Mutoh Belgium recently announced availability of a new 64” (165 cm) wide single head piezo drop on demand sign and display printer, called ValueJet 1624X. The new 1624X printer is the successor of Mutoh’s best-selling ValueJet 1624 printer introduced in 2011.
Delivering production speeds at 720 x 720 dpi up to 20.5 m²/h, the VJ-1624X integrates Mutoh’s industry-leading Intelligent Interweaving (i²) and new revolutionary DropMaster print automation technology. Other novelties are a newly designed motorised take-up system for rolls up to 30 kg and Eco Ultra litre ink bags.
The VJ-1624X printer can be configured with Mutoh Eco Ultra or Universal Mild Solvent (UMS) inks. It is targeted at long term outdoor and indoor sign and display applications
such as posters, banners, backlit signage, wall coverings, point of sale displays, and vehicle graphics. For the UMS inks, Mutoh recently obtained a pan European Indoor Air Comfort Certificate, which makes the inks ideally suited for the production of indoor deco prints.
Key product features
Micro Piezo Print Head Technology
The VJ-1624X has one latest generation micro piezo head on board. The variable drop print head has eight channels with 180 nozzles per channel and can produce ink drops as small as 3.5 picolitres up to 35.2 picolitres. To accommodate a wide range of substrates, the head height can be set to low and high position.
New DropMaster Technology
Specifically developed for Mutoh’s latest generation ValueJet printers and already available on the1638X and 628 models, Mutoh also integrated its DropMaster technology into the VJ-1624X model.
DropMaster is a revolutionary print automation technique that eliminates the need for 'cumbersome and time consuming' media dependent printer adjustments. Knowing the media thickness and consequently the drop-throw distance between print head and media surface, DropMaster is capable of automatically recalculating and adjusting the uni/bi-directional fire timings. The technology does this regardless of resolution and print speed.
DropMaster leads to an overall 'spectacular increase' of image definition and smoothness and to significant time savings for the operator.
Inks for ValueJet 1624X
The ValueJet 1624X is fit for intermittent production as well as continuous production. In function of the target print volume, the new VJ-1624X can be configured with two different ink types. Switching from one ink type to another and vice versa is possible.
Mutoh Eco Ultra CMYK inks, available in 220 ml and 440 ml cassettes and now also in litre bags, are Mutoh’s third generation eco inks featuring improved ink fixation, better drying and improved scratch resistance. The new litre bags are mounted in the printer by way of an adapter. Mutoh Universal Mild Solvent (UMS) inks are available in 440ml cassettes and litre bottles, for use with Mutoh’s bulk ink system. Mutoh CMYK UMS inks combine the key benefits of 1 Litre Eco Ultra ink bags resin-based, eco solvent and mild solvent ink chemistries.
They offer an 'unrivalled' colour gamut, covering 83 per cent of the Pantone C® colour chart.
Wide Choice of Take-Up Systems
Different optional motorised take-up systems for roll weights up to 100 kg are available for the ValueJet 1624X. Next to a newly designed torque-controlled motorised 30 kg take up system, Mutoh also offers roll-off/take-up systems for rolls up to 80 kg and 100 kg.