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EFI’s Cretaprint hybrid inkjet printer for ceramic tiles

The new EFI Cretaprint Hybrid Ecosystem, to be launched this month at the Ceramics China trade show, enables switching between eco-solvent and water-friendly inks.

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  EFI's new Cretaprint Hybrid Ecosystem

“Ceramic tile producers seeking to solidify their long-term success in digital decoration have a remarkable new option from Electronics For Imaging, the EFI Cretaprint Hybrid digital inkjet printer technology that can be used with eco-solvent inks today as well as the new, greener EFI water-based inks,” according to an EFI press release.

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    Jose Luis Ramón Moreno, EFI

“A simple cleaning protocol and a quick software update are all that is required to move to water-based inks at any time,” says Jose Luis Ramón Moreno, vice president and general manager, EFI Industrial Printing. “This means users can invest in a technology that is proven, competitive, and will be able to move with the market moves to more sustainable tile decoration processes.”

The EFI Cretaprint Hybrid Ecosystem includes:

EFI Cretaprint Hybrid printers – the first hybrid ceramic tile printers in the market – available with printing widths from 700 to 1400 mm with up to 12 printing bars. They are part of the 5th generation of Cretaprint Smart Printers for Ceramics, providing excellent connectivity and a great user experience thanks to applications such as a tone adjustment system, fine-tuning control, nozzle out compensation, ID printing, a supervisory control and data acquisition printer management system and the EFI Go mobile app for remote printer monitoring.

 EFI water-friendly ceramic inks containing water solvent. These unique, water-based ink sets deliver strong performance in industrial production environments, while providing environmental benefits such as a 90% reduction in VOC emissions and a 73% reduction in carbon emissions. The inks do not require using chemical solvents when cleaning the press. 

 The EFI Fiery proServer for Cretaprint, the digital front end that pioneered colour management for tile decoration, makes for a smooth transition to water-friendly technology and ensures ink savings.

EFI says: “The flexibility and technological robustness of the EFI Hybrid Ceramic Ecosystem puts tile producers on a path to the future in digital glazing and full digital ceramic decoration.” 

EFI is launching its Cretaprint Hybrid solution for ceramic tile decoration at the Ceramics China trade show, 18-21 June in Guangzhou, in hall 8.1, stand K201 at the China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex.

For more information about the EFI Cretaprint Hybrid and other EFI products, visit www.efi.com