EFI has gone all-LED on the latest version of its Jetrion inkjet label press.
The Jetrion 4950LX was announced at Labelexpo last week. The roll-to-roll device features full LED curing throughout.
"This gives a typical lamp life of 5,000 hours versus 1,000 hours with mercury arc lamps," explained Steve Emery, vice president of EFI’s ink and Jetrion businesses.
EFI claimed that the 720dpi print resolution on the 48m/min, 330mm-wide press also resulted in "the highest resolution for digital inkjet in this space".
"We are producing two point text with good clarity, which is important for applications such as pharmaceutical labels," Emery added.
Also new is a combination finishing module for inline UV varnish or lamination, and an upgraded inline laser finishing system with a choice of single- or twin-head 500W lasers.
"This means we can keep up with the speed of the printer. The 1,000W option runs at 150 feet per minute," said Emery.
With white ink being one of the hot topics at the show, EFI also announced that a white ink version of the Jetrion 4950LX will be available in the middle of next year. "We will have the most opaque white in industrial one-pass systems," stated Steve Billow, chief technology officer for inkjet solutions.
"We have white today but we’re going to be moving that to our higher-speed platform next year."