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Need Help Mimaki TS55 - 1800 sublimation printer, anyone?

Discussion in 'Mimaki' started by sublimationguy, Aug 30, 2020.

  1. sublimationguy

    sublimationguy New Member

    Jul 6, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Hello dear printing community.
    Our company is in the move to get an new sublimation printer.
    Due to the COVID-19 situation, we have recieved some great offers, and one printer
    catched my eyes:
    Mimaki TS55-1800 .
    It's a demo printer with 10l ink bulk system, and mini jumbo roll unit.
    On paper the printer looks great. And when I tested the printer on 70 sqm/h printspeed the print looked good, thanks to the Mimaki MAPS bandingless printing technology.
    But when I asked the salesperson to specify the printheads, he told me the TS55 has four printheads, but coupled 2+2 printheads.
    Meaning, you can't replace just one printhead, you got to change both connected printheads.
    And thats a 4000+ Euro price. If both doubleprintheads have to be replaced, it's an 8500€ + service cost.
    That's almost as industrial Kyocera printheads - 4500-5000€/head.
    I have no problem with that if the new Mimaki printhead, which they claim is an industrial printhead (the price is industrial, but doubt it is mimakis own printhead) will work like the Kyocera printhead. But if the Mimaki printheads don't work as they should, and if they can't take the lifecycle of ca. 500litres of ink, like the Kyocera, then I somehow don't trust it. I have a feeling theese TS55 prinheads are similar to Epson DX5,6,7 printhead, I'm not familiar with anyone other than Epson, with 8-channel/prinhead configurations.
    Personaly, I dont like printheads with more than 2 channels/per head. Big problems with my last Mimaky (JV5) 10years ago, reason why I gave up on Mimaki printers.
    And these TS55 coupled prinheads have 16 channels/colors, and if only one of the 16 channels has a failure, you got to pay more than 4200€ for a new coupled printhead.

    So, my question:
    Has anyoune in the comunity already bought the Mimaki TS55?
    Any experience? I plan to run the machine not slower than 70sqm/hour.
    Any printheads change already?
    Anyone knows the printhead producer, as I said, I dont think it's a Mimaki printhead (they don't produce printheads, right?)

    So, you see my dilemma: Good price, but is it worth, regarding the high maintance costs hidden somewhere in the near future?

    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2020
  2. gelink

    gelink ink jet specialist since 30 years in France

    Jun 20, 2013
    yes is brother printhead like for desktop !!! so no industrial for sur
  3. sublimationguy

    sublimationguy New Member

    Jul 6, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Hey gelink.
    Do you know from what brother model the printhead is?
    We bought the TS55 about 2 months ago, and have run it for more than 13.000m2, and it runns very good so far. The problems are the Mimaki genuine inks, as always.

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