EFI has unveiled a series of upgrades to its Reggiani Bolt, which the company markets as the world’s fastest digital textile printer.

EFI says that the developments are an ‘important step in further enhancing digital printing’s presence in the industry, bringing greener, more-sustainable inkjet technologies to the fore as a replacement for analogue dyeing procedures that make textile manufacturing the world’s second-largest polluting industry.’

Both the hardware and software have been enhanced in order to minimise artefacts, compensate for any missing nozzles and enhance uniformity in order to deliver smoother solid colours. 

The upgraded machine is also intended to deliver improved quality compared to its predecessor as well as smoother gradients, faster printhead replacement and increased file processing speed.

Finally, dedicated colour profile creation on the latest EFI Fiery BT-1000 digital front end delivers ‘better, more-intense tones and improves capabilities for matching existing colour profiles commonly used in digital textile printing.’

‘With the industry’s top speed and now the delivery of even higher print quality, the EFI Reggiani Bolt can help spur a revolution in textile printing, migrating more production to digital technology, ensuring the fastest return on investment on high-volume work thanks to superior throughput and unmatched reliability and uptime,’ said Adele Genoni, senior vice president and general manager at EFI Reggiani. ‘With the Bolt’s new enhancements – and its ability to print extremely high quality on a variety of designs and fabric types at record-breaking speeds up to 90m/min – the economic cross-over point between analogue and digital printing of fabrics is lower than ever before. The time for single-pass technology is now with this best-in-class, sustainable, high-quality and high-throughput digital textile print solution.’

The 1.8m single-pass printer was first digital textile printer to receive the Printing United Alliance InterTech Award for advanced print technology innovations and is already responsible for printing more than 50 million linear metres of fabric worldwide. EFI believes that it is ‘well-positioned to have a major transformational impact on the industry.’