High-quality EFI Reggiani textile imaging on display at Heimtextil 2016

EFI Reggiani highlighted the many different décor applications possible with its versatile, leading print technology this month at Heimtextil 2016 in Frankfurt. The company’s exhibit reproduced a home environment with numerous direct and transfer-printed applications that exhibit EFI Reggiani technology’s high quality and sustainable print processes. The stand featured several industrial textile print applications produced …


Cestrian Imaging: from print to digital and back again

British, Cheshire-based Cestrian Imaging Ltd. is a manufacturing business originally founded in 1993 and currently based in Cheadle. They are one of the first companies worldwide to have recently invested in the EFI VUTEk HSr Pro, a dedicated roll-to-roll inkjet press. The press was part of a dual-press purchase that also included an EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro hybrid roll/flatbed press. The company chose these EFI presses because of their robust production capabilities and the presses’ precise ink lay-down enabling production-quality imaging at full-rated speeds. Cestrian is a fine example of how printers can be successful in a digital world. Give them a nice market and money to invest in equipment and today’s printers will produce stunning artwork that sells products as much as ideas.

EFI’s acquisition strategy and what it means to printers

In 2005, EFI acquired Belgian inkjet innovator VUTEk. Since then, EFI has acquired many more companies with a potential to move the company into inkjet applications from wide format display graphics, labels and packaging, to industrial ceramics and textile. Some analysts find acquiring new companies an inferior growth strategy, but when done right a company can grow faster than when it would try to reinvent the wheel. Acquiring innovative companies may be costly, but so is R&D and it allows to expand market presence at a pace that the competition cannot possibly keep up with. All success ful companies have done it — take Apple as an example. The secret is to only buy companies with technology the competition is still trying to get its head around. It’s a game EFI clearly understands how to play very well.

EFI and Ricoh make Walk-Up printing more efficient and user-friendly

My old copywriting client Ricoh and EFI have partnered to provide colleges and universities, libraries, retail print shops and other organisations state-of-the art, efficient and user-friendly walk-up printing services. Ten years ago, Ricoh was already offering walk-up services, but at the time those weren't as user-friendly or secure as today's offering.

EFI proves LED is ready for fast printer production systems

The new VUTEk LED/UV Pin & Cure imaging press is a 3.2 m high-speed roll-to-roll printer that targets the replacement of older solvent printers for the high-volume production of vehicle wraps, bus sides, banners, posters and more. It has six colours plus white ink with multi-layer print capability for the production of perfect day/night backlit …

The history of RIPs and how they evolved into DFEs

Around 1990 the first RIP was invented. Its developers envisioned a low-cost, easy-to-use system that would allow users to process and print high-quality graphics, including photos, with equipment that doesn’t need to be operated by fully qualified people who are familiar with offset, lithography, etc. A decade later the printing industry started needing something more powerful, something that could load files from various network sources and process them for variable data applications as well as pull information from a database for personalised documents — what we now know as the Digital Front End or DFE.