The Mimaki TS500-1800 printer and the new Sb300 sublimation ink are expected to be released in April.
“We are excited to bring to market a dye sublimation printer capable of printing at 150m2/hr on transfer paper,” said Sakae Sagane, managing director of Mimaki Europe. “This printer is ideal for production of textile apparel and soft signage, both of which are seeing growth in run lengths appropriate for digital printing. We believe the TS500-1800 will enable manufacturers of apparel and soft signage to capitalise on the growing demand for shorter runs and customised or even personalised products in these two burgeoning digital markets. Our new ink delivers brilliant colour, and using RasterLink 6, printer operators can easily convert special colours to specific Pantone references to ensure colour integrity.”
The TS500-1800 uses newly developed printheads that achieve a maximum speed in four- or six-colour mode. The printer includes a three staggered array of six printheads.
Other features include a mist removal filter, a degassing module and Mimaki’s Auto Media Feeder. The TS500-1800 can accept rolls of media up to 60kg and 300mm.