Product Reviews

Mutoh ValueJet 1627MH

New ValueJet model that combines the benefits of eco-solvent and UV inks.

What does it do?
This is a relatively low-cost hybrid roll/sheet wide-format inkjet that uses a new MP31 ‘resin’ CMYK plus white inkset in place of the more usual UV-cure type. It’s a 1,627mm wide machine with a roll-to-roll feed for flexible media, plus removable front and back tables to support rigid media up to 16mm thick. 

When was it launched and what markets is it aimed at?
The European launch was at the end of November and shipping started immediately. According to Mutoh Europe marketing manager Nick Decock, it “addresses the needs of people wanting to move to direct-to-rigid printing but who do not have the budget nor the volume to equip themselves with a true

Crispy Mountain Keyline

A recent addition to the available MIS options intended to cover all bases.

What does it do?
Keyline is a cloud-based print production automation system with built in production scheduling, estimating and other management information functions. The software is developed and owned by Crispy Mountain in Germany.

When was it launched and what market is it aimed at?
Keyline was launched in Germany in 2014. According to Beckett “Keyline is aimed at digital and litho printers who get large numbers of


A flatbed printer specially designed to offer optimal flexibility, Words by Som John

What does it do?
JETi - MIRA is an award winning & a versatile UV LED curing Flat Bed printer. It can virtually print anything and on all rigid substrates with strong adhesion of inks and wide colour gamut.
In addition, it can print on flexible substrates with the usage of RTR option which  is dockable. Media: banners, posters, signage (e.g. traffic or industrial information), exhibit graphics, POP, mock-ups

Gallus Smartfire

This all in one entry-level digital production line is Gallus’ offering for anyone entering the short run labels market, Words by Barney Cox

What does it do?
The Smartfire is a narrow-web digital label line that combines aqueous inkjet printing with inline laminating and semi-rotary die cutting and includes an easy to use Human Machine Interface (HMI) to handle costing, pre-press and production in one.

Max resolution: 1,600x1,600 or 1,600x800dpi
Max speed: 9m/min or 18m/min depending