EFI Connect Conference Highlights Innovations Driving Analog-To-Digital Transformation During the 22nd annual Connect conference at the Wynn Las Vegas Re- sort, Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI) highlighted state-of-the art digital print innovations that give print businesses more capability and profit potential in a range of market applications. Display graphics inkjet offer- ings at Connect from the company’s product portfolio include the new EFI™ Pro 30h production printer. Plus, Connect featured the first-ever live demonstration of the new EFI Fiery® FS500 Pro digital front end (DFE) –
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the most-advanced print server in EFI’s 30+ year history – and the debut of the EFI Fiery Impress™ DFE, a scalable, flexible server and color man- agement solution for inkjet label and packaging applications as well as for inline manufacturing lines that need variable print. EFI Connect offered more than 130 break-out sessions presenting the latest tips and trends across all the industry segments EFI supports. This included sessions addressing the growing analog-to-digital transformation opportunities using EFI’s industrial Corrugated & Packaging, Textile, and Building Materials/Décor solutions. EFI Connect also marked the debut of an innovative prepress product for display graphics businesses, EFI Fiery Prep-it™ software for the prepa- ration, layout, and automated production of print-for-cut jobs. Designed to address productivity needs amid continued labor shortages, this nesting solution reduces the time needed to nest complex objects for wide-for- mat printing by up to 90 percent. Compared with competing products, Fiery Prep-it software can also reduce media usage by 10 percent or more, helping to alleviate media supply constraints. With the media savings it generates, this software can pay for itself in four months or less, helping print shops become more competitive. 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 percent. “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 auto- mate our print-and-cut process using Prep-it’s integration capabilities to get a high quantity of jobs produced accurately, without errors.” The EFI Pro 30h The newly launched, 126-inch-wide EFI Pro 30h UV LED printer at Con- nect prints up to 2,477-square-feet per hour, offering a combination of speed and efficiency that makes it an ideal hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll su- CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 UPS CMO Kevin Warren, left, and EFI CEO Jeff Jacobson at the “fireside chat” hosted by EFI at its Connect 2022 event in Las Vegas.
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