EFI™ showcased new enhancements to its portfolio of advanced inkjet and graphic arts production workflow products at the ISA International Sign Expo which took place from 24-26 April in Orlando.
EFI’s exhibit included the first LED printer in the entry-level EFI Wide Format line, the new EFI H1625 LED printer, as well as the EFI VUTEk® HS100 Pro UV inkjet press, an industry-leading, high-volume production solution offering near-offset quality for display graphics, corrugated packaging and other applications.
The 165cm wide H1625 LED entry-level production printer drives greater profits with a low total cost of ownership, giving users the ability to print fast-turn, high-margin wide-format graphics on roll and rigid media. The H1625 offers four-colour plus white and single-pass, multilayer printing, as well as eight-level variable drop greyscale heads for superior quality imaging. Its LED technology gives users the ability to print on a broader range of substrates, including high-value, speciality substrates, opening the door to unique, creative opportunities.
The printer is also a greener solution for graphics production operations. The H1625 LED printer’s ink emits lower VOC levels than solvent inks, and the cooler curing on the printer translates into lower energy costs compared to latex printers.
‘EFI is on pace to have more than 250 EFI VUTEk LED printers operating at customer sites across the globe by mid-year, and these customers are successfully using the printers’ cool cure technology to achieve dynamic growth,’ said Scott Schinlever, senior vice president and general manager, EFI Inkjet Solutions. ‘Given the results that LED has had in the market so far, bringing this green technology to the EFI Wide Format product line is an important next step in helping print businesses generate new, profitable opportunities.’
EFI has the industry’s largest portfolio of production-class LED printers. In addition to the new EFI H1625 LED printer, EFI’s stand at the International Sign Expo that featured the 2m EFI VUTEk GS2000lx Pro printer and the 3.2m EFI VUTEk GS3250lxr Pro, a dedicated roll-to-roll LED printer available with highly flexible inks, co-developed with 3M, that meet specific quality and warranty requirements for the production and installation of fleet and vehicle graphics.
In addition to the LED printers and the VUTEk HS100 Pro press, EFI’s International Sign Expo exhibit also included:
• The EFI VUTEk QS2 Pro, a 2m, UV hybrid printer that combines variable-drop greyscale printing and white ink print capabilities with VUTEk production speeds.
• The EFI Fiery® proServer, a high-performance digital front end and colour management workflow offering for VUTEk printers.
• Industry-leading workflow products, including EFI Pace™print MIS software and EFI Digital StoreFront® web-to-print software were showcased in an integrated workflow for seamless production from job submission through printing on an EFI VUTEk printer.
EFI’s stand also featured a demonstration that highlighted two significant signage technology innovations: the EFI SmartSign Analytics signage viewership data analysis product, and the EFI VUTEk GS Pro-TF thermoforming system for high-quality digital printing of 3D, thermoformed displays.