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Countryside Art expands options with Mimaki

Lincolnshire-based Countryside Art has added a new Mimaki TR300-1850C textile coating machine to its production line-up in order to open up more options for customers.

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Countryside Art purchased the machine from authorised Mimaki partner RA Smart

Designed for pre- and post-treating textiles for printing with pigment inks, the TR300-1850C roll-to-roll unit applies a coating to the fabric to improve print results. 

Once inserted into the coater, the fabric passes through a padder and saturated with the necessary chemicals before passing through squeeze rollers and a dryer, and then rewound onto a roll.

Countryside Art director Lawrence Chapman says the new device has enabled the company to achieve higher colour yield and reduce lead times, primarily due to the improvements that printing to a pre-prepared fabric offers.

“We are now able to coat textiles as and when we need them,” Chapman says, adding: “The ability to enhance our colour yield has made a significant difference to colour matching, which for our corporate customers is especially critical.

“The Mimaki TR300 can be left coating with minimal supervision. It’s easy to clean and very well built, and I expect it to provide service for years to come.”

RA Smart owner and partner Magnus Mighall adds: “The versatility of the Mimaki coating machine means Countryside Art can offer their customers the opportunity to use specific fabrics, which up until this point would not have been cost effective to coat using an external supplier.”

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