Melbourne’s Tiger Corp needed to improve competitiveness and production – particularly for Braille and wayfinding signage – they turned to Total Image Supplies who had previously installed there smaller Mutoh XpertJet 661UF UV-LED Flatbed device. Upon the release of Mutoh’s new XpertJet 1462UF UV-LED Flatbed Printer, the company could see it would be perfect for its growth plans, and ordered it immediately, becoming Australia’s first user of the technology.
Located in the tiger AFL territory of Richmond, Tiger Corp is a provider of a broad array of retail, business, building, construction & architectural signage solutions. With over 130-year history in Melbourne, Australia Tiger Corp have always been ahead of the curve and innovation by investing in the latest and best technology available.
We live in a digital world, custom signage with a quick turnaround a main growth area. Flatbed UV with high media printability is the best way to achieve this, printing objects, braille signage and more with inks that cure hard and are durable. Tiger Corp invested in Mutoh XpertJet 661UF A2 UV-LED Flatbed Printer from Total Image Supplies a few years ago to focus on small format Braille tactile signs. The experience with this device was only positive and demand for higher productivity meant either considering a second machine or looking for a larger format more versatile solution.
When Mutoh announced the XpertJet 1462UF at FESPA Global Print Expo, Munich in May 2023, it immediately caught Tiger Corp’s attention. Here was a unique UV-LED production printer based off already successful technology capable of printing at double the speed and up to 150mm in height on an extended print area of 1420mm x 700mm. Additionally, it featured white & varnish ink for printing specialty finishes and full blockout on coloured and clear media.
Quality, output, ease of operation
Larry Sbisa, Tiger Corp Director says: “As per the smaller Mutoh printer, we were attracted to the quality of its output but also the ease of operation. Also, the ability to print raised text was vital for our Braille Tactile sign production.”
When Total Image Supplies were able to deliver the new XpertJet 1462UF in September, Tiger Corp placed an order immediately and became the first such installation in Australia – and indeed the Southern hemisphere. “We had operated other machines for many years before discovering Mutoh and it has proven to be an excellent choice. We have found Total Image Supplies and Mutoh Australia excellent to deal with, both are very responsive and knowledgeable,” says Sbisa, adding: “We are gradually moving into other markets such as retail, medical etc. Without the new Mutoh 1462UF, we have been uncompetitive for quick-short-run retail signs and expect to be able to secure more work in that space now that it is up and running, producing beautiful work.
“Based on our experience to date, we would definitely recommend these Mutoh printers and the services we get from Total Image Supplies.”
Tyson Buechler, Director Total Image Supplies comments, the Mutoh 1462UF came to market at the perfect time with many existing clients needing faster production speeds, larger bed size, all with the same reliability and unique features the Mutoh 661UF offered.
With the 1462UF now featuring dual print heads, a larger bed, and the ability to print up to 150mm thickness in CMYK plus white & varnish. We have found the Mutoh 1462UF to be a hot-ticket item and very in-demand printer for various markets such as braille and tactile signage, bespoke & niche signage, promotional print, homeware & display.”
Buechler adds: “We have already seen further sales of the device and are very excited about bringing this unique award-winning printer to the wider Australian print markets."
About the award-winning Mutoh XpertJet 1462UF
Immediately after being released the Mutoh XpertJet 1462UF UV-LED Flatbed Printer won the USA Pinnacle Product award in the UV / Latex Flatbed (under USD$70K category).
Based on the extraordinary success of the smaller format XpertJet 461UF (A3+) and 661UF(A2+) printers, the new 1462UF is a B1++ printer with extra width to enable more ‘n-up’ printing of media and objects. It features:
- 1420mm x 700mm Print Area
- 0-150mm Print Thickness
- Braille and raised data capability.
- Staggered Piezo Printheads with Automated Nozzle Checking
- Local Dimming Control of UV lamps for Matte, Semi-Gloss and Gloss effects in one pass
- 4-Zone Vacuum Table
- Six channels: CMYK, White, Varnish
- Advanced VerteLith Rip software for total control
- 800ml UH-21 Ink (500ml for white)
The Mutoh XpertJet 1462UF UV-LED Flatbed Printer is available through Total Image Supplies.