Corner Cut

Corner Cut is a technique which creates the perfect intersection at all sharp corners in a single contour, ensuring the ideal cut.

The advantage of Corner Cut explained

Corner Cut applied

A perfect intersection at each sharp corners ensures the perfect contour and easy weeding of the vinyl.

Corner Cut not applied

Every sharp contour in the design is still cut with rounded corners.

Over Cut

Over Cut is a technique which creates the perfect intersection at the start- and end-point in a single contour, ensuring easy weeding of the vinyl.

The advantage of ID Cut explained

ID Cut applied

A perfect intersection at the start- and end-point of the cut ensures easy weeding of the vinyl.

ID Cut not applied

The image might become bent and damaged when trying to weed the vinyl from the background.

Half Cut

Half Cut is a mechanism which combines ‘die cut’ and ‘kiss cut’ in a single contour. It leaves a few connection points, which holds the image in place after cutting, while the backing sheet can be easily detached.

The advantage of Half Cut explained

Half Cut applied

While holding the images in the media roll, there is no need to pick them up from around the cutting device, saving manual labour and allowing longer production runs.

Half Cut not applied

Since every image is loose from the media roll and will fall from the cutting device, each cut needs to be picked up manually, requiring additional labour and time.

ID Cut

ID Cut is a Mimaki solution that prints the cut-data in the form of a barcode between the register marks of the nested images. At the cutting plotter, both the barcode and registration marks are scanned by an optical sensor and cutting starts accordingly, without the need to send the cut-data separately, reducing human intervention.

The advantage of ID Cut explained

ID Cut applied

ID Cut not only offers highly accurate cutting, as it separates the print- and cut job completely, it strongly reduces the chances of operation mistakes (waste) while allowing additional steps in between (lamination), and increases overall unattended productivity (roll versus sheet).

ID Cut not applied

Since the alignment of the media in the cutter plotter and applying of the cut-data have to be performed manually, not only manual intervention is higher, it also limits the production runs.

AMF | Automatic Media Feeder

AMF is Mimaki’s feed and wind system which absorbs tension differences and stabilize the thickness of the fabric during printing. Since each type of fabric has its own stretching characteristics, the system is available on most of our direct-to-textile printers. The tension, applied to the fabric during printing, varies according to the changes in the outer diameter of the front and rear rolls.

The advantage of AMF explained

AMF applied

AMF ensures a uniform tension and constant thickness of the fabric during printing, minimizing colour differences while increasing image quality.

AMF not applied

As the tension and consequently the thickness of the fabric changes constantly, it results in an fluctuating and unstable image quality.

MCT | Mimaki Circulation Technology

MCT is a function that prevents pigment sedimentation by periodically circulating the ink in its ink channel, reducing maintenance costs and increasing productivity. The pigments of special inks, such as white or silver, have a higher change to settle, which could lead to a clogged ink supply.

The advantage of MCT explained

MCT applied

MCT will periodically circulate the special inks in its ink supply channel, to prevent pigment sedimentation and to guarantee a stable ink supply.

MCT not applied

The pigment of specials inks have the tendency to settle, which could eventually lead to a clogged ink supply. Additional time and money is needed to do this manually.

UISS | Uninterrupted Ink Supply System

UISS allows ink replacement without the need to stop the print run, by automatically switching to the other ink cartridge/bottle when the first one runs out; after the switch, the operator can replace the empty one. This allows for longer unattended print runs and reduces unsuspected print holds due to insufficient ink. Only available for ink configurations that have two cartridges/bottles of the same colour.

The advantage of UISS explained

UISS applied

UISS lengthens the maximum print run, thanks to a larger ink capacity and prevents the operator from having to replace ‘not-yet-empty’ cartridges/bottles so that the (unattended) job can be finished.

UISS not applied

The print job needs to be interrupted each time one of the ink cartridge/bottle runs out, reducing the overall productivity.

AWC | Automatic Wiper Cleaning

The Automatic wiper cleaning function automatically sprays cleaning liquid and removes ink from the wiper, before and after the print head cleaning cycle, keeping the nozzle surface clean and reducing daily maintenance time.

The advantage of Automatic Wiper Cleaning explained

AWC applied

The automatic wiper cleaning technique ensures quick and effective cleaning. It avoids colour mixing occurring in the print heads, leading to sharper images and reducing daily maintenance time.

AWC not applied

Without automatic wiper cleaning, images may appear less sharp and manual maintenance is required to avoid colour mixing from occurring.

ACF | Automatic Cleaning Function

ACF is a function that automatically cleans the print head surface using a wiper. As part of the print head cleaning cycle, it reduces the chance of clogged nozzles and guarantees stable and continuous productivity while reducing downtime.

The advantage of ACF explained

ACF applied

The automatic cleaning function keeps the print head clean, ensuring reliable output results. Head cleaning is automatically carried out when printing is completed for a set length or time.

ACF not applied

Without the automatic cleaning function, nozzles are more likely to become clogged, requiring more manual maintenance and time.

Jam Sensor

The Jam Sensor is attached to the print carriage, detecting even the slightest wrinkled or draped textile surface. It prevents a print head strike or media jam, thereby reducing print head damage.

The advantage of the Jam Sensor explained

Prioritising safety

The jam sensor helps to prevent accidents that can occur when media is not compatible or positioned correctly.

Better productivity outcomes

The jam sensor stops operating when safety for operators is threatened, such as when the manually inputted media thickness is wrong or when the displaced media interferes with the carriage. Once operations automatically halt, the carriage can be shifted to a safe position.