For superwide-format print companies, and users wanting optimum roll-fed versatility obtained from working with up to three rolls simultaneously for extremely fast throughput, EFI announced important enhancements to its VUTEK GS5000r 5m production platform. Now benefiting from an automated double-sided printing capability, this versatile machine now includes in-line white ink to increase its versatility and enable it to be used with non-white and clear materials.
The EFI Rastek R3204 also provides an excellent production unit for users wanting to transfer from solvent-based ink chemistries. This 3.2m roll-to-roll wide-format printer follows on from the company's successful flatbed UV-curable versions and offers the entry-level market sector a tough and reliable solution producing photographic quality onto coated and uncoated materials.
As well as running regular demonstrations on this diverse range of platforms, EFI also featured the Jetrion 4830 narrow-format digital ink-jet production printer for label printers and small-format signs and fliers. Launched earlier in the year, EFI's industrial 3.2m dye sublimation textile printer received high levels of attention on the Hilord stand. This company's inks are utilised in the VUTEk TX3250r for their rich and durable colours essential for direct and transfer printing onto polyester-based fabrics.
Because integrated workflow solutions are becoming increasingly important to print service providers of all sizes, EFI was also busy at FESPA Digital demonstrating its options designed to cover every requirement for business management and production control. The company's leading software RIP for wide-format, Fiery XF, was shown running the Jetrion 4830 as well as all the VUTEk and Rastek devices on the stand.
EFI's software products have been developed to enable print companies to run their businesses more efficiently, and these include Digital StoreFront for dual-purpose online web-to-print capabilities. This innovative product, along with Fiery XF, plus the company's management information systems for the wide-format sector, Pace and PrintFlow, were run in real-time on the VUTEk GS3250LX to show users the benefits of a truly integrated workflow and the benefits of JDF connectivity.