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Mutoh Introduces Viper TX Textile Printer

Prints directly to 65- and 90-in. nonstretchable fabrics

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Mutoh Europe introduced its new Viper TX printer at FESPA this summer. The printer will initially be sold only in Europe, but according to Mutoh Europe's Nick Decock, at a later stage, will be released in the US.

The Viper TX joins Mutoh's family of dye-sub/textile printers. It is a direct-print textile printer (unlike the Viper 65- and 90-in. dye-sub printers released earlier this year in the US) using water-based disperse dye inks.

Available in 65- and 90-in. widths, the Viper TX will print directly onto nonstretchable fabrics"?with open or closed structure, such as PES flag, cotton, cotton/ polyester blends, and silk. It prints with drop-on-demand Micro Piezo Inkjet heads (with 360 nozzles per head) and offers 8 ink channels. Inks can be set up as: 2 x 4 CMYK (same ink type), 4 + 4 CMYK (mixed ink type), 6-color (mix of process and spot possible), or 8-color (mix of process and spot possible).

The printer offers print resolutions of 360, 720, and 1440 dpi. Maximum print speeds reach 425 sq ft/hr, with typical production speed averaging between 75 and 301 sq ft/hr.

New Viper TX features include: ink gutter with waste drain to collect the ink not absorbed by the textile; an additional cylinder for even fabric tensioning; a heavy-duty unwinding/winding system; and adjustable head height (from 1.2 to 4 mm) that allows the user to print onto sensitive media or media with long fibers, without risking a head-strike. An optional standalone infrared dryer is available for post-printing drying.

Applications include one-off sample creation to small production runs, as well as soft signage, flags, wall murals, tradeshow exhibits, fashion textile, shop awnings, outdoor advertising, home furnishings, curtains, and wallpaper.

Price: 65-in. model, "??40,490($48,000 US); 90-in. model, "??49,490($59,000 US); shipping soon, Europe only. (Mutoh Europe: www.mutoh.be)

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