Designed to offer the lowest total cost of ownership and the highest image quality at the highest rated throughput speeds in its class, the roll-to-roll UV-LED inkjet printer delivers fast production speeds up to 480m (5160 square feet) per hour. The 5m wide EFI VUTEk 5r+ roll-to-roll printer has been installed at U.S. based Parallax.
Speaking about his new printer, Parallax founder David Clevenger stated that he is impressed with the quality, having been involved with UV ink for 20 years in digital printing. ‘There has been a big evolution in the technology that you can see with the UV-LED imaging on the VUTEk 5r+,’ said Clevenger, ‘The EFI product eliminates the adhesion, colour gamut and outgassing issues that were a factor in previous UV inkjet print devices Parallax has had over the years.’
The printer is the first EFI device at Parallax, a company that has a busy production floor with dye-sublimation, UV and latex devices from several different manufacturers. The new addition reflects the emphasis Clevenger and his son, Parallax VP Lee Clevenger, place on selecting and offering advanced production technologies that reflect the company’s emphasis on unbeatable print quality.
The printer is available with several optional features. Clevenger praised the integrated slitting and cutting option purchased on his new printer for the value it provides compared with using a separate, dedicated cutting system. ’Cutting and slitting would take a longer time using offline equipment for many of the large pieces we print on this device,’ he explained. ‘The cutting option on the VUTEk 5r+ gives us a similar level of precision and faster throughput for less money.’
Parallax is also one of the first EFI customers to incorporate a complete set of three motorised winders and unwinders on its printer. The winder options not only give Parallax the ability to print with larger and heavier rolls, they also ensure highly accurate media feeding and more-precise media collection.
Parallax uses its newest roll-to-roll device for a wide range of applications, including producing outdoor graphics and printing on several different specialised materials. Parallax’s diverse client base – which includes architectural and construction companies, Fortune 500 corporations and local universities – is benefitting from the VUTEk printer’s ability to efficiently produce larger, high quality graphics.
The printer’s 7-picolitre UltraDrop Technology provides superb transitions, vignettes, skin tones and shadows. The printer also has new white ink printing modes for faster speeds compared with the original EFI VUTEk 5r model. In addition, the VUTEk 5r+ provides higher ink densities, a larger colour gamut and overall better print quality – enhancements that come from a re-engineered printhead control algorithm.