The new hybrid eco-solvent/aqueous ink offering will give users greater versatility in their tile production operations, using EFI Cretaprint printers that can easily transition to water-based ink.
“A simple cleaning protocol and a quick software update are all that is required to move to water-based inks at any time,” said Jose Luis Ramón Moreno, VP and GM, 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 is a comprehensive solution that 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;
- 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;
- Configurable service programs for technical assistance and preventive maintenance that allow tile manufacturers to receive the services that best fit their equipment at a flat rate.Ceramic tile producers seeking to solidify their long-term success in digital decoration have a new option from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI) – 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. EFI is launching its Cretaprint Hybrid Ecosystem solution for ceramic tile decoration at the June 18-21 Ceramics China tradeshow in Guangzhou.