Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has announced new technologies at this year’s FESPA Global Expo in Berlin. At hall 2.2, stand B30, EFI will unveil its hybrid flatbed/roll platform technology – the EFI VUTEk h series printers.
EFI’s exhibit also features the launch of an industrial textile pigment ink technology for direct-to-textile production. The new EFI Reggiani pigment ink technology gives users a faster, environmentally friendly production process with inline polymerisation that requires less water, less energy and less processing time, with no washing or steaming needed, according to EFI. In addition, the ink’s fastness properties and high printability sharpness will, reportedly, allow printing on a wide range of fabrics with fine-detail designs.
Other new announcements at the 15-18 May tradeshow include the EFI VUTEk FabriVU 340i, an aqueous soft signage printer, version 7 of EFI’s Fiery wide- and superwide-format production digital front ends (DFEs) and updated Fiery Command WorkStation software.
“It’s great to have the same UI at different workstations to drive both our cut-sheet and wide-format printers,” said Medienhaven Managing Director Peer Rüdiger. “We estimate we'll save around 10% in downtime by not having to switch applications to administer different printer technologies and Fiery servers.”
EFI said the new VUTEk h series of 3.2-metre wide hybrid LED printers launching at FESPA is the culmination of EFI’s decades of experience in signage and graphics production technologies as the world’s leading manufacturer and developer of UV and LED inkjet superwide-format printers and inks. The printers’ new 7-picolitre UltraDrop Technology greyscale printhead imaging delivers precision dot placement from print to print at high production speeds, according to EFI. The printers offer four- and eight-colour printing modes plus white, as well as five-layer print capability in a single pass.
The new VUTEk h3 model on display at FESPA offers maximum throughput of up to 74 boards per hour. The h5 model, which is available direct from EFI or as field upgrade to the h3 model, can produce up to 109 boards per hour.
The new EFI Reggiani pigment inks are based on a new binder technology. The inks react to EFI Reggiani printers’ on-board dryers, which set off an in-line polymerisation process.
The new pigment textile solution extends the range of EFI Reggiani announcements presented during the last 12 months, including the EFI Reggiani FLEXY launched at last year’s FESPA, and most recently, the EFI Reggiani COLORS.
Once a virtual product pattern is complete, EFI’s Fiery DesignPro software – a series of plug-in applications for Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop – combines technologies for textile design and file preparation with the Fiery proServer DFE for professional colour management and RIP output on EFI Reggiani digital printers.
Show attendees visiting EFI also can experience EFI’s 360-degree, interactive virtual reality (VR) demonstrations of the EFI VUTEk HS125 Prohybrid inkjet press and EFI’s single-pass corrugated packaging press, the EFI Nozomi C18000.
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