EFI, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation has unveiled the VUTEk® QS220, a direct-to-substrate, two-metre UV-curing flatbed printer with high-definition print quality and super-wide productivity that boasts lower ink running costs than traditional wide-format printers. Its application abilities, described as unique, allow print businesses to expand into higher-end, premium-margin applications, making the QS220 ideal for businesses that want to fuel profitability by adding flexible, production-level equipment that will support their growth.
"More and more businesses are exploring out-of-home advertising as a way to reach customers, but unfortunately many print businesses are forced to choose between high production speeds and high image quality," said EFI Vutek Senior Vice President/General Manager Dick Wissenbach. "The QS220 is an all-in-one printer; it has the speed to print 16 4'x8' boards per hour as well as the ability to print in high definition. This is a great time to be involved in super-wide format printing, and with pricing comparable to wide format printers, the QS220 is not only affordable, it's a smart investment for any print business."
Vutek's HDP technology provides resolution up to 1080 dpi for dazzling graphics and sharp text. It produces four or six colour images and features a special seventh channel for six variations of white ink. This configuration is unique to EFI and means the QS220 is capable of printing colour and white in three independent layers all in one pass for perfect registration and more advanced printing applications. This in-line, three-layer white printing capability grants the ability to produce new, high-margin applications that other businesses may not provide, such as enhanced-definition back-lit displays or layered, art-quality graphics printed on dark substrates.
The advanced technology of the QS220 allows it to effectively replace multiple wide-format printers. Its small footprint and optional roll-to-roll capability fulfil the functions of multiple printers, especially with its production speeds of up to 750 square feet per hour, outstanding resolution and lower ink running costs than other super-wide printers. With this one two-metre printer, print businesses can produce the high-resolution images required for Point-of-Purchase applications, without forgoing the highproduction abilities that has become an industry benchmark for leading print shops.
EFI specifically designed the QS220 inks for the applications that enable businesses to increase production and profitability. By utilising one ink set, the QS220 delivers enhanced reliability and performance on a wide range of substrates, with brighter, more durable automotive-grade pigments and greater flexibility, all at per-litre costs much lower than most wide-format printers.
For more information about the Vutek QS220, visit the website www.efi.com/vutek