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55 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 8 • Laser sensor media detection and automated gap check ensure that the print head is at the optimal height on each print. One- liter bottles have replaced the smaller cartridge system of previous models, making ink delivery more efficient. • Mimaki Advanced Pass System 4 (MAPS4) utilizes an advanced algorithm pattern to reduce banding, deliver- ing output that looks great at higher speeds. Combined with Variable Dot Technology, the resulting prints are smooth in the mid-tones, solids, and gradients. Mimaki Circulation Technology (MCT) continuously circulates white ink and reduces the need for manual agitation. • Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) and Nozzle Recovery System (NRS): NCU monitors nozzle outages and automati- cally activates a series of recovery functions; NRS assigns opera- tional nozzles when an outage is detected, ensuring production is not impacted. All of these operations sound complex and daunting, but they work automatically, making your job easier and optimizing your output. Mutoh ValueJET 426UF The Mutoh ValueJET 426UF is a good entry-level UV-LED printer for digital decorators who want to dramatically expand their products and services with a minimum capital investment. The VJ 426UF prints on a variety of different materials, including 3-D objects, up to 2.75 inches thick and 19-by-13-inch dimen- sions with up to six-color print capability and Smart Printing The unique advantages of UV-LED printing are extensive: • The ability to print on a wide variety of materials, both treated and untreated including PVC, PET, ABS, acrylic, wood, glass, ceramics, boards, metals, soft fabrics, and leathers. • The ability to print on thick 3-D items. • UV-curable ink sets include CMYK, white, and clear. • Using the white ink as a base, a UV-LED printer has the ability to print white and full-color on dark items and both sides of clear glass and acrylics. • Inks can be built up to create 3-D textures, raised print, and Braille for signs and awards. • Inks dry almost instantaneously on the substrate surface. • Dot gain and color saturation are optimized because there is no time for ink dots to spread. • There is no ink absorption into the actual substrate; the inks firmly bond to the substrate surface. • Due to the almost instant drying time, multiple layers of both white and clear plus CMYK may be applied simulta- neously and cured in a single printing pass. This allows for fine details and small fonts to be printed. The inks can also be applied selectively to build up embossed objects and letters, including custom textures and Braille. In addition, the clear ink can be "flooded" over the entire or selected areas of the substrate to increase durability or provide a higher gloss finish. The level of gloss is depen- dent on the number of clear layers applied. • UV-LED inks are environmentally friendly. • Finished products are scratch resistant and exhibit good light fastness indoors. • Fast production times are possible. • Fully decorated items can be packed immediately right out of the printer; no additional production steps are required. • Reduced production cost and the wide variety of products that can be digitally decorated justify the initial capital expenditure of a UV-LED printer. • All UV-LED printers, from entry-level to high-capacity/ high-speed, provide these same inherent advantages. Print speed, accuracy, resolution, printed product size/weight all must be carefully evaluated to determine what level of printer to lease or purchase. In addition, most users I've spoken with find new uses for their printers after just a few weeks of operation. technologies that include an Intelligent Interweave print tech- nique. Additional features include: • Standard vacuum table for print stability. • One year on-site limited warranty. • Mutoh Edition Flexi DX Rip Software. To learn more about all of these powerful products, visit the manufacturers' websites, request samples, and get live demos and references. The Mutoh ValueJET 426UF. Ceramic tile produced using a UV-LED printer. (Image courtesy Direct Color Systems) UV-LED Advantages UV-LED

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