EFI Connect talks artificial intelligence

The 17th Electronics for Imaging Connect conference in Las Vegas saw keynote speaker EFI CEO Guy Gecht speak about artificial intelligence and the impact the next wave of advanced technology is having.

“As with the developments we have all seen with personal computers and mobile technology, artificial intelligence promises to create more opportunities. In print, it can drive preventive diagnostics and predictive maintenance, which helps our customers improve their top and bottom lines,” he says.

Gecht says an example of this new technology is EFI’s ERP and MIS workflow products which learn to be more efficient as they track business operations.

There will be several technology advancements from EFI including the debut of the company’s largest soft-signage printer and new LED, roll-to-toll printers offering what EFI claims is market-leading productivity.

The new roll-to-roll Vutek 5r and 3r printers were unveiled at the conference. These are designed to be the industry’s most technically advanced LED roll-to-roll production offerings. Printing at speeds up to 4,896 sq ft hour in resolutions up to 1,200 dpi, the five metre EFI Vutek 5r and three metre EFI Vutek 3r printers maximise performance, efficiency and quality.

Featuring high-resolution, 7-picoliter EFI ultradrop technology, the new printers offer the fastest throughput in the market, superior image quality and a lower total cost of ownership for premium graphics work.

[Related: EFI Connect sells out]

Customers from around the world and from Australia are at Wynn Las Vegas as the EFI Connect event once again reached sell-out capacity, with attendees from 37 nations gathered to participate in one of the print industry’s longest-running and most successful users’ conferences. This year’s Connect features important technology advancements from EFI, including the debut of the company’s largest soft-signage printer and new LED, roll-to-roll printers offering market-leading productivity.

The conference, which caters to printers’ evolving needs for information related to market and technology trends, features 8 new educational tracks in an agenda of 200+ classes. Special sessions include fireside chat keynotes with Quad/Graphics CEO Joel Quadracci and print technology veteran Jeff Jacobson, speaking on Connect’s opening day in one of his first public presentations since becoming CEO of Xerox two weeks ago.

Printers can take advantage of fast-growing soft-signage opportunities using EFI’s largest soft signage printer, the 5.2-meter EFI Vutek FabriVU 520 launched at Connect. EFI says the printer gives users new capabilities for producing a broader range of soft signage products, including wall murals, theatre3 drapes, and other super wide seamless applications.

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