The brand-new, next-generation, single-pass EFI™ Reggiani BOLT textile digital printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. made its debut this week during an open house event at the EFI Reggiani facility in Bergamo, Italy. The advanced, ultra-high-speed digital single-pass printer has the potential to revolutionize the textile printing market, providing users with high uptime and reliability, outstanding performance, superior printing uniformity and accuracy, long printhead life and minimal maintenance needs. The EFI Reggiani open house has created huge interest in global textile market opportunities, with nearly 300 customers and journalists attending to see the new BOLT in action. “The innovative development of our new single-pass printer comes from Reggiani’s speed of innovation in digital textile printing, its 70 years of history, and our proprietary knowledge of high-volume analog rotary printing,” said EFI Reggiani Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. Click read more below for additional detail.
Image Test Labs (ITL), a division of Technology Watch, LLC, announced that it has achieved a historic first in the printing industry by configuring an inkjet web press to deliver the image reproduction quality of a commercial sheetfed offset press over a production run of three miles of paper. ITL printed a complex test image on each press side-by-side on the same sheet of paper, demonstrating that the output of the Screen 520 HD SC inkjet web press is suitable for commercial color work that requires offset sheetfed quality.
“It is now possible for a production inkjet web printing press to behave like a sheetfed offset printing press,” said Henry B. Freedman, ITL founding partner. “For the first time, regularly supplied off-the-shelf offset paper has been printed by an inkjet web press without requiring any special coatings, resulting in output image quality that matches or exceeds offset quality. Designers can now get much more of what they want from a digitally printed product, opening up a vast volume of work that can be run on an inkjet web press.”
Important benefits of using offset quality inkjet web printing include as a replacement for offset; as a complement to offset where the digital press prints a variable content signature bound into an offset work; as an alternative, so that the printer does not need to return to offset for subsequent, shorter reorder quantity runs; as a flexible daily option to solve deadlines and costs; and to deliver a lower cost, more easily-obtained and managed substrate paper inventory.
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