Electronics For Imaging at PRINT 17 made the worldwide debut of the Fiery FS300 Pro technology as the next-generation platform for its digital front ends (DFEs). The Fiery FS300 Pro platform features what EFI describes as a major upgrade to its job management software, EFI Fiery Command WorkStation 6, with a new interface and supporting new versions of EFI’s Fiery Impose, Compose and JobMaster make-ready software products.
EFI is highlighting its new Productivity Workbench dashboard; EFI Metrix planning and impositioning software for ultra-high-speed inkjet presses; EFI iQuote estimating and planning software for folding carton and label production; and an EFI Corrugated Packaging Suite integration with Esko ArtiosCAD software.
The EFI Productivity Workbench is included in the latest release of several EFI Productivity Suites for print and packaging applications. It provides visibility (one-click access to task-based, business-critical data) across all components of a Suite and is described as a launch pad for common user activities. The product gathers data with what EFI describes as ContextSense links back into the system, and Workbench widgets display information most critical to each user.
EFI Metrix software is designed for ultra-high-speed inkjet presses, handling complex print change calculations. It is linked to new Fiery DFEs for ultra-high-speed digital presses to accelerate the impositioning process, while giving users the ability to select multiple jobs in a Fiery DFE queue for instant gang run impositioning. EFI states Metrix reduces the labour associated with manual job imposition and planning by 80 percent. The software is launching with the new Fiery DFE system used on Landa digital presses, and it will also be available for other ultra-high-speed inkjet devices.
EFI iQuote estimating and planning software for folding carton and label production reduces the risk converters face in profitably quoting jobs, applying custom business rules for accurate estimates that are easier to create. The software also streamlines planning and production on approved jobs by importing data directly into manufacturing workflows as part of the EFI Packaging Suite. Another 2017 Must See ’Ems Award-winning packaging innovation, EFI Corrugated Packaging Suite/Esko ArtiosCAD integration, automates the process of moving complex CAD design projects into production workflows for faster job preparation and, ultimately, quicker turnaround times.
At PRINT 17, EFI is also highlighting the Pro 16h LED wide-format hybrid printer, a 65-inch device presented at the show by Konica Minolta and Ricoh. Pro 16h LED, which was recently named the 2017 SGIA Product of the Year for UV hybrid printers from $100,000 to $500,000, is a four-colour (plus white) printer with a built-in EFI Fiery proServer Core DFE. EFI explains the Pro 16h LED provides up to 30 percent greater throughput compared with other EFI wide-format hybrid production platforms.
AT PRINT 17, EFI is featuring new versions of its Productivity Suites for commercial and digital superwide-format printing with the EFI Quick Print, Midmarket Print and Enterprise Commercial Print Suites.
Also on display are EFI’s latest Suite versions for packaging, the EFI Packaging and Corrugated Packaging Suites. Workflow innovations for EFI’s Productivity Suites at PRINT 17 include new shop-floor data collection technology offering direct integration with Fiery digital print management systems, and EFI SmartCanvas, an online template design tool for EFI Digital StoreFront Web-to-print software.