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Interview with Paolo Toricella

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Paolo Toricella
Paolo Toricella
Product Manager & Area Sales Manager
EFI Reggiani
EFI Reggiani

ITMA encompasses the whole textile value chain

Electronics for Imaging (EFI) is a global technology company, based in Silicon Valley, and is leading the worldwide transformation from analogue to digital imaging. The company provides a wide range of printers, inks, digital front ends, and a comprehensive business and production workflow suite for signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, and personalised documents. Product Manager Paolo Toricella deliberates about the innovations exhibited at the recently concluded ITMA 2019.

Please tell us about your company.

Reggiani was started in 1908 for manufacturing machines for hand printing. In 1948, we manufactured the first flatbed screen printing machine. In 1970, the first rotary printing machine and in 2003, an industrial digital printing machine and in 2009, we acquired a company which produces pre- as well as post-treatment technologies. In 2015, Reggiani was acquired by EfI. We also recently acquired Optitex, a developer of 2D and 3D software.

What new technologies did EfI Reggiani showcase at ITMA 2019?

We are showing two different ground-breaking machines. One is a scan machine, which is named Colors. There is a carriage, which scans all over the fabric. This is the first of its kind to have 12 colours. There is one more feature, which is continuous circulation of ink. This feature reduces the ink consumption. This feature enables recovery of 95 per cent of ink, while in conventional machines it is zero. The machine also does not need any kind of controlled climate. It comes with a Kevlar sticky belt and a compensator that guarantees no stretch with both knits and wovens, which is the first of its kind.

The second printer we are showing is the Bolt, which is also a single pass machine combined with the rotary machine. The Bolt comes with a new set of heads designed for single pass printing on fabric from 5 to 30 picolitres and with a continuous ink recirculation within the nozzle plate. Thanks to the intelligence onboard, a high-speed camera helps to detect any missing nozzle and synchronise digital with conventional print. Also, this device is designed to solve uniformity correction across the full width. This unique printer can deliver a massive amount of ink at highest speed compared to its competitors, achieving a real production speed of 40 to 90 metres per minute.

How many countries do you export to?

We export to most countries on all continents.

Since when has EfI Reggiani been participating at ITMA?

Reggiani has been participating at ITMA since the first edition.

What is your opinion of ITMA when compared to other textile machinery tradeshows?

ITMA encompasses the whole textile value chain, so a buyer can see machinery right from spinning to dyeing and printing. Our company also brings the latest printing technologies to ITMA.  (HO)
Published on: 10/07/2019

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