EFI - 1/14/2010
EFI Announces New Two-Meter VUTEk Superwide Printer
EFI™ (Nasdaq: EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today unveiled the VUTEk®
QS220, a direct-to-substrate, two-meter UV-curing flatbed printer with High-Definition Print (HDP) quality and
superwide productivity that boasts lower ink running costs than traditional wide-format printers and unique
application abilities that allow print businesses to expand into higher-end, premium-margin applications. The
QS220 is 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 superwide 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-color 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 color and white in three independent layers all in
one pass for perfect registration and more advanced printing applications, which results in graphics that really
pop. This in-line, three-layer white printing capability grants the ability to produce new, high-margin applications
that other businesses cannot 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 fulfill 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
superwide printers. With this one two-meter printer, print businesses can produce the high-resolution images
required for Point-of-Purchase applications, without forgoing the high-production abilities that has become an
industry benchmark for leading print shops.
EFI, a manufacturing leader of digital UV inks, specifically designed the QS220 inks for the applications that
enable businesses to increase production and profitability. By utilizing 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-liter costs that are much lower than most wide-format printers. This ensures that
businesses not only expand their capabilities, but also increase profitability.
A cohesive, intelligent and efficient workflow solution from one supplier is the secret to truly maximizing the
profit potential of every job printed. From online job acquisition to internal shop management and job preparation
and production, EFI’s award-winning solutions streamline customer interaction and management of the entire
print business. EFI Digital StoreFront® delivers a world-class, print-centric e-commerce solution for print service
providers, while EFI’s Print MIS products, PrintSmith™, and Pace™ automate business processes from estimating to
invoicing. All VUTEk printers are optimized for use with EFI’s Fiery® XF RIP, EFI’s color management solution for
accurate, vibrant colors on superwide and wide-format printers.