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EFI shows a diverse portfolio of products

EFI shows a diverse portfolio of products

In keeping with FESPA 2015’s theme Discover Your Universe of Print, On Stand P10, Hall 6 EFI is demonstrating a broad portfolio of inkjet and workflow products designed to provide sign and print companies with the technology needed to expand their market reach while also increasing their profitability.

EFI is using the show to introduce the EFI VUTEkHSr press, its fastest production-class roll-to-roll product, plus end-to-end workflow automation, 7-picolitre greyscale UltraDrop Technology for near-photographic imaging, new SuperRange Ink and energy-efficient, ‘cool cure’ LED imaging at full production speeds, and VUTEk GO, an Android-based monitoring application for the high-end VUTEk HS Pro series.

With more than 500 LED inkjet printers installed worldwide, EFI delivers higher-quality, versatile imaging on a broader range of substrates, with virtually no VOC emissions and significantly reduced energy usage, this EFI customers are gaining a competitive advantage from their ability to print on thin, inexpensive films, corrugated board and other materials that cannot withstand the heat associated with other drying or curing methods.

UltraDrop Technology offers an additional competitive advantagewith its capability for printing smaller drop sizes with more precise control, thanks to its native 7pL printheads and true multi-drop addressability in each dot position. The results are smoothness in shadows, gradients and transitions, good text quality with four-point text in both standard and knockout with fewer satellites, and more clarity in all print modes.

Visitors will be able to see the EFI H1625 LED printer, which provides users with mid-level production needs the same advantages as higher production LED systems at a significantly lower cost. Thanks to the four colour plus white inks that come standard and eight-level variable drop greyscale capability, the printer produces near-photographic image quality, saturated colours and smooth colour gradations. The easy-to-operate, low-maintenance system prints on an extended range of flexible and rigid substrates and its single-pass, multi-layer print capability enables printing companies to offer premium-margin applications with greater profit opportunity.

The VUTEk GS3250lx Pro LED printer with UltraDrop Technology is also on display. This high-productivity LED printer allows users to produce more jobs, and extend their application offering with more substrates and lower operating costs. It offers rigid and roll-fed printing capability, white ink and single-pass multilayer printing.

EFI is also showing the five-metre VUTEk GS5500lxr Pro printer with new SuperRange Inks, which offers the industry-leading 3M MCS Warranty when printing on 3M flexible media. This high-performance roll-fed printer delivers precise imaging thanks to its innovative and eco-friendly LED curing and EFI’s UltraDrop Technology. Co-branded EFI and 3M SuperRange Inks, and available for use on VUTEk GSlxr series printers in six-colour and eight-colour plus white configurations, they offer a hard surface cure, a wide colour gamut and excellent adhesion properties, making them the ideal choice for a wide range of materials and printing applications.

With the VUTEk HSr press, EFI is introducing a dedicated, production-class roll-to-roll printer, its fastest printer on the market. The new VUTEk LED/UV Pin & Cure imaging press is a 3.2 m high-speed machine that targets the replacement of older solvent printers for the high-volume production of vehicle wraps, lorry sides, banners,posters and more. It has six colours, plus white ink with multi-layer print capability for the production of perfect day/night backlit graphics. The HSr press features EFI 3M SuperFlex HSr Ink and backs graphics with the 3M MCS Warranty.

EFI’s exhibition portfolio also includes the award-winning 3.2-metre, hybrid EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro press, a high-volume printer that uses a combination LED/UV Pin & Cure imaging process to provide exceptional quality and high productivity. The press also features automated material loading and unloading systems, along with a material edge guide system for printing corrugated board and other challenging substrates at press-rated speeds.

At FESPA, visitors will be able to see EFI demonstrating VUTEk GO, a remote monitoring application for the VUTEk HS Pro series that enables customers to monitor print queues in real time, monitor real time status of ink levels, lamp settings and lamp life, review the history of printer status and print queue within the last 24 hours and receive push notifications on printer alerts or errors.

The 2-metre, hybrid EFI VUTEk H2000 Pro UV inkjet printer features UltraDrop Technology and gives users a more-affordable entry point into mid-volume, premium production printing while also giving them the option to add features – including white ink, clear varnish and roll-to-roll media handling – as they grow their business.

EFI is also demonstrating its mid-market Productivity Suite, which gives users an integrated solution to end-to-end automation, including certified workflows and synchronised releases across multiple products. It enables companies to simplify the implementation and maintenance of their management system and operational tasks as they need to grow into new markets and strategically run their businesses. In its heart is EFI Pace, a browser-based, scalable and customisable print management system that streamlines operations and reduces costs by providing real-time data for estimating, production, accounting, sales management and e-commerce. Other key elements of the Productivity Suite demonstrated are EFI DirectSmile cross-media marketing software and the newest version of EFI Digital StoreFront, a web-to-print software providing an industry-leading print buyer experience that extends variable-data and personalised print capabilities and highly-customisable responsive SmartStore libraries. Printing companies can profitably produce more work using the industry’s top online job submission solution offering real-time, bi-directional integration and data sharing with EFI MIS/ERP and EFI Fiery digital print workflows.

Thermoforming demonstration

EFI is also demonstrating thermoforming techniques of pre-decorated thermoplastic sheets printed on an EFI VUTEk GS Pro-TF printer. EFI thermoforming inks stretch during the heat-forming process without cracking or loss of opacity and adhesion. Digitally pre-printed sheets can be formed into custom signs, point-of-purchase displays and other 3D objects, eliminating costly and time-consuming screenprinting, hand painting and vinyl lettering processes for thermoformed object decoration.

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