EFI, Memjet Form New Partnership

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) and San Diego-based Memjet today announced that they’ve have established a new partnership, under which EFI will bring its Fiery digital front ends (DFEs) to the growing portfolio of Memjet DuraLink digital inkjet production-printing solutions. EFI says its development of Fiery DFE solutions for printers featuring DuraLink technology means Memjet OEM customers will have access to one of the world’s “most successful and reliable print servers for production-class digital color printing.”

The new agreement marks just one of many Memjet partnerships, with other Memjet partners including Konica Minolta (see here), Canon Inc. (see here), and HP Inc. (see here).

Eric Owen, general manager of Commercial Press for Memjet, commented: “We have installed a Fiery DFE to drive a seven-color digital press in Memjet’s headquarters demo center, and both our team and our partners are impressed with the way the Fiery DFE enables superior color and image control. It also offers customers advanced job management and the ability to produce versioned and variable print runs at engine-rated speed. Fiery technology, combined with DuraLink’s speed, image quality and reliability, bring tremendous added value to Memjet’s DuraLink partners.”

Integrated DFE technologies for Digital Print Production

EFI – which announced in April that it will be acquired by private-equity firm Siris Capital Group for $1.7 billion – is offering Fiery DFEs for digital printing presses that incorporate DuraLink color-inkjet print heads.

The new solution being developed for DuraLink devices is said to feature the advantages of EFI’s most advanced digital production software platform, Fiery FS350 Pro, to deliver the best capabilities in areas print customers are said to care about most: color and imaging, productivity, management tools, and connectivity.

Features include support formatching  brand colors and extended-gamut applications featuring extended ink sets. Plus, the Fiery DFEs for Memjet DuraLink presses will give users the power to make on-the-fly corrections and late-stage color edits at the DFE for uninterrupted production.

The DFEs will also include EFI Fiery Color Profiler Suite software, which is said to provide some of the most advanced color management tools available for profile creation, inspection, editing and color quality assurance. Fiery Color Profiler Suite also features G7 System Certification for fast, accurate re-calibration, correct tonality and gray balance, and higher saturated colors.

EFI says its Fiery XB hardware configuration for the new DFEs is a scalable architecture that keeps engines running at rated print speeds to meet demanding production requirements. Fiery XB is compatible with all variable-data formats and languages, including PDF and PDF/VT and, for high-volume transactional print applications, it complies with native intelligent printer data stream (IPDS) workflows and is certified IS/3 compliant.

EFI says users will also have the advantage of using the EFI Fiery Command WorkStation interface – print management software that provides continuity across all Fiery Driven digital equipment, including cut-sheet and continuous-feed devices and wide- and superwide-format display graphics printers. The new Fiery DFEs will also give DuraLink device users expanded workflow-management efficiencies through automated, bi-directional communication and integration with EFI’s market-leading MIS/ERP and web-to-print products.

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