EFI provides the seamless integration of a customer’s job information with management and production systems. EFI’s Digital StoreFront and Pace Print MIS has end-to-end integration with preparation and workflow solutions. Jobs flow from Digital StoreFront to the appropriate production device with the click of a mouse — eliminating manual handling of jobs.
A complete EFI workflow starts with the acquisition of a job in Digital StoreFront. The job then passes through the scheduling, reporting and management functionality of its Pace MIS component, is prepared with Fiery XF and produced with any Fiery compatible device — but EFI wants you to use one of its own VUTEk, Rastek, Jetrion or Cretaprint devices, of course.
With the Digital StoreFront, you can build Web-to-Print entry point for the workflow. Stores can be branded, jobs can be submitted and managed online by the customer, approvals and/or payment can all happen digitally. Digital StoreFront even provides for Web-based online catalogues of graphics, documents, forms, etc.
EFI Pace is a fully integrated, scalable, browser-based print shop / job management application designed around a complete suite of software modules for complete control. It uses an appliance model, is XML driven and ODBC compliant. Pace contains modules for estimating and quoting, inventory, job planning and control, etc. There’s even the ability to control the system using iPhones or other Smart phones.
For example, it allows you to finish and deliver a large store banner job at a time that’s most convenient for the customer by checking his agenda (provided he uploaded a range of most convenient dates).
The EFI Fiery XF RIP is a printing solution for large to superwide inkjets. It drives VUTEk, Rastek, and most Canon, Ricoh, HP, Epson, Mimaki, Mutoh, and Roland printers. Having a shop with a mix of inkjet printer brands is not a problem for the Fiery RXF RIP, although it may be for the full functionality of the Pace component.
EFI offers a full range of products and modules to make a print business succeed, but what remains unclear to me is how big the business should be in order to benefit the most of an end-to-end EFI system. How much growth should the business generate in order to justify the investment?
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