EFI Previews New LED Inkjet, More at EFI Connect Users Conference
January 22, 2015 – At this year’s EFI Connect Users Conference held in Las Vegas, Electronics for Imaging (EFI) previewed a number of new offerings for the production-print market, including the firm’s new EFI Productivity Suite, which EFI says is the next step in its productivity software-portfolio evolution.
EFI says the suite expands on its existing offerings, with an even stronger focus on how customers can generate revenue and enhance efficiency and profitability.
Available this quarter, the suite addresses customers’ most pressing automation and efficiency needs by moving the workflow emphasis away from individual EFI software packages and modules to a complete offering that uses best-of-suite, end-to-end workflows, certified integrations, and synchronized development. As a result, EFI says printing and packaging companies can further simplify the management and operations tasks they need to grow into new markets and strategically run their businesses.
Other new offerings at EFI Connect include:
- Unified workflow-management capabilities for combined offset- and digital-production operations using a new Heidelberg Prinect/EFI Fiery digital front end integration. EFI says that now, printing companies can use their familiar Prinect interface to quickly route work to offset or EFI Fiery Driven digital presses, while streamlining overall business processes using integrated links to EFI web-to-print and print MIS products.
- A module featuring EFI DirectSmile technology to enable automated, template-based, and data-driven variable image and document rendering within the EFI Digital StoreFront web-to-print and eCommerce interface.
- An enhanced automation workflow, powered by AccuZIP, that uses Digital StoreFront’s web-to-print capabilities and its new variable-data printing module to automate direct-mail production tasks from order entry through mail processing and check out.
EFI Connect’s solutions center includes a complete portfolio EFI workflow and digital-print production software. EFI also previewed LED inkjet technology with 3.2-meter roll-to-roll (see below) and 2-meter, 7-picoLiter UltraDrop hybrid roll/flatbed EFI VUTEk printers, along with an entry-level, 1.6-meter EFI Wide Format production printer. 3M Commercial Graphics also exhibited a vehicle wrapped in graphics that was produced using a co-developed EFI and 3M ink that EFI says provides increased flexibility and elongation characteristics traditionally not seen with UV inkjet inks.
EFI Connect also featured various exhibits from partner companies, including the conference’s platinum sponsor, Xerox; gold sponsors Canon and Kodak; and bronze sponsors 3M Commercial Graphics; AccuZIP; BCC Software; Esko; ESP/SurgeX; Honle UV America; Heytex; Konica Minolta; MBM; the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation; Ricoh Production Print; and Zünd.
The firm says EFI Connect recorded a double-digit increase in the percentage of customers registering for this year’s conference, with more than 1,500 attendees. This year’s conference featured more than 200 educational sessions on business management, sales, marketing and production technology, as well as special keynote presentations from Thomas Quinlan, CEO of RR Donnelley & Sons; Avi Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems; and Andrew Paparozzi, chief economist of print industry association AMSP/NAPL/NAQP.
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