EFI Innovations at SGIA Expo Fuel New Opportunities for Printing Companies
Orlando Show Marks the Debut of EFI's First Dedicated Roll-to-Roll LED Printer
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EFI™ (Nasdaq:EFII), a world
leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, will showcase the
latest advancements in its industry-leading portfolio of UV-curable inkjet
printers, workflow software and MIS/ERP products at the 2013 SGIA Expo. New
offerings will include the 3.2-meter EFI VUTEk® GS3250lxr Pro, the first
dedicated roll-to-roll printer to use EFI's highly successful LED "cool cure"
"Our SGIA exhibit highlights the new opportunities customers have to expand
their media options, remove process steps, reduce operating costs and produce
higher-margin jobs," said Scott Schinlever, senior vice president and general
manager of EFI's Inkjet Solutions. "With the new VUTEk GS3250lxr Pro, we are
extending the benefits they get with our LED curing technology – a proven,
green technology that saves many of our customers money by reducing their
consumables waste and energy consumption. This technology also provides higher
uptime with greater reliability because it uses no traditional heat in the
With the launch of the VUTEk GS3250lxr Pro, EFI – a winner of SGIA's 2013
Sustainability Recognition Award – now has the industry's largest fleet of
environmentally friendly LED inkjet production offerings. VUTEk LED printers
are also part of the industry's broadest portfolio of digital inkjet and print
workflow products. EFI's portfolio is a collective offering that features
narrow web, wide format and superwide format printers; market-leading MIS, ERP
and web-to-print systems; and EFI Fiery®, the world's most popular color
digital front end (DFE) platform.
At the SGIA Expo, EFI is also announcing commercial availability for its VUTEk
GS Pro-TF thermoforming system, a UV printer and ink combination that advances
the industry's analog-to-digital transformation by bringing inkjet printing to
the thermoformed product decoration market. Printing firm Interstate Graphics
Inc., Machesney Park, Ill., is the first business to use the technology,
following the October installation of a 2-meter VUTEk GS2000 Pro-TF printer
operating VUTEk GS-TF inks.
"Today, we do screenprinting for customers who want thermoformed work," said
Interstate Graphics President John Norwood. "Our new EFI VUTEk GS2000
Pro-TFis an option for them to go digital."
Additional EFI technologies on display at the SGIA Expo include:
*The EFIVUTEk HS100 Pro, a high-end, high-speed 3.2-meter inkjet press with
new, full-automation material handling options that provide greater
efficiency in the transition from analog to digital printing.
*The EFI VUTEk GS3250lx Pro, a 3.2-meter, premium-quality printer that
offers LED's green, energy-saving benefits in a hybrid roll/flatbed
*The EFI VUTEk QS2 Pro, a 2-meter, UV hybrid printer that combines
variable-drop grayscale printing and white ink print capabilities with
VUTEk production speeds.
*A pair of EFI Wide Format high-value, entry-level products – the EFI R3225
UV roll-to-roll printer and the EFI H652 UV hybrid roll/flatbed printer.
*The EFI Fiery proServer, a high-performance digital front end and color
management workflow offering for VUTEk printers.
*EFI Metrix planning and impositioning software, a product EFI obtained in
its recent acquisition of Metrix Software.
*Industry-leading workflow products, including EFI PrintSmith™ Vision and
Pace™ print MIS software, and EFI Digital StoreFront® web-to-print
*EFI SmartSign Analytics, a powerful new tool that gives users the ability
to analyze the effectiveness of their signage engagements.
Extending 'cool cure' LED benefits in dedicated roll-to-roll production
There are now more than 115 production-class EFI VUTEk LED printers installed
worldwide, and a growing number of printing companies are winning in the
marketplace by using the technology to produce new applications and create
high-value revenue streams. The roll-to-roll format of the newest VUTEk LED
printer addresses print buyers' emerging needs for greener production and
lighter media options that can reduce their carbon footprint.
With EFI's LED technology, printing companies can obtain excellent quality on
lightweight and thin roll substrates that cannot withstand the heat of
traditional drying or UV curing processes. An optional chiller for the printer
extends the range of compatible media even further for users looking to
develop entirely new digital printing applications.
The six-colorVUTEk GS3250lxr Pro is ideal for the production offleet and
vehicle graphics that withstand stretching and pre- and post-heating without
cracking on rivets and convex curves.EFI and 3Mare collaborating on testing
and evaluation to formalize a 3M™ MCS™ Warranty offering for output from the
printer using certified media and new EFI VUTEk GSlxr 3M™ SuperFlex UV Ink.
"The expanded capabilities customers gain with LED, and the range of
innovation we are showing across our portfolio, reflect EFI's commitment to
fueling our customers' success," said EFI's Schinlever. "The print and
workflow innovations EFI is bringing to the SGIA Expo can create high-ROI
opportunities for printing companies while giving them more power to
streamline production and win new business."
EFI in partner booths
Several of EFI's partners will also be exhibiting EFI Wide Format and VUTEk
printers at the SGIA Expo. In booth 2811, Hilord Chemical Corp. will exhibit
the EFI VUTEk TX3250r, a 3.2-meter dye-sublimation fabric printer that
combines industrial productivity, high-quality output and application
versatility needs of the growing soft signage and digital textile market.
Nazdar's exhibit, in booth 854, will feature the EFI H652 printer. And, in
booth 2816, Xpedx will showcase the EFI H652 and the EFI VUTEk GS2000, a
2-meter hybrid UV printer with eight colors, plus white, that delivers
superior, photorealistic quality at production-level speeds.
The exhibits in the EFI booth and in partner booths will collectively
represent one of the most expansive displays of inkjet technology at the
tradeshow, with 11 EFI Wide-Format and VUTEk printers presented on the show
EFI's exhibit is in booth 2601 at the SGIA Expo, which takes place October
23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. In addition, EFI
Metrix software will be on display in booth 462.
EFI supports National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with "Pinkjet"
To help raise awareness and support for National Breast Cancer Awareness
Month, EFI has created a "Pinkjet" campaign supporting cancer charities for
the SGIA Expo. During the tradeshow, EFI is donating $1 for every Twitter
retweet, Facebook like or share associated with the campaign, and $10 for
every photo shared with EFI via Twitter or Facebook using both the
#EFIeverywhere and #Pinkjet hashtags. Additionally, EFI will donate $1,000 for
printers signed at SGIA and shipped by November 30, for a total donation of up
to $25,000 toward breast cancer research.
For more information about EFI products and services, visit www.efi.com or
EFI™ (www.efi.com) is a worldwide provider of products, technology and
services leading the transformation of analog to digital imaging. Based in
Silicon Valley, with offices around the globe, the company's powerful
integrated product portfolio includes digital front-end servers; superwide,
wide-format, label and ceramic inkjet presses and inks; production workflow,
web to print, and business automation software; and office, enterprise and
mobile cloud solutions. These products allow users to produce, communicate and
share information in an easy and effective way, and enable businesses to
increase their profits, productivity, and efficiency.
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