Fiery teams up with GIS

Fiery and Global Inkjet Systems have signed a technology partnership to develop new inkjet print systems for the industrial market. 

Essentially the idea is to combine the Fiery Impress DFE and GIS printhead drive electronics together with the GIS Atlas software platform. That would enable the two companies to offer a turnkey solution to OEM press manufacturers that includes colour and workflow software, hardware, and support that can all be tailored to that OEM’s requirements.

Fiery developed the Impress DFE specifically to give vendors building industrial inkjet presses a software option since most of its front ends up to that point were aimed at the graphic arts market. It’s primarily aimed at label and packaging applications, including inline manufacturing lines. It’s able to run on a variety of different hardware platforms and this allows it to cope with everything from entry-level up to high volume inkjet by selecting the right server configuration.

In addition, GIS will now offer Fiery Impress, to its customers, alongside its existing range of Atlas software. 

GIS has developed this combination of the AHB-SE-S800 analogue board with the HMB-DG2 Ethernet Head Management Board to drive Epson’s S800 printheads.

Toby Weiss, CEO of Fiery, explained: “The combination of Fiery Impress and GIS technology provides printers with a complete workflow solution to efficiently produce more jobs using inkjet presses. Leveraging prepress, colour management, job management, VDP, MIS integration, and cloud analytics, printers can reduce manual touches, improve productivity, and grow their inkjet operations.”

I think this should be seen in the context that Hybrid Software’s SmartDFE is a significant competitor to the digital front ends that Fiery has been offering to OEM press manufacturers for some years. Hybrid has a distinct advantage in the industrial printer market because it is also able to leverage the benefits of being able to offer drive electronics from its subsidiary Meteor Inkjet. This solves the two areas that most companies building industrial inkjet printers are lacking in, namely knowledge of inkjet electronics and workflow software such as RIP and colour management. So it makes sense for both GIS and Fiery to work together and offer a counter solution.

Steve Williamson, general manager of GIS, noted that collaboration is key within the inkjet industry, adding: “We are delighted to join forces with Fiery and be able to offer a combined inkjet development technology platform to reduce time to market for print system builders and OEMs.”

You can find further details from fiery.com and globalinkjetsystems.com.

Pictured above: EFI’s Fiery FS300 Pro comes with Command Workstation 6.


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