The InterTech Technology Awards honour technologies predicted to have a major transformational impact on the printing industry. The ultra-high-speed, single-pass EFI Reggiani Bolt press for digital textile printing is the very first textile printer to receive an InterTech Award.
The textile printer from EFI received the InterTech™ Technology Award from Printing United Alliance. Thanks to its cutting-edge printhead concept and high-performance ink delivery system for direct-to-textile printing, the 1.8m wide EFI Reggiani BOLT is the fastest digital textile printer available, delivering a top throughput speed of 90m (295 feet) per minute at a 600 x 600 dots per inch (dpi) resolution. It features high-end imaging in drop sizes from 5 to 30 picolitres, and also provides premium-quality 600 x 4800 maximum-dpi resolution printing, allowing customers to address their full range of design needs.
The printer stands apart from other devices, giving textile manufacturers high uptime and reliability, high-performance throughput, and unparalleled printing uniformity and accuracy. A robust, industrial platform solution designed for 24/7 operation, it offers an innovative, low-maintenance, fast-startup recirculation printhead that delivers high-quality printing with superior uptime. Users can reduce the cost per metre of digitally printed textiles with the Bolt while creating a broader range of designs quickly and efficiently. Plus, the printer can include one or more analogue printing stations as an option, integrated into the digital printer for special effects.
‘We are extremely proud of receiving this award,’ said EFI Reggiani Senior Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. ‘EFI Reggiani is strongly committed to developing cutting-edge technologies and sustainable solutions for the textile industry, as we believe that innovation is the key to our customers’ success. This achievement further validates our never-ending dedication to delivering the best technology solutions possible and is a great source of motivation for the team.’
To date, three Bolt printers have been installed, one in Italy and two in Pakistan, and one more installation is being finalised in Pakistan. In the first year Bolt printers were in operation, they produced more than 10 million linear metres of printed fabric, and to date they have printed more than 25 million linear metres worldwide. It represents a worldwide record amount of digital textile output coming from a single printing platform, reflecting the printer’s highly reliable operation in high-volume environments.
With unparalleled speed, minimal set-up time, including no time lost for maintenance at startup and during production, and with massive ink laydown for the highest-quality, vibrant images in the same time frame compared to existing technology, the EFI Reggiani Bolt competes on a total cost of ownership basis with virtually any analogue textile printing technology.
The EFI Fiery® BT-1000 digital front end (DFE) colour management and RIP solution drives the printer, enabling efficient job management while streaming jobs directly to the printer in real time. It is purpose-built to deliver fine detail, smooth gradations, clean solid colours, deep blacks and high saturation. Superior screening and fine dithering algorithms with the Fiery DFE provide high-quality print results.