The VUTEk GS3250LX’s continuous board feature enables users to take on more jobs and turn them round faster with colour consistent board-to-board productivity of up to 55 1.2m x 2.4m boards per hour. The machine’s precision alignment fence is designed to position every sheet accurately without adjustment, and the addition of the VUTEk MediaMaster automated loading and offloading system maximises the printer's capability to run at full speed in every mode with hands free operation.
New Version of 5m VUTEk
EFI has also added upgrades to its 5m roll-fed printer, the VUTEk GS5000r, including in-line white ink and an automated double-sided printing option. Already renowned for its versatility, including the ability to print to three rolls of material simultaneously, this unit is the only machine in its class with UV-curable ink covered by the 3M MCS Warranty when co-branded EFI and 3M inks are used with 3M flexible materials.
Simon McKenzie, director of Hollywood Monster in the UK, is taking delivery of his second UV-curable VUTEk machine having discovered the raft of benefits incorporated into the machines, including low running costs. “Formerly I was a long-standing customer of another manufacturer but, two years ago, I installed a VUTEk QS3200 because I needed to increase both quality and throughput speeds. Of vital importance was reliability, along with fast response to queries, and the service we get from EFI couldn’t be better. As a result, it made sense for us to invest in a second VUTEk solution and, as our business is growing rapidly, the addition of the GS3200 is vital to our production requirements.”
EFI’s New Textile Printer at Hilord Stand
Launched earlier in the year, the EFI VUTEk TX3250r dye-sublimation textile printer will be demonstrated on the Hilord stand (A1/B41) at FESPA Digital. This 3.2m direct and indirect fabric solution combines industrial productivity, high-quality output and application versatility to meet the growing demand and requirements of the soft signage and digital textile market. It utilises Hilord’s sublimation dyes for rich and durable colour on all polyester-based materials.
Rastek R3204 Preview
EFI’s Rastek line of entry-level UV-curable printers is also being represented at FESPA Digital, with the H652 being complemented by the new Rastek R3204. This latest solution is a roll-fed machine with a maximum width of 3.2m and the ability to output superior image quality at good production speeds, at a price point under 100,000 euros.
The Rastek H652 is proving to be a popular addition to print shops and sign-makers that want all the benefits found with EFI technology in a low cost hybrid production unit. This machine, which incorporates highly opaque white ink, offers best-in-class photographic quality for a wide range of applications and is also proving to be popular in the industrial and packaging sectors.
EFI Rastek T660 at the ESC stand
EFI’s distributor ESC (Hall B1 Stand 30) is showing the EFI Rastek T660 UV flatbed printer, which offers high image quality, accurate registration and white ink printing capabilities on a platform that caters to the industrial and speciality application markets. The printer is a perfect choice for entry-level or mid-size print shops where superior image quality and delivering faster turnaround times are critical to meeting customer demands.
Software Integration for Greater Efficiency
EFI is also showing a fully integrated workflow between Digital StoreFront, Pace, PrintFlow, Fiery XF, and the VUTEk GS3250LX. Digital StoreFront is a dual-purpose online platform that brings customisable and easy to use web-to-print functionality to users and their end customers. Pace and PrintFlow are EFI’s management information systems for the wide-format industry. The enhanced Fiery XF 4.5 RIP enables enhanced colour handling, accuracy and performance, as well as easier and faster job deployment. It is ideal for mixed production environments and multiple printers, which include solutions to help print shops run their businesses more efficiently.