EFI Introduces Two New Products

EFI™introduces the first LED printer in the entry-level EFI Wide Format line, the new EFI H1625 LED printer (pictured), as well as the EFI VUTEk® HS100 Pro UV inkjet press, an industry-leading, high-volume production solution offering near-offset quality for display graphics, corrugated packaging and other applications.

The EFI H1625 LED printer

The 65-inch wide H1625 LED entry-level production printer drives greater profits with a low total cost of ownership, giving users the ability to print fast-turn, high-margin wide-format graphics on roll and rigid media. The H1625 offers four-color plus white and single-pass, multilayer printing, as well as eight-level variable drop grayscale heads for superior quality imaging. Its LED technology gives users the ability to print on a broader range of substrates, including high-value, specialty substrates, opening the door to unique, creative opportunities.

The printer is also a greener solution for graphics production operations. The H1625 LED printer's ink emits lower VOC levels than solvent inks, and the cooler curing on the printer translates into lower energy costs compared to latex printers.

LED for greener operations, with more versatility and productivity

EFI is launching the printer amid significant industry momentum in LED, a green technology that expands print professionals' ability to develop new applications.

"EFI is on pace to have more than 250 EFI VUTEk LED printers operating at customer sites across the globe by mid year, and these customers are successfully using the printers' cool cure technology to achieve dynamic growth," said Scott Schinlever, senior vice president and general manager, EFI Inkjet Solutions. "Given the results that LED has had in the market so far, bringing this green technology to the EFI Wide Format product line is an important next step in helping print businesses generate new, profitable opportunities."

EFI has the industry's largest portfolio of production-class LED printers. Including the 2-meter EFI VUTEk GS2000LX Pro printer and the 3.2-meter EFI VUTEk GS3250LXr Pro, a dedicated roll-to-roll LED printer available with highly flexible inks, co-developed with 3M, that meet specific quality and warranty requirements for the production and installation of fleet and vehicle graphics.

The VUTEk HS100 Pro press

The 3.2-meter VUTEk HS100 Pro UV inkjet press represents a high point in UV inkjet productivity and flexibility. EFI customer Interstate Graphics Inc. replaced one of its existing UV inkjet printers with the VUTEk HS100 Pro press because of the speeds it offers – up to 100 boards per hour in production mode. As an IDEAlliance G7 Master-certified firm, Interstate also made its decision based on the press's accurate, consistent and repeatable imaging, an essential capability that allows the company to move more of its analog screen printing work to digital production.

"We were getting requests for longer runs and big sheets, and it was taking up too much time," said Interstate Graphics President John Norwood Jr. Depending on the production mode used, "The VUTEk HS100 Pro UV inkjet press can output at nearly triple the speed" of the high-end production printer it replaced, according to Norwood. As a result, the Rockford, Ill.-based company has saved costs by consolidating two digital production shifts into one.


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