Mimaki will be launching the world’s fastest wide format textile sublimation inkjet printer capable of printing at a staggering rate 150 square meters per hour on transfer paper at FESPA Digital in Barcelona later this month.
The Mimaki TS500-1800 utilises a new range of Sb300 sublimation inks - available in six colours: blue; magenta; yellow; black; light blue; and light magenta – and is expected to ship from April 2012.

Mimaki_TS500Sakae Sagane, managing director Mimaki Europe, says: “This printer is ideal for the production of textile apparel and soft signage, both of which are seeing growth in run lengths appropriate for digital printing. We believe the TS500-1800 will enable manufacturers of apparel and soft signage to capitalise on the growing demand for shorter runs and customised, or even personalised, products in these two burgeoning digital markets. Our new ink delivers brilliant colour, and using RasterLink 6, printer operators can easily convert special colours to specific Pantone references to ensure colour integrity.”

The TS500-1800 features a number of new capabilities that set it apart in the marketplace, including:

* Unmatched printing speed for sublimation paper at 150m2/h in high-speed mode. The TS500-1800 uses newly developed printheads that achieve a maximum speed in four- or six-colour mode. The printer includes six printheads, with three staggered.

* Mist removal filter - The mist removal filter prevents problems caused by ink mists and enhances the stability of print operations by suctioning the mist inside the printer.

* Mimaki Degassing Module - The Mimaki degassing module (MDM-20) eliminates the gasses or bubbles that can occur in inks during the printing process, decreasing the likelihood of nozzle blockage and improving the accuracy of ink dot placement. In addition, this module enables the printer to use undegassed bottled inks instead of conventional degassed ink packs, thus reducing ink costs.

* New dye sublimation ink - Mimaki has developed a new ink, optimized for dye sublimation printing and for use with the TS500-1800. Sb300 ink offers an affordable price, dries quickly and produces brilliant colours. Sb300 ink is available in six colours (K,Bl,M,Y,Lbl,Lm).

* Auto Media Feeder (AMF) - Mimaki’s unique Auto Media Feeder provides stable feeding and take-up of print media, eliminating much of the need for operator intervention during printing

* Larger Roll Media Size - The TS500-1800 can accept rolls of media up to 60kg and 300mm in diameter, further improving operator productivity by eliminating the need for frequent media changes. Larger orders can be continuously printed without interruption, or batches of smaller orders using the same media can be easily handled.

TS500-1800 Specifications

On-demand Piezo printhead
(Six printheads with three staggered configuration) 150m2/h

Maximum print speed Color:4-color (Bl,M,Y,K), Speed mode: High speed,
Print mode: 300x600dpi 2pass BI
Maximum print width 1,890mm
Print resolution 300/450/600/1200dpi
Ink Sublimation ink: Mimaki Sb300
Media Maximum width - 1,910mm
Weight - 60kg or under
Roll diameter - Φ300mm or under (When Auto Media Feeder is used)
Power supply Single-phase AC200?240V?20A or under
Dimensions (mm) 3810(W)x1400(D)x1700(H)
Weight 750 kg

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