Mutoh, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, has announced plans to launch its new VJ-1638UR 64-inch-wide UV-LED inkjet printer for the commercial print, and sign and display markets. Prior to the official launch from Japan, the VJ-1638UR was exhibited at the ISA (International Sign Association) Sign Expo 2018 that’s being held in Orlando, Florida March 22 – 24, 2018. The VJ-1638UR is specifically developed for roll-to-roll printing at an affordable price “with the quality and performance of Mutoh’s current UV-LED printers.” Its staggered dual printhead design and dual UV lamps on the both sides of the printheads, provide high productivity while also offering environmentally friendly features – such as UV ink that’s VOC-free, low energy consumption and odourless curing. Mutoh UV-LED ink can accommodate a wide range of applications. Also, the OEM’s Cool Technology reduces working temperature, allowing printing on heat-sensitive media. Varnish ink provides spot varnish and multi-layer printing that isn’t possible with solvent printers.
The printer also comes standard with an automatic media registration pin system and a vacuum table with a Blow-Back feature for easy handling and positioning of heavy media. The vacuum table is divided into four zones, firmly fixing various media sizes and improving work efficiency. Mutoh added that printer can expand a print shop’s production capabilities and product offerings – such as promotional items, directional signage, awards, specialties, labels and packaging prototypes. Other features include intelligent interweave print technology (i-Weave UV) for high print quality, standard automatic sheet-off function, replaceable cleaning wiper, ink mist control for stable print operation, 6-colour Mutoh UV-LED ink (KCMY + white + varnish), and a new 5-colour mode setting on KCMY + Varnish. The VJ-1638UR is scheduled to be released in the USA, Asia and EMEA shortly. The release in Japan is planned for May.