EFI Vutek h5 Hybrid LED Printer launched in Las Vegas
The 20th annual Electronics For Imaging users conference – EFI Connect held in Las Vegas on 21-24 January 2019, also witnessed the launch of EFI Vutek h5 Hybrid LED Printer. It is the EFI’s newest high-speed, premium-quality hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll superwide-format printer. The high-volume EFI VUTEk h5 hybrid LED printer is part of the VUTEk h series of devices that global EFI R&D teams developed from the ground up.
The 126-inch wide printer can run up to 109 boards per hour and offers 8-color and optional 4-color printing modes plus white, as well as an up to 9-layer print capability. The h5 model, which is also available as a field upgrade to the EFI VUTEk h3 printer, features UltraDrop Technology with native 7-picoliter grayscale printhead imaging and true multi-drop addressability, delivering exceptional smoothness in shadows, gradients and transitions.
VUTEk h series printers’ automated table and carriage alignment – along with a new camera-based vision system for subpixel alignment, printhead density balance, and step and bi-directional setup – significantly increase productivity and accuracy. And, the series’ drop-in ink design system eliminates ink waste and provides fill-while-printing functionality for continuous productivity.
The Connect exhibition floor also featured the EFI Pro 24f flatbed and Pro 32r roll-to-roll LED printers, along with the EFI VUTEk 3r+, a LED roll-to-roll printer. Attendees could see the company’s latest advancement for the expanding soft-signage market: the EFI VUTEk FabriVU 340i – an aqueous dispersed dye-sublimation printer offering in-line calendering at fast production speeds.
EFI Connect also featured displays and VR demos showcasing the broader scope of advanced capabilities in EFI’s digital portfolio, including ultra-high-speed, direct-to-board corrugated production on the multiple award-winning EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED inkjet press, and advanced tile decoration using new 5th generation EFI Cretaprint printers.
Several conference workshops, keynotes and demonstration areas highlighted important industrial production and re-shoring opportunities in textiles. Numerous samples of creative output applications were on display from EFI Reggiani. The conference also included more than 200 presentations and hands-on training sessions.
“Our commitment to innovation means EFI customers have few limits in how they can create new opportunities in digital print,” said Frank Mallozzi, EFI’s chief revenue officer.
Keynote and general session presenters include new EFI CEO Bill Muir; Joseph Popolo, CEO of The Freeman Co.; fashion designer Ariel Swedroe; Olivier Gariépy and Michel Savoie of the Cirque du Soleil Costume Workshop; EFI CFO Marc Olin; and Gabriel Matsliach, SVP and GM, EFI Productivity Software.
EFI partners who participated in Connect’s solutions center included: 3M Commercial Solutions; Aberdeen Fabrics; Berger Textiles; Duplo; Enfocus; Esko; Highcon; Kodak; Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.; Lubrizol; MBM Corporation; OneVision; The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation; Print Speak; Printing United; Progress Software Corp.; Ricoh Americas Corp.; RISO; SpencerMetrics; Xerox and Zünd.