EFI ProGraphics UV LED XA ink now available

High-adhesion ink enables printing on wide variety of rigid and flexible substrates

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EFI’s new ProGraphics XA high-adhesion ink does not chip during cutting and is ideal for yard signage applications. Photo EFI

EFI ProGraphics XA high-adhesion ink – a UV LED display graphics inkjet ink from Electronics For Imaging, suitable for a wide range of rigid and flexible media – is now available for EFI wide format flatbed and hybrid roll/flatbed printers. ProGraphics XA ink delivers superior results on corrugated plastics and other substrates with adhesion challenges. 

EFI customer Kurt Kahmnke, owner of the US-based company Payler Signs & Graphics in Fenton, Missouri, has gained greater adhesion and durability on rigid substrate prints he produces on his company’s new EFI Pro 30h hybrid wide-format printer. The ink is believed to give Payler Signs superior results compared to the UV inks the company uses on a flatbed inkjet printer.

“We’ve tested prints produced with the ProGraphics XA ink in our EFI Pro 30h printer in a variety of modes on Coroplast, acrylic, aluminium composites, and other challenging materials by spraying them with water, leaving them outside in the heat, and stacking them ink side to ink side,” said Kahmnke. “We are very pleased with the ink’s adhesion, quality, and performance and are confident that we made the right choice.” 

The ProGraphics XA ink does not chip during cutting when used on standard acrylic, corrugated plastic, or other fluted polypropylene media. Plus, ProGraphics XA ink is flexible enough for 180-degree heat-forming applications. Bringing this advanced ink to the EFI Pro 24f, Pro 30f, Pro 16h, and Pro 30h wide-format printers gives sign and display graphics operations more capabilities in the range of applications they offer to customers.

“We are pleased to bring this exceptional high-adhesion ink to our wide format printer owners,” said Ken Hanulec, EFI’s vice president of worldwide marketing. “We continually strive to increase the value of EFI investments, and now customers will have the benefit of ProGraphics XA ink’s versatility, durability, and flexibility to extend the range of substrates and surfaces they can print on.”

When purchasing an EFI wide format printer, customers can choose the ProGraphics Series UV LED ink set that best meets their application needs. Other ProGraphics inks include:

  • EFI – 3M ProGraphics UV LED ink for flexible applications, including those that need to be stretched or heated or require the 3M MCS warranty
  • EFI ProGraphics UV LED POP ink for rigid board and flexible media printing of indoor and outdoor applications
  • EFI ProGraphics UV LED Rigid ink provides the best surface mar resistance and is ideal for printing on specialty rigid media, such as lenticular lenses, steel, aluminium, and wood
  • EFI ProGraphics UV LED Ultra ink for a highly diverse range of flexible and rigid media applications, such as banners, exterior signage, retail signs, interior architectural design, and those that need the best outdoor weathering performance without lamination.

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