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EFI Reggiani introduces entry-level BLAZE textile printer

The new industrial entry-level EFI Reggiani BLAZE scanning printer is making its debut at the ITMA Asia tradeshow, 12-16 June in Shanghai, China. The 1.8-metre wide printer offers an innovative recirculation ink system.

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“Despite the impact of the pandemic, EFI Reggiani has continued to invest and develop the next trailblazing technology for the textile market,” said EFI Reggiani senior vice president and GM Adele Genoni. “Our customers are our number one priority no matter how small or big they are. With the EFI Reggiani BLAZE, we are able to offer an ideal solution for companies that want to enter the industrial textile digital printing space. We are excited to be able to offer such a solution and look forward to embarking on this journey with our customers.”

The official launch follows EFI Reggiani’s announcement last week that it would be introducing three new digital textile printers this year as part of the company’s 75th anniversary celebrations.

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The entry-level BLAZE launch is the first in the series, with another advanced digital inkjet printer – a higher-volume EFI Reggiani HYPER model, making its debut in July. EFI has also released an enhanced version of the EFI Reggiani TERRA Silver printer, a 1.8-meter wide printer operating with EFI Reggiani’s TERRA pigment ink with binder solution for direct-to-textile printing without steaming or washing.

The EFI Reggiani BLAZE is designed to give companies “the opportunity to enter the digital textile printing market with a compact solution,” the company says. “The new, 1.8-meter wide printer offers an innovative, low-maintenance, continuous recirculation ink system equipped with a level sensor and degassing, as well as a printhead crash protective system for longer printhead life and superior uptime.

“Thanks to its cutting-edge printhead reliability and low maintenance costs for a competitive TCO (total cost of ownership), the BLAZE printer can produce up to 125 linear meters per hour with a printing resolution up to 600x1200 dots per inch (dpi). The printer – which delivers excellent productivity as one of the fastest digital inkjet solutions in its class – has eight 300-dpi dual channel printheads and can print in up to eight colours with full variable drop size.

“The EFI Reggiani BLAZE is equipped with a continuous and switchable belt washing unit to remove water and fabric hairs. An embedded device for adhesive application offers the possibility to use thermoplastic, resin and permanent adhesives.

“The printer also includes other features for enhanced productivity and value, including a 400-mm roll unwinder, expandable shafts, an air gun and a pneumatic bar for standard fabrics.”

EFI Reggiani also is a leading developer of inks, and one of the only industry suppliers with a complete range that includes all primary textile ink types. At ITMA Asia, the company is announcing a new service provided to Chinese customers, offering EFI Reggiani AQUA water-based reactive inks that EFI Reggiani is now manufacturing in China.