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Open Print Drives Productivity with EFI VUTEk h5

EFI announced that one of its customers, Barcelona-based business Open Print, has transformed its production operations leveraging the many quality, productivity and sustainability advantages that the EFI VUTEk h5 hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll superwide-format LED inkjet printer offers.

Previously, the company carried out much of its work – including comprehensive graphics services for the retail visual merchandising, event and tradeshow markets – using a 2-metre wide EFI VUTEk UV-curable hybrid printer. The company’s new upgrade to a faster, wider, LED inkjet solution has quickly changed things for the better for the Spanish display graphics specialist.

With the h5 model in operation, Open Print has created a significant competitive advantage. “This equipment brings us an unprecedented level of quality that contributes to our brand value as a company,” said Sferco. “Additionally, as it is a hybrid printer, we can offer great versatility” thanks to its ability to quickly change from flatbed to roll-to-roll printing.

The printer delivers the advantage of “cool cure” LED curing that require less energy usage, as well as 7-picolitre UltraDrop Technology that uses smaller droplet sizes with true multi-drop addressability for exceptional smoothness in shadows, gradients and transitions.

The small drop sizes also give Open Print a significant improvement in terms of ink volume usage compared with its former UV-cure device. “We use original EFI inks, and we are seeing a significant savings. Because of that, almost 50% of our production is already being carried out on this platform.”

Of the 40 people who work in Open Print across two work shifts, three are assigned to operate the EFI VUTEk h5, which runs with the EFI Fiery proServer digital front end (DFE). Thanks to this Fiery DFE, the three staff responsible for the new printer can handle all of their advanced production functions, such as nesting, step and repeat, scaling, cropping, barcode creation and tiling, right at the server or remotely using Fiery Command WorkStation- EFI’s universal Fiery digital print job management interface. The Fiery proServer also offers advanced ICC colour management for reliable colour and superior-quality output.

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