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CMYUK to debut the new EFI VUTEk FabriVU at Open House event

CMYUK to debut the new EFI VUTEk FabriVU at Open House event
New printers from EFI will be making waves at CMYUK’s forthcoming Printer Production Open House, which will take place on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th May at the company’s demonstration and training centre in Shrewsbury.

This game-changing equipment will be showcased alongside CMYUK’s full complement of world leading technology from Mimaki, Canon, Epson, Klieverik, Kongsberg, Trotec, and others.

 EFI is an established leader in digital industrial textile printing. Its new VUTEk FabriVU 340i+ offers customers the widest application range, plus a compelling TCO, that according to EFI, delivers the highest income yield and the lowest acquisition cost.

The 340i+ provides businesses with the opportunity to expand into profitable new soft signage/textile applications and markets. It offers the same versatility as the current EFI VUTEk 340i model, facilitating both direct-to-substrate and paper sublimation printing. An integrated heat fixation unit that can be turned on and off when required, eliminates the need for an additional heat-press, thus saving time, money, and floor space.

It also features incremental improvements and redesigned elements too. For example, it boasts eight Kyocera printheads rather than four, has doubled the resolution from 300 to 600dpi, and increases POP speeds by 48 percent. Further, a redesigned heating plate ensures improved temperature uniformity, particularly between jobs, less outgassing but with the same colour intensity, and overall faster system reaction. A new flag ink removal kit enables the system to manage high ink volumes without touching the loaded material, while an optional vacuum plate for transfer paper (which is field upgradable) will be available soon.

“There’s a great deal of interest around the FabriVU 340i+,” said Brett Platt, CMYUK’s Textiles Business Manager. “It offers a real opportunity for customers to expand their business offerings. The integrated fixation capability is perfect for companies that don’t have the floor space or CAPEX spend for an additional stand-alone heat press and it offers a host of advantages that we are excited to share with both new and existing customers. CMYUK has long been a hub for digital textile printing, and these days it’s almost unthinkable for sign and display businesses not to offer soft signage solutions, including TFS, murals, SEG Backlights, event backdrops, hanging banners, retail fixture wraps, front lit POP, promotional tents, and divisional graphics.”

The Pro 30h 3.2m Hybrid UV LED printer evens out the EFI portfolio perfectly, offering wide format 3.2m production at a highly competitive price point of £164,995 including delivery, warranty and installation.

This printer is designed to be ultra-productive and features proven technological innovations found in EFI Reggiani textile printers, high-speed h-series and single-pass platforms. With ultra-quick set-up times and an in-feed take-up system, the EFI Pro 30h handles dual media rolls as well as continuous board printing, delivering 100 percent productivity by enabling boards to be printed back-to-back without stopping the printer carriage.

In common with the EFI Reggiani, it uses a magnetic linear drive rather than a pulley system ensuring a far quieter carriage, with less vibration to enable consistent and precise ink dot placement. It also features dual monitors giving screen access for production control working at both the front and back of the press, thus increasing efficiency for the operative.

 This printer also comes complete with XA inks, a new inkset that, following the drive for productivity, is available in large five-litre bottle sizes. These new inks can be used for both roll-to-roll and rigid applications as they are flexible and also adhere very well to rigid sheets. They are durable and resistant to finger marks and any contusions bought about by the stacking of rigid materials.

EFI has transitioned away from UV mercury ink curing to cold LEDs, which offers several benefits, including low energy consumption and the option of printing thinner, lighter, sustainable materials that don’t buckle or malfunction due to heat issues. Unlike UV mercury lamps that need to be replaced every year, LEDs have a five-year lifespan.

 Sue Hayward, CMYUK Sales Director (Equipment), commented: “The Pro 30h is a stunning piece of kit that combines many hugely successful elements of EFI technology packaged in one printer. It’s a very impressive proposition and customers are buzzing over its feature set. We anticipate that it will be a very strong contender in the market.”

CMYUK’s range of materials including eco grade products will also be on show at the event, and visitors will be able to access advice on the best value finance packages available for their businesses.

 For further information, visit: www.cmyuk.com

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