17 Sep 2021

EFI launch New VUTEk QS3250r Superwide


Vutek Qs3200r

EFI today introduced a new member of its award-winning VUTEk QS family of industry-leading superwide format UV printers, the 3.2-metre UV roll-to-roll QS3250r, which uses new technology to expand applications, enhance media handling and simplify workflows. The new QS3250r packs dozens of innovations that customers will immediately recognise as keys to making their print businesses more profitable with a wider range of materials and applications.

Expanded Applications

The QS3250r 3.2-metre UV roll-to-roll printer expands applications with new features that include automated laser-aligned double-sided printing and platen temperature control. The automated laser system simplifies the process of printing double sided images, enabling enhanced registration for double-sided banners, while reducing production time and minimising waste. The new platen control unit accommodates printing on low-cost and heat-sensitive materials, giving customers the ability to improve profits by reducing costs and expand their print capabilities. Providing near-perfect panel matching, the QS3250r enables worry-free printing on a wide range of flexible media up to .125 inches (3.2 mm) thick at speeds up to 1,850 square feet (172 sq.m) per hour. Plus, with resolution up to 1080 dpi, this printer is ideal for producing superior quality Point-of-Purchase displays, indoor and outdoor posters and signage, fleet graphics and high-margin wallpaper applications.

Advanced Media Handling and Impressive Workflows

Although the QS3250r takes advantage of many advancements, its media-handling equipment is truly ahead of the curve. A temperature control system eliminates stress on the media to ensure smooth travel through the print area, which is especially important for thin, unsupported media, and a new encoder design increases accuracy without media distortion. Workflows are also more sophisticated with the inclusion of interior lights, a media alignment scale and a platen vacuum gauge, all of which contribute to the incredible usability of the machine and reduce set-up time.

"Aside from constantly growing, the superwide printing market is also evolving, and the QS3250r is the latest generation of VUTEk printers to address this changing market," said EFI VUTEk senior vice president/general manager Dick Wissenbach. "Leading the industry in resolution and speed, the QS3250r has expanded the number of capable applications for UV roll-to-roll printing at a very cost-effective price.   EFI customers expect to be on the cutting edge of printing technology, and the next-generation advancements we've made in the QS3250r give our customers a clear advantage over their competition."

EFI customer Georgia Printco, LLC in Lakeland, Georgia (USA) was among the first to experience the QS3250r in action. "A national print brokerage firm asked us to print 500,000 square feet (45,000 sm.m) of banner material in a very short amount of time. EFI delivered and installed our VUTEk QS3250r and had us printing in 48 hours," says Drew Barry, director of marketing for Georgia Printco. "The printer has been printing around the clock for almost a month, and EFI's tech support has been responsive and helpful. So far we have produced over 295,000 square feet (27,000 sq.m), and we're still going strong. The quality and reliability from VUTEk have both been superb."

All EFI VUTEk superwide printers are optimised for use with Fiery® XF, EFI's production RIP solution for superwide and wide-format printers. The fast RIP achieves the best performance and speed and its automated workflow increases production and improves output quality for the most accurate, vibrant colours.

"The new VUTEk QS3250r will be shipping in first quarter 2010," added Wissenbach.  "EFI has a long history of product innovation, and the VUTEk QS3250r is another strong example of that innovation at work."

For more information about the VUTEk QS3250r, visit www.efi.com/vutek



Oce Arizona 350 XT and PlotWave 300 Receive 2009 BERTL's Best Award

Oce Arizona 350xt

Océ has received two 2009 BERTL's Best designations.

The Océ Arizona 350 XT UV flatbed printer was named "Best Innovative Technology for Wide-Format" and the Océ PlotWave 300 system was named "Best Eco-Friendly Wide Format Printer" by BERTL. These awards acknowledge the worldwide success of Océ's innovative power in product and technology development.

BERTL analysts review current product lines and new product introductions to identify the select group of devices and software that are superior to others. BERTL analysts look not only at how well a product performs in various real-world settings, but also what specific aspects of the device and under what circumstances make analysts stand up and take notice. BERTL's Best award covers the entire digital imaging and document management arena.

EFI Announces New Two-Meter VUTEk QS220 - Superwide Capabilities at Wide-Format Price


EFI Announces New Two-Meter VUTEk Superwide Printer VUTEk, QS220 Extends Superwide Capabilities at Wide-Format Price Levels

EFI a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today unveiled the VUTEk QS220, a direct-to-substrate, two-meter UV-curing flatbed printer with High-Definition Print (HDP) quality and superwide productivity that boasts lower ink running costs than traditional wide-format printers and unique application abilities that allow print businesses to expand into higher-end, premium-margin applications. The QS220 is ideal for businesses that want to fuel profitability by adding flexible, production-level equipment that will support their growth.

“More and more businesses are exploring out-of-home advertising as a way to reach customers, but unfortunately many print businesses are forced to choose between high production speeds and high image quality,” said EFI VUTEk senior vice president/general manager Dick Wissenbach. “The QS220 is an all-in-one printer; it has the speed to print 16 4’x8’ boards per hour as well as the ability to print in high definition. This is a great time to be involved in superwide format printing, and with pricing comparable to wide format printers, the QS220 is not only affordable, it’s a smart investment for any print business.”


Breakthrough Technology

VUTEk’s HDP technology provides resolution up to 1080 dpi for dazzling graphics and sharp text. It produces four- or six-color images, and features a special seventh channel for six variations of white ink. This configuration is unique to EFI and means the QS220 is capable of printing color and white in three independent layers all in one pass for perfect registration and more advanced printing applications, which results in graphics that really pop. This in-line, three-layer white printing capability grants the ability to produce new, high-margin applications that other businesses cannot provide, such as enhanced-definition back-lit displays or layered, art-quality graphics printed on dark substrates.

The advanced technology of the QS220 allows it to effectively replace multiple wide-format printers. Its small footprint and optional roll-to-roll capability fulfill the functions of multiple printers, especially with its production speeds of up to 750 square feet per hour, outstanding resolution and lower ink running costs than other superwide printers. With this one two-meter printer, print businesses can produce the high-resolution images required for Point-of-Purchase applications, without forgoing the high-production abilities that has become an industry benchmark for leading print shops.

EFI, a manufacturing leader of digital UV inks, specifically designed the QS220 inks for the applications that enable businesses to increase production and profitability. By utilizing one ink set, the QS220 delivers enhanced reliability and performance on a wide range of substrates, with brighter, more durable automotive-grade pigments and greater flexibility, all at per-liter costs that are much lower than most wide-format printers. This ensures that businesses not only expand their capabilities, but also increase profitability.


Streamlined Workflows

A cohesive, intelligent and efficient workflow solution from one supplier is the secret to truly maximizing the profit potential of every job printed. From online job acquisition to internal shop management and job preparation and production, EFI’s award-winning solutions streamline customer interaction and management of the entire print business. EFI Digital StoreFront® delivers a world-class, print-centric e-commerce solution for print service providers, while EFI’s Print MIS products, PrintSmith™, and Pace™ automate business processes from estimating to invoicing. All VUTEk printers are optimized for use with EFI’s Fiery® XF RIP, EFI’s color management solution for accurate, vibrant colors on superwide and wide-format printers.


For more information about the VUTEk QS220, visit www.efi.com/vutek

New Superwide Uvistar Roll to Roll UV Printer from Fujifilm


Fujifilm Uvistar

New applications possible with Uvijet QK inks and polyethylene media

Fujifilm today announces the European launch of the Uvistar series of UV inkjet roll to roll printers. These new printers use Fujifilm Sericol’s specially developed Uvijet QK inks and can print on rolls up to five metres wide, altering the way that material for both billboard and POP applications will be prepared in the future. As an industry leader in the constantly evolving UV inkjet marketplace, Fujifilm is introducing the range in response to a new and rapidly growing revenue opportunity for superwide format printers.

Keith Harley, European marketing director at Fujifilm Sericol, says: “The billboard industry is on the cusp of a major makeover, and traditionally-pasted billboards will be replaced in the coming few years with state of the art frame holders in which a poster printed on woven polyethylene (PE) can be clipped or stretched. Several systems are already on the market, and the demand from media sites is set to grow exponentially.”

Looking for the right technology to answer printers’ needs for single skin posters to fit the new format, the Uvistar series has been developed from a relationship that was initiated by Fujifilm with inkjet printer manufacturer Matan at FESPA Digital in 2009.

The Uvistar is the most flexible, cost efficient printer in its class and is available in four different models, producing high quality output at throughput speeds in excess of 300m2/hour. A proven multi-roll system with a highly intuitive user interface, it provides fast and efficient start up with low media wastage, and has the ability to handle rolls of varying widths up to 5 metres. In combination with the new Fujifilm Sericol Uvijet QK inks, the printers can produce jobs on a very wide range of flexible media, including PE, with no curing or ink starvation issues and with excellent inter-coat lay down for backlit and solid prints. The Uvijet inks are also low in odour, making the Uvistar series suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications.

“With our in depth experience of both the screen and inkjet markets it made complete sense for us to look for a printing device that we could develop together with our inks so that it would provide the ideal solution for these new billboard applications that are coming on to the market,” comments Keith Harley. ”A major advantage of the Uvistar platform is that it can print on huge rolls of polyethylene as well as all of the usual media in combination with the Uvijet QK inks, produces an end result that is more environmentally friendly, cost effective and most importantly, opens up a new revenue stream for our customers.

“We pride ourselves on being able to work with technology partners to develop products that will fill a gap in the industry,” he continues. “The Uvistar is making use of the Fujifilm Sericol inks and colour expertise, which will enable customers to produce superwide format material for both indoor and outdoor applications that is both environmentally friendly and of superb quality.”

Customers will be able to print huge outdoor banners on PE media which is already starting to overtake PVC. PE material has the benefit of being much more environmentally friendly than PVC as well as weighing much less, which brings attractive cost saving benefits to end users. In addition, it eliminates the pasting process necessary with traditional billboards, and therefore has a positive impact on health and safety. As solvent inks do not adhere to PE materials, printers will need to adopt a UV offering to stay ahead in the marketplace.

The five metre, 32 head version of the Uvistar printer is available for customer demonstrations at Fujifilm Sericol’s facility in Broadstairs, UK.


Hameshalet Digital Upgrades Printing Capabilities with HP Scitex XP2750 Printer

HP Scitex XP2750

Company will provide higher quality and faster turnaround to expand into new markets

HP today announced that Hameshalet Digital, of Rishon Lezion, Israel, has purchased an HP Scitex XP2750 Printer to upgrade and expand its digital printing capabilities.

Established in 1995, Hameshalet Digital provides a broad range of complex, customised indoor and outdoor signage, advertising and promotional end-to-end sign and display solutions. Customers include department stores, food chains, shopping centres, financial institutions and high-tech companies, amongst others. State-of-the-art solutions, professional quality and uncompromising customer service have positioned the company as a reputable provider and market leader.

"We first established a digital printing division in 1998 after realising we needed to provide indoor signage in house," said Eyal Shemesh, CEO, Hameshalet. "We have used a variety of digital printing machines since then. However, our focus on quality products for our customers has led us to upgrade our digital offerings. This is why we have just purchased an HP Scitex XP2750."

The HP Scitex XP2750 Printer is a 3.2 metre wide-format UV printer that delivers superior image quality of up to 635 x 800dpi (1,270 x 1,600dpi apparent) and production speeds of up to 110m2/hour without compromising quality and accuracy. With the ability to alternate easily between flexible and rigid substrates and features like multi-roll and multi-file printing, the printer enables excellent application versatility. Its dedicated RIP enhances productivity and the high speed printing increases returns on investment.

Shemesh explained how Hameshalet came to select its new printer, "First, we chose HP Scitex above other brands because of its productivity. It prints at five times the speed of our current digital machines. It's also very stable, allowing us to print a 250-metre roll non-stop, with no need for operator intervention." He added, "Of all the HP Scitex printers, we chose the XP2750 model specifically because of its very high quality print heads that allow us to provide our customers with superior results."

Within two weeks of installation, the HP Scitex XP7250 Printer has enabled the company to take on a larger project that involved printing a run length of 1,500 metres of self-adhesive stock and to deliver it to the customer in just two days, finishing included. This reflects an upgrade in Hameshalet's services.

Looking ahead to the future Shemesh continued: "HP Scitex digital printing technology is already allowing us to meet our current customers' needs for higher quality and for faster delivery. With this new printer, we expect to attract new customers and be able to compete more effectively in our industry."

New Delhi printer installs Matan BARAK 3 UV Hybrid

Matan BARAK 3 UV Hybrid

SS Digital Point, of New Delhi, India, have announced the installation of Matan's BARAK 3 UV Hybrid (Roll-to-Roll with Back to Back and Flatbed options).

Sanjay Kushwaha of SS Digital Point talks positively of the newly installed printer "It's 30 picolitre drop size heads gives ultimate sharpness in text with perfect colour gamut. We are achieving excellent production speeds for billboards, and the quality of its backlit/translite compares favourably with Ecosolvent inkjets.

The UV inks are environmentally friendly whilst allowing us provide 3 year outdoor and 10 years indoor life warranty against fading."

Barak’s all-in-one solution, driven by the Caldera RIP, claims to deliver a new level of price performance and operational flexibility, and allows you to experience benefits including a claimed 150 square metre an hour production speed, true 600dpi resolution and the ability to simulataneously print up to 3 rolls of media.

The Barak 3 also features rapid changeover for printing of rigid media up to 25mm thickness and roll-to-roll substrates such as flexface banners, mesh, blue-back or backlit paper, self-adhesive vinyl, flags and many more coated and uncoated materials.