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EFI VUTEk 3r+/5r+ high-end superwide-format roll-to-roll UV-curing printers Print E-mail

EFI VUTEk 3r+ and 5r+ superwide-format roll-to-roll UV-curing printers

One of the reasons EFI has been among the top printer manufacturers since many years ago, is its true commitment to innovation, which is evident in the company’s periodic launch of models with improved capabilities.

This is the case of the EFI VUTEk 3r+, a high end production roll-to-roll LED UV-curing printer, which is a second generation based on the

  • EFI VUTEk 3r, which replaced the
  • EFI VUTEk GS3250r, which replaced the
  • EFI VUTEk QS3200,
  • etc.

This newer EFI VUTEk 3r+ and its 5-meter version, the 5r+ are the high-end models of the company, which has manufacturing plants and demo rooms in different parts of the world.

EFI VUTEk 3r+ and 5r+ RTR printer at APPPEXPO Shanghai tradeshow 2019.

The EFI VUTEk 5r+ printing three rolls simultaneously at APPPEXPO Shanghai in 2019.

 

When you examine this printer’s output, it is easy to see why this is considered a high-end printer. The color accuracy and fine details are noticeable in this EFI printer.

But instead of sacrificing production time, the 3r+ has a better balance between speed and print quality.

This model has a print width of 3.5 meters (138 in), and you can print two rolls of up to 1.6 m simultaneously.

The 3r+ comes with standard CMYK colors, but light colors, white and clear are available.

What changed between the EFI VUTEk 3r and the newer EFI VUTEk 3r+?
We will discuss several interesting features in this new roll-to-roll model. But the following are some of its main differences.

The newer 3r+ can reach a productivity level of up to 406 m2/hr (4,307 ft2/hr) whereas the previous 3r was capable of printing 380 m2/hr (4,090 ft2/hr).

 

EFI VUTEk 3r+ and 5r+ RTR printer at APPPEXPO Shanghai tradeshow 2019.

The EFI VUTEk 5r+ printing three rolls simultaneously at APPPEXPO Shanghai in 2019.

 

One of the main improvements on this newer version is the wider range of options and printing modes for white ink. Besides, the speed of the white ink printing process has been increased.

With the optional white ink, you have several print modes for interesting applications, some of which are usually difficult to achieve:

  • White only
  • White as background
  • White on top of colour
  • White for backlit application
  • Five-layer printing for blockout printing on clear
  • Various additional print modes

With the EFI VUTEk 3r+ you have up to 16 printheads in an ink configuration of CMYK or CMYK, lc, lm lk, plus optional white or optional clear.

Since the previous EFI VUTEk 3r, the company is using RICOH printheads, which help the overall system produce high-quality images, because of its advanced technology and the capability to produce different drop sizes, starting at 7 picoliters.

Having this grayscale capabillity in the printheads enables the 3r+ to produce a superior image quality with smooth color transitions and fine detail, especially in small text.

These are some of the illustrations printed on the EFI roll-to-roll printers during Dr Nicholas’ visit to one of the company’s factories in early 2020.

And since EFI started as a software company, the Fiery RIP the printer comes with is a key part of the output quality.

In addition, the chassis has been redesigned for an improved media advance.

Interesting additional features on the EFI VUTEk 3r+
This model has a series of innovative features to improve turnaround times. Since we have already talked about the improved white ink capabilities, we will focus in other options:

Clear. In addition to light colors, you can order clear, which will help you achieve more realistic images by highligting specific parts that have a glossy surface, or to give a visual bump to important design elements such as offer blurbs or important text.

X-cutter: The software-operated cutting system allows you to go from roll to sheets on the fly.

Sheet collector. This optional feature collects sheets cut by the X-cutter for a more ordered print job collection and arrangement. This structure is easily attached to the printer. It is foldable for easy storage. It does not require any electrical current.

Y-Slitters: You can cut in Y axis to trim edges or to split a print job on the fly. The Y-slitters can be repositioned to meet your needs in every print job.

ID Backprint: The printer has a system to label each peace of your print job at the back, with important information for an easier handling, shipping and instalation.

Super Duty Winder: a mechanism that helps you print on rolls up to 1,750 lbs (793 kg). This winder functions with a motor and is designed for continuous printing without the need to change rolls, which increases productivity and saves time significantly.

 

 

First posted May 2020

 
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