EFI delivers up to 2X faster processing speed for superwide-format printers

Fiery products for superwide-format printing

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At the recently concluded ISA International Sign Expo, Electronics For Imaging premiered new versions of its EFI Fiery digital front ends (DFEs) for superwide-format printers. The newest-version Fiery proServer Premium with powerful GPU hardware acceleration, combined with the latest Fiery DFE software, deliver up to 2X faster performance on EFI superwide-format printers. Plus, this software update supports more than 70 new third-party printers and delivers additional productivity, color management, usability, and integration enhancements.

Fiery power to print even more than before

Owing to the unique GPU hardware acceleration implementation and the tailored hardware configuration of the new Fiery proServer Premium platform, customers can do more work per shift, and achieve continuous print production — even at their fastest print speeds — to truly maximize their printer investments. This latest offering can process single jobs at double the speed, compared to previous Fiery proServers, making it the fastest option available for EFI superwide print producers.

“We continue to enhance Fiery DFE performance to enable our customers to be more productive, get the most out of their chosen printer, and help increase their competitiveness with higher-quality output and better color management,” said John Henze, vice president of Sales and Marketing, EFI Fiery. “Plus, our latest Fiery Command WorkStation user interface makes it even easier for customers to take advantage of Fiery DFEs’ powerful features across their entire cutsheet and large-format production platforms.”

New features for better quality, management and integration

Users can now also benefit from a host of new capabilities in EFI’s latest Fiery superwide-format printing software update, which features enhanced control over tile positioning for optimal substrate consumption, with the ability to enable rotation, positioning, and alignment of split tiles for maximum flexibility; improved finishing integration capabilities, including cutting barcodes for Colex cutters; and a new rendering intent for dynamic gamut mapping that produces superior color results automatically.

The new Fiery solutions for superwide-format printing also deliver better data capabilities, communicating advanced device information from EFI printers including ink type, dot size, print mode and halftoning. Customers can further streamline their production workflows by directly importing that data into upcoming versions of the EFI Midmarket Print Suite ERP workflow and EFI MarketDirect StoreFront web-to-print/eCommerce software.

Print professionals can also benefit from using the latest-version EFI Fiery Command WorkStation software to access all Fiery Driven printers from a single, user-friendly interface. The updated Fiery Command WorkStation is a native 64-bit application and features HiDPI monitor support, as well as support for Konica Minolta FD-9 and Barbieri Spectro LFB qb spectrophotometers.

The newly launched Fiery products for superwide-format printing are commercially available now on a worldwide basis. For more information about advanced inkjet display graphics printing using EFI products, visit www.efi.com.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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