Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638X (64 inch) Sign & Display Large Format Printer


The Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638X 64″ 1625mm is a 4-colour, dual head, high end high speed production printer designed for Sign Makers, Print Service Providers and Commercial Printers looking for an unparalleled level of print quality and automation in the Outdoor and Indoor Sign and Display applications.

Designed for the production of a wide variety of outdoor and indoor prints including long-term outdoor posters, billboards, building announcements, signs and banners, backlit signage, POS displays, vehicle graphics, fine art reproduction, posters and more, the Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638X delivers best-in-class speed, superior print quality, and automation and is the successor to the award-winning ValueJet VJ-1638. The ValueJet VJ-1638X features faster data communication and data processing and advanced print automation features.

Design Supply, a Mutoh Authorised Reseller, works closely with Mutoh to provide the best solutions available to get the job done for your business and maximise your opportunities. With more than 28 years of experience in the large format printer market, Design Supply offers expertise and knowledge in tailoring the exact solution for your specific application.



Mutoh 1638X demo

Mutoh Intelligent Interweave Technology

Mutoh DropMaster How it works

How to Load Media

Setting Media type

Mutoh Cleaning and Maintenance

See how Mutoh printers are manufactured


The Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638X combines the latest advanced piezo inkjet dual head technology, high precision mechanical design, new electronics including a powerful 64-bit RISC processor and ease of use to deliver unrivalled print quality, making it a cost-effective solution for businesses focussing on both high speed production and top quality print work. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor graphics using either Mutoh’s Universal Mild Solvent Inks (UMS) or Mutoh Eco Ultra Inks, ValueJet VJ-1638X prints are UV and water resistant for up to three years outdoors.

With sellable production speeds of up to 36m2/h, the Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638X is ideal for established sign makers who need extra versatility and for larger operations that want to extend their capacity and flexibility. The VJ-1638X delivers best-in-class speed and the highest levels of quality with Mutoh’s award-winning Intelligent Interweaving & DropMaster print technology, which offers predictable and repeatable output quality fit for purpose every time in the shortest possible time, drastically reducing or eliminating horizontal banding, step mismatch banding and the visible effects of missing or misfiring nozzles. Mutoh’s proprietary DropMaster technology means constant and uncompromised print quality on any thickness/weight of media used with the ValueJet VJ-1638X. Whether printing on thin blue back paper to thick pvc banner, DropMaster technology, specifically developed for Mutoh’s dual head ValueJet printers, eliminates the need for cumbersome and time consuming media dependent head adjustments.

The Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638X is suited for the production of a wide variety of outdoor and indoor prints and offers a wide range of easily selectable pre-defined print modes and speeds.

Print Mode Passes Resolution dpi Speed m2/hr
High Quality 12 1080 x 1440 10
Quality 8 720 x 1440 15
Quality Production 6 720 x 1080 20
Production 4 720 x 720 29
Speed Production 4 720 x 720 36
Billboard 2 360 x 720 48
Max Speed 1 360 x 360 94

Rapid return on investment is available to beginners as well as skilled operators. The combination of affordable pricing, ease of use with consistent high quality output, minimal maintenance and flexibility for switching quickly between print jobs and low ink consumption (average 8 ml/m2 on uncoated PVC at 720 dpi and 67% coverage) means the ValueJet VJ-1638X swiftly turns investment into profit.


Intelligent design features make the Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638x easy to set up and operate. The VJ-1638X comes with a stand and integrated roll holders and can handle 2″ and 3″ rolls. The VJ-1638X comes with a set of pre-mounted and repositionable scroller supports for easy single operator roll loading. Media load levers are positioned both at the front and the back of the VJ-1638X for convenience. These scroller supports enable non-motorised roll-off of rolls up to a weight of 30 kg. Different motorised winding/unwinding systems are available for roll-to-roll production.

A newly designed keyboard with an easy and logical layout makes the Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638X easy to operate. Save time with the automatic cutting function. Special ink sub tanks allow uninterrupted printing, even when loading new ink cassettes. A tiltable ink cassette holder saves space and enables the use of different ink volumes. Ultimate flexibility is achieved with Mutoh’s VSM app for remote printer monitoring through a smart phone. The Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638X incorporates a special print platen structure with three individually controlled heating elements. The heating elements tackle media pre-heating, ink fixation and drying of the prints to cope with higher print speeds and drying efficiency.

The Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638X can be configured with two different ink types, Mutoh Eco Ultra inks and Mutoh Universal Mild Solvent (UMS) inks. There are eight ink slots available on the VJ-1638X, adjustable to accommodate cassette systems in vertical orientation, and bulk systems in the horizontal orientation. Both inks are suitable for long term outdoor applications and are also an excellent choice for durable, photo-realistic prints for indoor usage. Output created using Eco Ultra or UMS inks are water resistant and offer a UV outdoor resistance of up to three years. For heavy-duty applications where mechanical stress in involved (floor and vehicle graphics), lamination is required. Stabilisation is required prior to lamination.

Mutoh Eco Ultra inks, available in 220ml and 440ml cassettes and 1000ml bulk bags for the ValueJet VJ-1638X, are Mutoh’s third generation eco inks featuring improved ink fixation, better drying and improved scratch-resistance. Mutoh Eco Ultra inks have wide media compatibility, allowing direct printing on to (eco – solvent) coated media as well as on to a wider range of standard available uncoated PVC banner media. Thanks to a fast drying time, low cost media with a standard backing can be used.

Mutoh’s Universal Mild Solvent inks (UMS) are fourth generation, environmentally friendly, mild solvent inks specifically developed for volume-oriented users. Available in 440ml cassettes and 1000ml bulk bottles for the ValueJet VJ-1638X, Mutoh UMS inks feature best-in-class pigments and resins for optimum speed and quality performance. The inks are based on a new generation of milder and non-aggressive solvents. Virtually odour-free, Mutoh UMS inks do not require any forced ventilation. Mutoh UMS inks offer an unrivalled colour gamut, covering 83% of the Pantone C colour chart, and unique media gloss preservation. Suited for both high quality and high speed printing, Mutoh UMS inks also require minimal printer maintenance and are fixed and dried at regular heating temperatures. Mutoh UMS inks have Eurofins “Indoor Air Comfort” certification, showing compliance with emission requirements of all applicable specifications issued by authorities in the EU Member States.

Optional items for the Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638X include the Mutoh SpectroVue VM-10 Spectrophotometer, Motorised Torque Controlled Take-Up System, the Mutoh ValueCut, the Onyx 12 RIPCenter ValuePlus Mutoh Edition RIP and the SAi FlexiPRINT SE12 Mutoh Edition RIP software. The Mutoh SpectroVue VM-10 spectrophotometer directly attaches to the print head carriage or shuttle of the VJ-1638X printer, enabling the monitoring of colour drift over time, from job-to-job or even within a large job. The VM-10 can also be used to build ICC colour profiles and linearization files, in combination with supporting software. The VM-10 allows fast, simple and accurate colour measuring and process control to your workflow, producing consistent colour prints every time with the on-board ColorVerify system. The Mutoh multi-purpose ValueCut cutter can be run in tandem with the Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638X, allowing for simultaneous printing and cutting. The Mutoh ValueCut cutting plotter is able to tackle all contour cutting applications such as stickers, short-run decals, window designs and much more. For intensive graphics applications, dedicated RIP software is recommended. SAi FlexiPRINT SE12 Mutoh Edition RIP software for single workstation environments and Onyx 12 RIPCenter ValuePlus Mutoh Edition RIP solutions make it easy to prepare jobs and create sellable prints faster. Both RIP solutions include a fully integrated print and cut workflow.

Built to last, Mutoh ValueJets are renowned for precision engineering and meticulous production practices for years of profitable use. As you would expect from Mutoh, reliable performance is a given. For added peace of mind, Mutoh ValueJet printers feature a 12-month on-site warranty.

There is a complete range of Mutoh and third party media, compatible with the Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638X available from Design Supply’s media specialists whose expertise can help you determine the best solutions for your particular printing needs.

ValueJet 1638X – Technical Key Specifications
Print Technology Drop-on-demand Micro Piezo Inkjet Technology
Print Head 2 (staggered setup)
Nozzle Configuration 180 nozzles x 8 lines / head
Drop Mass Range (pl) 3.6 to 35.2
Head Heights Low: 1.5 mm / Middle: 2.5 mm / High: 4.0 mm
ValueJet 1638X – Media Specifications
Max. Media Width 1625 mm (63,97”)
Max. Print Width 1615 mm (63,58”)
Max. Media Thickness 0.3 / 1.3 / 2.8 mm *
* : Max. media thickness is specified per head height
Media Measurements * Ø 150 mm / 2” & 3” / 30 kg
* : Standard non-motorised roll-off system
Media Drying System Individually controlled pre-heater, fixer & dryer (30 – 50 °C)
ValueJet 1638X – Performance
High Quality (1080 x 1440) 10.0 m²/h
Quality (720 x 1440) 15.0 m²/h
Quality Production (720 x 1080) 20.0 m²/h
Production (720 x 720) 29.0 m²/h
Speed Production (720 x 720) 36.0 m²/h
Billboard (360 x 720) 48.0 m²/h
ValueJet 1638X – Ink Specifications
Ink Type Eco Ultra                             /  UMS
Ink Volume 220 ml, 440 ml & 1000 ml * /  440 ml & 1000 ml *
* : 1000 ml ink bag requires optional adapter
Ink Colours CMYK
Ink Consumption * 8 ml / m²
* : Average ink consumption at @720 dpi – coverage of 67 %
UV durability—without lamination 3 years outdoor *
* : For heavy duty applications where mechanical stress is involved, lamination is required. Stabilisation is required prior to lamination.
ValueJet 1638X – Power Consumption
During Printing < 650 W
In Stand-by 45 W
Warming Up ≤1100 W (main) & ≤ 1250 W (heat)
Power Supply AC 100-120 V / AC 200-240 – 60/50 Hz
ValueJet 1638X – Recommended Working Environment
Temperature 22°C – 30 °C with Δt: max. 2 °C/h
Humidity 40% – 60 % (no condensation) with ΔRH: max. 5% RH/h
ValueJet 1638X – Machine Measurements
Width x Depth x Height 2698 x 885 x 1261 mm
Weight 221 kg


Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638X printer with stand and integrated roll holders

Machine starter kit (cleaning liquid, pack of swabs, box of pipets, cleaning handbook)

Accessory bag (10 cleaning sticks, forceps, 5 flushing box sponge, 5 paper towels, waste fluid tank, tray, operation manual cd, installation manual, introduction of Windows Printer Driver)

SAi FlexiPRINT SE12 or Onyx 12 RIPCenter ValuePlus Mutoh Edition RIP Software

UK power cable

12 months on-site warranty


Mutoh Take Up Systems 30 kg, 80 kg, 100 kg

Mutoh Motorised Torque Controlled Up System: VJ1619-TUP30

Mutoh SpectroVue VM-10 Spectrophotometer

Bulk Ink System – VMY-08907

Mutoh ValueCut cutting plotters 600(24″), 1300(52″) and 1800(72″)

Bulk Ink System for 1 litre bottles: VMY-08906

3 Year Extended Warranty


Eco Ultra Ink Cartridges 200ml: VJ- MS13A (BK220, CY220, MA220, YE220)

Eco Ultra Ink cartridges 440ml: VJ-MS13A (BK440, CY440, MA440, YE440)

Eco Ultra 1000ml bags, require optional adapter

Cleaning Liquid 220ml: VJ-MS13=CL220

Universal Mild Solvent Ink Cartridges 440ml: VJ-LSINK1 (BK44, CY44, MA44, YE44)

Universal Mild Solvent Ink Bottles 1000ml: VJ-LSINK1 (BK1L, CY1L, MA1L, YE1L)


Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638X (64 inch) Sign and Display Large Format Printer Data Sheet 

Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638X Specifications

Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638, VJ-1638X Regular  Maintenance when using Mutoh UMS or Eco Ultra Ink

Mutoh Edition SAi FlexiPrint SE12 RIP Software Data Sheet

Mutoh Edition Onyx12 RIP Center ValuePlus RIP Software Data Sheet

Mutoh Print Inspiration Brochure

Mutoh Sign & Display UMS Inks Data Sheet

Mutoh Universal Bulk Ink System Data Sheet

Eurofins certificate for Mutoh UMS inks

Mutoh Eco Solvent Inks Specifications

Mutoh Eco Solvent Ultra Inks Data Sheet

Mutoh SpectroVue VM-10 Data Sheet

Mutoh ValueCut Series Cutting Plotters: (600, 1300, 1800) Data Sheet 

Mutoh ValueCut 600, 1300 and 1800 Specifications

Mutoh ValueJet and ValueCut Series Brochure (June 2013)

Mutoh Motorised Torque Controlled Take Up Systems Data Sheet 

Mutoh Optional Take Up Systems for ValueJet Series Data Sheet

Mutoh ColorVerify Data Sheet 

Mutoh White Paper: How Green is Green


Mutoh has been at the forefront of the wide format industry for more than 20 years. As an innovative developer and manufacturer of wide-format printers and cutters, Mutoh incorporates pioneering technology to bring you the best equipment for your application. Manufactured in Japan, Mutoh ValueJet printers feature best-in-class inkjet head technology, latest generation electronics and high quality inks.

Mutoh’s new wide piezo print head, new staggered dual head setup, and new generation electronics offers a unique blend of high speed and high quality. The wide piezo print head features 8-channel drop-on-demand inkjet technology. Each 1440 nozzle head includes four colour sections (C, M, Y, K) each divided in two nozzle rows with 360 nozzles per colour. All four colour sections are in one head, eliminating the need for head to head calibration. The integrated print heads are capable of producing ink drops ranging from 3.5 picoliters to 35 picoliters, resulting in incredible accuracy, sharpness, and speed. Increased accuracy and consistency of dot size and dot release during printing improves the image, in addition to increased dot gain control, allowing for more latitude in profile settings. New generation electronics include higher carriage speeds and ink firing frequencies and adapted weaving algorithms give an impressive increase in productions speed as well as optimised ink spread and improved drying.

Mutoh’s award-winning Intelligent Interweaving print technology drastically reduces or totally eliminates the typical difficulties inherent to conventional digital inkjet printing, including defects such as horizontal banding, ink mottle, bleed and the visible effects of missing or misfiring nozzles. Ink is laid down in waves, as opposed to straight lines used on most wide format printers. The biggest benefit of this proprietary Mutoh print technology is that it offers predictable and repeatable output quality, bringing an unprecedented level of user comfort to the printer operator.

DropMaster technology is a revolutionary print automation technique which eliminates the need for media dependent head adjustments. Specifically designed for Mutoh’s dual head ValueJet models, DropMaster automatically calculates and adjusts the uni/bi-directional fire timings by analysing the media thickness and drop-throw distance between print head and media surface.

Mutoh UMS inks consist of highly durable colour pigments ground to nano-size level, a new blend of milder and non-aggressive solvents and a new mix of resins. The resin mix enables optimum adhesion of the pigments to the substrate and creates a uniform and smooth ink layer. Each individual colour pigment is coated by the resin mix to address the typical requirements of outdoor sign and display prints (gloss preservation, scuff, abrasion and chemical resistance) and to safeguard long-term outdoor durability of the colour pigments.



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