EFI Vutek GS2000, A High Quality UV Inkjet Printer For Up To 2-Meter Substrates Print

Also exhibited at APPPEXPO 2014 it was another roll-to-roll plus flatbed printer, which handles both flexible and rigid media on thinner and specialty substrates up to 2m wide and a 5.08 cm thickness.

It features 8 colors plus two white, using Seiko printheads, with the option of having a 600 dpi dual resolution with a dropsize of 24 picolitters, or a 1000 dpi with 12 picolitters, and using their own ink.


Dilli Neo Deluxe UVD-2506(W) printer
EFI VUTEk GS2000 LX

Dilli Neo Deluxe UVD-2506(W) printer
EFI VUTEk GS2000 LX

Brand

Model

Media

Printheads

Inks

Feeding
Mechanism

Print
Width

Media
Thickness

Brand
& Model

Drop
Size (PL)

Colors

EFI

GS2000 LX

Flatbed + R-R

2 m

5.08 cm

Seiko

12 PL -24 PL

CMYK, Lc, Lm, Ly, Lk, 2WHITE


Dilli Neo Deluxe UVD-2506(W) printer
EFI VUTEk GS2000 LX

The GS family was officially launched at FESPA '09, although only the VUTEk GS3200 combo printer and the VUTEk GS5000r 5-meter roll-to-roll printer were exhibited in that fair. The print quality of the GS5000r was not the expected, by ISA 2010 it had improved significantly.

The EFI VUTEk GS2000, a newer combo printer seems to be an upgraded version of the VUTEk QS2000 launched years ago, just before SGIA '06, but with significant improvements to have the GS2000 in your list. The philosophy seems to be achieving higher print speeds without sacrificing quality. This is what every sign shop or print business would like in a machine, however, realize this type of machine is in the high-end price range, and would be advisable only for those businesses that already produce big quantities of print jobs.

The following chart summarizes the improvements of the GS2000 compared with the older QS2000

 

EFI VUTEk QS2000

EFI VUTEk GS2000

Print speed

750 square feet/hour

(70 m 2 /h)

2000* square feet/hour

(186 m 2 /h)

Inks

CMYK (lc, lm, W optional)

CMYK, lc, lm, ly, lk +2W

Ink containers

3.25-liter containers

5-liter containers

Printheads

Seiko with drop size of 30pl

Seiko 508

with drop sizes of

24pl or 12pl

*This figure is achieved with the 5-color print mode (read further on)

One of the advantages of the EFI printers is that the 1-year warranty does cover the printheads as well, unlike other companies that cover the printheads only for 6 months.

What I like about the ink configuration of this VUTEk printer is that the options to print white have been designed to produce several options. You can do:

  • Overprint
  • Underprint
  • Spot
  • Underspot
  • Fill
  • Overspot

About the colors and production options, another upgrade is that you can switch from the high-quality print mode that uses 8 colors, to a production print mode that uses 5 colors (CMYK + W). This change would take only minutes.

In general, the more colors a printer has, the better tends to be the quality. Some of the Inca printers offer Orange and Green besides the traditional colors. However, one of the sales managers at Océ commented that the variable drop size of their print system eliminates the need of light colors, making the whole printer more price-efficient. We would need to evaluate the quality of a print sample produced with an 8 color printer versus the quality of a print sample produced with a variable-droplet-capability printer.

What can you print with the GS2000

The applications listed for the printer are:

  • Banners & signage
  • Billboards
  • Building wraps
  • Display graphics
  • Fleet and Vehicle graphics
  • Floor graphics
  • Glass
  • POP/POS
  • Outdoor graphics
  • Stage Graphics
  • Wall Murals
  • Window Graphics

As for materials this printer handles most traditional inkjet substrates such as

  • dibond
  • styrene
  • coroplast
  • PETG
  • vinyl
  • sintra
  • ABS
  • corrugated
  • polyethylene
  • lexan
  • vinyl
  • and others

The EFI VUTEk printers are among the most recognized brands in the industry. Up to now this company has been focusing on POP/POS and advertising applications in general, but I would like to see a wider range of applications being marketed for this printer, especially because we know of the capabilities of theses machines. Foamboard, Styrene, dibond, are great substrates to print on, but what about wood, glass, concrete? We visited a sign shop in Korea that is using its VUTEk machine to print indoor and outdoor applications on glass.

Most recently updated December 19, 2014, to provide fresh material for the New Year.

First issued May 21, 2010.