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New clear ink from Mimaki

Clear ink printed on tilesHybrid Services Ltd, exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for Mimaki has released a LH-100 clear ink for the JFX200-2513 flatbed LED UV printer to complement the existing LUS -150 and LH-100 LED UV curable inksets.

The new clear ink provides the 'capability to produce glossy and matte finish effects, adding creativity and value to the finished product'. The addition of the new ink to the gamut delivers an effect close to that achieved 'traditionally in the lithographic print industry for many years with a spot varnish. Mimaki clear ink can also be output in multiple layers to 'enhance the vibrancy of colours or to create a more tactile finishing effect'.

Stuart Cole, national sales manager – industrial products for Hybrid, said: "The new generation of flatbed LED UV printers are highly sophisticated and capable production machines that have been breaking new creative ground and the addition of this clear ink to the portfolio really takes the artistic and creative possibilities of the JFX200 to new levels."

Applications such as high end PoS, labels, textured finishes and even Braille are all now possible. This presents fantastic opportunities for companies to deliver accurate simulations of finished products in a very efficient and timely manner; with the combination of LED UV ink curing creating a touch dry finish immediately after printing.

Mimaki's clear UV ink can be retro fitted to existing JFX200 machines with only minor hardware upgrades needed. Users should make sure they have the latest firmware (Version 1.30 or later) and version of Mimaki's RIP (RasterLink 6 Version 2.10 or later). One of Hybrid's demonstration JFX200 printers will be commissioned with white and clear inks alongside the process colours to enable visitors to the showroom to compare the variety of configurations the machine is capable of.

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