Versatile, High Quality 'Cool Cure' LED Inkjet Imaging Creates New Advantages at DataPrint Initiatives

EFI™, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced that DataPrint Initiatives has purchased an EFI H1625 LED wide-format printer. The Fort Wayne, Ind.-based digital printing firm is using the printer to fulfill a new contract for industrial production of regulatory signage while creating additional opportunities for high-quality point of purchase and display graphics printed on rigid or flexible media.

Dan Foster, DataPrint’s president and CEO, found that the printer’s quality and low total cost of operation made it a uniquely attractive investment. DataPrint’s customers will benefit from the higher-end imaging possible with the printer’s four color grayscale printheads, which produce near-photographic image quality with saturated colors and smooth gradations.

“The printer’s low-energy LED capabilities and phenomenal quality made it a much better choice than the UV inkjet devices I looked at from other manufacturers.”
Dan Foster, President and CEO, DataPrint Initiatives

“The printer’s low-energy LED capabilities and phenomenal quality made it a much better choice than the UV inkjet devices I looked at from other manufacturers,” said Foster, who spent a year evaluating different vendors’ offerings before selecting the EFI H1625 LED printer.

Some of the work DataPrint is producing for its client requires superior white ink opacity for signs printed on dark colored aluminum composite material. The printer, according to Foster, really delivers for this type of work. “The EFI H1625 got my attention when I saw how opaque the white ink is,” Foster said.

DataPrint’s new hybrid roll/flatbed printer includes EFI’s industry-leading “cool cure” LED technology, which enables printing on a broad range of substrates, including media that cannot withstand the high-heat drying or curing methods used in other inkjet platforms. DataPrint is gaining a greener production solution as well, with a device that prints with virtually no VOCs. In addition, the EFI H1625 LED printer’s lamps reduce users’ energy consumption and costs compared to UV and latex inkjet printers.

DataPrint is a long-time user of EFI’s web-to-print technologies, and has started using them to develop online web sites to order large-format graphics. The company is also establishing a consistent, company-wide production workflow based on EFI Fiery® technologies, with EFI Fiery XF software used to drive the new wide-format printer and an EFI Fiery digital front-end on the company’s Ricoh cut-sheet digital press.

“The printer Dan Foster’s team is installing drives value in ways no other wide-format inkjet printer has done before,” said Frank Mallozzi, EFI’s senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. “Our LED inkjet technology, combined with everything EFI offers in web-to-print and production workflow products, helps printing companies like DataPrint Initiatives go to the next level in market capabilities and profitable growth.”