The new next generation, single-pass EFI Reggiani BOLT textile digital printer from EFI was launched during an open house event at the EFI Reggiani facility in Bergamo, Italy.
The high speed digital printer provides users with high uptime and reliability, exceptional performance, superior accuracy, long printhead life and low maintenance needs. Nearly 300 customers and journalists attended the open house to experience the BOLT in action.
EFI Reggiani’s Vice President and General Manager, Adele Genoni said: “The innovative development of our new single-pass printer derives from Reggiani’s speed of innovation in digital textile printing, 70 years of history and our knowledge of high volume analogue rotary printing. EFI Reggiani’s serious commitment to listening and addressing our textile customers’ needs have enabled us to attain exceptional results with our newest print technology. The BOLT re-writes the rules of digital textile single-pass printing and offers superior throughput and quality with a high return on investment for customers. We are delighted to provide this technology to our customers and see their businesses succeed and grow.”
Cutting-edge printhead technology and high-performance ink delivery
The BOLT provides an innovative, low maintenance and quick start up recirculation printhead. Due to its high performance ink delivery system the BOLT has throughput speeds of up to 90 metres per minute (more than 8,000 square metres per hour) at a 600 x 600 dots per inch (dpi) resolution. It features high-end greyscale imaging in drop sizes from 5 to 30 picolitres and offers premium-quality 600 x 4,800 maximum-dpi resolution printing. This allows customers to address the full range of design needs. The printhead has been developed in partnership with a leading printhead manufacturer and will be available exclusively for EFI Reggiani.
High-end capabilities with reduced downtime
The BOLT is ecologically sustainable and is paired with an EFI Fiery® digital front end (DFE) print server which provides unique, high-speed processing capabilities. The BOLT has been designed for 24/7 operation and continuous productivity that drives high-volume throughput whilst lowering the cost per metre. Additional new features and enhancements on the printer include:
Enhanced maintenance features
The printer’s contactless wiping system extends printhead life and quality. In addition, it has an assisted alignment system for its test calibration scan unit and features extractable printing beams for easier maintenance.
Extended colour gamut and superior image quality
Due to EFI’s expertise in colour management and flexible colour configurations, customers can reproduce a wider range of work including designs that feature plain colours, geometric patterns, fine lines, deep blacks and smooth gradients.
Proprietary IP combining digital and rotary technologies
One or more analogue printing stations, which may be easily connected as an optional feature can be integrated into the digital printer for special effects.
Efficient, high-powered EFI Fiery technology
The BOLT features an EFI Fiery DFE with RIP and colour management technologies that runs on Fiery XB bladed hardware for maximum performance. Fiery technologies for the printer offer textile printing businesses the ability to produce challenging jobs with the finest detail, demanding colours, smooth gradients and more. EFI colour scientists developed special algorithms and custom screening for this Fiery system to deliver vivid print results, including high saturation without losing detail and superior colour even when using the fastest print mode.
Fiery technologies for the BOLT also include a 1 year subscription to EFI Fiery DesignPro, a powerful textile and fashion design suite that runs inside designers’ Adobe® Creative Cloud® applications. Fiery DesignPro lowers the time required to create colour books, repeats, colourways and prepare files for production to minutes instead of hours. Together, the BOLT single-pass printer and Fiery technologies tackles key market trends as customers face pressure for quicker time-to-market, quick fashion cycles, shorter print runs and more customisation.
EFI Reggiani high-speed innovation in digital printing for textiles
In the last 15 months, the EFI team has developed a renewed range of digital scanning printers with cutting-edge technologies. EFI launches a new model every quarter to provide customers solutions to meet their requirements. The list of EFI Reggiani advancements includes two recent launches: the COLORS digital printer that has up to 12-colour printing and the TERRA pigment ink with binder solution that features in-line polymerisation, a process that speeds up customers’ printing with one of the industry’s greenest production technologies.
by FESPA Staff