Fespa 2019: Mutoh displays new hybrid kit

Mutoh publicly displayed its ValueJet 1627MH hybrid inkjet printer in Europe for the first time at Fespa 2019, held at Munich, Germany from 14 to 17 May. The 1.6m VJ-1627MH comes with both rigid and roll capabilities. The five-colour 1.6-m wide machine, which was unveiled late last year and started shipping in early 2019, prints at speeds up to 12.1-sqm/hr in CMYK with resolution up to 720-dpi.

17 May 2019 | By Rahul Kumar

It comes fitted with a specialised hot air knife media drying system and with two rigid tables as standard and features media height measurement and semi-automated cleaning cycle capabilities.

The device can run either CMYK or CMYK plus white as standard and uses Mutoh’s own MP-31 resin-based inks that are dry immediately. The stretchable and shrinkable inks are designed for applications such as car wrapping and will preserve the ‘natural texture and look’ of substrates.

“The system’s unique resin-based ink has the possibility, in the case of packaging for example, to print directly to cardboard,” said Nick Decock, commercial marketing manager, Mutoh. “The ink has the intrinsic characteristics to keep the gloss or matt of the original substrate, which is unique for such a formulation of ink.”

The ValueJet 1627MHis suitable for prototyping, fine art, rigid blanks, banners, signage, thermoforming and shrink applications, pricing for. “The price point of the machine makes it interesting to be combined with either a thermoforming machine or for mock-ups of packaging, but it can obviously also be used for regular sign and display applications,” said Decock.