Electronics For Imaging, Inc. announced the availability of its EFI IQ suite of cloud and mobile applications with supported EFI VUTEk, Wide Format, and Nozomi inkjet printers. With this advanced cloud service, EFI printer users can monitor production and printer utilization, including exact device-level consumable tracking data. New EFI wide- and superwide-format UV LED printers will include a one-year subscription to EFI IQ. EFI inkjet printer users can also purchase IQ subscriptions for other supported printers.
The newly available cloud service for superwide-format production is making its debut at the May 31-June 03 FESPA Global Print Expo in Berlin.
According to an early user of the cloud service’s new inkjet offering – Dave Brewer, chief technology officer of Foothill Ranch, California-based Image Options – “EFI IQ is a user-friendly tool that gives me better business intelligence to make better decisions.”
By monitoring their printer fleets in real time, EFI IQ users can reduce consumable spend, save on labor costs, improve margins, and more.
“Print business leaders often want and benefit from having more-complete knowledge of their plant operations,” said John Henze, vice president of sales and marketing, EFI Fiery. “With EFI IQ, they can have their finger on the pulse of the business. This advanced cloud offering gives print business leaders a detailed, accurate understanding of production operations, which is key to knowing how a company can best meet its customers’ needs at any given point in time.”
“The EFI Go application,” said Studio DAR Owner Bartosz Przybyla, “displays important warnings, monitors material quantity, or lack thereof, and informs us when the material on a roll is about to run out, which is very useful with long webs.”
With the data insights and notifications EFI Go and the entire EFI IQ suite provide, “print business owners gain the Industry 4.0 advantage they need for more streamlined, efficient and profitable print business management,” said Todd Zimmerman, vice president and general manager of Display Graphics, EFI Inkjet. “The integrations we developed between EFI IQ and our VUTEk and Wide Format inkjet printers elevate what our customers can achieve in operational efficiency and business strategy.”