EFI shows off new Fiery tools

EFI has used its Connect customer conference to introduce a new digital front end, the Fiery Impress, as well as to show off a recently announced prepress tool, Fiery Prep-It and an upcoming DFE for production printers, the FS500 Pro.

EFI demonstrated this Prep-It software for prepress use.

Fiery Impress is a scalable, flexible off-the-shelf server and colour management solution that’s aimed at inkjet label and packaging applications as well as for inline manufacturing lines that need variable print. As such, it’s said to be suitable for both specialty inkjet equipment vendors with low unit volumes, as well as single manufacturing lines that want to add in variable or personalised print with a print bar. The Impress DFE can drive entry-level, mid-range or high-volume inkjet equipment on a range of hardware platforms. As an example, EFI says that users can output TIFFs to a storage location for entry-level CMYK digital presses, or produce rapid, RIP-while-printing output of variable-data content to high volume, continuous feed 7-colour digital presses. 

It includes Fiery Command WorkStation for job management and there are various options, including prepress, colour management, workflow automation, and EFI IQ cloud analytics.

EFI has also re-announced a new prepress tool, EFI Fiery Prep-it software, which was launched last November. This is designed for the preparation, layout, and automated production of print-for-cut jobs. EFI claims that it can save up to 90 percent in time to nest complex objects for wide-format printing and that it can reduce media usage by 10 percent or more. 

Super Color Digital, based in Irvine, California has been working with a beta version. Hossein Rasoulian, technical specialist there, commented: “It can nest irregular-shaped jobs very quickly and uses media extremely efficiently. We can also fully automate our print-and-cut process using Prep-it’s integration capabilities to get a high quantity of jobs produced accurately, without errors.”

EFI also demonstrated its upcoming FS500 Pro DFE platform, which has been developed to ship with new office and cut-sheet production printers from other vendors. This is said to be able to RIP graphics-intensive jobs up to 50 percent faster than previous EFI Fiery DFEs. It includes a Fiery JobExpert feature that can automatically choose the correct colour and imaging settings. There’s also a new print time estimation feature for more efficient planning and scheduling of production resources.

You can find some further information from efi.com.

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