Mimaki USA, a global industry leader of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, has announced the availability of the new Tiger-1800B MkII. Developed from its predecessor, the Tiger-1800B, this digital textile printer offers a higher print resolution and several enhancements to improve quality – including reduction of banding and other printing defects. The printer is available in two models – the direct-to-textile model and the transfer sublimation model. With a maximum print speed of 4,144 sq.ft./hr. for both models, it can handle a wide production range – from sample-making to small and medium print runs. An additional 1,200 dpi print mode is available for enhanced quality. A set of Mimaki’s unique core technologies has also been added to this new printer. Inkjet technology builds images with straight lines. Therefore, a slight misalignment between boundaries of each pass of the printhead can cause banding or uneven colour printing. Mimaki Advance Pass System (MAPS) incorporates an advanced algorithm to reduce visible banding and uneven colour printing with blurred boundaries similar to gradation printing.
Mimaki’s proven Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) and Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) are also included. The NCU monitors nozzle outages and immediately activates a series of recovery functions, while the NRS automatically assigns operational nozzles when an outage is detected. These core technologies enable continuous, high-quality printing even if nozzle errors occur, said the OEM. Mimaki is also making available an extensive line-up of optional devices “to meet just about every fabric and transfer-paper printing need.” This includes a feeding unit for roll media equipped with a centering device and tension bar, a jumbo roll unit to enable printing of long-length roll fabric or heat-transfer paper, and drying as well as winding or pleating options for printed fabrics.