Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI) will be showcasing its cutting-edge technologies that make EFI Reggiani a textile innovator at ITMA 2019 June 20-26 in Barcelona, including the groundbreaking EFI Reggiani BOLT – the first digital single-pass inkjet printer Textile solution that enables high output quality at record production speeds of up to 90 linear meters per minute.
Leading innovation in digital textiles
EFI is showcasing one of the premier showcases of new digital textile printing technology in the industry, highlighting the latest innovations that make EFI customers successful in the global textile industry. The EFI exhibit at ITMA also offers:
- The EFI Reggiani COLORS printer is a high quality, high productivity solution that prints in up to 12 colors and offers unmatched print quality and uniformity with an expanded gamut, superior color depth and increased fabric penetration
- EFI Mezzera indigo dyeing and finishing technology that reduces chemical consumption by up to 40% compared to other dyeing technologies and ensures deeper shades and superior fastness
- New water-based acid inks from EFI Reggiani FUOCO, specially developed for amazing prints for demanding textile applications and unparalleled depth of color and vibrancy
- A new EFI Fiery BT-1000 digital front end (DFE) that sends motor-powered jobs directly to the Reggiani BOLT printer for the highest quality print results and greater profitability
- The newly introduced version of the 2D / 3D textile CAD software EFI Optitex offers optimized integration of Print & Cut workflows in Reggiani printers for up to 15% higher efficiency when using textiles
- Fiery DesignPro, a suite of Adobe Creative Cloud plug-ins that optimize the design of repeats, color variations, fabrics, and knitwear, and consistently communicate color from design to production.
ITMA attendees will see how they can achieve more and achieve new levels of achievement by using a renewed line of EFI Reggiani printers to guide them on their digital journey from small scale to mass production. The EFI Reggiani portfolio of textile solutions includes a fully integrated design, color management, and pre- and post-treatment solution that cannot be matched by any other digital technology provider in the industry. In addition, users benefit from one of the broadest ranges of premium textile inks of the highest quality in the industry, including reactive inks from EFI’s recent acquisition of BDR Boya Kimya and from EFI Reggiani AQUA reactive, IRIS dye sublimation, ARIA Direct Disperse and TERRA pigment inks.
As the printing technology analyst firm Keypoint Intelligence noted in a recent report, EFI is positioning itself as a one-stop-shop for industrial textile needs with its extensive portfolio, dealing not only with the fundamentals of the equipment supplies and services business, but also demonstrating a vision for an evolving supply chain. “
Transformation technology for the digital migration of the industry
The new Reggiani BOLT printer, 1.8 meters (71 inches) wide at ITMA, is designed to provide textile manufacturers with high uptime and reliability, high performance and unparalleled print uniformity and accuracy, superior printhead life and minimal maintenance. Thanks to its state-of-the-art printhead concept and powerful ink delivery system, the Reggiani BOLT achieves a record throughput speed of 90 meters / minute with a resolution of 600 x 600 dots per inch (dpi). It offers high-end imaging in droplet sizes from 5 to 30 picoliters and also offers print quality with a resolution of 600 x 4800 and a resolution of 600 x 4800 so customers can meet all their design needs.
The Reggiani BOLT printer is a rugged industrial platform designed to work 24/7. It offers an innovative, low-maintenance, quick-start circulating printhead that provides smoother, higher-quality printing with superior uptime. The Reggiani BOLT enables users to reduce the cost per meter of digitally printed textiles while creating a wider range of designs quickly and efficiently. The printer also has another notable advantage in its ability to optionally incorporate one or more analog printing stations that are built into the digital printer for special effects.
The Fiery BT-1000 DFE is a professional color management and RIP solution that enables efficient job management and transfers jobs in real time directly to the Reggiani BOLT printer. It was specially developed for fine details, smooth gradations, clean solid colors, deep blacks and high saturation. Superior screening and fine dithering algorithms deliver high quality print results.
Time-to-market miracle: design and sampling solutions
EFI’s booth at ITMA offers one of the most advanced design through production workflows in the industry. The latest version of EFI Optitex software showcased on the EFI exhibit meets the urgent need for retailers and brands to get new products to market faster. The new version offers realistic fabric simulations that enable custom views of designs for consistent and customizable 3D sample displays, minimizing the need for physical samples and costly photo shoots throughout the design and production workflow. A new EFI Optitex Print & Cut feature enables garments to be fully printed on a single roll, which results in significant savings in fabric roll inventory and typically increases efficiency by 15 to 40% compared to traditional methods. Fashion and clothing manufacturers also benefit from an improved nesting algorithm in the software, which increases fabric utilization.
The Fiery DesignPro textile design software tools EFI shown at ITMA work seamlessly with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator in Mac or Microsoft Windows environments. These powerful textile and fashion design plug-ins are efficient to use, quick to learn, and make it easy to switch between DesignPro and native Photoshop or Illustrator software during the design process. The plug-ins significantly reduce the time and effort required to create repeating patterns, colors, separations, weaves, knitting or clothing sketches. In addition, Fiery DesignPro gives designers the ability to effectively and efficiently communicate colors and seasonal palettes across the design team through to production.
EFI is also announcing a new EFI Reggiani BOLT capsule verification printer model that is perfectly matched to Reggiani BOLT print results so users can preview before going into production. This high-end scan / multi-pass printer offers high coverage and even printing with high-precision stock feeding. It shares the same special, high quality and highly reliable inkjet heads as the Reggiani BOLT model and has an efficient, innovative circulation function to ensure it stays ready to print without extensive preventive maintenance.
More sustainability in denim production
The EFI Mezzera DENIM system at ITMA – the latest innovation in the renowned Mezzera line of impact-resistant indigo dyeing and finishing solutions – uses the patented Nitrogen Indigo technology. Main advantages are:
- Reduction of chemical consumption by up to 35-40% compared to other dyeing technologies;
- up to 6.5% higher indigo intensity compared to other dyeing technologies;
- improved color fastness;
- deeper sulfur shades without steaming;
- a smaller machine footprint.
“We are very excited about our ITMA exhibition, especially that we are showing the Reggiani BOLT to the public for the first time, along with our unmatched portfolio for advanced, efficient and high quality digital textile production,” said EFI Reggiani, Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. “This innovative single-pass printer will be printed live at the show, and visitors will be more than satisfied with how digital production is opening up a new path for the future. EFI is a true partner to our customers in this transformation as the only vendor with a full range of advanced printers, inks, pre- and post-treatment technologies and integrated design and workflow solutions. “
Source: Electronics for Imaging
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