LX100 inks. We were excited to show the added value of these inks at FESPA 2013 and believe these new inks can bring the sign, display, graphics firms and photo labs back together.”
Mimaki JV400-130/160 latex inkjet printers print on a wide array of substrates including uncoated paper, using environ- mentally friendly aqueous ink. The JV400LX series supported the world’s first white latex ink, achieving printability on clear substrates with vibrant colour. Mimaki’s patented MCT (Mimaki Circulation Technology) ensures continuous circulation of white inks to pre- vent pigments from settling and potentially having an adverse effect on quality and throughput. The JV400LX is suitable for the production of a wide range of applications for both indoor and outdoor use. Customers can choose which ink set they would like to use upon first installation: LX100 or LX101.
Key features include:
Wider colour gamut achieved with six- colour (Hexa-Colour) Process Printing in- cluding Orange & Green ink
This delivers a wider colour gamut than can be achieved with conventional 4- color(CMYK)Process Printing, enabling more accurate reproduction of corporate colours in company logos and other graphic elements. The brilliant orange and green inks reproduce vibrant pastel colours, ideal for colourful posters and point-of-purchase materials for food industry products.
Additionally, spot colour reproduction is improved, which is especially important for the production of package design proofs in cases where designs require spot colours. With these inks, contract proofing and photo reproductions are now made possible.
High density black ink and improved glossiness to deliver rich and contrasting details
By increasing the density of black ink, sharper and richer details are attained. The improved glossiness creates more vivid colours, offering a more photo like image than any other latex currently available in the market.
White ink expands the range of applications, supported by the white ink circulation system
A white ink layer assures more vivid colour results on transparent substrates such as window film and shatterproof film, meeting a wide variety of needs in the sign and display graphics industry. JV400LX series printers are equipped with MCT, a white ink circulation system that prevents pigments from settling by routinely circulating the white ink in order to ensure consistent printing.
Excellent drying and work-efficiency
The ink dries fast enough to immediately move on to secondary processes such as laminating and installing. Because drying time is not required, total work efficiency is dramatically improved.
Distributed exclusively in the UK & Ireland by Hybrid Services Ltd, its national sales manager, John de la Roche sees significant benefit in the additional ink range for the Mimaki latex printers. “The Mimaki JV400 with the option of standard process colours, the first white latex ink or the new hexa-colour orange and green gives print providers a unique opportunity to deliver a very high quality of output for their customers.”
ICC Profiles for the whole range of Latex products can be found at the new MMCP (Mimaki Media Certification Program) website. www.Mimaki.color-base.com
More details about Mimaki products including its full range of printers and cutting plotters can be found at www.hybridservices.co.uk.