Mutoh announces new dye sub

Mutoh has introduced a new dye sublimation, the 1.6m wide XpertJet XPJ-1642WR, which is mainly designed to print to transfer papers but can also print to coated polyester fabrics or blended textiles. 

This Mutoh XpertJet 1642WR is a 1.6m wide dye sub printer.

The new printer uses two heads, arranged in a staggered configuration. Mutoh describes these as AccuFine printheads, but they look to me a lot like Epson’s I1600 heads. If so, then these are not new heads though they are new to Mutoh, which has used an older generation of Epson heads in most of its dye sub printers. In any case, head has four rows of nozzles, each with 400 nozzles for a total of 1600 nozzles. They can produce droplet sizes from 3.8 to 24pl. Resolution ranges from 300 x 600 dpi up to 1200 x 1200 dpi. The printer is capable of producing 98u sqm/hr but production speed is said to be 61 sqm/hr.

The new printer boasts the fourth generation of Mutoh’s weaving algorithm, now called i-screen. There’s an automatic nozzle check unit which will automatically detect missing nozzles and clean them. In addition, if nozzles can’t be recovered then users can select active nozzle blocks to minimise downtime. There is a front media drying unit and replaceable mist collection filters. Other features includes DropMaster2, an automatic bi-directional alignment through the built-in colour sensor, and FeedMaster, an automated paper feed adjustment that also uses the built-in colour sensor. 

The XPJ-1642WR uses Mutoh’s new DS3-series HC dye sublimation ink, a four-colour inkset with a higher colourant loading that should lead to lower ink consumption. Naturally, if you’re using less of a water-based ink then that should lead to faster drying and better compatibility with lightweight papers. The new inks come in degassed 1 kg pouches.

The printer is fitted with pressure rollers with adaptable pressure, which can be individually disabled to handle a wide range of dye sublimation papers. Users can manually choose between four different head heights, from 1.5mm to 4mm.

It also has a media Tracker feature to print a barcode on the roll in use before it is removed from the printer. The colour sensor that can read this barcode when a roll is reloaded so that the printer will tell you how many metres of media are left on it. There’s also a choice of three different motorized take up systems of 30kg, 40kg and 100kg. 

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