PrinterEvolution unveiled its grand-format printer performance upgrades at the recent SGIA convention with accolades from both industry leaders and consumers.
"We were fortunate to have a great deal of media interest, people writing about the products on their blogs, and eager customers. We had a very successful show," said Greg Lamb, co--founder of PrinterEvolution and co--founder and CEO of Global Imaging, the exclusive distributor of the products in the United States.
The Evo33 and Evo33-U take a quality chassis, the VUTEk 3360 series in this case, and upgrade that chassis to specs that outperform the most expensive industrial printers on the market today, for less than $200,000. This allows business owners to leverage their original investment and at the same time be truly "green" by recycling their old printers and using a choice of greener ink options.
Both printers have an advanced ink delivery system, new industrial grade versa drop greyscale print heads, all new motion control system, new updated electronics and a new Windows 7 computer with all new interface. The Evo33-U is an upgrade kit. Technicians will come to the shop and update an existing printer by removing all dated and discontinued components and replacing them with the new components that will deliver speeds, resolutions and environmentally-friendly ink options. If prospective clients don't have a 3360 to upgrade, PrinterEvolution offers the Evo33, which is a fully upgraded printer.
The Evo33 series runs 3 times faster and at higher quality than the current 3360 running in 8-color mode. The printer reaches quality production speeds of up to 1000 square feet per hour and uses 10 picoliter versa drop greyscale heads instead of 80 picoliter fixed drop heads. With 10pL versa drop, fully greyscale heads there is no need for light colors to achieve gorgeous quartertones, skin tones and smooth gradations. The inks and heads are used more efficiently, offering up to a 30 to 50 percent cost reduction per square foot compared to 6- or 8-color printing.
The printers are capable of being configured with one of two different eco-friendly inks. Water-based AquaSub33 dye sublimation inks are non-irritating, odorless, and have low flammability and can be used for direct or transfer textile printing. To complete the textile workflow, PrinterEvolution can also pair a Klieverik Calendar Transfer with the Evo33 series upgrades.
LoSol33 biosolvent inks, formulated especially for the Evo33 printers, have all the qualities of solvent ink but are made up of 60 percent natural, renewable materials and contain no HAP’s or heavy metals.
Another component of the Evo33 system is the iPad-based service and support system called Smart Site, that allows PrinterEvolution technicians to remotely diagnose and help users fix issues real time. It includes training modules for production staff, provides a diagnostic wizard to assist users from issue, to symptom to causes and solutions that include videos and images. It will also push interactive preventative maintenance queues and it continually grows with Evo33 community experiences. QR codes on major components tie directly into the service module for diagnostics and troubleshooting. Users can stream live issues via the video capabilities. The iPad will also have a custom storefront for ordering products and supplies.