EFI has introduced a new member of its VUTEk QS family of superwide-format UV printers, the 3.2-meter UV roll-to-roll QS3250r, which utilizes new technology to expand applications, enhance media handling, and simplify workflows. The new QS3250r packs dozens of innovations that customers will immediately recognize as keys to making their print businesses more profitable with a wider range of materials and applications.
"Aside from constantly growing, the superwide printing market is also evolving, and the QS3250r is the latest generation of VUTEk printers to address this changing market," said Dick Wissenbach, senior vice president/general manager, EFI VUTEk. "Leading the industry in resolution and speed, the QS3250r has expanded the number of capable applications for UV roll-to-roll printing at a very cost-effective price. EFI customers expect to be on the cutting edge of printing technology, and the next-generation advancements we've made in the QS3250r give our customers a clear advantage over their competition."
EFI customer Georgia Printco, LLC in Lakeland, GA was among the first to experience the QS3250r in action. "A national print brokerage firm asked us to print 500,000 square feet of banner material in a very short amount of time. EFI delivered and installed our VUTEk QS3250r and had us printing in 48 hours," said Drew Barry, director of marketing for Georgia Printco. "The printer has been printing around the clock for almost a month, and EFI's tech support has been responsive and helpful. So far we have produced over 295,000 square feet, and we're still going strong. The quality and reliability from VUTEk have both been superb."
The QS3250r 3.2-meter UV roll-to-roll printer expands applications with new features that include automated laser-aligned double-sided printing and platen temperature control. The automated laser system simplifies the process of printing double sided images, enabling enhanced registration for double-sided banners, while reducing production time, and minimizing waste. The new platen control unit accommodates printing on low-cost and heat-sensitive materials, giving customers the ability to improve profits by reducing costs and expand their print capabilities. Providing near-perfect panel matching, the QS3250r enables printing on a wide range of flexible media up to .125 inches thick at speeds up to 1,850 square feet per hour. Plus, with resolution up to 1080 dpi, this printer is ideal for producing superior quality point-of-purchase displays, indoor and outdoor posters and signage, fleet graphics and high-margin wallpaper applications.
A temperature control system eliminates stress on the media to ensure smooth travel through the print area, which is especially important for thin, unsupported media, and a new encoder design increases accuracy without media distortion. Workflows are also more sophisticated with the inclusion of interior lights, a media alignment scale and a platen vacuum gauge, all of which contribute to the incredible usability of the machine and reduce set-up time.
All EFI VUTEk superwide printers are optimized for use with Fiery XF, EFI's production RIP solution for superwide- and wide-format printers.
"The new VUTEk QS3250r will be shipping in first quarter 2010," added Wissenbach. "EFI has a long history of product innovation, and the VUTEk QS3250r is another strong example of that innovation at work."