Okay, so the current business environment is in a slight pause right now. Here are five suggestions to make the most of it.
Eco-solvent has a wider color gamut than latex that is especially noticeable in bright red, orange, magenta, blue, cyan and green output. The other significant color difference between the two ink systems is in the “glossy” quality of eco-solvent. Eco-solvent ink directly interacts with the fibers of the substrate and takes on much of the attributes of the substrate itself. Thus, when printed on glossy substrates it has a vivid, gloss appearance. In contrast, latex inks lie on top of the substrate when printed and have a matte, dull quality, even on glossy materials. In addition, latex simply doesn’t compare to the rich blacks and reflective color of eco-solvent.
With a latex system, the water-based ink is thinner and more ink must be jetted and dried to achieve the same color density as an eco-solvent ink system. Mutoh’s variable droplet technology prints in seven different droplet sizes from 4 to 20 picoliters, allowing for finer details, smoother gradations and a less “grainy” appearance when compared to the 10 pico-liter fixed droplet size of latex. Mutoh also prints at 1440dpi versus the 1200dpi for the HP Latex.
ECO–SOLVENT FOR RICHER, SMOOTHER COLOR WITH 7-DROPLET SIZES
COLOR CONSISTENCY (PRINT TO PRINT AND PRINTER TO PRINTER)
HP Latex printers use consumer-grade Thermal print heads vs. the Industrial grade print head in a Mutoh printer. Thermal heads operate at extremely high heat causing degradation of the print head over time. The result can be color shifts from print 1 through print 100 and from printer to printer.
HP recommends users replace the thermal print heads per 2-3 liters of ink (300 and 500 series) and every 5-6 liters of ink (700 & 800 series) or “frequently” due to thermal degradation or failure. The new HP 800/800W has 4 total print heads for non-white and 5 print heads with white. This means….
$125.00/print head x 4 = $500.00 in print heads per every 2-3 liters of ink used. (300,500)
$170.00/print head x 4 = $680.00 in print heads per every 5-6 liters of ink used. (700,800)
The Mutoh industrial print head is rated for 6 billion fires or 3-4 years on average but will vary depending upon maintenance and care procedures.
Because eco-solvent inks are thicker, with more pigment, they need less ink to print a specific color. They also require significantly less heat to cure and less time to print than a latex system. Latex inks require much more heat to cure, which effects the room temperature and material performance. Latex printers require (2) 220v power lines which will mean added installation expense and higher operating costs vs. the Mutoh XpertJet series of printers which only require a standard 120v power source.
LESS INK + LESS POWER = LOWER OPERATING COSTS
ECO SOLVENT VS LATEX CURING TIME COMPARISON
Mutoh XpertJet MP-41 Eco-Solvent Inks are GreenGuard Gold certified which means they are environmentally safe and can be disposed of with no special requirements. There are three levels of UL GREENGUARD Gold Certification for printing ink products based on the amount of printed material that may be installed in a room. Mutoh MP41Inks are certified at the highest level (the lowest emissions), qualified as unrestricted to wallpaper a full room.
Wallpaper – unrestricted for a full decorated room 33.4 m2 (360 ft2 ) in an office environment and 94.6 m2 (1,018 ft2 ) in a classroom environment.
Take back control of your wide format printer. Attend our 5-day MUTOH webinar series on color printing the right way!Read More
MUTOH America “Imagine It” Webinar Series
On April 1, 2020 MUTOH began its “Imagine It” webinar series for users of FlexiSIGN, Adobe, Corel and other design software users who print to wide format printers.
Our theme says it all “Imagine it”.
Imagine your images printing perfectly, image being better and faster in designing your work, imagine being able to match colors with ease, imagine the business you will have when we get past this pause in business!
In this series of webinars to be held weekly, MUTOH’s professional staff will discuss dozens of topics that will assist attendees in the design and printing market.
Want to be notified of future webinars? email: email@example.com
We’ll put your contact info on our notification list and send you an email with all the right information to sign up for the ones you want to attend. For now you can use the links below.
April 1, 2020 1 PM How to Setup & Use Soft Proofing for Better Printing (Replay Here)
April 8, 2020 1 PM Are You Testing Your Printer Each Month for Performance & Quality? (Replay Here)
April 15, 2020 1 PM Is a UV-LED Printer in Your Future? MUTOH Has Something Special! Register Here
April 22, 2020 1 PM How to Match a Solid Color (Spot Color, Pantone, Logo Branding) Registration Pending
Let’s use our pause in business to get better professionally.Read More
ONE: Do Some Maintenance & Upgrades
Now is probabaly a great time to do maintenence on your wide format printer and other shop equipment. You should sit and make a list of things that need to be done that your too busy to typicaly accomplaish. So is that a throurough cleaning? What about your computer? Can you sit and orgainez your files? How about getting rid of temporary files? How about backing up your entire hard drive? You might also think about upgrades to your computer like more RAM or move to an SSD harddrive to improve speed and capacity.
In adidtion to hardware, how about your shop? Can you move items arouns for faster access or does it need a good cleaning? Does your own signage need to be upgrades?
There are lots of things you can do to keep busy yet productive in this time.
TWO: Learn Something
We all need to get better at what we do. Now is a good time to take that online course you’ve been wanted to take or maybe just sit down with Adobe or FlexiSIGN and Print and work with color management. Try a few new settings, find out more about how you can control the colors that you print. Maybe you need to go to Google and hunt for more or different ICC profiles etc.
As far as FlexiSIGN and other topics, you can visit www.thinkmutoh.com and find lots of topics to read as well as online video lessons that are made for wide format printing.
THREE: Sort Through Emails
I don’t know about you, but I’m always a little ebind in my emails. Not only that but there are old emails that should be archived or better yet deleted. Doing so will improve your email speed, make it safer and if you setup some rules or folders and move items around a bit, orgainizing them, it could make it much easier to handle emails as they come in when business get faster soon. Need some help?
Here are a few websites to visit that could assist:
https://zapier.com/blog/outlook-tips-and-tricks/ : 7 Microsoft Outlook Tips & Tricks for Better Email Management
https://www.pcworld.com/article/2688099/outlook-organization-tips-5-ways-to-tame-the-email-pile.html : Outlook organization tips: 5 ways to tame the email pile
Why not spend the time to organize those emails.
FOUR: Plan & Market Your Business
When the pause comes to an end, why not have a business plan in place to accelerate your business. Also, why not touch base with current customers and create a marketing plan FOR THEM!
Now would be a good time to re-examine your own business plan. What can you tweak or change to make your bsuniess better. Will prices need adjusting? Are there things you are doing that are not really profitable but tkae you time? Take a look at your business and make some decisions now becasue you can give them thought rather than rush to that decision.
In a similar way, your customers will also be suffering a bit in thie pause. Why not touch base with them and come up with a plan to help them when things get busy again. Maybe offer a series of weekly or monthy signs or banners or something to help them back into the real pace of busniess. They will thank you for it and you’ll have business ready and can even get some of it done while you wait.
FIVE: Get Some Rest
Sure you can worry about business, but get some rest as well. Rest is not only good in helping your body with resistance to all forms of illnes, it is also a good thing for your family. Use this time to be with your loved ones and spend time reconnecting with friends and relatives. This will make you feel better and you’ll be able to hit the streets with a new and more pisitive outlook.
How to Handle Crappy Customer Artwork
This will be the focus of this live training event by MUTOH America. We will cover how to use FlexiSIGN , Adobe Photoshop and other third-party programs to “fix” the artwork that customer typically provide you. In addition we will show you how to match colors from monitor to printer AND we will even show you the best way to keep your printer working in top condition through a hands on printer maintnance session.
All of this in a ONE DAY live training session to be held in Phoenix, AZ at the new MUTOH headquarters.
Ryan Arakaki, Product Manager, Technical Training
Ryan Arakaki, formerly Marketing Manager at MUTOH America has been promoted to Product Manager of Technical Training. Ryan is a talented individual with tremendous experience in video production as well as being thoroughly familiar with all MUTOH printers. His capabilities will be used to develop an extensive video library of technical training for our resellers as well as for our end users of our wide format printers.
Along with assistance from the entire Product Marketing team and Service Department, he will reorganize, and reignite the already great reputation for service that MUTOH America resellers and end users receive.
How MUTOH Training Just Got Better!
While, Ryan will coordinate and execute the training for our resellers on procedures for servicing our wide format printers, MUTOH will also draw from the talent of other individuals in our company such as Brain Armenta and Mike Davenport both of which currently serve in the Service Department of MUTOH. These individuals are intimately familiar with the entire line of wide format printers MUTOH offers and will assist Ryan in the hands on portion of our break/fix classes for our resellers.
MUTOH believes in training and education for our resellers so they can assist our printer users first hand, but we also believe in the training and education of our user base and will continue to develop online classes, webinars and live training sessions to assist them in printer maintenance, as well as software and application education.
Printer Info & Live Training Sessions
Find out more about all the MUTOH wide format printers: www.mutoh.com
See where we will be hosting a LIVE training event: LIVE EVENTSRead More
Mutoh’s leading-edge Intelligent Interweaving (i²) technology will deliver you an unprecedented level of user comfort, allowing you to effortlessly deliver the right print quality at the lowest cost possible.
No more over-specified print jobs that take longer and cost more than they should. No more under-specified print jobs that result in inferior quality and risk of repeat business. Mutoh’s i² will allow you to continuously deliver fit for purpose print quality.
Read more on this amazing technology:
What is Intelligent Interweaving?
Mutoh’s patent pending Intelligent Interweaving printing technology, called i² [pronunciation: I square / ae skwer], 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”, Mutoh’s intelligent interweaving technology will enable the printer to lay down the ink in a totally different way, e.g. in a “wave form pattern”.
|In doing so, depending on the application or media used, the new i² printing technique will vastly reduce or neutralise typical shortcomings inherently linked to inkjet printing, such as horizontal or vertical banding, missing or misfiring nozzles, step mismatch, mottle, etc.., since subsequent printing swaths are seamlessly “interlaced”.|
i² printing technology:
|Mutoh’s i² technology offers a twofold benefit. At first, the technology offers an overall better printing quality. Secondly, the feature boosts user-friendly operation, since the user hardly needs to spend time to fine-tune his printer to obtain TOP output quality on a wide variety of media.|
Printing Made Easy
Depending on the machine, head technology and ink used, Mutoh is defining special “weave patterns” per product.
Thanks to our i² Intelligent Interweaving print technology, we are able to recommend print modes with which operators can obtain impeccable print quality for the intended viewing distance or application.
How Does Intelligent Interweaving Work?
Huge Training Event Successful!
Wow! We had a great session at Kelley Imaging in Seattle and Portland last week! Event the Kelley technicians attended our live Design and Color management Training seminar. It was so good even I learned something!
Here’s what happened.
Adobe InDesign & FlexiSIGN
There was a user of FlexiSIGN that create artwork using InDesign and then saves and sends the art to Production Manager for RIP and print. In some places, it looked like the black ink was bleeding into the red ink of the design. Other than that, she said the image colors were perfect! So what gives?
After a little investigating, I found out that InDesign assigns process black as an OVERPRINT, so when imported into production manager of Flexi, it assigns the ink to overprint other colors, thus the black process color was printing on top of the red ink below and thus bleeding. Turning off this preference in InDesign solved the issue. It can also be turned off or ignored in Production manager.
Anyway, an easy fix and now the customer is a happy camper.