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Mimaki Uses New 3M Flexible UV Ink With New UV-LED Curable Inkjet Printer

Mimaki Engineering Co.‚ Ltd.‚ a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting machines for the graphics industry‚ has released the 60-inch UV-curable inkjet printer UJV-160 with UV technology that doesn’t generate heat and a new flexible UV ink developed by 3M.

10/15/2008

The reduction of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is becoming increasingly important. UV-curable ink printers have helped to reduce VOCs‚ but hot UV lamps can still generate harmful ozone and limit substrates that can be used.

The new hybrid UJV-160 uses a UV Light Emitting Diode (LED) curing technology that can accommodate heat-sensitive media such as PVC. The UV lamps emit only ultraviolet rays that do not create heat‚ and consequently the power consumption is less than half of that needed by traditional UV lamps‚ significantly saving energy costs.

In addition‚ the newly developed 3M ink is highly conformable‚ making it appropriate for applications such as vehicle wraps and other applications which require high stretch. Mimaki LF-200 UV ink—manufactured by 3M—is now available through Mimaki distribution. The 3M™ MCS™ Warranty is being offered initially for up to four years outdoors when 3M media are used‚ printed and applied following company guidelines.

“Mimaki‚ a pioneer in inkjet printers‚ is now providing another break-through solution together with 3M—another industry pioneer. We believe this new technology and ink provide graphics manufacturers with new opportunities while benefitting the environment‚” said Jennifer Greenquist‚ business development manager‚ 3M Graphics Market Center.

3M has also manufactured a flexible ink for Mimaki’s JF-1610 and JF-1631 industrial printers. Mimaki F-200 UV ink (Manufactured by 3M) comes in six colors plus white‚ and is designed for customers who print on rigid substrates but also need flexibility. The ink is available for purchase through Mimaki distribution‚ and is eligible for the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty on a limited basis. Please see www.3mgraphics.com for details.

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About Mimaki
Mimaki is a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting machines for the graphics‚ industrial and textile/apparel markets. Mimaki develops the complete product range for each industry‚ including: hardware‚ software and associated consumables such as inks and cutting blades. Mimaki excels in developing innovative‚ high-quality and reliable products based on its aqueous‚ solvent and UV-curable technologies.

About 3M Graphics Market Center
3M Graphics Market Center helps customers worldwide build brands by providing total large-format graphics solutions. 3M manufactures or certifies graphic films and graphic protection‚ flexible substrates‚ inks and toners‚ as well as software and hardware used to create large-format finished graphics that are consistent‚ reliable and durable. For more information call 1-800-328-3908‚ or go to www.3Mgraphics.com.

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