EFI and Landa Corporation entered into a partnership agreement for the development of a Digital Front End (DFE) for Landa’s Nanographic printing technology. The announcement was made today during the opening session of Connect, EFI’s annual users conference in Las Vegas.
The new DFE, scheduled to enter beta testing in the fourth quarter of 2014, is to be based exclusively on EFI Fiery technology, which the companies state will provide new functions for the sheetfed and web-fed Nanographic machines. When they reach market, these 4- to 8-colour presses are to be aimed at commercial, folding-carton, point-of-sale, publishing, and flexible-packaging work.
“Benny Landa is a legend in our industry, and we are excited to work with his company as its exclusive DFE technology provider,” stated Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI. “Landa Nanographic printing presses have potential to accelerate the migration of mainstream commercial printing and packaging to digital printing. The Landa DFE provides a proven, ultra-high-speed and well-integrated front-end platform that Landa customers will require.”
Landa states the 4- to 8-colour presses are being designed to print short-to-medium job lengths up to five times faster than existing digital (toner) presses. The Landa DFE is to support both static and variable-data printing when using what the companies describe as off-the-shelf B1 format substrates (41 inches/1,050 mm).
“Our unique Nanographic Printing process enables us to offer offset-quality digital printing and a combination of format size and throughput speeds unprecedented in the graphic arts industry,” stated Benny Landa, Chairman and CEO of Landa Corporation. “Reaching this remarkable and exciting goal requires partnering with best-in-class providers. That is the reason we chose Fiery technology and EFI as our development partner.”
In 2013, Landa reached an agreement to have Komori provide all sheetfed platforms for the Nanographic printing presses, which were first shown in Germany at the quadrennial drupa tradeshow in May 2012.