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Oct 4, 2010 12:00 AM
Foster City, CA-based EFI is showcasing its complete portfolio of solutions “to lead the industry's progression from analog to digital technology” at Graph Expo 2010. EFI’s suite of offerings will be on display in booth 2000 and in partner booths, including Canon U.S.A., Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Ricoh Americas Corp., Xerox Corp. and others.
The newest versions of EFI products include print MIS, Web-to-Print and proofing solutions; the next-generation Fiery digital print server; EFI VUTEk superwide digital inkjet printers; EFI Rastek UV wide format printers; and EFI Jetrion industrial inkjet printing systems.
“Graph Expo is a great opportunity for print providers of all sizes and specialties to learn about the latest technologies available to help them grow and diversify,” says Guy Gecht, CEO, EFI. “EFI continues to focus on the areas of print where the opportunities for profitable growth are real and significant.”
Throughout the show floor, EFI is running 33 Fiery products. In its own booth, the company highlights integration in vertical markets divided into eight segments:
On Demand/Print for Pay: Here Graph Expo attendees see the recently launched next-generation Fiery platform that drives digital print production engines, as well as the Fiery Central production workflow tool. EFI will also demonstrate the latest Fiery JDF integrations, in particular between EFI’s Web-to-Print platform, EFI print MIS systems and Fiery servers.
Small Commercial/CRD: The center area of the EFI booth is focused on job submission with EFI Digital StoreFront and on print MIS with the popular EFI PrintSmith. The Fiery Command WorkStation job and device management console is demonstrated along with the production workflow solution EFI MicroPress.
Commercial/Specialty Printers: EFI Pace takes center stage in this section of the booth. EFI Pace is a browser-based, scalable and customizable print MIS. In addition to Pace itself, the product is shown integrated to the EFI Digital StoreFront Web-to-Print platform and Fiery servers via Fiery JDF integration technology.
Large Commercial/Publishing: EFI Monarch, the print production and management solution for large, single and multi-plant operations, is the spotlight in this area. EFI is showing the latest Monarch user interface, advancements in visual planning capabilities, JDF imposition automation integrated with prepress workflow systems, and a new Monarch iPhone APP. Two powerful add-on solutions (already key components of Monarch) will be demonstrated separately – EFI PrintFlow scheduling and the EFI Auto-Count shop floor data collection solution.
Digital Sign and Screen: The VUTEk GS3200 and VUTEk GS5000r superwide format printers anchor two corners of the large EFI booth. In between, two new EFI Rastek wide-format printers are on display at GRAPH EXPO for the first time. EFI Pace also is shown as a complete Print MIS designed for the display graphics market and integrated with the Fiery XF digital front end driving VUTEk and Rastek printers. Since the commercialization of the GS series in late 2009, more than 100 printers have been sold, and the total print output from the GS printer series has exceeded 75 million square feet.
Packaging and Labels: EFI offers the Jetrion 4830, providing flexible options across a web width of 9 inches with a print width of 8.3 inches. The Jetrion 4830 integrates with the EFI Fiery XF RIP. The newest member of the EFI Print MIS family, EFI Radius, is being demonstrated in this area. Radius is designed to enable an end-to-end, intelligent and optimized management and production workflow for label, flexible packaging, converting, and folding carton businesses.
Creative Agencies/Color Professionals: Fiery Production Solutions ensure precise, predictable color every time with expert color management tools like Fiery Color Profiler Suite and Fiery Graphic Arts Package. EFI’s Inkjet Printing Applications offer powerful production tools to create and distribute high-quality proofs, including Colorproof XF, EFI eXpress, and the unique Web Control Center. Epson and Mutoh devices are part of this area.
Office Solutions: This portion of the booth highlights tools and applications that enable office workers to quickly and easily publish and digitally manage and distribute documents. Fiery VUE, EFI SendMe, Fiery Send Server, and EFI PrintMe are on display.