Mimaki focuses on IoT for UV print at Fakuma

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Mimaki will be showcasing creative solutions for printing on plastic at this year’s Fakuma

Mimaki will be showcasing creative solutions for printing on plastic at this year’s  Fakuma, the international trade show for plastics processing. Mimaki, present in Hall A1 Stand 1410, will focus on integrated workflow solutions for UV-LED printing during the show, which takes place from 16 to 20 October in Friedrichshafen, Germany. These include the compact, state-of-the art UV-LED direct printing system  UJF-7151plus; the  UJF-3042 MkII for high-performance small-format UV-LED printing; the compact flatbed cutting machine  CFL-605RT, the ideal multifunctional solution for the production of samples and short runs; and the innovative features of systems solution RasterLink 6.

The highlight of the on-site demonstrations will be an automated workflow solution for the  UJF-7151plus, developed jointly by Mimaki and German company  Robominds GmbH. Using a robotic arm, the printer is loaded and unloaded automatically via an interface solution. This helps reduce machine make-ready times and increases efficiency levels of Mimaki’s systems.

“As a trendsetting and customer-oriented company, Mimaki is pursuing an  IoT strategy  that creates a model for the future of integrated workflow solutions for the plastics industry, among others,” explains Uwe Niklas, general manager – Marketing & Sales at Mimaki Deutschland GmbH. “By leveraging the long-standing and trusting partnerships with our customers and partners, we are showing innovative application opportunities that demonstrate the scope of our systems, in order to enable customers to cover a broad spectrum of applications with a single system.“

Digital Printing Connection
With its IoT strategy, Mimaki aims to help its customers connect their printing systems to achieve unmanned on-demand production and mass personalization by integrating robots, conveyor belts, testing technologies, sensors and other peripherals with production lines. The first two solutions to emerge from this new development are MDL commands and the Mimaki Job Controller.

MDL commands are used to control Mimaki printers via the customer’s production systems and peripherals. They take over control of the printer by launching production and adjusting position and height of the substrate table. In addition, they provide information about remaining ink levels and report print errors. Customers who use MDL commands are able to build a perfect system for their needs with Mimaki’s software development kit, which can be downloaded from the Mimaki Global website.

Mimaki Job Controller is a software solution that communicates with the printer in order to transmit accurate printing data and printing conditions. It can also start production automatically, creating a link along the production line between the printer and the robot in order to feed in print jobs via a conveyor belt and collect the finished printed output.

“Digital Printing Connection enables production with fewer personnel. Our customers need to simplify and streamline their processes, since printers, which were typically deployed on a standalone basis, are now connected to their peripherals. This concept promotes on-demand production and mass personalization,” concludes Niklas.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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