Billed as the world's first digital front end for the ceramic imaging market
EFI™ has just unveiled the EFI Cretaprint® C3 printer with the Fiery® proServer for Cretaprint, the world's first digital front end dedicated for the growing ceramic imaging market. The multipurpose digital ceramic decoration printer has taken five years of research and development work which included a significant amount of customer feedback from this market sector.
The first EFI Cretaprint C3 press was installed at El Barco Spain which specialises in decorative tiles. "EFI Cretaprint's next-generation C3 inkjet press gives us the highest quality ceramic printing experience available," said Jose Carlos Fernandez, chief technology officer at El Barco. "With more intense colours, more flexibility, higher yield, and a great user interface, this latest inkjet technology helps our business be more productive, more profitable, and helps us grow by exceeding the expectations of our customers."
Ghilad Dziesietnik, EFI's chief technology officer commented:
"This is the third generation of digital ceramic printers from Cretaprint, and it will completely change the entire industry. The tile imaging market is rapidly shifting towards digital, and EFI Cretaprint is leading this transformation worldwide. The Cretaprint C3 enables customers to speed up production lines and create products with added value due to innovations in every area of the printer. This is the most flexible, reliable, and productive printer ever built for the ceramics market."
The Cretaprint C3 features a single chassis able to accommodate up to eight print bars, which are easy to access due to a new slide-bar design, and can be independently configured for printing and special decoration effects. The multipurpose system offers over 1,000 customisable settings, from print width and speed to printer direction and ink discharge, and allows working with different print heads in the same machine - some for printing and others with stronger ink discharge to apply special decoration effects. Of particular note is its compact design and footprint which EFI say allows it to be easily incorporated into an existing ceramic tile production line. Visit http://youtu.be/yHHeabm84Usfor a video overview.
EFI's Cretaprint C3 comes with an optional Fiery proServer, which the company maintains is the first dedicated colour management solution for the ceramic market enabling predictable, controllable and automated results. It added that the workflow reduces waste, increases productivity, and boosts profitability through measurement-based processes that eliminate the trial-and-error approach to colour management.
For more information about EFI's Cretaprint C3 and Fiery proServer, visit www.efi.com/cretaprint
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