"Tx500P-320DS" considerably reduces production time through the simultaneous processing of two operations, printing and color fixation, and can meet various needs from samples to large-lot production within quick delivery times.
The 3.2-m-wide direct sublimation Tx500P-3200DS inkjet printer is suitable for printing on wide fabrics used for creating soft signage or on home furnishing products, and its unique simultaneous printing and color fixation capability, expands business opportunities.
Printing and color fixation combined in a single printer unit
As the printer has a built-in color fixation device, Tx500P-3200DS enables printing and color fixation processes in a single printer unit. This feature considerably reduces production time and increases business opportunities.
The maximum printing speed (130 m2/h) achieves high productivity
The maximum printing speed is 130 m2/h*1 for 4-color printing and 105 m2/h*2 for 6-color printing.
The high-speed printing accelerates on-demand print production.
*1: 130 m2/h (4-color, high-speed mode, 540 × 360 dpi, Bi, Hi, 3 Pass)
*2: 105 m2/h (6-color, draft mode, 540 × 360 dpi, Bi, Hi, 4 Pass)
Mimaki’s superior print-image quality control technology achieves exceptional quality printing at high speeds on 3.2 m wide textile
- To deliver high-quality printing, a new AMF(*3) ensures stable textile feeding/take-up. Additionally, a pulling roller provides stable textile transportation by maintaining an appropriate pressure during printing onto rolled textiles with width of up to 3.2 m and weight up to 130 kg.
- Highly reliable inkjet technology optimizes the waveform to achieve precise placement of ink droplets onto media. The Mimaki Advanced Pass System 4 (MAPS4) reduces banding and uneven color printing. These features deliver exceptional quality printing at a high-speed.
*3: The AMF applies an appropriate tension to the textile to ensure stable textile transportation.
Uninterrupted printing solutions
- Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) automatically detects and cleans clogged nozzles. Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) uses only unclogged nozzles as substitutes, when the clogged nozzles are not recovered after cleaning. These functions ensure constant printing performance and reduce printing waste owing to defective nozzles.
- The external ink supply unit is equipped with large (3 L) ink containers. Ink can be filled into the containers during the long-time continuous printing of a 3.2-m-wide, 300-m-long rolled textile.
Printing and color fixation occur in a single printer unit
Direct sublimation transfer printing requires the fixing of printed inks through heating. Previously, these processes were separately performed; The Tx500P-3200DS contains a heating device that allows simultaneous printing and color fixation. Further, in order to deliver optimum finish, the printer and the heater units are linked. The printer starts printing when the heater reaches the optimum temperature. This novel feature considerably reduces production time and expands business opportunities by accommodating demands from sample creation to large-lot print production.
3.2 m Super Wide Printer
"Tx500P-3200DS" can print on 3.2 wide polyester fabric. The super wide direct-to-textile sublimation inkjet printer is suitable for printing on increasingly popular large size soft sign and various home furnishing products.
The maximum printing speed (130 m2/h)* enables high productivity
FIG.1: Staggered arrangement
To achieve high printing speeds, 12 printheads are arranged in a staggered 3-line array. A range of printing modes, from a high-speed (130 m2/h) draft mode to a high-quality mode, is available to best suit the required finished print appearance. Tx500P-3200DS can meet the urgent order request, which is most often demanded in the soft sign market.
* 130 m2/h (4-color, high-speed mode, 540 × 360 dpi, Bi, Hi, 3 Pass)
4-color ink set (Bl, M, Y, K)
6-color ink set (Bl, M, Y, K, Lbl, Lm)
Reliable structure and technique achieves speed printing
Stable textile transportation assures accurate printing
AMF*1 and VTTS*2 are installed in the feeding and take-up units to secure the stable textile feeding of the rolled media (width : 3.2 m, weight : 130 kg) and minimize textile shrinkage after heating. Furthermore, a pulling roller smooths polyester fabrics, which have the tendency to wrinkle. These features maintain an appropriate tension in the textile throughout the printing process to deliver beautiful print results.
*1 The AMF applies an appropriate tension to the textile through a tension bar.
*2 By pulling media down vertically, feeding errors are reduced, thus increasing print stability.
Waveform control technique assures beautiful printing
Each ink color has its own specific gravity and viscosity. To achieve precise placement of ink droplets onto the media, Mimaki designed an optimum waveform that allows the printhead to jet each ink color at the appropriate jetting angle without losing high ink droplet circularity even at a high head gap. Moreover, various ink droplet sizes can be precisely placed from a minimum of 6pl to a maximum of 24pl. Small droplets create beautiful high-resolution printing results, while large droplets are very useful for high-speed printing. Thus, Tx500P-3200DS satisfies a wide range of needs including beautiful high-quality printing and productive high-speed printing.
MAPS4 delivers stable high-quality printing
Swath boundaries are generally straight lines; therefore, a slight misalignment between boundaries causes banding or uneven color printing. MAPS4 reduces banding and uneven color printing with blurred boundaries similar to gradation printing.
Uninterrupted printing solutions
Ink and media shortage, clogged nozzles, and other minor problems influence stable productivity. The Tx500P-3200DS fully supports continuous printing with reliable technologies.
NCU automatically detects and recovers clogged nozzles
Clogged nozzles are detected automatically by monitoring ink droplets with sensors. When clogged nozzles are located, these are automatically cleaned, reducing waste printing. Nozzles are checked per transfer file.
NRS continues printing operations
If the clogged nozzles are not recovered after cleaning through the NCU function, the NRS selects substitute nozzles and then restarts printing. This is a significant novelty, since previously, when nozzle cleaning fails, the printhead has to be repaired by a technician, and the printing operation ceases until the printhead is repaired. The NRS allows the printer to continue printing without interruption by using non-defective nozzles as substitutes for defective nozzles until the technician arrives.*
* NRS may not be activated depending on print modes.
Ink supply unit enables long-time continuous printing
Large (3 L) ink containers are installed in an external ink supply unit. Ink can be filled into the container during long-time continuous printing. A degassing module is installed on the printhead carriage to allow the use of affordable undegassed inks.
TxLink4 Standard or RasterLink6Plus is bundled according to user's request.