Case Study

Mimaki user stories

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We used to outsource printing on plastic parts and metallic plates, laser cutting acrylic plates, etc. in the process of manufacturing products, which took us a lot of time and money.
It became possible to do the laser cutting and printing processes in-house, which led to a cost reduction. We could also reduce the time for prototype production, which enabled us now to make various proposals.
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We were exploring possibilities of new business utilizing our print technology to compensate for the decline in orders for paper-based print which we had handled with offset printers and on-demand printers.
Utilizing the know-how of data generation and proofreading that we used to do to process orders for paper-based print, we succeeded in moving into the new business field of original goods and novelties.
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Responding to the diverse needs for broad-width digital printing exceeding 3 meters in width, the introduction of new equipment was absolutely necessary to achieve further success in business.
It is stimulating previously hidden demands within the advertisement and signage industry, leading to expansion of market share. Furthermore, we managed to grasp the opportunity to lead the curtain/table-cloth sector with the innovative broad-width digital printing technology.
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I started my 3D business with monochromatic 3D printers, but was struggling to keep up with demand due to the amount of post processing involved to add color. We examined a powder based full-color 3D printer, but found that the material was too fragile and the color faded within one year, so we decided it wasn't the right option for us.
The introduction of 3DUJ-553 eliminated the need for manual coloring work and made it possible to create molded objects in a short time with materials that had rich color expression.
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We would like to introduce an inkjet printer and a cutting plotter to realize full digitalization of sticker and label production.
Mimaki's printers are quite convenient to use. Particularly, UCJV300-75 is excellent in cost performance compared to other companies' products. Our company has boosted its business performance as a rare digital specialist in the sticker and label industry, and has a plan to establish its 3rd factory in the near future. We also expect to enhance our online sales and develop new products following the face stickers.
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“High productivity”, “high-definition”, and “beauty of the solid area” are required for printing supersized graphics used for decoration of events like concert venues. M-64s fulfills these requirements, which makes it our favorite printer. However, we want to replace it because minor errors occur frequently. We also want to avoid troubles associated with the change of the dealer/maintenance provider (from OKI to Mimaki).
After replacing the machines, they started to operate smoothly and allowed us to work on almost the maximum production from the start. Minor errors decreased significantly compared to the previous machines. The stable operation is generating more cushion on the delivery schedule than ever. We did not have any particular dissatisfaction over the support, but we feel a sense of security in the support of Mimaki specializing in large-format printer.
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Replacement was urgently required for the sublimation transfer printer JV4-180 upon termination of the maintenance/support term for the product.
High-speed printing capability accomplishing a maximum production speed of 115 sqm per hour enhanced productivity while declining the running cost. Additional fluorescent ink compatibility broadened the range of options offered to our customers.
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We were looking for 3D printers capable of outputting high definition 3D data created in the office for use in explaining construction processes to our clients.
The model prototypes were extremely popular and we successfully landed requests for proposals. As 3D printers can reproduce models cheaply in diverse scales, they are better than outsourcing hand-crafted models, and we are confident they will become indispensable as effective business tools.
Product installed
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Improvements
The limit of print width sometimes forced us to print in an inefficient way. Inefficient imposition caused waste of materials and raised cost challenges.
Now, print width of 3.2m enables us to print large signage at one time now, including the finishing width for post print processing. Faster printing generated some cushion on the delivery schedule.
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We wanted to introduce to our studio a textile printer that allows to express envisioned ideas more easily than honzome-dyeing, silk screen and digital textile printing.
With the user-friendly sublimation transfer, we gained the ability to visualize free imaginations directly on textiles, being free from design limitations. We can print it on site and immediately start sewing, which is convenient for workshop and well-received by beginners.

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