EFI demonstrated a number of new wide format printers at last week’s Fespa 217 show, including a new Reggiani Flexy and a number of Vutek models.
By far the most interesting of these was the Reggiani Renoir Flexy, an industrial textile printer aimed at the furnishings and garments markets. It’s a 1.8m wide machine, with eight printheads and 2400 dpi resolution. It uses what EFI has rather grandly dubbed as ‘brand new Dynaplast technology’ and everybody else calls a sticky belt, which is fairly common to most textile printers aimed at the garment market. Essentially, the sticky belt uses a low tack adhesive to grab hold of the substrate, which is necessary to hold stretchy materials in place for printing. The Flexy also boasts an ink recovery feature that reduces ink consumption. It’s capable of producing 400 sqm/hr. It produces very nice images, judging by the samples at Fespa.
EFI also showed several new Vutek printers. This included a new LED hybrid, the Pro 16h, designed as an entry level model. Scott Schinlever, general manager of EFI’s inkjet business, says that it’s aimed at those companies that have several smaller printers and want to consolidate to a single production machine.
There was also a new 3.2m wide machine, the Vutek 3r, a roll-fed LED printer that is effectively based on a Matan printer, EFI having acquired Matan back in 2015. It can produce up to 345 sqm/hr. There is also a five metre wide version, the 5r, which can produce up to 455 sqm/hr.
EFI also announced version 5 of its Midmarket Print Suite, which gains an upgrade to the Superwide Format component database for easier estimating, planning and management of sign jobs. There’s also a new workbench tool and deeper integration with imposition and fulfilment components.