Fujifilm Europe announces XMF PressReady

Digital workflow system to support the Revoria range

XMF PressReady digital print production workflow system

Fujifilm’s XMF PressReady a digital print production workflow system that helps manage print jobs from multiple sources – such as web-to-print and MIS systems or PDF files supplied by customers – and directs them to an appropriate digital press was launched recently to support the Revoria range. It also allows print service providers to automate ordinary and repetitive tasks, allowing press operators to focus on more important aspects of the production process.

Controlling Fujifilm’s Revoria Press PC1120 is the Revoria Flow DFE, a front-end system to manage ripping, color management, special color control, and more. When combined with the XMF PressReady workflow, it can automate the flow of print work from order intake to printed product by preconfiguring and automating the flow of work through the Revoria Flow DFE.

Able to integrate seamlessly into a range of established workflow environments, XMF PressReady offers multiple workflows that can be configured to make production decisions based on size, quantity, media, and page count. XMF PressReady also eliminates the need for manual intervention, saving valuable time and reducing the possibility of operator error.

XMF PressReady is integrated with Fujifilm’s XMF workflow system, allowing print businesses to manage both offset and digital production via one integrated workflow, making it an ideal solution, in particular, for those who offer hybrid printing services.

Additionally, XMF PressReady is unique in integrating not only with Revoria digital presses, but any connected digital press using a Fiery DFE. This allows print service providers to manage digital presses from multiple vendors from one system, giving visibility of the print job status, the print job queue, media information, ink levels, and much more.

Fujifilm’s XMF PressReady brings efficiency to digital print production, providing print service providers with a flexible, and efficient workflow system that can automate processes, streamline production, and save valuable time by minimizing errors.

John Davies, workflow product group manager, Fujifilm Europe, comments “XMF PressReady is a brand new print workflow system, carefully designed to maximize the operational efficiency of the new range of digital POD devices available from Fujifilm. Building on the success of Fujifilm’s commercial XMF Workflow system, XMF PressReady is a dedicated digital print workflow system designed to manage production from job intake to final printed product.”

Following the announcement that Fujifilm’s Revoria range is now commercially available in the UK and France (following a roll-out across multiple European countries), the company is now introducing XMF PressReady to add even more versatility and automated processes to its digital print offering.

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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