EFI demonstrating full product portfolio at Graph Expo



Efi Vutek Gs3200

At GRAPH EXPO 2010, EFI, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, will showcase its complete portfolio of solutions that continue to lead the industry's progression from analog to digital technology. EFI's suite of offerings will be on display in booth 2000 (Oct. 3-6th, Chicago's McCormick Place) and in partner booths, including Canon U.S.A., Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Ricoh Americas Corporation, Xerox Corporation and others.

The newest versions of EFI products will be highlighted, including print MIS, Web-to-Print and proofing solutions; the next-generation Fiery digital print server; EFI VUTEk superwide digital inkjet printers; EFI Rastek UV wide format printers; and EFI Jetrion industrial inkjet printing systems.

"GRAPH EXPO is a great opportunity for print providers of all sizes and specialties to learn about the latest technologies available to help them grow and diversify," said Guy Gecht, EFI CEO. "EFI continues to focus on the areas of print where the opportunities for profitable growth are real and significant. We look forward to demonstrating first-hand how our innovative, integrated solutions can make customers successful in these growth areas."

Throughout the show floor, EFI will run 33 Fiery products, demonstrating once again that Fiery is the industry's most popular digital print workflow. In its own booth, the company will highlight its diverse portfolio and strong integration between solutions by displaying its products around vertical markets that match customers' business needs, divided into eight segments: On Demand/Print for Pay, Small Commercial/CRD, Commercial/Specialty Printers, Large Commercial/Publishing, Digital Sign and Screen, Packaging and Labels, Creative Agencies/Colour Professionals and Office Solutions. While many EFI products address customer requirements in multiple verticals, here's what visitors can expect to see in each area of the booth:

On Demand/Print for Pay

Here GRAPH EXPO attendees will see the recently launched next-generation Fiery platform that drives digital print production engines, as well as the Fiery Central production workflow tool. EFI will also demonstrate the latest Fiery JDF integrations, in particular between EFI's Web-to-Print platform, EFI print MIS systems and Fiery servers.

Small Commercial/CRD

The centre area of the EFI booth will be focused on job submission with EFI Digital StoreFront and on print MIS with the popular EFI PrintSmith. Since many small commercial printers and CRDs run Fiery-driven devices, the powerful Fiery Command WorkStation job and device management console will be demonstrated along with the production workflow solution EFI MicroPress.Commercial/Specialty Printers

EFI Pace takes centre stage in this section of the booth. EFI Pace is a browser-based, scalable and customisable print MIS. In addition to Pace itself, the product will be shown integrated to the EFI Digital StoreFront Web-to-Print platform and Fiery servers via Fiery JDF integration technology. EFI will show how this combination can eliminate thousands of profit-consuming touch-points, reducing errors and speeding production.

Large Commercial/Publishing

EFI Monarch, the print production and management solution for large, single and multi-plant operations, will be the spotlight in this area. EFI will display the latest Monarch user interface, advancements in visual planning capabilities, state of the art JDF imposition automation integrated with pre-press workflow systems, and a new Monarch iPhone APP. Two powerful add-on solutions (already key components of Monarch) will be demonstrated separately – EFI PrintFlow scheduling and the EFI Auto-Count shop floor data collection solution.

Digital Sign and Screen

The powerful VUTEk GS3200 and VUTEk GS5000r superwide format printers anchor two corners of the large EFI booth. In between, two new EFI Rastek wide-format printers will be on display at GRAPH EXPO for the first time.

EFI Pace will also be shown as a complete Print MIS designed for the display graphics market and integrated with the Fiery XF digital front end driving VUTEk and Rastek printers.

Since the commercialisation of the GS series in late 2009, more than 100 printers have been sold, and the total print output from the GS printer series has exceeded 75 million square feet.

Packaging and Labels

For the packaging and label markets, EFI offers the award-winning Jetrion 4830, providing flexible options across a web width of 9 inches with a print width of 8.3 inches. The Jetrion 4830 integrates with the EFI Fiery XF RIP, which will also be on display. The newest member of the EFI Print MIS family, EFI Radius, will be demonstrated in this area. Radius is designed to enable an end-to-end, intelligent and optimised management and production workflow for label, flexible packaging, converting, and folding carton businesses.

Creative Agencies/Colour Professionals

Fiery Production Solutions ensure precise, predictable colour every time with expert colour management tools like Fiery Colour Profiler Suite and Fiery Graphic Arts Package. EFI's Inkjet Printing Applications offer powerful production tools to create and distribute high-quality proofs, including Colorproof XF, EFI eXpress, and the unique Web Control Center. Epson and Mutoh devices are part of this area.

Office Solutions

Fiery Office Solutions help businesses run more productively and profitably. This portion of the booth will highlight tools and applications that enable office workers to quickly and easily publish and digitally manage and distribute documents. Fiery VUE, EFI SendMe, Fiery Send Server, and EFI PrintMe will be on display.

Theatre Presentations, Panel Speaker and User Group Meeting

Covering topics from across all vertical segments, the theatre area of the booth will feature presentations from EFI experts throughout the day, including subjects such as "Making Complex Work More Profitable" and "Inkjet Economics."

Sean Skelly, director of marketing and service for EFI Jetrion, will also be speaking on the "Digital Package Printing" panel held on Sun., Oct. 3rd from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in room S504.

EFI will host a Pace user group meeting on Tues., Oct. 5th from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in room S106A. The company will review the Pace roadmap and seek user input.