EFI Reggiani BOLT digital textile printer received the InterTech Technology Award

Three BOLT installations worldwide including two in Pakistan

EFI Reggiani BOLT team members Marco Serafini, Paolo Quadri, Cesare Tomasoni, Alexandra Invernici, Diego Arnoldi and Ernesto Propersi Sterbiati

The single-pass EFI Reggiani BOLT digital textile printer has received the InterTech Technology Award from Printing United Alliance. The InterTech Technology Awards honor technologies predicted to have a major transformational impact on the printing industry. The EFI Reggiani BOLT is the very first textile printer to receive an InterTech Award.

As per EFI, the 1.8 meter-wide EFI Reggiani BOLT is the fastest digital textile printer available, delivering a throughput speed of 90 meters per minute at a 600 x 600 dpi resolution. It features imaging in drop sizes from 5 to 30 picolitres and provides 600 x 4,800 maximum-dpi resolution printing.

“We are extremely proud of receiving this achievement,” said EFI Reggiani senior vice president and general manager Adele Genoni. “EFI Reggiani is strongly committed to developing cutting-edge technologies and sustainable solutions for the textile industry, as we believe that innovation is the key to our customers’ success. This award further validates our never-ending dedication to delivering the best technology solutions possible and is a great source of motivation for the team.”

To date, three BOLT printers have been installed, one in Italy and two in Pakistan, and one more installation is being finalized in Pakistan. In the first year BOLT printers were in operation, they produced more than 10 million linear meters of printed fabric, and to date, they have printed more than 25 million linear meters worldwide.

The EFI Fiery BT-1000 digital front end colour management and RIP solution drives the printer, enabling efficient job management while streaming jobs directly to the printer in real-time. It is purpose-built to deliver fine detail, smooth gradations, clean solid colours, deep blacks, and high saturation. Superior screening and fine dithering algorithms with the Fiery DFE provide high-quality print results.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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