EFI introduced several new printers and a new printer platform, as well as updates on its BioVu inks and distribution.
Based on the Vutek UltraVu II 3360 printer, the new 126-in. Vutek 3360 is now more versatile and scalable. And, with several models within the 3360 line now available, it is being touted as a platform rather than a printer. Promoted as the ??"????ideal first Vutek for commercial printers,??"??"? the 3360 now offers Entry Level and Full Production Level models, compatibility with Vutek BioVu inks, a choice between regular and Fast 4 printing, and 4-, 6-, and 8-color printing.
The differences between the Entry Level and Full Production Level machines are specific to functionality and productivity, says Mike Wozny, EFI Vutek product manager. ??"????A fully configured Full-Production printer is capable of both 8-color and Fast 4 printing up to 1622 sq ft/hr, solvent and dye-sub applications, 2-sided backlit printing, and more. An Entry 8-channel printer produces up to 632 sq ft/hr and prints good-quality solvent applications and, more importantly, can be upgraded in the field to Full Production Level printer.??"??"?
All 3360 models offer 720-dpi apparent resolutions (360-dpi addressable), and 80-pl Spectra Nova printheads. As Wozny indicates, top speeds will vary with the model chosen: Entry Level model, 316 sq ft/hr; Entry Level Fast 4, 632 sq ft/hr; Full Production model, 341 sq ft/hr; Full Production Fast 4, 1622 sq ft/hr. Customers also can choose between the EFI Fiery XF RIP or ColorBurst RIP.
Now optional on the 3360 is a second-ink delivery system, allowing a single machine to utilize both Vutek BioVu solvent and Vutek dye-sublimation inks??"??"?the user simply has to flip a switch. Vutek inks are supplied in 3.25-ltanks and are available in CMYKcm and White. Other optional equipment includes an alignment system to enable front/back registration required for two-sided printing.
Entry-level printers are field upgradeable; upgrades to existing UltraVu II 3360 printers begin in Q1 2007.
Price: $149,000 to $279,000.
Like its sister printer, the QS2000 (introduced earlier this year), the new 126.5-in. Vutek QS3200 features EFI??"??"??s High Definition Printing (HDP) capability that offers resolutions up to 1080 dpi, 6-color imaging, EFI Fiery XF image processing, and image-smoothing technology. With Seiko 30-picoliter printheads and three heads per channel, the QS3200 features 6-color CMYKcm + White UV-curable inks, and prints crisp text as small as 4-pt type.
The QS3200 produces speeds up to 900 sq ft/hr rollfed or 22 4 x 8-ft boards/hr, and offers resolutions between 540 and 1080 dpi. Equipped with a vacuum bed and accommodating substrates up to 2-in. thick, the QS3200 is able to switch over between roll and rigid feeds in less than a minute, says the company. The QS3200 also offers a feed-side control module and multi-job layout function to com??"?bine separate jobs into one print run to reduce substrate waste.
Buyers can choose between the EFI Fiery XF RIP or the ColorBurst RIP.
In addition, EFI has modified the formulation of its Vutek BioVu solvent inks. After the first stage of beta testing, the inks are now optimized for additional substrates, produce better color density, a wider gamut, dense blacks, and offer improved shelf stability, says the company.
EFI also has announced distribution agreements with Pitman/Charrette and Global Imaging. Pitman/Charrette will now distribute Vutek printers and EFI front ends, while Global Imaging will sell the Vutek product line, as well as EFI??"??"??s workflow and business-manage??"?ment solutions.