Label printers can drive greater value with innovative LED inkjet and comprehensive digital print workflow and ERP technologies featured in the Electronics For Imaging (EFI) exhibit at Labelexpo Americas 2016 (13th - 15th September). EFI's booth at the tradeshow includes the enhanced EFI™ Jetrion® 4950lxe LED inkjet narrow-web press with white ink, driven by advanced EFI Fiery® software for digital label production. Plus, the latest EFI Packaging Suite on display features new, optimised planning, automated digital pre-production, and shop floor production intelligence workflow technologies for label converting.
Versatility and quality with low-migration inks and 720x1260 dpi imaging
The new Jetrion 4950lxe version of EFI's highly productive LED inkjet narrow-web inkjet label press helps customers create new opportunities with its expanded capabilities. Converters can extend their food-packaging applications into digital label production thanks to the press's new low-migration ink for non-food-contact surface production. The press also offers a higher, 720x1260 dpi resolution for even better print quality, and increased durability and gloss level control using EFI Armor UVF and UVR coatings.
This new Jetrion press version also offers extended versatility as it includes media compatibility profiles for a broader range of labelstocks, including Avery Dennison® substrates used for durable labels and wine applications.
EFI customer ColorZone exemplifies the success Jetrion users worldwide have been able to achieve by creating new market opportunities. Located in California's wine country, the company got its start producing wide-format display and signage work using EFI VUTEk® superwide-format technology and other printers, but expanded to capture short-run, multi-SKU and just-in-time label production opportunities with a Jetrion LED inkjet press.
"I entered the large-format graphics market without having a background in the business and was able to build a successful offering," said ColorZone President Joshua Feller. "Because of my relationship with EFI, I can do the same thing in the wine label market. The economics of the LED Jetrion press accelerates our ability to add new clients."
Optional in-line finishing equipment available from EFI make Jetrion one of the only digital press brands that enables users to take in blank substrate rolls on one end and receive complete, die-cut, slit and backscored rolls at the other.
Automation advancements for converting workflows
The new version 4.1 of the EFI Packaging Suite at Labelexpo includes certified workflows that provide unprecedented levels of business and production automation geared toward real-world label and package converting environments. Each certified workflow combines the core EFI Radius® ERP software with modular, integrated components from EFI's industry-leading portfolio, as well as with key third-party technologies, such as Esko's Automation Engine.
One of the components in the Suite, the new Auto-Count® 4D shop floor production intelligence platform, is making its worldwide debut. This innovative new component automatically collects accurate, up-to-the minute production data including counts, press status, speed and other critical information directly from production equipment in real-time. Through full plant visibility and data-driven reporting now in a browser based environment, packaging printers can have all of the information they need to make decisions in seconds.
Other new Packaging Suite workflow enhancements include:
• Intelligent estimating and planning with EFI iQuote software
• Automated planning optimisation with EFI Metrix software
• Centralised, role-based productivity widgets with the Suite's Productivity Workbench.
EFI is addressing the production demand of new ultra-high-speed inkjet packaging presses coming to market with the Packaging Suite. The 2016 Graph Expo Must See 'Ems award-winning automated digital pre-production workflow takes job specifications from the Suite's core Radius ERP solution and runs them through Esko's Automation Engine and EFI's Fiery® XB digital front end platform. Using this workflow, converters will be able to automatically populate the print queue on new, ultra-high-speed inkjet packaging presses, saving valuable prep time.
A decade of helping label printers achieve digital success
"This year's Labelexpo comes as EFI reaches the 10-year anniversary of our acquisition of the Jetrion business, and it has been a decade that has seen marked growth for customers with the industry's leading line of digital inkjet label presses," said Stephen Emery, vice president and general manager, EFI Jetrion. "Labelexpo visitors will see how the complete EFI offering - including the newest advancements in inkjet presses, inks and workflow software - gives our customers a distinct competitive advantage in cost, value, efficiency and overall business flexibility."
EFI's exhibit at Labelexpo Americas is in booth 6423 at the Rosemont Convention Center. For more information about EFI products for label and packaging production, visit www.efi.com.