Electronics For Imaging (EFI) has released two new high-speed inkjet signage and graphics printers – the 3.2-metre-wide (10.5-foot-wide) EFI VUTEk HS125 F4, and the VUTEk HS100 F4. The new products are the high-speed CMYK x 2 configuration models that EFI first announced at its recent Connect Users’ Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new inkjet printers are “fast graphics out-of-home application” additions to its line of hybrid flatbed/roll super-wide-format products. The two new printers reconfigure the eight ink channels of the VUTEk HS series platform in a CMYK x 2 set-up, “efficiently addressing the need for cost-effective production of banners, billboards, building wraps and similar applications.”
The new models offer a significant speed increase, printing up to 225 boards per hour on the HS125 F4, and up to 190 boards per hour on the HS100 F4. The presses also include “the proven, standard HS features and options customers have come to expect” – such as pin and cure, variable-drop grayscale imaging, and full and semi-automated materials handling. “Our CMYK x 2 configuration, which is available in several other EFI VUTEk superwide format printers, is an ideal offering for out-of-home applications where total cost per square foot is key,” said Ken Hanulec, Vice President of Marketing for EFI Inkjet. “These two new printers run more than 50% faster – and a speed boost like this gives our customers an important new opportunity to increase their margins.” The new pribters will be available this quarter from EFI. Also beginning this quarter, customers who purchase VUTEk HS125 Pro and HS100 Pro printers can convert them to the new F4 models through a modification process completed in the field.