Entry level wide format UV LED – Mimaki JFX200-2513

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Paul Lindström

Large format flatbed digital printers are among the most popular new digital printers, typically using UV-curable ink. Mimaki has been using LED technology for some time now, and this is what’s used in the JFX200-2513.

There are good reasons to use LEDs for curing the ink. Traditionally curing of the UV ink is done using conventional mercury vapour lamps but they consume quite a lot of power and produce a lot of heat – which might be too much for some delicate substrates. The JFX200-2513 uses LED (Light Emitting Diodes) which doesn’t generate ozone like conventional UV lamps do. The inks used, in this case Mimaki’s LH-100 and LUS-150 UV-curable ink, emit very low levels of VOC (Volatile Organic Carbon), so together with the use of LEDs this can be rightfully regarded as a more environmentally friendly technology than other more conventional printing technologies.

Mimaki markets the JFX200 as an affordable flatbed digital printer, so perhaps suitable at an entry level, complementing existing roll-fed large format printers. It’s reasonably fast at 25 sqm/h in colour, and 12.4 sqm/h if white ink is used simultaneously. This translates to up to eight full size sheets per hour in High Speed mode, while in High Quality mode (1200x1200 dpi, 16 passes uni-directional) we are down to 3.4 sqm/h or one sheet per hour. The maximum print area is 2.5x1.3 m at up to 50mm thickness. Thanks to the UV-curable ink and the flatbed technology, printing can be made onto almost any substrate including acrylics, polycarbonates, PVC, glass, aluminium, metal, polyester, foam board, styrene, wood and stone.

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