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Mimaki to Unveil New Business Opportunities for Manufacturers at K 2013




Mimaki, a manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting machines for the sign/graphics, textile/apparel and industrial markets, will be exhibiting innovative solutions for digital manufacturing of plastic and rubber products at K 2013, the foremost international trade fair for plastics and rubber. The exhibition is scheduled for 16-23 October in Dusseldorf.

“For anyone involved in the plastics business, K 2013 is the place to be,” says Mike Horsten, General Manager, Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “We have chosen this venue to unveil new products and application ideas that we think will spark many new business opportunities for attendees. This includes printing and cutting of rubber sheets, printing on plastic cards, and an automated solution for on-demand printing of promotional and other items that can run unattended for up to eight hours. We think attendees will leave our stand as excited as we are about the opportunities.”

PrintROBO – a brand new solution for unattended on-demand printing

Mimaki is proud to present the PrintROBO at K 2013. This brand new digital on-demand manufacturing machine is being shown for the first time at the exhibition, printing plastic cards. Printing at up to 1,800 dpi in full colour (with a minimum four picolitre drop size) and on materials up to 150mm in thickness, this automatic direct UV-curable printing system with low-energy LED curing provides revolutionary quality and productivity. The PrintROBO can be configured with two jig plate magazines each for input and delivery, enabling as many as 50 jig plates to be processed in an unattended environment. Jig plate barcodes eliminate potential manufacturing errors and allow PrintROBO to automatically adjust for the height of the materials. Create customised promotional gifts, display cards, name badges, control panels, pens, stationery, key rings, gift boxes, USB sticks, mobile phone and laptop cases, small format signage and more with no waste and minimal setup. The Mimaki PrintROBO offers three different UV-curable ink options:

LH-100 Hard UV ink for scratch and chemical resistance and colour fidelity. Available in CMYK, white, clear and with an automatic primer application option

LF-200 Flexible UV ink enables stretching of ink up to 200% during post-processing and is available in CMYK and white.

LF-140 ink offers strong gradation in six colour printing and is more flexible than LH-100. This option is available in CMYK, light cyan, light magenta, white and with an automatic primer application.

Mimaki is exclusively distributed in the UK and Ireland by Hybrid Services Ltd and its industrial products manager, Mike Lewis, sees significant opportunity with the new PrintROBO. “This solution offers volume production to a multitude of print providers,” he comments. “While enabling high throughput, it still delivers a bespoke, short run product, responding to the growing trend for personalised items and customised gifts.”

More details about Mimaki products, which are exclusively distributed in the UK & Ireland by Hybrid Services Ltd – including those featured at the show can be found at www.hybridservices.co.uk