Graphix Supply World (GSW) showcased the first 3.2m EFI™ Pro 30h hybrid flatbed/roll-fed LED entry-level production printer in Africa at an open house event held at its Johannesburg branch.
The production printer brings a whole new meaning to the word ‘wide’. It prints on a wide variety of substrates for a wide variety of applications, all with superior image quality and environmentally friendly benefits. The result is that the EFI™ Pro 30h broadens a user’s capabilities, versatility and productivity.
With the EFI™ Pro 30h hybrid printer, a user can upgrade or add board and roll-to-roll print jobs to their wide format capabilities. Features include: four colours plus white standard for those high value prints, EFI™ UltraDrop™ Technology 7pL greyscale printing, resolution up to 1200dpi, a magnetic linear drive for better drop placement and a greater colour gamut.
Applications include day/night backlit graphics, interior decoration, retail signage, outdoor signage, wall coverings and window graphics. The powerful combination of EFI™’s hybrid and LED curing technology will not only help users meet the growing demands for higher quality with quicker turnaround times, but also offer the ability to print on new and unique substrates – opening doors to more applications and unique, creative opportunities.
Users can take on more jobs and keep them moving with productivity up to 230sqm/hr. The Continuous Board feature allows users to maximise the printer’s full production speeds with large boards or multiple small boards. Changeover from rigid to flexible printing is fast and easy, and the Pro 30h features dual roll printing for even more throughput.
Sidney Ouahnoun, Senior Director Sales CEE/MEA Display Graphics at EFI™, said EFI™ has sold over 50 EFI™ machines in South Africa, and over 150 in Africa. He added that tier 2 service is available for all EFI™ customers based in South Africa, and that EFI™ run a trade-in for upgrades. The machines are then refurbished by EFI™ and sold on the international EFI™ network to customers.
Ouahnoun also outlined fast growing segments for EFI™, which include digital corrugated packaging, as well as soft signage, which has been growing again after Covid-19, with a move from PVC to textile. EFI’s FabriVU textile machine uses an average of 4ml of ink per square metre, and features recirculating purge, so that there is no wastage of FabriVU ink. Ouahnoun said EFI™ ink has the highest pigment percentage per millilitre than any other manufacturer.