The Mimaki UJF-3042 MkII and the UJF-6042 MkII are the latest generation of UV flatbed printers from Mimaki, replacing earlier UJF-3042HG and UJF-6042 models, respectively. The new printers feature "superior productivity, print quality and flexibility than their successful predecessors, which demonstrate Mimaki’s continued commitment to delivering market-leading solutions".
The new models have been developed to enhance the customer experience, by increasing both print speed and print quality, meeting the ever-changing demands of the sector.
The new UJF-3042 MkII and UJF-6042 MkII printers feature print speeds that are 20 per cent faster than its predecessors, and can be used with a wide array of different inksets. For example, LUS-120 inks are ideal for printing on soft material surfaces, such as membrane switches or smartphone wallet cases. This is because of their ability to stretch up to 170 per cent without cracking when pressed or folded. LUS-150 inks, which will be available for the new printers in the near future, are ideal for indoor signs, trophies and other acrylic items due to their "excellent" adhesion properties.
LH-100 inks, when used with Mimaki’s PR-200 inkjet primer, are also an "excellent" choice for printing on glass, metal and resins, which have traditionally been difficult for UV-curable inks. Mimaki Clear Control (MCC), a clear varnish ink, can be used to both highlight areas with spot or flood coating, as well as to deliver embossing opportunities with multiple passes.
The new printers have the capability to print at maximum speeds of 2.48 sq m/hour and 3.52 sq m/hour, respectively. This a 20 per cent improvement in speed over current models; as well as has the ability to print on objects up to 153mm thick.
Mechanical functionality is further enhanced with a print table that moves during printing, to reduce printer vibration and deliver precise dot placement.
Preset Mimaki Expand Colour in the printers’ RasterLink digital front end software delivers upgraded colour representation for even more "vibrant, solid colour and brighter skin tones". Automatic detection and cleaning of clogged nozzles allows reliable continual printing and reduces wastage and additionally, Mimaki Circulation Technology (MCT) circulates white ink at regular intervals to prevent pigment sedimentation that can lead to nozzle malfunction.
The new models include a fully covered print table designed to improve safety while maintaining print quality by keeping dust and other contaminants out of the system, which is especially important in retail environments.