Mutoh Unveils New Direct To Object Printers


Mutoh Europe nv, EMEA business unit of Mutoh Industries Co. Ltd., Japan, has announced two new printers, the XPJ-461UF and XPJ-661UF, which will respond to the increasing demand for added value personalised prints and bespoke small-lot production of commercial and industrial print applications.

The two new compact 6 colour UV LED direct to object (DTO) flatbed production printers are an addition to Mutoh’s existing DTO printer models, the popular ValueJet 426UF and 626UF. Developed and manufactured in Japan, the new XpertJet desktop flatbed printers feature various product enhancements such as a new multi-language intuitive OLED display, an extended print area and new cosmetics and a pioneering innovation – Mutoh’s Local Dimming Control technology.

Typical applications encompass prints on phone covers, personalised gifts, photo products, promotional items such as pens, lighters and USB sticks, souvenirs, awards, small signs, small series production or prototyping of packaging samples, decorative tiles, etc.

Both printers can be setup in either CMYK or in CMYK + White + Varnish configuration and are suited for direct printing onto a wide variety of materials including three dimensional objects up to 15cm thick. Printing on dark coloured or clear substrates is also possible thanks to the use of white inks. Special added value finishing like spotvarnish or even stunning special effects such as special structures or embossing are possible thanks to dedicated varnish inks.

The new XpertJet tabletop printers will fit into any regular office, home based business or small retail environment thanks to their compact size. Mutoh genuine UV inks are moreover VOC free inks not containing any hazardous air pollutants (non-HAP), meaning no forced ventilation system is required.

The new XPJ-461 and XPJ-661 are equipped with a newly developed segmented 5.08cm (2”) wide UV lamp. The UV lamp has 6 different sections. Each lamp section can be individually controlled, enabling production of multiple varnish effects in the same print table movement. Gloss, satin and matte varnish effects can be produced in one table movement for prints combining Varnish + CMYK or Varnish + White. The result is an important productivity boost as well as a minimised risk for dust contamination into glossy printed areas.

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