Digital inkjet roll-to-roll UV-LED printers from Electronics For Imaging Inc. (EFI) have achieved certification for the quality and durability of prints used for decor applications. EFI roll-to-roll UV-LED printers have earned a Type II certification for wallcoverings based on The Wallcovering Association W-101 and ASTM F793 standards.
Wallcoverings submitted to gain the certification were printed and tested on the 20 oz. DreamScape line of wallcovering base material from Rockaway, New Jersey-based Roysons. The Type II certification is an indicator for quality, safety, and durability of wallcoverings and, unlike other Type II certifications for digital inkjet printers, EFI’s new certification covers wallcoverings produced without lamination or coating.
“These certifications should assure print service providers that the product they can produce meets all of the critical regulatory aspects of a true commercial wallcovering,” says Roy Ritchie, Jr., president of DreamScape. “In addition, EFI customers who print on DreamScape base wallcoverings can enjoy increased efficiency and productivity, since they do not require the additional step of coating or lamination to reach this level of durability.”
EFI’s new Type II certification applies to EFI’s full portfolio of UV-LED roll-to-roll printers. The wallcoverings were tested for durability and tear resistance; scrubbability and washability; colorfastness; Class A fire retardancy and safety; and more.
Along with the Type II certification, EFI roll-to-roll digital UV-LED printers also received the Class A fire rating according to The Wallcovering Association’s evaluation and ASTM E84.
“There has been a rise in popularity for wallcoverings and interior decor applications these last years, which for us is an exciting trend as we offer a wide range of products for that growing market with our roll-to-roll UV-LED printers,” says Hanan Yosefi, vice president, EFI Inkjet Israel.