Inkjet, LED and workflow Innovations = greater profit opportunities, says EFI

EFI’s offerings — from a new web-to-print technology and a significantly faster image processing workflow, to 7-picoliter grayscale printhead technology for near-photographic imaging, to the world’s top technology for energy-efficient “cool cure” LED imaging at full production speeds — open doors to new revenue streams and greater profit opportunities.

LED technology is a key feature in EFI’s product range. With more than 500 LED inkjet printers installed at locations worldwide, EFI is leading the charge in the significant advantages of higher-quality, versatile imaging on broader range of substrates — with virtually no VOC emissions and significantly reduced energy usage. EFI customers are gaining a competitive advantage from their ability to print on thin, inexpensive films, corrugated board and other materials that cannot withstand the heat associated with other drying or curing methods. LED is also the replacement technology of choice printers will be forced to install once RoHS 2 comes into full force.

One LED inkjet technology user, the Sir Speedy printing franchise in Raleigh, N.C., expanded the range of products it sells to new and existing clients with a 65-inch EFI H1625 LED hybrid roll/flatbed printer. The printer’s flatbed capabilities have eliminated a good amount of outsourcing the business once did, opening the door to more-profitable selling opportunities on jobs printed on brushed metal and other specialty substrates.This printer is an entry-level product offering high-quality, eight-level grayscale imaging and superior white ink capabilities at an affordable price.

Other LED printers include:

  • The EFI VUTEk GS2000lx Pro with UltraDrop Technology, a 2-meter hybrid printer with eight colors plus white that delivers exceptional quality, including crisp four-point type and vibrant color, thanks to high-end capabilities of its variable-drop, grayscale 7-picoliter UltraDrop printheads.
  • The 3.2-meter EFI VUTEk GS3250lxr Pro, a dedicated roll-to-roll printer that extends LED UV imaging into the fleet and vehicle wrap, textile soft signage and specialty out-of-home markets with advanced SuperFlex Inks from EFI and 3M.

EFI’s product range also includes the award-winning flagship of the EFI VUTEk portfolio, the 3.2-meter, hybrid EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro press, a high-volume, analog replacement solution that uses a combination LED/UV pin and cure imaging process to provide exceptional quality and high productivity. The press also features automated material loading and unloading systems, along with a material edge guide system for printing corrugated board and other challenging substrates at press rated-speeds.

The 2-meter, hybrid EFI VUTEk H2000 Pro UV inkjet printer on display features UltraDrop Technology and gives users a more-affordable entry point into mid-volume, premium production printing while giving them the option to add features — including white ink, clear varnish and roll-to-roll media handling — as they grow their business.

Faster business with a Fiery DFE

The newest-version EFI Fiery proServer has Fiery FAST RIP technology, which processes complex vector data up to seven times faster than its predecessor. EFI Fiery software for wide- and superwide-format printing installed on the proServer offers dynamic smoothing for improved quality, new tiling options for reduced waste, an updated media catalog and online help.

The Fiery proServer also touts enhanced integration into the EFI Productivity Suite of web-to-print and MIS/ERP products. Those advanced software offerings give signage and graphics professionals the important additional advantages of streamlined, efficient production and administration of everything from templated, online design and job submission to estimating, scheduling, production, shipping/fulfillment and accounting.

On the web-to-print end of the workflow, EFI debuted the newest version of EFI Digital StoreFront software. Available now, this advanced software platform provides an industry-leading print buyer experience, including new, EFI DirectSmile options that extend the types of variable-data and personalized print and electronic campaigns that corporations can successfully create online. Printing companies can profitably produce more work using the industry’s top online job submission solution integrated with a complete Productivity Suite, which offers real-time, bi-directional integration and data sharing with EFI MIS/ERP and EFI Fiery digital print workflows.

Print buyers for larger corporate enterprises gain more flexibility and capability with the web-to-print software’s new Enterprise Model, a useful feature that allows a print provider to subdivide a single Digital StoreFront license into different interfaces serving franchises or subsidiaries of a parent organization. Print buyers also gain more-convenient, one-stop-shopping for a range of services using a new marketplace sales offering that can incorporate content partners such as copywriters, photographers and graphic designers in a single online ordering interface — all important features that print providers can offer to their clients to give value beyond just print.


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