EFI offers faster F4 Vuteks

EFI has launched new F4 versions of two of its Vutek wide format printers – the HS125 F4 and HS100 – which have been reconfigured for dual CMYK set-up.

EFI launched this 8-colour Vutek HS 125 Pro at Fespa 2016.

These printers have eight colour channels – the original models used CMYK plus light colours – so using two sets of CMYK allows for faster printing, up to 225 boards per hour on the HS125 F4 and up to 190 boards per hour on the HS100 F4. The inks themselves have been reformulated to allow them to cure at the higher print speed with the existing curing set up of the original models.

Inevitably the image quality will suffer without the light colours so these are really aimed at long distance viewing applications such as billboards, which also allow for faster, lower quality modes. Otherwise, the F4 printers appear to offer the same features as the original models, including pin and cure, variable-drop grayscale imaging, and full- and semi-automated materials handling.

Ken Hanulec, vice president of marketing for EFI Inkjet, commented: “These two new printers run more than 50% faster, and a speed boost like this gives our customers an important new opportunity to increase their margins.”

It is possible to convert the original printers to the F4 specification, but only those printers that have been bought since the beginning of this year, which suggests that there may have been further changes to the hardware. Naturally EFI won’t confirm the price of the printers or the conversion or go into much detail about the printers themselves so it’s impossible to say if this is likely to be a good investment.


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