16 Jun 2019

Mutoh Europe to Exhibit at Sign & Digital UK 2010


Mutoh Viper Tx Extreme

Large format inkjet printer & sign cutting plotter manufacturer Mutoh Europe nv announces that it will exhibit at the Sign & Digital UK exhibition (April 13th - 15th, NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom).

Several new products will be showcased at the Mutoh booth (D22). “Mutoh Europe recognizes the importance of the Sign & Digital UK show as a key industry event for the sign and commercial print community in the United Kingdom,” says Arthur Vanhoutte, Mutoh Europe’s Managing Director.

“We intend to set up a central platform at Sign UK 2010 where Mutoh’s latest wide format printer and signcutting plotter technology will be displayed. Sign UK visitors will be welcomed by Mutoh Europe and our UK channel partners having a direct link to our Belgium factory. We intend to showcase several new products that will be presented for the first time ever in the UK” Vanhoutte concludes.



At Sign & Digital UK 2010, Mutoh will display its entire range of wide format inkjet printers (eco solvent, bio solvent, mild solvent, solvent, UV, dye sublimation, textile) and professional signcutting plotters.


Several new products will be demonstrated :

Kona cutting plotter series

Kona is a high-performance cutting plotter series designed for professional sign cutting applications.

Enabling the finest cutting quality with excellent tracking, the Mutoh Kona cutting plotters are available in three widths, i.e. Kona 760 (39”), Kona 1400 (64”) and Kona 1650 (74”), offering a cutting range of respectively 30”, 55” and 64”.

The affordable Kona cutters are equipped with several new features promoting extra user comfort, such as a full-colour 3.5” LCD touch screen, a newly designed automatic sheet-off mechanism, as well as a “dual” roll support system. Media support rollers allow handling of regular vinyl. A second roll-off system is available for contactless handling of pre-printed rolls. This will avoid damage to freshly printed rolls.


Zephyr UV inkjet printer

Developed and manufactured in Belgium, the Zephyr is a CMYK 64” (165 cm) professional UV inkjet printer for roll-to-roll and rigid board printing up to a thickness of 20 mm. For roll printing, the machine incorporates a motorised unwinder/winder system with dancer bars for media rolls up to 100 kg. For rigid printing, media transport tables can be placed at the back and in front of the machine. Switching between rigid and roll printing is done in a trice.

The printer utilises Mutoh proprietary flexible UV inks, specifically tuned for roll-to-roll & rigid printing.

Viper TX Extreme direct textile printer

For users wanting to print directly onto a wide selection of textiles such as polyester, cotton & silk, Mutoh will present the Viper TX Extreme, available in 65” (1651 mm) and 88” (2240mm) widths. Viper TX Extreme offers typical production speeds up to 37 m²/h.

Utilising VOC free water based direct disperse inks, Viper TX Extreme printers will print on textile with open and closed structure and are suited for low-cost high-quality sample creation (one-offs) as well as small production volumes.


For more information on Mutoh Europe and its products, visit www.mutoh.eu


European debut of Fujifilm Acuity Advance HS at Sign & Digital UK 2010

Fujifilm Acuity Advance

Fujifilm is exhibiting its latest line-up of inkjet printing systems and media on stand G10 at Sign & Digital UK 2010 from 13th - 15th April 2010, Birmingham, UK. The recently-launched latest model in the Acuity series of UV flatbed printers will feature on the stand, alongside the euromedia range of products for inkjet roll-to-roll devices.

Showing for the first time in Europe, the Acuity Advance HS is the latest addition to the Acuity series and meets demands for a cost effective, high quality printer with even greater productivity than before. Near-photographic quality images can be achieved at typical production speeds of 40m2/hr, with a new 'express' mode of 65m2/hr for images viewed from greater distances. As with the other models in the series, the printer's ability to print edge-to-edge saves time and labour in finishing, and end-use application possibilities are extended with a white ink option. In addition, a roll media unit can be added to print to a broad range of flexible materials.

Fujifilm has specifically designed the Sign & Digital UK stand to allow both printers and finishers to get hands-on with products in the euromedia range. The euromedia brand includes a wide array of consumables, finishing tools and presentation systems for roll-to-roll printing, with an extensive media range for water-based, solvent-based and laminating applications.

David Burton, European euromedia sales director at Fujifilm, says: "We are excited about our wide-format line-up for visitors to this year's Sign & Digital UK.  By combining the first European showing of the Acuity Advance HS and our euromedia range, smaller printers right through to high-end, high productivity print service providers will find solutions for both roll-to-roll and rigid material decoration on our stand."


EFI XF 4.1 drives Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 to provide proofing


Efi And Epson

EFI announced today EFI XF 4.1 (EFI XF Colorproof and EFI Fiery XF) for Epson Stylus Pro WT7900, offering an advanced solution for packaging proofing. New features include easy and flexible white ink handling on difficult substrates such as transparent and metallic media, contone and dot proofing, accurate spot colour reproduction, easy printer linearisation and profiling, and multiple printer support. EFI Colorproof XF 4.1 also supports ISO 12647-7 compliant proof validation on any opaque proofing media including automatic proof verification with the onboard SpectroProofer measurement device. EFI Colorproof XF 4.1. supports all the high-quality features of Epson Stylus Pro WT7900, allowing a greater return on investment.

"EFI Colorproof XF 4.1 capabilities takes printers, such as the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900, to a new level of accuracy and ease for packaging proofing," said Stefan Spiegel, general manager of EFI Graphic Arts Solutions. "A number of top level customers have already put the combination of EFI XF 4.1 and the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 to the test. They tell us the results they achieve give them an edge over the competition in terms of both customer satisfaction and profitability."

White Ink Handling

Advanced white ink handling includes adjustable white ink density; white tinting, definable in CMYK to match the appearance of white on the press; definable printing order (color on white, white on color or surface print and reverse print); selectable white ink printing modes (bounding box, image areas only or white spot color channel only); opacity simulation for transparent media; support of multiple white channels and support for up to two control strips printable with and without white.

EFI XF 4.1 for the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 comes pre-installed with output profiles for all Epson proofing media including ClearProof and CrystalClear Film. It supports the latest Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.6 operating systems.

"The media flexibility of the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 with EFI XF Solutions is remarkable. The output quality in terms of spot color accuracy and dot quality on both transparent and metallic media as well as white-ink handling is the best I've seen," said Mario Levers, head of production for Toppack Summen & Bergs GmbH, a leading provider of brand solutions based in Ahaus, Germany.

Additional Key Features


  • Automatic linearisation, profiling, optimisation and calibration (with definable calibration intervals) to perfectly set up and maintain the system (software & printer & substrate)
  • Automatic printing and inline-verification of proof without user interaction
  • Automatic job-specific analysis and optimisation with Dynamic Wedge  - a dynamically created control strip containing the job key colours (including spot colours) for verification and  job specific optimization.
  • Automatic media wedge measuring of up to two wedges enabling the ISO 12647-7 compliant verification based on the Ugra/Fogra media wedge or IDEAlliance control strip and the job-specific control of the job key colours with the Dynamic Wedge.



Go Wide Tour 2010 Attendance Reflects Upturn in Printer Sales

Hp Designjet L25500

The first two Go Wide events, held on the 2nd and 4th of February in Glasgow and Leeds respectively, have been deemed a big success with orders placed for a wide variety of large format printers including orders for the new HP Latex Printer L25500.

More Go Wide dates are soon to be announced following the success of the first two events. Printers and representatives from all major large format print and imaging suppliers were in attendance including Epson, HP, Metamark, Seiko and Shiraz.

Darren Walker, MD of DCP Systems comments, “The downturn of last year seems at last to be in abayance and our attendees here seem positive about the future. We’ve talked to all our customers about their plans for the future. Most have cut their cloth already and are now experiencing an upturn in business. They are also now much more aware of the true cost of running old printers that just aren’t energy efficient or require extraction etc… with the launch of the HP L25500 designjet printer and the Seiko mild solvent printer, extraction is a thing of the past but the speed and quality is also far superior than their predecessors. We can now also offer 0% finance on all our HP printers and offers like this that is exactly what the print industry needs to get back on its feet.”

Mimaki Sign & Graphics trade-up scheme offers even more for the signmaker


Mimaki Jv33

Mimaki’s wide format solvent printer range maintains its place at forefront of the market with its broad skill-set and excellent mix of speed and print quality. With most machines shipped with a fully comprehensive, two year warranty through Mimaki’s exclusive UK distributor, Hybrid Services Ltd, qualifying products include the CJV30, JV33 and JV5 machines which are available in a choice of sizes – a popular 1.3m, versatile 1.6m and a highly productive baby grand 2.6m.

Throughout this Spring, Hybrid is offering a lucrative trade-up scheme for users of their highly successful Mimaki JV3 printer as well as customers with other solvent machines too. Available through Hybrid’s authorised reseller network, the Spring Promotion is a great way to invest in new hardware, whilst saving up to £8,000 as part of the trade-up scheme.

In any of the new printers, customers can choose either Mimaki’s eco or low solvent inks – with advantages for either, and with the CJV30 and JV33, a bright, opaque white available as standard for the low solvent ink set. Production features, such as Mimaki’s UISS (Uninterrupted Ink Supply System) and the powered take up unit allow for long, unattended print runs and the inclusion of Mimaki’s RasterLink Pro RIP software package mean it’s ready to run from the box. Mimaki’s low solvent inkset characteristically achieves a three year outdoor lifespan – even for unlaminated prints; ensuring a durable and vibrant print for sign makers’ customers.

A perfect example in the range is the Mimaki JV33 Series inkjet printer. Its ability to print to a vast range of inexpensive uncoated materials (from banner and vinyl, through paper, canvas, coated metallic and clear films, pull up materials and backlit products to name a few) put it at the forefront of the wide format printer market and with its low running costs and lucrative two year warranty, it pays back quickly too.

Talking of paying back, Hybrid offers a unique ink cartridge recycling scheme – linked to valuable ink rebates – that’s proved very popular with their eco and low solvent ink using customers. The phenomenally successful scheme (the first of its kind) is almost entirely co-ordinated online to avoid unnecessary paper and administration. Hybrid arranges collection of spent cartridges at their cost – and typically tie this into visits to the same area to make the whole scheme as green as possible. Hybrid recycles all the components of the cartridges and so far, the success of the programme has led to many tonnes of landfill being removed in the past year alone. In addition to the environmental benefits of the scheme, a valuable rebate is paid – providing the customer with financial reward for their environmental efforts.

Hybrid's marketing manager, Duncan Jefferies told us "The Let's Do More scheme works because customers are so committed to it and we reward this with a rebate towards valuable consumables for their business. So far, this has resulted in well over £40,000 worth of ink being supplied free to our customers as our thanks to them for contributing to the programme."

“The success of Mimaki's solvent printers has come about for many reasons, but having so many machines in the market place means that there are a lot of cartridges we can take out of landfill through recycling - and that's an important cornerstone of our green philosophy."

With ongoing cost benefits and strong environmental credentials – coupled to Hybrid’s Spring Trade-up Promotion, the Mimaki JV33 Series is a powerful solution for the signmaker and graphics professional.


Hybrid showcase substantial new Mimaki printers at Sign & Digital UK 2010

Hybrid Logo

With a product range as broad as any, the addition of further new machines to Mimaki’s range is an excellent reason to visit Sign & Digital UK at the NEC in April. Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Ireland distributor, Hybrid Services Ltd, will be hosting the launch of the new TX400-1800 direct to textile printer along with the show’s debut of the impressive desktop A3 LED UV direct to product printer – the Mimaki UJF-3042. Naturally, Hybrid will also be exhibiting Mimaki’s core sign and graphics printers like the wide format and baby grand JV33 and JV5, the JFX-1631 grand format LED UV cure printer and the Mimaki CJV30 combined printer / cutter machines – ensuring that visitors to their stand will be well served with solutions at every size, price and technology.

The launch of the TX400 is of special interest to print companies interested in providing volume, water based, direct to polyester or dye sublimated flags, point of sale and soft signage work. This printer continues Mimaki’s strong heritage in direct-to-textile printing, delivering impressive production speeds, vibrant colours, low print costs and exhibiting excellent environmental credentials.

The new A3 desktop printer uses Mimaki’s pioneering cold cure LED UV technology to print to small format products or substrate up to 50mm thick. Ideal for promotional products companies, manufacturing applications, small, high quality signage output or the badge and label market, its high resolution output, white ink and fast print speeds deliver a very quick branded product or finished sign.

National Sales Manager for Hybrid, John de la Roche invites existing and prospective customers alike to the show; “On the Hybrid stand you’ll find practically every printing technology that Mimaki produce in a snapshot of their stunning range of hardware. We’ll be delighted to welcome customers old and new, and provide an insight into how investment in a Mimaki can make such a difference to every printing or graphics company.”