Mimaki’s new TS55-1800, a 76.3-inch (193.8cm) dye-sublimation transfer inkjet printer that offers low running costs, high productivity and unattended continuous printing, has arrived in Sydney a couple of weeks after its official launch in Europe.
|Mimaki's new TS55-1800|
“We have a demo machine in our Sydney office for viewing and demonstrations,” says Brad Creighton, national marketing manager, Mimaki Australia. “There has already been significant interest from local printers.”
The TS55-1800 was released in Europe and the US late last month.
“With the release of the TS55-1800, Mimaki has made exceptional digital textile printing features available to both the mid-level and high-end markets,” said Ryosuke Nakayama, textile & apparel product manager at Mimaki USA. “Now, customers are able to effortlessly scale their operation with a cost-effective sublimation printer that meets the high quality and short turnaround demands of the ever-evolving textile and apparel industry.”
The TS55-1800 prints with the new Sb610 inks at a maximum output of 1,506 sqft/h (140 sqm/h). These inks hold the coveted Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certification, meeting specific requirements with regard to sustainability, safety and compliance. Two new optional units, a mini jumbo roll and 10 kg ink supply, have also been introduced on TS55-1800.
The mini jumbo roll is a feeding unit to load the 64-inch (162.5cm) Mimaki Vision Jet-X transfer paper, supplied by Neenah Coldenhove, with a length of about 8,202 feet (2,499 metres). “This unit is an ideal way to ensure high-volume, unattended printing for longer production runs…it also decreases the running paper costs per square foot in comparison to the normal plotter rolls,” said Mimaki in a press release.
The ink supply unit holds a 10 kg ink tank of a single colour, allowing for a continuous operation. Compared to the conventional two litre ink pack, it significantly reduces the ink unit price per quantity.
|Dye-sub jerseys printed on the TS55-1800|
The TS55-1800 is equipped with several of Mimaki’s Core Technologies, The Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS), which provides greater productivity and print quality by eliminating visible banding. The Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) automatically monitors the performance of the printhead and detects clogged nozzles. The Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) allows the operator to substitute unproductive nozzles to avoid poor image quality or service calls. Together, the NCU and NRS enable uninterrupted printing even if nozzle errors do occur.