If your current UV-curing printer produces 50 boards an hour or less, and you need to improve your production times, you could consider buying a second model to double your productivity.
Or, you can replace your current machine with a printer that produces 100 boards an hour.
The EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro is a UV-curing printer designed for sign shops and print business that want to increase their print production while keeping a high quality standard.
The printers made by EFI are sturdy and well made. But most importantly, they are high-quality printers.
This printer handles rigid and flexible media. Read further to see the list of applications.
The EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro and HS100 Pro are production machines.
The EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro UV printer can produce up to 100 boards/hour in Production Mode and up to 50 boards/hour in POP Mode.
The newer version, the HS125 Pro can produce up to 125 boards/hour and up to 90
boards/hour in POP Mode.
Note that on the HS100 Pro, the POP Mode renders half the boards printed on Production Mode. But that gap is smaller in the HS125 Pro, since the difference between modes is around 35 boards.
Other UV-printers print around 40 to 50 boards an hour.
But we would need to ask someone at EFI what size of boards was used to take these measures. Otherwise, it is not easy to compare the production of these models with printers from other manufacturers.
Main features in the EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro and HS125 Pro
As you can see in the photos, both models have an optional automated media feeding system that increases productivity.
But the most interesting feature is the curing technology called Pin & Cure, which is the dual curing capability that uses both traditional mercury-arc lamps, and LED lamps.
These models are perhaps the only printers that use the two types of lamps to print.
This feature allows the printer to produce variable finishes in the same print: glossy and mate. This video explains the Pin & Cure feature:
What can you print with the EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro and the HS125 Pro?
Both models handle media up to 126.5” (3.2 m) wide, and up to 2” (5.08 cm) thick.
The HS100 Pro is able to produce applications such as:
- Bus shelters
- Day/Night backlits
- Display graphics
- Exhibition Graphics
- Free Standing Displays (FSD)
- Indoor Signage
- Outdoor Signage
- POP signage
EFI lists the same applications for both the HS100 Pro and the HS125 Pro. The only difference is that double-sided banner printing is only listed for the HS125 Pro.
But in theory, there is no reason why you can’t print on both sides with the HS100 Pro.
These printers handle both rigid and flexible media, through a feeding mechanism based on a moving transport belt.
Most manufacturers classify this type of printers as hybrid. But we at FLAAR classify them as combo.
The printer specs of the HS 100 do not state how many ink colors are used, but the EFI VUTEk HS125 Pro handles CMYK, lc, lm, and two optional channels for white.
Both versions use Seiko printheads with a 12 picoliter drop size.
As mentioned in a previous article, EFI is the kind of company that does not launch a new model unless it is ready to print all day.
We hope to make a full evaluation of this interesting printer either at the factory, or by visiting a print shop that bought any of these models.