|The EFI Rastek H650 and H652 UV Combo with transport belt printer|
The Rastek H650 UV is a new, more affordable combo printer from EFI. This printer comes with four-color plus optional white ink support for spot color and under and overprinting. The H650 carriage design incorporates five Toshiba Tec CA-4, one for each of the four colors (CMYK) and one head for printing white. These printheads offer grayscale capability, which means they can produce drops of different sizes. These heads produce drops from 6pl to 42pl, resulting in images of a higher quality.
The EFI Rastek H650 was designed under the philosophy of building a very user-friendly printer that offers high quality printing at a price lower than the older EFI Rastek H700.
Although this printer is manufactured by another company, it was designed according to the requirements of EFI Rastek which has the exclusive distributorship over this model. So you won't find a version of this printer under another brand.
The printer handles both rigid and flatbed media up to 65" (165 cm) wide. Among the materials listed are: Foamcore, PVC, styrene, corrugated plastic, plywood, MDO, Aluminum, plastic composite, cardboard, paper, acrylic, Plexiglas.
EFI Rastek H652, the upgraded version
The newer version comes with the same properties as the original H650 but with these upgrades:
Since the H652 comes with White, the printer uses 5 printheads, whereas the H650 comes with 4 (5 in case you ask for White).
Acceptance in the Market
As evidence of its acceptance in the market, during ISA 2010 the EFI Rastek H650 was exhibited in three different booths:
Then at FESPA Mexico it was exhibited by
This printer was first introduced at ISA '09 in a private room, and was officially launched at FESPA Amsterdam '09. It has also been exhibited in several trade shows like Sign Africa '09, APPPEXPO '09 and Dubai '09.
Jose Melgar visited the EFI Rastek headquarters, in San Jose, California, to evaluate the H650. The resulting report also contains notes taken at FESPA Amsterdam '09. Throughout the years we have met several sign shop owners who purchased an EFI printer. The next step in our evaluation is to inspect the H650 in a sign shop to know how it works in the real world.
The H650 combo printer is a good choice for production print shop businesses that want to jump from solvent printers to UV applications but are looking for an affordable printer than those combo printers in the market. The base price is $64,995. Of course you can find cheaper printers, but with the H650 you have the support of the knowledge, capability and experience of EFI Rastek.
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