Mutoh has updated its 165cm-wide ValueJet large format printers with the launch of the X-series. The new ValueJet 1638X is targeted at long term outdoor and indoor sign & display applications and can be configured with Mutoh Eco Ultra inks as well as Universal Mild Solvent (UMS) inks.
There’s a textile version, the 1638WX, which uses Mutoh’s new DS2 series dye sublimation inks, said to offer a wide colour gamut with bright and vibrant colours as well as comfortable light, washing and perspiration fastness properties.
The main improvement is a new 64-bit RISC mainboard that allows for faster data communication and data processing. Thus the ValueJet 1638X’s production print speeds start at 10 m²/h at 1080 x 1440 dpi and go up to 15, 20, 29 and 36 m²/h, the latter still at 720×720 dpi. The ValueJet 1638WX dye sub model offers production speeds of 11 m²/h at 1080 x 1080 dpi, 25, 42, 50 and 65 m²/h, the latter at 360x360dpi.
The printers also use updated micropiezo heads, with two mounted in a staggered configuration. The area over which the printers actively spread the ink dots covers nearly 2 inches, which allows increased print speeds with preservation of image quality. Depending on the Mutoh ink used, the ValueJet 1638X produces droplets from 3.5 picolitres up to 35 picolitres, or from 5.9 up to 45.3 picolitres for the VJ-1638WX.