EFI optimises Fiery for better quality and efficiency

EFI has taken to its Engage virtual event to announce updates to its Fiery servers and software to provide printers with better quality for images and efficiencies within their businesses.

It has launched the newest release of its Fiery Command WorkStation management interface, version 6.6, which aims to deliver robust search interface capabilities and power faster curve and spot-colour editing capabilities.

The new EFI Fiery Command WorkStation officering – a free central interface used to direct Fiery-driven digital print devices around the world – helps users manage their digital print operations better, even across multiple printers and locations, and produce higher quality print with fewer mistakes. 

In addition, the update enables access to a host of additional features, such as the EFI IQ suite of cloud-based applications to help printing businesses extract value from data to minimise bottlenecks, optimise equipment utilisation and achieve higher print quality. 

One early Fiery Command WorkStation 6.6 user, Tom Griffiths, CEO of Slough, England-based design and print agency Page Visions, has driven more efficient work when creating and managing jobs – especially through the ability to create and save very specific searches.

“The latest features delivered in Fiery Command WorkStation make it more than just a pre-press and press operators’ tool,” Griffiths said.

“The new Advanced Search with version 6.6 means we are able to get very granular with our job filtering and combine parameters to create production efficiencies. Plus, the fact that Fiery Command WorkStation’s stability is rock solid is also massive for us.”

EFI has also announced the latest version of Fiery JobFlow, a prepress production automation solution that allows users to significantly upscale images with output quality, reorganise PDF pages to make long jobs more manageable, and collect jobs based on time to ensure meeting production deadlines. 

EFI said the solutionbreaks down the barriers to print automation as with the software, users can efficiently scale images for wide and super-wide format applications.

“A pages module in the software enables operators to easily manage long jobs by splitting up a PDF using a set number of pages, PDF bookmarks, or page ranges. Users can also define job route behavior in using JobFlow to get jobs printed as fast as possible when a Fiery server is unavailable,” it said.

The company has also announced an important production for cut-sheet digital printing – the integration between EFI Fiery Impose software and Duplo DC-618 Slitter/Cutter/Creaser devices – automating job preparation and finisher setup for higher-value custom jobs.

“The integration cuts the initial setup time of the workflow in half and saves users up to 70 per cent in setup time preparing printing jobs with seamless, automated, two-way communication,” EFI said.

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