Altron Document Solutions’ (ADS) wide format division is actively expanding the Mutoh range in South Africa in conjunction with partner and Mutoh distributor, Mips Technologies. Mutoh’s printers are completely manufactured in Japan, push the boundaries of speed, quality and ease of use and offer high quality prints for indoor and long-term outdoor applications. This article appears in the Sign Africa Journal.
Mutoh’s solutions allow users to explore the unlimited possibilities of digital wide format printing and sign cutting, including: long-term outdoor posters and banners, stickers and labels, display graphics, billboards, vehicle graphics, soft signage, shirts, curtains, banners, posters, object printing, sportswear, window graphics, self-adhesive stickers, fine art reproduction prints and much more.
‘We noticed a gap in the ADS portfolio for a wide format product. After investigating, we found Mutoh to be a high-quality option, featuring a wide range of applications and possibilities. Mutoh is an established brand, having been started in 1952. The printers are made in-house in Japan and each product is individually tested for absolute consistency, including the high-precision Y-rails,’ said Muhammed Rahiemtulla, Business Development Specialist, Altron Document Solutions.
‘Using our market leadership in the production space, we decided to work with Mips Technologies to bring the product into our portfolio and grow our reach into the wide format space. Mutoh’s printers also fit in perfectly in the production print space and are ideal for commercial printers who want to expand into wide format printing,’ said Rahiemtulla.
XpertJet solvent and dye-sublimation printers
The XpertJet 1641SR is a single head 4 colour model, one of two new 162cm (64 inch) models released by Mutoh. It is ideal for start-ups or established print shops needing extra versatility and flexibility as well as for businesses focusing on the combination of speed production and top quality print work. The XpertJet 1682SR is a dual staggered head model for 2 x 4 colour set-up or 7 colour set-up. XpertJet printers have been developed for high quality cost-effective volume production of sign and display graphics, for long term outdoor applications as well as durable prints for indoor use.
The XpertJet 1682WR water-based inkjet printer provides improved usability and reduces opera onal workload, which will ensure high-quality prints, high productivity outputs and user-friendly operation. A newly developed multi-stage pressurising system enhances media feed stability for a wide range of media. Mutoh original dye-sublimation transfer ink (DH21) provides optimum print quality and a wide colour gamut.
The XpertJet 1642WR 1625mm (64”) water-based inkjet printer features two new extra wide print heads that achieve high productivity with incredible print speed and the highest print quality thanks to best in class dot placement accuracy. Expand your business beyond vinyl and banner printing by adding soft signage to your product portfolio. Images bond permanently into the fabric, colours are bright and vibrant, and outputs are durable and washable.
Intelligent Interweaving i2 technology
This is a revolutionary new way of laying down ink onto a substrate. Whereas wide format printers commonly lay down ink onto a substrate in a ‘straight line’, the i2 technology will enable the printer to lay down the ink in a totally different way, e.g. in a ‘wave form pattern’. This results in a vast reduction or neutralising of typical shortcomings inherently linked to inkjet printing, such as horizontal or vertical banding, missing or misfiring nozzles, step mismatch, mottle, etc.
DropMaster advanced print automation technology
The revolutionary print automation technique eliminates the need for cumbersome and time consuming media dependent printer adjustments. It automatically recalculates and adjusts the uni/bidirectional fire timings and does this regardless of resolution and print speed. The result is an overall increase of image definition and smoothness as well as significant time savings.
Universal Mild Solvent (UMS) inks
• Mutoh-certified inks are manufactured in South Africa, with full Mutoh back-up. This results in lower costs for local users.
• The printers come standard with a 1l bulk ink pack.
• Wide colour gamut, covering 83% of the Pantone C® colour chart.
• Virtually odourless in the print environment.
• No need for forced ventilation.
• Outdoor UV resistance of up to three years without lamination. For heavy-duty applications where mechanical stress is involved, such as floor and vehicle graphics, lamination is required. Stabilisation is required prior to lamination.
• Suited for high quality and high speed printing.
• Wide media compatibility with uncoated and coated substrates.
Professional back up service
‘ADS offers complete back up service on all the printers we sell, countrywide. This is done through a dedicated call centre. ADS is known for our professionalism and expertise, and customers can expect high quality products backed up by the biggest name in the cut sheet industry,’ concluded Rahiemtulla.
Altron Document Solutions is Africa’s leading document management technology and services company and the largest Xerox distributor in the world. It is the authorised Xerox distributor in 26 sub-Saharan countries, offering the complete range of Xerox document equipment, software solutions and services. ADS forms part of JSE-listed Altron Limited.