Mimaki JFX500 2131, UV-LED, launched at drupa 2012 Print

Generation by generation Mimaki has offered new flatbed printers. Mimaki is firmly dedicated to LED-curing. Unfortunately the first generation of UV-cured flatbeds was not convincing. Even Mimaki had to completely retrofit the second generation flatbed by adding an entire tube across the full width of the printer. It is almost exceptional that a printer requires a makeover. But it is also a good sign that the engineers were willing to recognize that the original LED did not suffice.

Mimaki JFX 500 ready for drupa 2012 at Mimaki booth. Image by FLAAR
Mimaki JFX 500 2131 shown now at ISA 2013 Trade Show.
Mimaki JFX 500 ready for drupa 2012 at Mimaki booth. Image by FLAAR
Mimaki JFX 500 ready for drupa 2012 at Mimaki booth.

The new UV-LED-cured Mimaki JFX500 2131 is, one would assume, engineered from the ground up. This is always the question; is the new model just tweaked, or is it back to the drawing boards to totally get rid of earlier issues.

Image of Mimaki JFX 500 printer functioning
Mimaki JFX 500 printer functioning, in drupa 2012 at Mimaki booth.

As drupa opens we will learn the actual facts and will report them. It is nice to see what Mimaki is advancing with new technology. Of course the other wide of the coin would have to be answered by all the people who bought the earlier models. But this is part of the reality of technology in the world of wide-format inkjet.

LED-curing is clearly worth studying

It is rather clear that LED-curing is the thing-of-the-future. Drupa will be a good place for us to return to our evaluations of this kind of curing. During 2008-2011 I must admit I gave up studying LED-curing for the simple reason that everything I saw at all the printer expos was still tacky wet: not cured enough to impress me.

Ink used by Mimaki JFX 500 flatbed printe, drupa 2012 images
Ink used by Mimaki JFX 500 flatbed printer

Once drupa opens we can add comments (and photographs) to this web page.

Detailed view of Mimaki JFX 500 flatbed printer at drupa 2012
Detailed view of Mimaki JFX 500 flatbed printer at drupa 2012

 

Most recently updated on May 24, 2013.
First posted May 1, 2012, two days before drupa 2012, May 3, 2012.