While pandemic is still wreaking havoc across the land you don’t expect to hear about major equipment installation in print houses across our region. However, EFI and its agent Dynagraph beg to differ. During past months a number of high end EFI VUTEk printers were installed in UAE and Qatar. Here is a recap:
The EFI Pro 32r+ is Company’s first “next generation” printer shipped to Joseph Graphics
Joseph Graphics, the UAE’s leading sign and graphics company, who were amongst the pioneers of large format digital printing in the UAE, have chosen the EFI™ Pro 32r+, which was released in November 2019, for their 3.2m roll- to-roll printing requirements.
Joseph was comparing many brands and doing an extensive technical evaluation for their first UV LED 3.2m roll-to-roll printer and were drawn to the EFI Pro 32r+ as it incorporated EFI’s next-digital generation technology, which places it firmly ahead of all other brands in the UV LED-curing printer market.
Mudassir Ahmed Khan, Joseph’s head of their large format printing department, visited the EFI Customer Experience Centre in Belgium in January along with Stephen Jomartz, Dynagraph’s regional sales manager, for a technical presentation of the printer as it was going to be the first EFI “next generation printer” unit shipped to the Middle East.
One of the main things to be tested along with print quality and speed was the EFI claim that not only did their technology have the most competitive ink price, but that it was able to get a yield of approximately 140 sqm. for every litre of ink, which is dramatically better than the competition who achieves 60 to 90 sqm per litre of ink.
Printing a set of test files brought to the centre by Joseph, the EFI Pro 32r+ delivered 142 sqm per litre in a live test.
Another important factor was the fact that EFI is the only UV printer manufacturer that develops and produces their own ink. Graphics produced with the EFI Pro 32r+ are covered by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty when printed with EFI – 3M co-branded inks on 3M selected media. This will enable Joseph to move jobs that required the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty away from more expensive technologies, which was the only option available previously.
When rolls are loaded, you only lose 30 cm on the leading edge, compared to 1.5 to 2m on most UV printers. This can save a busy print shop thousands of sqm of media a year.
EFI’s bulletproof reliability and the EFI Fiery® digital front end (DFE), which allows for ripping up to 5 times faster and higher colour control than other DFE’s on the market, helped close the deal for EFI and Dynagraph.
Aspire Printing Chooses EFI VUTEk® FabriVU 340i Fabric Printer with Inline Fixation
Aspire Printing, one of the latest members of Aspire Zone that has already made its mark in Qatar, completed an extensive tender process to find a dye-sublimation printer. The printer will be used to take on the large projects expected ASPIRE PRINTING CHOOSES EFI VUTEK FABRIVU 340i FABRIC PRINTER WITH INLINE FIXATION The Qatari based printing powerhouse to take on the 2022 FIFA World Cup Printing Projects in the lead up to and during the FIFA World cup in 2022.
The EFI VUTEk FabriVU 340i is a 3.4m dye-sublimation printer with inline fixation that can print to a maximum speed of 500 sqm/hr.
It can also print production image quality at 250 sqm/hr and POP high quality at 165 sqm/hr. Inline fixation saves time from the standard twostep process of taking the prints to a separate calendar for fixation, giving the customer a much better workflow.
With the lowest cost of operation in the market due to the high yield medium viscosity Ink, high resolution of 2,400dpi, printheads with 4 levels of greyscale and an ink recovery system that recovers 95% of the ink lost during purging, the VUTEk FabriVU wins on cost per sqm and quality.
This brings the number of VUTEk FabriVU units in the Middle East to six with installations already in Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
Emirates Airlines installed a new EFI-Vutek hybrid printing for their in-house printing department
The EFI-Vutek 3M inks which make EFI printers the only UV printer in the market that can get the 3M MCS warranty on 3M approved media are the reason Emirates selected an EFI printer.
Emirates will print internal and external graphics for their aircraft at a fraction of the cost of the previous equipment they used that could meet the stringent requirements for approvals for use with aircraft.
The industrial UV printer from EFI will also dramatically increase the in house capacity for printing enabling Emirates to produce more of their famous aircraft wraps in house and allow them to take on work for other Emirates departments outside of Aircraft Appearance.
Iqbal Ismail the manager of the Aircraft Appearance Center at Emirates, pictured with Stephen Jomartz, Regional Sales Manager LFP at Dynagraph at the machine handover, commented that he was impressed with the speedy installation and comprehensive training provided by the Dynagraph engineers.
On the machine they were pleased with the speed and ease of operations with the Fiery Software.
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