EFI has shown off three new Vutek wide format printers in the US. The HS125 is said to be the fastest Vutek printer yet, capable of producing 125 boards per hour, at a quality that EFI claims is close to offset. There are several automated material handling options including one for corrugated board. It uses a new UltraFX Technology for inline clear printing that enhances the visual impact of printed images and reduces the appearance of unwanted visual artifacts.
There’s also a new version of the GS3250lx Pro. The GS3LX Pro is also a 3.2m wide hybrid roll to roll machine, and also features the UltraFX technology, as well as using greyscale printhead. It uses LED curing and is said to be up to 50% faster than the current GS3250lx Pro with comparable image quality.
EFI also demonstrated a new H1625-SD, essentially a version of its entry-level 1.65m UV hybrid printer that uses SuperDraw UV ink for near-photographic imaging direct to thermoformable substrates.
EFI has also developed a new line of UV roll and water-based coatings, EFI Armor, that provide three- to five-year weather and chemical protection for prints. This can be applied to rigid, flexible and thermoformable inkjet graphics output.