Mutoh updates two solvent printers
Mutoh has introduced two new eco-solvent wide format printers, the 137cm wide XPJ-1341SR Pro and the heavier duty 162cm-wide XPJ-1641SR Pro, both of which are updated versions of existing printers. In both cases the main improvement is a newer generation printhead that’s led to much faster print speeds.
The XPJ-1341SR Pro replaces the ValueJet 1324X, which was launched in January 2016, while the XPJ-1641SR Pro is an updated version of the existing XpertJet 1641SR, which had been introduced in the second half of 2019.
Both printers use a single head, which Mutoh refers to as AccuFine but which I believe is an Epson I1600 and which does offer a distinct improvement on the older generation Epson Precision Core heads that Mutoh previously used. This head has four rows of 400 nozzles each and offers a much wider print swathe than previous Mutoh printers. Resolution ranges from 300 x 600dpi up to 1200 x 1200 dpi. Both printers can map around failed nozzles to continue printing. The larger machine, the XJ1641SR Pro also has an option for an automated nozzle check unit to detect missing nozzles before they become a problem, and to automatically map around those that can’t be recovered.
In terms of productivity, both can print at up to 41.8 sqm/hr. though this drops to 15.2 sqm/hr. in the high-speed mode and to 10.9 sqm/hr. for the production quality mode. This is more than double the speeds for the older models in these modes, which should give customers a good reason to upgrade.
Both printers use Mutoh’s eco-solvent ink, with the 1341SR Pro using the MS31, which comes in 200ml containers and the 1641SR Pro using the 300ml MS41 ink. These are Greenguard Gold certified and can be used at full room coverage, even in sensitive environments such as schools and hospitals. This ink is also suitable for prolonged outdoor use of up to three years without lamination before fading from sunlight becomes a problem.
Both printers use the latest version of Mutoh’s excellent i-screen weaving algorithms to counter banding. Naturally, they come with Mutoh’s VerteLith RIP, based on a Global Graphics Harlequin Host Renderer RIP, complete with clear tone screening for better results with gradients and skin tones. VerteLith can automatically generate white, varnish layers, and calculate the cost of the ink before printing. The RIP will also generate trim marks and grommet holes and includes soft proofing and ICC profiling for substrates.