Competition: Guess the object

Guess the Object!

Time to get your detective hat on for our competition – Guess the Object!

How to Take Part

Take a look at the following photos and make a guess as to what this object is via Twitter. (Clue: Its print related!) Follow @yps_digital, send us a direct message with your answer and we’ll draw a lucky winner!

YPS Guess the Object

Competition Prize

The winner will get £100 voucher to spend on our new media range from Decal Adhesive!

Decal Adhesive is a range of high quality and environmentally friendly printing materials. Your Print Specialists are excited and proud to be an authorised seller of such a quality range of media. We hope you love them as much as we do! Interested? Find out more information on how Decal can work for you on our Decal Media page or give the YPS team a call on 0191 256 6889.

The Small Print…

The competition will run from Friday 10th June until Sunday 31st July with the winner being drawn that day. YPS has the right to terminate the competition at any point before this time.

This is a Twitter based competition. To enter, a DM (Direct Message) must be sent to ‘@yps_digital’ with your answer. All correct answers will be entered into a draw and a winner chosen at random. If you would like to enter the competition via email, please send your email with ‘Twitter Competition’ in the subject line, include your answer and contact details to info[@]yourprintspecialists.co.uk

The winner will receive a £100 voucher to spend on Decal Adhesive Media at Your Print Specialists. The prize is non-transferable and must be used before 17th December 2016.

The winner will be contacted via Twitter. If the original method of entry was email, the winner will be contacted by this method and announced via twitter also.

Unfortunately our competition is only open to UK based entrants.

Mimaki CJV150 at YPS

The start of June brought YPS cold weather (hello summer!) but also a rather exciting delivery in the form of our new Mimaki CJV150-130 solvent printer for our demo room.

As the YPS newbie, it was great to be able to see this integrated printer/cutter up close and see what it can offer the print professional.

CJV150 Specifications

The CJV150 is available in 4 different printing widths: 800mm, 1090mm, 1361mm and 1610mm. This allows for the flexibility of print applications. The CJV150-75 for example with its 800mm printing width is great for stickers and labels. The CJV150-160 has the widest print width and is capable of producing large, high quality signage. YPS went for the 1361mm with an 8 colour ink set featuring orange and light black ink. Our machine will predominantly be used for demonstration purposes and producing sample prints so having the orange and light black will allow for a more accurate colour representation.

CJV150 First Thoughts

The new printer/cutter has only been installed for several days but has already seen a wide range of prints pass through its rollers. From vinyl decals for drones to banners and high gloss poster prints, the CJV150 along with Rasterlink 6 has been a joy to use.

Having worked with the Mimaki UJF3042-fx and JV400, the clear control panel is a welcome update. It was easy to navigate, with the ‘smiley face’ buttons a friendly but useful touch. The blue light means all is well or data is incoming from the RIP with the red light meaning that there is an issue. Despite the new appearance it didn’t take long to get familiar with the different functions. The RIP software Rasterlink also gets an upgrade to 6 and although a slightly different layout to version 5 may be daunting, it was still its usual user-friendly self.

The high Mimaki spec makes the CJV150 a very desirable printer. Any clogged nozzles are automatically detected and cleaned through Mimaki’s NCU feature. The NRS or Nozzle Recovery System allows for continued printing until an engineer arrives, should there be any defective nozzles; which is very helpful for print productivity!

If you decide to go for a 4 colour set up, you can take advantage of UISS or Uninterrupted Ink Supply System. Using two cartridges per colour, when one runs out the system automatically switches to the second cartridge of the same colour. Therefore allowing for long unattended print runs – very clever!

Having only been at YPS for 2 months, it was easy to make the jump from using the Mimaki JV400 and Rasterlink 5 to this new printer/cutter combo with Rasterlink 6. For those with a history of working with Mimaki technology, there should be no difficulty at all.

The CJV150 series is a range of affordable integrated printer/cutters that provide high quality as well as versatility of ink. More information about the CJV150 series can be found on our website or speak to a member of the YPS team on 0191 256 6889 to see how the Mimaki CJV150-130 can work for you, order samples and to take advantage of our summer offers.

Mimaki scored a hat-trick at the EDP awards!

Mimaki Hat-Trick at European Digital Press Association (EDP) Awards

Accolades for Mimaki UJV55-320, Mimaki UJF-7151 plus and Mimaki TX300P-1800

Düsseldorf, Germany – June 2, 2016

 

Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, has secured a hat-trick of European Digital Press Association (EDP) Awards, presented yesterday at drupa 2016.

 

The Mimaki UJV55-320 has been named Best Wide Format Roll-to-Roll Printer up to 320 cm; the Mimaki UJF-7151 plus, the Best Special Object Printer; and the Mimaki TX300P the Best Textile Printer Roll-to-Roll up to 100 sqm/h. The awards were accepted by Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing of Mimaki EMEA, at a special ceremony held during the show.

 

Creative recognition

“To achieve one EDP award is an honour – three is a great recognition of the hard work and creativity of our research and development teams in not only bringing market leading solutions to fruition but also in identifying emerging trends and how we can help customers make the most of the opportunities they present,” says Horsten. “The UJV55-320 is the perfect complement to existing sign and display graphics production platforms as well as an affordable market entry for operations looking for new sign revenue streams. The Mimaki UJF-7151 plus addresses a growing demand for digital, on-demand and plateless inkjet printing because of its ability to quickly provide high-mix and low-volume printing.

 

Mike Horsten adds, “With the Mimaki TX300P-1800, we were mindful of the shift in textile production from both analogue to digital and from centralised to distributed production. We envision a day not too far in the future when consumers will be able to download or create their own patterns rather than being limited to commercially available designs. The TX300P-1800 is ideal for this new distributed model of textile printing.”

 

Affordable wide-format

The Mimaki UJV55-320 is an affordable roll-fed wide-format printer that delivers speeds of up to 110 m2/h and print resolutions of up to 1200 dpi, depending on the substrates. It uses UV-curable ink, cured with a low-energy LED light array. This results in sign and display graphics that exit the printer dry and are immediately ready for further processing, significantly reducing production cycle times. In addition, UV-curable inks emit no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), minimising the environmental footprint.

 

The UJV55-320 also features:

  • Cyan, magenta, yellow, black, white, light cyan and light magenta inks that can be configured in a 4-colour mode or 6-colour set plus white.
  • White ink allows printing high quality, vibrant images on transparent and coloured media. The three-layer colour-white-colour printing is especially suitable for production of applications such as window graphics and backlit signs. Mimaki Circulation Technology (MCT) maintains white ink print quality and reduces ink waste.
  • Built-in LED lights that make it more efficient for operators to check printing quality of backlit signage, simulating their installed look and reducing waste and rework.
  • Automatic detection of nozzle faults and cleaning and/or nozzle substitution for high quality uninterrupted printing.
  • Twin roll capability, enabling printing on two separate rolls of the same media for simultaneous printing of two different jobs.
  • RasterLink 6 software with a patented dithering technique and Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS) for higher quality and reduced banding, even at high print speeds and during longer print runs.

 

Industrial Small Format

The UJF-7151 plus industrial small format UV Inkjet flatbed printer ensures high quality printing and top level productivity with ultra-accurate ink droplet placement. It has a maximum printable size of 710 x 510 mm (28 x 20in). This best-in-class digital on-demand industrial small format printing solution for the screen printing industry improves accuracy, consistency and reliability by modifying the mechanical structure of the print table. Fine lines, edges and small texts are crystal clear. It also enables double-layer printing and colour printing on a white base layer.

 

Key features include:

  • Mechanical structure for high-precision printing.
  • Superior print-image quality control technology.
  • Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS) that reduces banding and uneven colour printing with blurred boundaries.
  • Mimaki Fine Diffusion (MFD) that reduces noise due to dithering through hybrid processing of patterns.
  • Maximum 3.3 m2/h productivity delivered via six staggered print heads increases the printing speed and achieves top-level productivity.
  • Uninterrupted printing with high-stability as a result of an ink-circulating mechanism within the head.
  • Automatic detection and recovery of clogged nuzzles by cleaning them, thus reducing waste. The Nozzle Recovery System ensures that good nozzles are used as substitutes when clogged nozzles are not recovered after cleaning.
  • Reliable operating support package (NRS) that ensures maximum uptime.

 

Addressing small lots in textiles

The Mimaki TX300P-1800 is an innovative 1.8 meter roll-to-roll direct-to-textile inkjet printer designed to meet the market demand for smaller lot sizes, faster delivery times and the ability to quickly produce samples. Created specifically for direct-to-textile printing, the 8-colour inkjet printer features a new print head that ejects ink droplets at high speed to ensure accurate ink droplet placement with a high head gap. This makes the printer ideal for printing high quality images on all types of fabrics, including thicker and textured materials.

 

Other features include:

  • Print resolution of up to 1080 dpi with drop sizes ranging from 6 to 24 pl.
  • Print speeds more than twice as fast as that of a conventional printer at up to 68 m2/hour.
  • Stable textile transport that maintains optimum tension, based on Mimaki’s unique and reliable techniques developed over years of textile inkjet printer research and development.
  • A choice of sublimation dye, disperse dye, pigment, reactive dye, and acid dye inks to meet a wide range of application needs.
  • Uninterrupted printing with automatic detection and cleaning of clogged nozzles, thanks to the Nozzle Recovery System.
  • A choice of powerful digital front ends, including standard Mimaki RasterLink6 or the TxLink3 Lite.
  • Production of large, seamless patterns from a single image, including repeat and mirror patterns.
  • Simple creation of multi-colour ICC profiles using Mimaki’s unique profile Wizard.

 

More details about Mimaki products, including its full range of printers and inks, can be found at www.mimakieurope.com.

Studio West School work placement week at YPS

Last Friday marked the end of our Work Placement week with Logan from Studio West School in Newcastle. Your Print Specialists became a ‘learning partner’ at Studio West, a school with project based learning at its core, in 2015. Alongside academic subjects, the school offers students the opportunity to learn practical skills through on the job training; something which YPS is passionate about.

The partnership between YPS and Studio West began when the school enquired about a Mimaki printer. YPS were only to happy to advise and assist the school in choosing the right equipment for their students.

Managing Director Garry Brown had already built up connections with various schools and colleges through open days but was looking for the opportunity to work alongside a school on a more permanent basis.

“Studio West made an enquiry about the Mimaki and I found out a bit more about the school and it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.”

We’ve got a vast amount of knowledge within our team at YPS and we felt it would be worthwhile to work with a local educational institution and pass some of this on to young people to try to do our bit to preserve the future of print.”

PrintWeek

Using Logan’s interests in game design as a starting point, we developed a range of projects based on a typical week at YPS. This allowed Logan to cover all aspects of YPS from hardware to software to traditional screen printing and media.

Logan now has experience in using the Mimaki UJF-3042fx with Rasterlink5 software to print a range of promotional items, such as iPhone covers, coasters and pens using his own designs. He has even lent a hand printing and packing customer orders.

Throughout the week Logan has gained knowledge about the products that YPS offers as well as the various services we provide our customers, from training, service and consumables sales.

We really hope that Logan enjoyed his week with us and we look forward to our next placement opportunity with Studio West School!