EFI releases D series Vutek printers
EFI is launching a new mid-range roll-to-roll printer line that it says helps sign and display graphics customers drive more volume with high-end digital print for endless applications and designs.
The company says the new EFI Vutek D3r and D5r LED inkjet printers leverage many of the advanced capabilities from EFI’s successful Vutek 3r+ and 5r+ printers, offering a mid-range solution for an even wider variety of high value applications, thanks to its combination of white and clear inks as well as its Museum print mode.
According to EFI, the new printer line also supports the collection of options for Vutek roll-to-roll LED printers, providing a full system for higher efficiency and a lower total cost of ownership.
“The D in the name for these new printers is for Design, and we are absolutely designed to offer the right mix of features, productivity and cost to create new opportunities for signage and graphics professionals,” said Ken Hanulec, EFI’s vice president of worldwide marketing. “We listened closely to our customers for feedback to create a mid-volume solution that will be the technology of choice for print providers seeking to profitably grow their businesses with high-end applications.”
The Vutek D3r, which prints up to 2,196 square feet per hour, is making its worldwide debut at the EFI Connect users’ conference, currently taking place in Las Vegas.
The second printer in the new mid-range line, the Vutek D5r, prints up to 2626 square feet per hour. Early D5r users such as Thomas Printworks in the United States and Allgraf in Italy have purchased the new printer line for its performance capabilities to meet growing demand for high-end signage, décor, outdoor graphics, and other applications.
The D3r and D5r printers, at 3.5- and 5.2-meters wide respectively, deliver outstanding smoothness in shadows, gradients and transitions with UltraDrop Technology, precise and sharp 3-point size text, and a resolution of up to 1200 dots per inch.
An ultra-high-definition print mode offers what EFI says is near-photographic quality. It says the LED curing ensures cost savings, and a more environmentally sound printing solution, consuming less energy and enabling the use of thinner, heat-sensitive substrates.
The Vutek D line is equipped with additional printheads and offers both white and jettable clear ink for matte and glossy effects, covering a wider amount of applications such as wall decorations and murals, window graphics, flooring, high-value prints with selective gloss effects, fleet graphics, and truck-side curtains.
The printers are easily customizable to the purchaser’s needs and strategies, with optional features including white and clear ink; inline x-cutters and y-slitters; automatic backlit and block-out printing; media spreaders; and motorised winders.
Both printers include EFI’s industry-leading Fiery proServer SE digital front end, allowing increased productivity as well as accurate color matching every time.
For added productivity, users can choose to add a software productivity pack and are able to remotely connect with the printers using a mobile application. EFI Vutek SuperFlex 3M inks are also available for manufacturing of popular and profitable vehicle wraps and fleet graphics.