Chichester-Based Label Printer Announces Significant New Advanced Features and Applications
CMYUK, Shrewsbury – Matform, label maker and engraving expert, has installed a next generation Mimaki UJF-7151 Plus LED UV direct printer with direct-to-object flatbed from CMYUK. The investment replaces a ten year old Mimaki UJF-3042 FX and significantly expands the company’s capabilities and scope.
The 5171 Plus has enabled the company to produce labels at higher quality and speed at a much lower cost. Its printable bed size of 710 x 510 mm has a number of advantages.
“With the 7151Plus we can produce 8-page graphics, whereas we were limited to 2 or 3 with our old A3 press. Our investment opens up many new opportunities for us – beyond the labels into the advertising side of the market, ”says Jon Tucker, Sales Manager.
“We loved our old Mimaki, but of course we were limited by its A3 print format. With the Mimaki 7151 Plus, it is convenient enough that a single operator can load either six or one large sheet. We no longer have to turn the job down, ”says Ian Curling, Plant Manager.
The UJF-7151 is designed for high quality on-demand printing at an industrial production level. As a digital alternative to traditional screen printing processes, it offers high-speed printing, direct printing on substrates up to 153 mm thick and precise ink drop placement at 1,200 dpi.
“The fact that it is such a versatile device that can handle a wide variety of substrates will attract new customers and, with them, new applications. The larger bed allows us to print individual large pieces and place more specific shapes on them, ”says Jon.
Matform uses Mimaki’s LH 100 UV-curable inks that were previously used on its older devices, but the advantage here is that the ink comes in liter bottles instead of 40 ml cartridges, resulting in cost savings and an improved environmental footprint leads. These inks emit very small amounts of VOC (volatile organic compounds) while the curing LED light does not emit short wavelengths that create ozone.
“The print quality is really good with every setting. We always run our Mimaki on a medium setting, which gives excellent results for an industrial finish and the label style we use. This setting works well with raised lettering – say about 2mm high – still with good resolution and detail, ”says Ian.
The 7151 Plus comes with process, white and clear inks and a primer, making it great for personalized gifts, bespoke products, control panels, pens, packaging, small to medium size rigid signage, instrumentation and display surfaces, custom components, branded electronics Cases, cases and more.
Matform uses the white ink for in-house cold stamping. “The ink is quite forgiving. You can adjust the software for opacity, you can apply two coats of white or as many coats as you like. There is also a varnish option. We have been asked by many customers about making Braille labels because we have the ability to build layers with the varnish to create a Braille effect, ”says Ian.
The Matform legacy
Matform was founded in 1969 and has grown from a traditional screen printer to a manufacturer of digital industrial labels and digital printers. It is also an engraving specialist who is converting from traditional techniques to Trotec laser technology.
His in-house capabilities mean Matform attracts a wide range of roles, from mentoring the home inventor to international engineering companies.
While self-adhesive, reverse-printed labels on Lexan-like material are a staple, the company is finding a growing variety of uses are being registered on the dial.
Another area of application that has gained a lot of momentum in the company is the printing of sequential QR codes.
Jon says, “We print unique markings on so many different substrates – we have printed codes for restaurants on wood. Now it is important that we can meet all customer requirements internally. We now have the skills that allow us to be really versatile. The word gets around – yes, labels are our main business, but we can offer so much more. Whatever a customer needs, we make it our business to deliver. ”