EFI has announced a raft of new systems for printing to ceramics at the Tecnargilla show in Italy. This includes the new Cretaprint C4 printer, which has a width up to 745mm but is smaller and lighter than previous editions. It features a new user interface and advanced nozzle plate cleaning. It has a new vacuum system with higher pressure and a newly designed transport system for better alignment. EFI also showed its Cretaprint C3+ and Cretaprint P3+ printers with widths up to 700mm and 1400 mm wide respectively.
EFI has also developed a new ink system, designed to produce the highest accuracy under any printing conditions. It has a simpler design that reduces the number of pumps. This allows for different ink flow rates so that operators can use the same ink system with multiple printheads. The printheads can be automatically cleaned and the refilling has been improved.
There’s a new Tone Adjustment System (TAS) that guides the user through the study and application of changes in tone or intensity to apply to a model without extensive knowledge in colour management.
EFI has also developed a dual laser system to detect both the position and the thickness of each piece, automatically adjusting for the height of each tile. In addition, Cretavision can now take the tile’s relief pattern into consideration and fit any design to the tile’s relief, regardless of the order in which the tiles enter the system.
EFI has also developed a version of its Fiery ProServer digital front end for its Cretaprint systems, which promises consistent colour quality while lowering ink consumption. The Fiery also allows automatic creation of a special effect channel for digital decoration as well as automatic white ink-channel generation for dark coloured glazes.