EFI is launching its next generation of Fiery digital front end, which it says addresses needs for faster processing, and more efficient printing with expanded colour gamuts.
The company says EFI Fiery FS200 Pro features tools for higher-speed processing and expansion to CMYK+ colours, and will be incorporated in several new digital printers starting in Q3 this year.
EFI’s Fiery rips are used with almost all digital print solutions, so the new rip will likely be available through the likes of Canon, Konica Minolta, Ricoh and Fuji Xerox, although no announcements have yet been made. It is also used on EFI’s Vutek wide format printers.
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EFI Fiery general manager Toby Weiss says many of the new capabilities are exclusive to Fiery and will deliver a competitive advantage to print businesses.
He says the system also provides robust capabilities for shop automation and connectivity.
“As the industry’s only CIP4-certified JDF DFE, the Fiery platform can seamlessly connect with other JDF-based devices,” Weiss says.
“Plus, users can establish fully automated, bi-directional communication and integration with EFI’s market-leading MIS/ERP and web-to-print products.”
The company says Fiery DFEs are powered by EFI’s proprietary application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) with rip chip technology that can process print files significantly faster than alternative DFEs.
“CMYK+ opens the door to a range of inkjet press technologies that may be capable of incorporating five, six, or eight-colour process imaging,” it says.
“Print businesses can more precisely match a wider range of brand colours on digital presses offering expanded toner imaging capabilities.”
Weiss says the software expands the performance advantage on high-end servers with EFI’s Fiery HyperRip offering.
“HyperRip now has a mode optimised for multiple jobs, as well as the previous, single-job mode, boosting processing performance up to 55 per cent compared to the performance without HyperRip,” he says.
“Now, the Fiery FS200 Pro platform can rip up to four jobs simultaneously, giving users the ability to print more jobs in the shortest possible time.”
Weiss says it also includes a Rush rip mode that opens up a fifth rip to process rush jobs when all four main parallel processors are busy.
“Rush rip allows printing operations to accommodate last-minute rush jobs without interrupting the on-going workflow or cancelling jobs that are already being processed,” he says.
It also gives users the ability to preview jobs quickly while other jobs are processing, further speeding up the production process and increasing overall throughput.”
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