Electronics for Imaging (EFI), a worldwide provider of products, technology and services leading the transformation of analogue to digital imaging, launched several new digital print technologies at Connect, Las Vegas.
The new technologies launched included EFI’s high-speed, premium-quality hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll superwide-format LED printer, the VUTEk h5; an advanced FS350 platform for EFI Fiery digital front ends (DFEs); and Fiery pro Server Premium DFE technology offering significantly faster processing on individual jobs for EFI superwide format printers. The high-volume, premium-quality EFI VUTEk h5 hybrid LED printer that made its debut at EFI Connect is part of the VUTEk h series of devices that global EFI R&D teams developed from the ground up.
The 126-inch wide printer can run up to 109 boards per hour and offers eight-colour and optional four-colour printing modes plus white, as well as an up to nine-layer print capability. The h5 model, which is also available as a field upgrade to the EFI VUTEk h3 printer, features UltraDrop Technology with native 7-picoliter gray scale printhead imaging and true multi-drop addressability, delivering exceptional smoothness in shadows, gradients and transitions.
Fiery FS350 Pro will drive new cut-sheet and continuous-feed digital production presses from EFI partners, as well as ultra-high-speed single-pass inkjet presses from EFI. It handles extended-gamut CMYK+ configurations and offers unique tools to save on speciality toners and inks, reducing waste while delivering impressive colour results on high-value print products.
Using the newest version of EFI Fiery Command Work Station, customers can gain an intuitive and integrated user experience with a single shared interface for Fiery Driven digital equipment, including wide- and superwide-format inkjet printers and ultra-high-speed inkjet presses. New Fiery integrations with Duplo finishing devices offer automated cutting, slitting, creasing and spot coating workflows.
For superwide-format inkjet production on EFI printers, the newest-version EFI Fiery proServer Premium DFE launched at Connect uses GPU-accelerated FAST DRIVE technology to process individual jobs twice as fast on average, eliminating idle printer time so users can maximize their printer investments.