EFI was announced as the winner of the Label Industry Award for New Innovation at a gala dinner during Labelexpo Europe 2009.
The judging panel praised the company’s pioneering developments in inkjet printing technology and software, which have seen the Jetrion® 4000 UV inkjet system become a market leading, full-colour narrow web alternative to toner-based digital printers.
“To receive the award after such a short space of time is a fantastic honour,” said EFI Jetrion’s general manager Dr Kenneth Stack. “It is testament to the hard work of our team and to the input and support from our customers, without whom we could not have achieved it. “We began Jetrion seven years ago and now we have a full portfolio which includes software, printers and ink. Providing such a complete offering was a key reason behind the win and it also allows us to supply label converters with affordable, high quality products.”
To win the Label Industry Award for New Innovation, a company must have less than ten years’ involvement in the sector and have introduced a key new product or technology to the industry. The judging panel was chaired by Helmut Schreiner, general manager of Schreiner Group, and included Andy Thomas, editor of Labels & Labeling; Wolfgang Klos-Geiger, editor of NarroWebTech; Jack Kenny, editor of Label & Narrow Web; John Hickey, chairman of the board, TLMI; and Jan Frederik Vink, former president of FINAT. Judging took place at the FINAT congress in Turkey in June.
The Jetrion 4000 UV inkjet system combines EFI’s core strengths of workflow, RIP technology, ink development and machine manufacturing to offer converters an affordable route into short run, variable data printing. With installations across Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America, the Jetrion 4000 has broken down cost barriers to allow converters and brand owners of all sizes to take advantage of the multitude of opportunities offered by digital technology.
With speeds of up to 30.5 meters (100 ft) /min at more than 1,000 dpi with greyscale technology, the Jetrion 4000 delivers full-colour label and variable data printing up to 13.9 cm (5.5 in) wide. The system also features Jetrion's advanced UV4000 ink set which provides exceptional durability and eliminates the need for costly over-laminates. The 4000 is integrated with EFI’s Fiery XF RIP and XFlow software, making it the most versatile and scalable platform in the industry. This combination provides a PDF-based workflow, top-notch ICC colour management, support for different input file types and the ability to generate CMYK expanded gamut outputs. Jetrion inks provide outstanding colour reproduction across a wide range of substrates, and ensure that users get the lowest possible cost per print.
During Labelexpo Europe 2009, EFI launched its new Jetrion 4830 UV inkjet system. With a wider web width and faster linear speeds, the 4830 increases throughput by over two times compared to the Jetrion 4000. Powered by the Fiery XF RIP, the new Jetrion 4830 UV Inkjet System provides seamless workflow integration and is capable of advanced spot-colour matching. Its white-ink capability enables printing on clear film, which allows label printers to respond to a more diverse customer base.
The Jetrion 4830 prints 8.3-inches (21 cm) wide, enabling 2-up 4-inch (10 cm) labels. The wider print zone allows label converters to efficiently take on more print jobs. And with its new higher speed print mode of greater than 120 feet per minute (36.6 meters per minute), the new system increases productivity significantly.