EFI Fiery Digital Front Ends Available for New Konica Minolta bizhub Digital Presses

Electronics for Imaging (EFI) and Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc., announced the availability of two new digital front ends (DFEs) – the EFI Fiery IC-308 and IC-415 – designed to drive the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C1060, C1070, and C1070P digital presses. Running on the latest Fiery FS100 Pro platform, EFI says the EFI Fiery DFEs provide unparalleled performance, color-management, and workflow-automation tools.

“The new additions to the Fiery line-up for the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS family deliver almost 2.5 times performance improvement over their predecessors,” commented John Henze, vice president of Fiery marketing for EFI. “This means that print service providers can increase their capacity by shortening turnaround times for even the most challenging and complex files, including increasingly popular variable data jobs.”

The two Fiery DFE models are targeted at production-print operations, ranging from central reprographic departments (CRDs)  to commercial-printing firms, and for producing high-margin print jobs such as photo-books and personalized communications. Users can also couple the Fiery IC-308 with Fiery Central, EFI’s centralized job-production solution, to drive both the new color Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS models and black-and-white bizhub PRESS 1052/1250/1250P digital printers. EFI says this unique configuration provides a centralized workflow with the common Fiery Command WorkStation job-management interface to automatically balance printer fleet workloads for more efficient and lower cost production.

The Fiery FS100 Pro platform used for the new DFEs is the only production platform to achieve a 100 percent perfect-pass rating from industry organization VIGC’s PDF RIP Audit. This means that users can accurately and consistently reproduce even intricately designed files developed with tools like Adobe Creative Suite, avoiding costly reprints, delivery delays and dissatisfied print buyers.

Print organizations using EFI MIS and Web-to-print solutions can also seamlessly integrate with the IC-308 to increase operational efficiency. Users can integrate the new DFEs with Kodak PRINERGY and other third-party prepress and workflow solutions to achieve higher-level efficiencies that streamline business operations.

Customers can also take advantage of Fiery JobMaster, an optional makeready product that includes productivity enhancers such as visual tab insertion and design, easy-to-use page editing, chapterization, and many other late-stage job editing features. This allows operators to set up and execute complex print jobs faster and more efficiently, saving time and increasing overall profitability.

The new Fiery DFEs are available now from Konica Minolta and authorized Konica Minolta resellers. For more information about EFI Fiery Driven products, visit www.efi.com or contact 800-875-7117. For more information about Konica Minolta, visit www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com..

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