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Compress iUV-600s vs. Mimaki UJF-6042 MkII

When it comes to midsize UV-LED flatbed printers, there are a decent number of options. However, the Mimaki UJF-6042 MkII and the Compress iUV-600s are almost always part of the conversation. So let’s take a few minutes and compare them face to face.

Print area/max material width:

Mimaki UJF-6042 MkII – 23.6” x 16.5”, max width – 24”

Compress iUV-600s – 23.8” x 18”, max width 28”

While these numbers seem very similar, the additional 1.5” of print area on the Compress allows for even MORE full coverage.  Especially when printing on standard corrugated plastic signs (which are 24” x 18”).  Also, the open format of the Compress allows for items much more prominent than 18” to be extended out of the bed of the printer.

Advantage – Compress iUV-600s

Print depth:

Mimaki UJF-6042 MkII – 6.02”

Compress iUV-600s – 11.8”

With a print depth almost twice as deep as the Mimaki, the Compress is the clear winner here.

Advantage – Compress iUV-600s

Maximum material handling weight:

Mimaki UJF-6042 MkII – 17.1 lbs

Compress iUV-600s – 100+ lbs

Advantage – Compress iUV-600s

Print Speed:

Mimaki UJF-6042 MkII – Color mode – Up to 24.65 sq ft/hr in High Speed mode (600 x 900 dpi)

Compress iUV-600s – Color mode – Up to 43.2 sq ft/hr in Production mode (720 x 720 dpi)

Advantage – Compress iUV-600s

Ink Costs:

Mimaki UJF-6042 MkII – $210-404 per liter based on bottle size

Compress iUV-600s – $298-358 per liter based on package level

With a print depth almost twice as deep as the Mimaki, the Compress is the clear winner here.

Advantage – Mimaki UJF-6042 MkII

Delivery concerns:

Mimaki UJF-6042 MkII – 65.6”W × 50.8”D × 33.7”H – 330.7 lbs (no options for reducing size to enter doorways)

Compress iUV-600s – 47.5”W x 40.75”D x 46.5”H – 392 lbs (35.5”D with ink delivery removed, 21.5”D with bed and ink delivery removed)

Advantage – Compress iUV-600s

What is included?

Mimaki UJF-6042 MkII

Printer
Vacuum Bed
RIP software

Compress iUV-600s

Printer
Sticky mat for holding down items while printing
Design and RIP software (UV specific features in design software such as Texture wizard, manual underbase and overprint palettes, and robust interactive variable data, serialization, and barcoding)
Full ink set

No Advantage – Vacuum bed on Mimaki not industrial to hold down thicker items – Compress sticky mat, Design software, and a complete set of inks offset value of vacuum bed

What is not included?

Mimaki UJF-6042 MkII

Design Software (you must have commercial design software like InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, or CorelDRAW – no automated functions for UV specific applications)
Inks (except during promotions)
Stand

Compress iUV-600s
Vacuum bed (industrial vacuum bed that will hold down plywood)
No stand is needed as the machine is floor-based with castors

Advantage – Compress iUV-600s

Warranty:

Mimaki UJF-6042 MkII – 1 year (additional 2-year parts warranty during promotions)

Compress iUV-600s – 1-3 years depending on package level selected (typical package is 2 years)

No Advantage 

Price:

Mimaki UJF-6042 MkII – $39,995 (typically $36,995 during promotions)

Compress iUV-600s – $29,995 – 34,995 depending on package level selected

Advantage – Compress iUV-600s

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