New DFEs for Canon V900 from EFI

EFI has introduced a new series of Fiery DFE servers – the N500 and P400 – to support Canon’s ImagePress V900 range of entry-level digital production printers. 

The P400 is an embedded DFE and uses an Intel Pentium G5400 processor on a Linux OS. It’s aimed at in-plant facilities running light to mid volume production print and offers easy-to-use job management tools to automate basic workflows.

The N500 is an external front end based on an Intel Core i5-8700 processor running on Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC, which allows it to process data at a much faster rate than the P400. It is designed for more demanding production environments. As such, it comes with Fiery JobExpert, which automatically analyses PDF print jobs and sets them up in terms of colour management, image quality and engine specific properties. In addition, Fiery Preflight software as standard, which can automatically make basic preflight checks for missing spot colours or low-resolution images before printing. It uses the Adobe PDF Print Engine workflow, which is an optional extra in the P400, and which allows for native handling of PDF files, including PDF/VT for variable data.

There’s an optional Fiery Graphic Arts Pro package for the N500 which includes Fiery Spot Pro for managing spot colours as well as Fiery ImageViewer for making late-stage colour edits in the DFE plus Fiery Preflight Pro, which can catch problems such as low-resolution images, overprint, or missing spot colours.

A further option for the N500 is Fiery JobFlow, for configuring automated job workflows including PDF conversion, preflight, correction and editing of PDF files, as well as image enhancement, document imposition, plus approval and job ticketing.

These new DFEs are based on the Fiery FS500 Pro DFE platform that was introduced at the start of 2022. The FS500 Pro was developed specifically to drive office and cut-sheet production printers from OEM 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 print time estimation feature for more efficient planning and scheduling of production resources

The P400 and N500 DFEs also benefit from a new 1-step colour management feature so operators with little colour management knowledge can produce accurate and consistent colour. It’s said to be easy to create custom profile and calibration sets for new media and the DFE automatically recalibrates the settings from time to time to help maintain colour consistency.

John Henze, vice president of sales and marketing for EFI Fiery, noted: “Our new DFE platforms offer high processing speeds and increased capabilities. These are innovative solutions that can help save time and reduce costs while outputting excellent quality.” Henze added: “Today’s market is highly competitive and strained by labour issues. The Fiery DFEs can help in-plants and print shops operate at their peak and keep up with market demands.”

You can find further details on the V900 from canon-europe.com and on the two DFEs from efi.com.


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