EFI Launching New Signage, Textile, VUTek Commercial, Production Printers at SGIA Expo

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) reports that it’s previewing new offerings at the SGIA Expo tradeshow being held in New Orleans. EFI will be showing its new EFI Pro 24f true flatbed LED printer for the first time. EFI’s exhibit at the New Orleans tradeshow also includes an EFI Reggiani industrial textile digital printer making its North American debut.

New EFI Pro 24f LED Flatbed Printer

The new EFI Pro 24f LED flatbed printer launching at SGIA Expo is designed to give signage and graphics print providers “a sharp competitive edge,” according to EFI, and incorporates the most powerful features, including EFI’s LED and variable drop grayscale print-head technology, and is said to provide precision imaging, fine detail, and outstanding image quality.

The printer, which has a 4×8-foot bed, prints in four colors, plus with white ink, as standard, and is said to be suitable for printing signage, photographic backlit displays, art reproductions, membrane switches, graphic overlays, lenticular prints and other specialty applications up to 2-inches thick. Hold-down with a multi-zone vacuum system is said to eliminate masking while ensuring accurate registration for multiple over-prints or panels. EFI’s “cool cure” LED technology is said to ensure low power consumption, minimal waste, and compatibility with thinner and heat-sensitive substrates.

An EFI Fiery proServer Core DFE built into the printer features FAST RIP acceleration technology plus various color-management and production options.

Industrial Digital Textile Production Printing with the New FLEXY printer

For industrial apparel and décor textile printing applications, EFI is showcasing the new Reggiani ReNOIR FLEXY printer in its North American debut. The 1.8-meter wide printer is said to provide the high image resolution and outstanding performance and results of larger Reggiani devices, yet is affordable enough to allow nearly any business to get into industrial textile printing. EFI says it supports the widest variety of fabrics — from knitted to woven as well as low- and high-stretchable materials — using the printer’s new “Dynaplast” fabric-adhesion device.

The printer is also said to incorporate the latest digital technologies for best-in-class performance, is easy to operate, and has a low maintenance cost, making it an ideal solution for production and sampling alike. It’s also the first EFI industrial textile printer to have a new green-housing reflecting Reggiani’s brand heritage, as well as the product line’s environmentally friendly production advantages, such an ink-recovery feature that’s said to dramatically reduces ink consumption.

Hybrid Print for Entry-Level and High-Volume Production

EFI says that the EFI Pro 16h LED wide-format hybrid roll/flatbed printer on display  at the tradeshow “sets a new standard for entry-level production (printing).”

This 65-inch wide Fiery Driven printer includes white ink and is said to deliver a low total cost of ownership and superior image quality for a broad range of applications. It also has faster print speeds than other EFI entry-level hybrid products, with some print modes offering up to a 30 percent higher throughput. The Pro 16h model is also the winner of SGIA’s 2017 Product of the Year award for UV hybrid printers from $100,000 to $500,000. It’s available from EFI and a number of EFI partners, including two companies that are also exhibiting it at the show: Nazdar SourceOne® (booth #1545) and the Ricoh Commercial & Industrial Printing Group (booth #1351).

Another hybrid product on display in the EFI booth, the EFI VUTEk LX3 Pro printer, is a 3.2-meter, eight-color, LED production device that’s said to help companies perfect their premium-quality point-of-purchase (POP) business. Designed to deliver high throughput, higher volumes, and shorter lead times, it prints up to 64 4×8-foot boards per hour in POP mode. Users are said to benefit from the high image quality needed for premium retail work and, like the Pro 16h printer, its cool-cure LED imaging reduces energy costs and gives access to more substrates, including heat-sensitive materials such as chipboard, foam, and acrylics.

Attendees can also see a virtual-reality demonstration of the EFI VUTEk HS125 Pro, a high-volume production hybrid inkjet press offering the productivity and low total cost of ownership needed to transition larger volumes of print from analog to digital printing.

Next-Generation VUTek Roll-to-Roll Printers

EFI is also showcasing its next-generation line of VUTEk roll-to-roll printers, with the 3.5-meter EFI VUTEk 3r LED printer on display at the show. This printer, with speeds up to 4,090 square feet per hour, has the highest resolution in its class, offering superior quality using EFI UltraDrop Technology 7-picoliter print heads.

Designed to be the industry’s most technically advanced LED roll-to-roll production offerings, EFI’s newest VUTEk printer line features an integrated production workflow designed to enable print professionals to do more work in less time. Users can choose a complete set of value-added options, including an inline document-finishing system for all-in-one printing, x-cutting, slitting, and collecting, and additional white and light colors.

Integrated Workflow in the ‘Journey of a Job’ for Graphics-Printing Production

EFI is also bringing streamlined, simplified production workflows with its productivity software. Version 5 of the EFI Midmarket Print Suite, which includes EFI Pace as its core MIS/ERP software, drives efficiencies for display, signage and graphics printing customers. Improvements include an upgrade to the suite’s Superwide Format component database for easier estimating, planning, and management in dedicated signage and graphics production-printing environments, as well as a new, workbench tool and deeper integration with imposition and fulfillment components.

The end-to-end workflow possibilities shown at SGIA Expo are said to extend to cross=media marketing with EFI DirectSmile, a marketing software solution for data-driven print, PURL, email, SMS, social media, mobile media, and image personalization. The software enables customers to offer customizable and flexible campaign management across multiple media, including traditional and soft signage.

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