EFI’S VUTEk to Preview Digital Screen Printer
Digital printing not only reduces prepress time and complexity but also removes costly and time consuming screen manufacturing, screen removal and reclamation. This quick turnaround makes it possible to go straight to high volume production for same day, order-to-delivery capability. With digital printing, jobs can easily be customized or regionalized and last-minute changes can be efficiently accommodated. Because every image off the press can be different, samples and one-offs can be produced with the same cost dynamics as high volume work. In addition, the use of digital technology greatly reduces required inventory levels associated with consumables such as ink, screens and films.
The DS Series captures all of the advantages of UV technology, including superior UV quality, print resolutions up to 1200 dpi, and up to 8 colors for clear, stunning images. Additionally, an extended application range of UV ink and compatibility with key industry substrates enables printing on paper, film, rigid boards and a variety of other specialty materials. Unlike analog screen printing, digital printing requires no chemicals for screen recovery. In addition, the fully contained ink delivery and auto printhead maintenance systems in the DS Series results in a safer working environment by eliminating the unnecessary handling of UV inks.
The DS Series accommodates a wide range of rigid and cut-sheet materials with a maximum media size of 1.6 meters by 2.4 meters (63 inches by 96 inches), up to 5.08 cm (two inches) thick. A large ink reservoir and optional automated media handling for both input and output enable near-lights-out operation for up to eight hours. The DS Series is designed with a fixed array of printheads and a bed that moves back and forth, enabling much faster speeds than existing technology that utilizes moving printheads. The system can print in four- or eight-color mode and initial ink sets will include CMYK, as well as Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Light Yellow and Light Black. EFI is planning to expand the range of available inks in the future to include White and Clear.