Electronics For Imaging unveiled its next-generation hybrid flatbed/roll platform technology called the VUTEk h series printers. The news comes shortly after the introduction of its VUTEk FabriVU 340i, an aqueous soft signage printer.
Designed for high-volume production of premium signage and graphics, the new VUTEk h series of 3.2-metre wide hybrid LED printers feature new, high-velocity 7-picolitre UltraDrop Technology greyscale print heads. The printers offer four- and eight-colour printing modes plus white, as well as five-layer print capability in a single pass.
The new VUTEk h3 model has a maximum throughput of up to 74 boards per hour, while the h5 model, which is available direct from EFI or as field upgrade to the h3 model, can produce up to 109 boards per hour.
EFI also launched a new industrial textile pigment ink technology for direct-to-textile production. The company explains this Reggiani pigment ink technology gives users a faster, environmentally friendly production process with inline polymerisation that requires less water, less energy and less processing time, with no washing or steaming needed.
In addition, the ink’s fastness properties and high printability sharpness, according to EFI, will allow printing on a wide range of fabrics with the fine-detail designs. The new pigment textile technology completes the range of EFI Reggiani products presented over the past year, including the FLEXY digital printer and the brand-new EFI Reggiani COLORS printer launched last month.
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