Fiery XF Version 5 is a flexible and scalable high-speed RIP and colour management workflow for wide- to superwide-format production with customizable automated workflows from job creation to printing and verification.
PDF/X-4 is the next big step in prepress, but until VIGC (Vlaams Instituut voor Grafische Communicatie — Flemish Innovation Center for Graphic Communication) actually set up a test for looking into the support of RIP vendors, nobody knew if there were any vendors who fully complied with this standard. PDF/X-4 needs the following parameters to [...]
Although you could theoretically keep refining old mercury vapour technology, that wouldn’t be future proof. A printer manufacturer that would invest in improving mercury lamp technology would show little understanding of environmentally sound development strategies. LED is future proof, opens up new, sometimes unexpected, markets, and the inks used are no more toxic than other industrial printing inks — less, actually, as ink manufacturers are all too eager to jump on the eco-friendly bandwagon.
In November of last year, EFI acquired Technique, the British company that developed the printing MIS with the same name. While EFI did acquire all of Technique’s print MIS tools, it has left the products more or less as they are, only taking care of an integrated workflow with their Fiery digital front-end and inkjet portfolio including VUTEk, Jetrion and wide format devices. But what exactly is Technique, and how does it compare to for example EFI’s Monarch?
Ranging from 365 to 405 nm, UV LED lamps are all set to replace mercury vapour lamps in UV curing printers. The evolution may gain momentum in 2014 when Europe is rumoured to sort of banning mercury vapour lamps altogether. But this government-sponsored arm forcing is not the most important reason why clever printers who have planned investments in 2013, will opt for a UV LED curing press.
Serving print customers in a self-service environment with EFI’s M500 Self-Serve Copy and Print Station
The EFI M500 station allows anyone to print from USB drives, mobile devices and even cloud accounts along with the ability to pay with cash, credit card or campus card. Users can preview their files before printing to reduce waste, and can choose from a range of finishing options depending on the printer.
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. But how big must your business be to benefit from EFI’s system?
EFI has its own range of superwide inkjets, industrial label printers, and now even ceramic tile printers. It used to have but one product: the EFI Fiery RIP. One of the consequences of EFI growing in all areas of printing is that it competes with companies that use its Fiery RIP.
I remember the days of the Nokia Communicator brick — the second generation. With that thing you could print via an infrared port on the device and your printer. My trusted LaserJet 2200DTN has such an infrared port, so I tried it. It worked, but it was a pain to keep the phone well in sight of the printer’s infrared beam. But they called it mobile printing. Today, with all the tablets and smartphones, mobile printing is back, but now it seems to actually work.