EFI takes the wraps off new single-pass DG printer

EFI has launched a second super-high-speed product, its single-pass for display graphics printer, optimised for high-volume production on signage media at speeds up to 1,000 sheets per hour.

According to the company, this printer enables high-volume sign and graphics businesses to achieve a new, higher level of productivity.

The new EFI single-pass for display graphics UV LED inkjet printer, part of EFI’s super-high-speed series of devices, leverages the capabilities of the EFI Nozomi C18000 Plus printer for direct-to-board corrugated packaging production.

Operating at speeds that EFI says are up to three to four times faster than most shuttle-based/multi-pass printers, the EFI single-pass for display graphics printer aims to deliver high-end output on a wide range of media in quantities other digital solutions cannot match, giving customers a lower total cost of ownership, and higher profit potential, for high-volume demand.

With this new 63-inch wide single-pass solution, users can run through skids of synthetic media and paper-based materials at speeds up to 1,000 sheets or boards per hour. A future upgrade for the printer will also allow for conversion to roll-to-roll production.

In addition, the seven-colour printer delivers a wide colour gamut with six colours: CMYK with optional orange and violet inks, plus white.

EFI Fiery digital front end (DFE) is used to drive the printer, with a scalable blade-server architecture with HyperRIP performance, Adobe PDF Print Engine, and variable data support. The DFE also features Smart Ink Estimator – an advanced solution that accurately analyses image data for more-precise estimates of ink costs. 

“When EFI announced EFI Nozomi single-pass technology at drupa 2016, the company was surprised at the level of interest expressed in this printer by display graphics customers, and we have been able to respond to demand with the most productive solution dedicated to that market,” EFI vice-president of worldwide corporate marketing Ken Hanulec said.

“Single-pass technology, done right, has the potential to change every print vertical it touches and give our customers unprecedented new opportunities. As the leader in advanced UV LED digital production solutions, we are excited to bring the very important efficiencies and throughput advantages of EFI’s proven single-pass technology to the display graphics market.”

As a very high volume digital printer, Hanulec also mentioned that this new single-pass solution delivers the benefits of digital to new quantity levels that some print providers traditionally approach with analog methods.

“Users can eliminate the significant waste associated with analog screens and production make-readies, bringing a significant environmental advantage to digital display graphics printing,” he said.

The new EFI single-pass for display graphics UV LED inkjet printer is scheduled to be available later this year. The new single-pass printer is one of three new solutions from the company. Most recently, EFI also launched its new VUTEk Q3r and Q5r UV LED printers and the XT hybrid printer.

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