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Mimaki hopes to tap into the burgeoning textile print market by launching a super-wide format inkjet printer this month.

The 3.2m-wide roll-to-roll sublimation inkjet printer is a dedicated transfer paper printer for the textile industry, with applications including home furnishing textiles and indoor soft signage.

The super-wide format TS500P-3200 inkjet printer is suitable for transfer printing on furnishings and display graphics fabrics and runs at speeds of 180sqm per hour.

According to Mimaki the configuration of a dozen printheads in three staggered lines eject ink droplets at high speed to maintain the appropriate ink droplet angle and ensure accurate drop placement with a high head gap.

In addition a Mimaki advanced pass system 4 (MAPS4) anti-banding function smooths the swath boundaries with reduced numbers of droplets to provide even more beautiful printing, it added.

It also said that a newly-designed auto media feeder (AMF) meanwhile allows stable transfer paper feeding at the high-speed setting in order to maintain print quality. It is capable of feeding media up to 130kg.

Its 3.2m super-wide printable width was practical for sublimation transfer printing on extra-wide fabrics for curtains, bed linen, and other home furnishings said the manufacturer. In addition, the environmentally friendly output that did not emit      volatile organic compounds after printing and when considering large expanses of   display graphics or retail POS,     it helps reduce CO2 emissions during transportation because it is lightweight      and foldable.