EFI Cretaprint C3
Offer more ceramic decoration options with the versatile and fully configurable EFI™ Cretaprint® C3 digital ceramic printer. The printer's robust design holds up to eight ceramic printing bars for decoration and special finishing purposes. View Image Gallery
EFI Cretaprint multi-purpose inkjet printers offer endless configuration options to best meet your requirements. You can choose:
- Number of decoration bars
- Number of special application bars
- Printing width
- Printing features suitable to your resolution, speed and ink discharge requirements
- Print direction
Independent printing bars
Our modular inkjet printers feature separate and independent printing bars. This, coupled with the inter-bar aspiration system, prevents steam build-up and condensation in the print head.
Printing bars can be removed through an accurate and perfectly adjusted pneumatic system that guarantees print quality. Once removed, the bars can be fully accessed for both daily operations and preventive maintenance work. The printer continues working while specific tasks are performed on any of its bars.
Print head protection
Whenever a bar is not in use, it remains protected. A dual laser at the machine’s entrance detects both the position and the thickness of each ceramic piece. The printing bars come down and adjust to the tile’s height. The bars that will not be used to apply any decoration or special effect remain above and protected.
EFI Cretaprint was the pioneer in developing a process to recirculate ink in the print head, which can increase productivity as shown below:
- Fewer stops to clean the heads
- Use of more viscous inks and, therefore, less ink consumption
- Faster speed in the manufacturing line since tiles can be decorated at higher temperatures
Exclusive patented ink system
EFI Cretaprint printers feature an intelligent and simplified ink system that facilitate easier maintenance and allows for a cleaner filling process. It also features an EFI Cretaprint patented ink feeding mechanism. A collector unit system is used to keep pressure distribution and flows constant. It also minimises potential sedimentation in the print head.
EFI Cretaprint Operating System
Our exclusive operating system software provides integral printer management capabilities, using the latest interface technology to optimise the printer’s full capabilities. It is a tactile system that can be 100% remotely updated, which enables the worker to handle all the elements fast and intuitively. It includes additional features such as TAS (Tone Adjustment System), linearisation and ink consumption calculation. TAS is based on an intuitive interface that guides the user through the study process and application of changes in tone or intensity to apply to a model. This feature enables adjustments or variations on existing models in the system without the use of external software or extensive knowledge in color management.
The electronic design of our printers is based on the modular distribution of all their components, thus facilitating future upgrades and allowing full accessibility. The electronic system of our inkjet printers delivers high performance by using a main computer to upload image files and slave computers to manage the printing of those files. The result is increased graphical variability and nonstop manufacturing. EFI Cretaprint’s electronics makes it possible to choose from various printing options and simultaneously use different print heads in the same machine: some for decoration and others to apply effects.
Printers are fitted with a serial Uninterrupted Power System (UPS) that switches off the machine in a controlled manner in case of a power outage. Thus, it protects the heads mechanically as well as the data stored in the computers, while keeping the ink recirculating to avoid sedimentation.
Double Tile Printing (DTP)
Two formats, two designs, one printer.
Double Tile Printing is a new digital printing solution for the ceramics sector that allows simultaneous printing of two tiles of different formats and with different designs.
It is an ideal solution for multi-format printing. Double Tile Printing offers total use of the machine’s resources and, in particular, the total printing width is available, leading to an increase in production speed without reducing the printing resolution.
The Cretavision system is an optional accessory of EFI Cretaprint digital inkjet printers. It allows associating each one of the designs of a model to different reliefs of a set of tiles. We can, therefore, perfectly fit-in a certain design with the tile’s relief, regardless of the order in which the tiles enter the system.
This module incorporates artificial vision hardware installed at the machine entry, which allows recognizing and identifying the different tile reliefs, and printing the associated design on each of them.
Special Effects Bar
The newest solution for ceramic design, the special effects bar incorporates exclusive large drop print heads for greater versatility and more ink and glaze applications.
When adding one or more special effects bars to a C3-P3 Cretaprint machine, you can create special effects, such as:
- Metallic glaze
- Matte effect protection
- Glossy effect protection
- Reactive ink
- Glue for granilla
- High opacity whites
- Glaze-engobe applications