The world’s first EFI VUTEk FabriVU 340i soft signage printer goes to CoverUp of Dublin.
The new EFI VUTEk FabriVU 340i aqueous dispersed dye-sublimation soft signage printer from Electronics For Imaging (Hall 2.2, Stand B30) leverages new EFI technology, including a new platen and extraction system, that enables in-line heat press sublimation directly from the printer. The printer offers much greater convenience and value, as it is available at a price that is less than the cost of a comparable printer and heat press purchased separately. Plus, the combined printer/heat press system uses less floor space than would be required with separate printing and sublimation stations.
The printer was shown for the first time at the FESPA Global Print Expo as part of EFI’s leading portfolio of inkjet printer, digital front end, and signage business and production management workflow products.
“This new in-line innovation creates direct-to-fabric prints that are immediately ready for finishing or shipping,” according to Ken Hanulec, vice president of marketing, EFI Inkjet. “By combining two major production steps into one continuous process our customers can drive greater throughput and take full advantage of rapidly growing soft signage and fabric printing market.”
The printer provides the high quality of EFI VUTEk FabriVU aqueous dispersed dye-sub printing – a best-in-class technology based on EFI Reggiani’s 70+ years of innovation in textile printing – and combines it with an efficient industrial heat press offering that sublimates prints at full printer production speeds up to 500 square meters (5,381 square feet) per hour.
Customers who occasionally need to print to transfer paper and then sublimate offline can utilize a special direct-to-paper mode on the VUTEk FabriVU for printing only.
In addition to the new VUTEk FabriVU printer, EFI’s exhibit at FESPA, in hall 2.2, stand B30 of Messe Berlin, included technologies from the company’s portfolio of VUTEk LED inkjet and Reggiani industrial textile digital printers – all driven by the latest EFI Fiery digital front end systems. The exhibit also featured EFI Optitex, an integrated 2D/3D software platform for apparel and soft goods applications; the EFI Midmarket Print Suite for end-to-end signage and graphics business and production management; and MarketDirect, EFI’s new customer communication platform software.
The world’s first EFI VUTEk FabriVU 340i soft signage printer with an inline calender, which coincidentally is also the 100th VUTEk FabriVU aqueous soft-signage printer to be sold, has been ordered by CoverUp in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. The company chose the 133-inch (340-cm) wide device.