Above: EFI CEO Jeff Jacobson at EFI Connect
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. highlighted digital print innovations at the 22nd annual Connect conference. Display graphics inkjet offerings at Connect from the company’s product portfolio include the new EFI Pro 30h production printer. Plus, Connect features the first-ever live demonstration of the new EFI Fiery FS500 Pro digital front end (DFE) and the debut of the EFI Fiery Impress DFE, a scalable server and color management solution for inkjet label and packaging applications as well as for inline manufacturing lines that need variable print.
EFI Connect has more than 130 break-out sessions presenting the latest tips and trends across all the industry segments EFI supports. This includes sessions addressing the growing analog-to-digital transformation opportunities using EFI’s industrial Corrugated & Packaging, Textile, and Building Materials/Décor solutions.
EFI Connect also marks the debut of a prepress product for display graphics businesses, EFI Fiery Prep-it software for the preparation, layout, and automated production of print-for-cut jobs. Designed to address productivity needs amid continued labor shortages. Compared with competing products, Fiery Prep-it software also reduces media usage by 10% or more, helping to alleviate media supply constraints.
An early user of the software, Hossein Rasoulian, technical specialist at Irvine, California-based Super Color Digital, found that it reduced the time spent nesting jobs by 50%. “Fiery Prep-it is a very powerful and easy-to-use solution,” said Rasoulian. “It can nest irregular-shaped jobs very quickly and uses media extremely efficiently. We can also fully automate our print-and-cut process using Prep-it’s integration capabilities to get a high quantity of jobs produced accurately, without errors.”
The newly launched, 126-inch-wide EFI Pro 30h UV LED printer at Connect prints up to 2,477 square feet per hour.
Connect attendees are also learning about the accelerating signage production opportunities empowered by EFI’s Super High Speed class of superwide-format inkjet printers.
Connect is also where print professionals are witnessing, for the first time, the FS500 Pro platform scheduled for release this quarter with new office and cut-sheet production systems from many of the world’s leading digital printer manufacturers.
The advanced, new DFE platform for commercial and cut-sheet digital printing RIPs graphics-intensive jobs up to 50% faster than previous EFI Fiery DFEs. And, a Fiery JobExpert feature for the DFE can streamline job prep tasks.
EFI is also expanding its DFE technology offerings at Connect with the worldwide debut of the Fiery Impress DFE, a scalable off-the-shelf server and color management solution.
Connect 2022, a joint conference for customers of print and packaging technology companies Electronics For Imaging and eProductivity Software, features one of the most dynamic speaker lineups in the event’s 22-year history. The conference’s in-depth educational agenda gives customers a broader range of knowledge to strengthen their position and capture new market opportunities.
“As the industry works to regain its footing after a very difficult couple of years, EFI customers and partners are coming to Connect to learn about the actionable strategies and important tech developments that could be essential to their future success,” said Ken Hanulec, vice president of worldwide marketing, EFI. “And, more than anything, this year’s conference reflects the community, collaboration and innovation that print businesses can use to capture the growing opportunities of the industry’s analog-to-digital transformation.”
Conference offerings include a two-day, accelerated Expert/Professional training for certification on Idealliance® G7® print specifications. Connect 2022 also features top executive presentations and breakout sessions on printing, packaging, business management, marketing and more. In addition, the conference featured special keynotes from UPS Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Warren and Hall of Fame Pitcher and MLB All-Time Saves Leader Mariano Rivera.