New heat-assisted laminators and film for laminating UV-curable inks from Mimaki

Mimaki LA-160W

Mimaki has announced the new LA Series of wide format, heat-assisted laminators and laminating film to complement the new Mimaki UCJV Series LED UV printer/cutters.

Ronald Van den Broek of Mimaki Europe, said: “Mimaki continues to bring innovative solutions to market that make it faster, easier and more cost-effective for sign and display graphics and other businesses to produce outstanding full-colour sign and display graphics.

“This laminating solution is another example of that innovation, and when paired with Mimaki’s new UCJV series of print-and-cut solutions, provides a turnkey offering that will help companies drive more profit to their bottom lines.”

Key features

Heat-assist provides superior finishing: LA Series laminators are heat-assisted devices with a maximum temperature of 60˚C. This heat assistance improves overlaminate film adhesion, particularly to surfaces printed with UV-curable inks, and reduces the potential for the silvering effect created by pressure sensitive overlaminates. Due to instant curing, UV inks tend to have a slightly uneven surface which can trap air bubbles during the laminating process, causing silvery specs that can take away from the appearance of the product.

Fast throughput speeds: Laminating speeds of up to 7.5m per minute means that the finishing can keep up with production and reduce bottlenecks.

Simple and reliable operation: The easy-to-use laminator includes all functions on one operation panel, with easy access to the pressure handle and foot pedal. Additionally, a take-up reel makes it simple for one person to control the entire process.

Mimaki Vision Laminate: Designed specifically for use with UV-curable inks and LA Series laminators, Mimaki Vision Laminate 310 (Gloss) film offers fine finishing with a glossy feel while maintaining the colour brightness of the print. This high quality, heat assisted overlaminate is also a cost-effective alternative to cold laminating films.

John de la Roche of Mimaki’s UK and Ireland distributor, Hybrid Services, added: “LA Series laminators with Mimaki Vision Laminate film will be the ideal companions to a UCJV Series LED UV printer/cutter.

“UCJV prints are instantly dry meaning they can immediately be finished on a LA Series laminator. This complete, harmonised solution ensures reliable performance and quality output for those times when a protective overlaminate is required.”

LA Series laminators and films are expected to be available towards the end of 2017. Two models will be available: the 158cm LA-160W model and the 170cm LA-170W model. Mimaki Vision Laminate 310 will also be available in two sizes: 310-137 (137cm) and 310-152 (152cm).

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