21 Jun 2018

Onyx Graphics rolls out full support for new Epson SureColor SC-S Series printers

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Onyx Graphics has announced full support for the recently launched Epson SureColor® SC-S printers, through its proven wide-format print software. The Epson SureColor SC-S Series includes the SC-S80600, SC-S60600 and SC-S40600 models.

According to Epson, this new range of professional 64-inch signage printers combines robust engineering with new design and production features to deliver market-leading quality at the fastest possible speeds, precise repeatability and long-term durability. The new range gives print service providers a choice of printers to suit their specific production needs from 4-10 colours (including white and metallic) and up to 95.3sqm/hr of single-pass productivity.

ONYX software takes full advantage of the SC-S80600 printers’ unique capabilities, including support for 9/10 colour printing, using CMYKLcLmLk plus red and orange inks, as well as full support for white and silver ink configurations.

Specifically developed to make wide-format printing faster, predictable and more affordable, ONYX 12 software – which drives the entire SureColor SC-S Series printer line – enables print operators to print jobs right the first time. ONYX 12 software utilises the power of a next-generation, all 64-bit platform to harness full processing capabilities, delivering not just faster speeds but greater responsiveness as well. This version includes a redesigned user interface for easier navigation making it simple to find, view and edit jobs quickly. With new finishing tools, such as bleed and mark placement combined with full 64-bit processing, ONYX 12 software delivers the printing speed and finishing capabilities needed for the ideal Epson SureColor printing environment.

For more information, please visit www.onyxgfx.com.

EFI Fiery and KODAK PRINERGY Workflow 7: a winning combination

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Full end-to-end workflow integration for flexibility, productivity, profitability

With numerous successful installations at leading printing companies worldwide, integration of EFI™ (Nasdaq:EFII) Fiery® digital front end (DFE) technology with popular KODAK™ PRINERGY Workflow™ 5 and 6 solutions has helped users take advantage of best-in-class digital production automation.
Now PRINERGY Workflow 7 users will also be able to take advantage of this opportunity, and PRINERGY Workflow 5 and 6 users will be able to upgrade, keeping the same workflow automation in place. This unique integration, which offers bi-directional JDF communication, helps printing companies seamlessly blend their digital printing operations into a PRINERGY Workflow prepress and production environment.
"In this rapidly evolving print landscape, our relationship with EFI has been a critical factor in delivering essential workflow tools to printers eager for consistent, accurate and high quality print jobs," said Allan Brown, Vice President and General Manager, Unified Workflow Solutions, Kodak. "This partnership has been an essential part of Kodak's goal of providing innovative solutions for printers operating in hybrid offset and digital print environments."
EFI's newest Fiery DFE platform, Fiery FS200 Pro, gives printing companies the ability to move even more work to digital. With the Fiery/PRINERGY Workflow integration, users can access the latest Fiery DFE capabilities, including HyperRIP, a key Fiery job acceleration technology, for 55% faster job processing, advanced make-ready and colour management tools, right from the PRINERGY Workflow user interface.
PRINERGY Workflow users also can take advantage of the wide range of complementary EFI workflow solutions - ranging from Web-to-print and MIS to shop floor data collection and more - from the print industry's leading portfolio of print MIS/ERP and workflow software products. EFI's Monarch and Pace™ MIS solutions and its Digital StoreFront Web-to-print offering are also integrated with PRINERGY Workflow.
In addition, print shops with unique business needs can take advantage of the easy-to-use Fiery API (application programming interface) so that in-house developers can integrate their own custom applications or other third party solutions with their Fiery DFEs.
"We are pleased to continue our partnership with Kodak and to drive advancements through integrated Fiery/PRINERGY Workflow production environments," said Toby Weiss, senior vice president and general manager, EFI Fiery. "Our longstanding commitment to Fiery/PRINERGY Workflow integration not only gives users the advantage of a single workflow management system for offset and digital cut sheet printing, it also gives them the ability to connect to a broader range of digital printers from all leading digital printer manufacturers."
For more information about the productivity and profitability advantages available with Fiery Driven™ digital production printing and Fiery DFE integration with KODAK PRINERGY Workflow, visit www.efi.com.

Belgium-based Corelio automates printing with EFI Technique MIS Software

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Using an advanced highly automated and integrated workflow solution, featuring EFI™ Technique MIS software as its core, Belgium-based commercial print company Corelio Printing has achieved greater efficiencies to set itself above and beyond other publishing industry providers, with 85% of the company's multi-plant operation running hands-free. 

Corelio Printing staff and customers benefit from this exceptional level of streamlined workflow integration as it allows staff to focus primarily on customer care instead of administrative or low-level production management tasks. The centrepiece of the workflow, EFI Technique software, schedules jobs with virtually no intervention across several plants running a variety of printing technologies. 

The company, a division of Corelio Media, has also increased productivity while reducing costs because of the EFI Technique implementation and its integration to connect business management, prepress and production processes. 

According to Corelio Printing CEO Jan Lynen, an influx of smaller publication runs in 30,000- to 50,000-quantity range created the need for faster turnaround.  Without the EFI Technique installation, those jobs would have substantially increased the amount of labour needed to keep up with demand. "We produce from 12,000 to 20,000 plates per month," said Lynen, "but since implementing EFI Technique our customers' PDF files go straight to the platesetter with no staff involved.

"If a change comes in on a job," he added, "the software recalculates how many new plates have to be made and reassigns them to an available platesetter."

In the end, the successful EFI Technique implementation yielded a 10% savings in labour, according to Lynen. "Best of all," he added, "Customers love not having strict deadlines. Now they can upload files at their convenience 24 hours a day. All we need is a help desk for unusual orders. Technique gives our customers lots more flexibility when working with Corelio Printing."

Under its original ownership, Corelio Media printed the first issue of De Standaard, Belgium's largest-circulation newspaper, in 1918. Today the company's portfolio includes commercial printing, digital publishing and broadcast media, as well as newspaper publishing.

Much of Corelio Media's growth over the years is a result of a series of mergers and acquisitions from which it inherited additional printing facilities. In 2009, a reorganisation split the company's printing into Coldset Printing Partners for newspaper production and Corelio Printing for commercial applications including magazines and collateral materials. Housed in different facilities running heatset, coldset and sheetfed technology, Corelio Printing serves clients in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. 

EFI Technique automates job scheduling in three plants

Lynen had several criteria when choosing workflow software to operate between the Corelio production facilities. "With the merger of several companies we had a mixture of processes and wanted to uniform production to save costs," said Lynen. "The software had to cover the operation of all of our plants and different technologies so JDF was very important."

EFI worked closely with Corelio Printing and its plate and prepress technology supplier, Agfa, to also establish a streamlined integration between Technique and the Agfa prepress workflow software Corelio uses. 

Corelio Printing's next step working with EFI involves giving customers direct login access using EFI's proven Web-to-print technologies.

"EFI Technique has been a powerful MIS solution for customers around the world. Corelio Printing demonstrates how far a company in the publishing space can go with automation to reduce costs and improve customer relationships," said Paul Cripps, EFI's vice president of sales for the EMEA region. "We are honoured to be among its partners."

HP PageWide XL printers now fully supported by ONYX Graphics' product portfolio

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Onyx Graphics has announced full support for the HP® PageWide XL printer series, through its proven wide-format print software. The HP PageWide XL family includes the HP PageWide XL 8000, HP PageWide XL 5000 and HP PageWide XL 4000/4500 printer series.

ONYX software offers unique capabilities that take full advantage of HP PageWide XL multiple-roll workflows, enabling multiple jobs to be automatically processed for any media type loaded on a printer. Using automated media detection and profile selection, printer operators can process jobs faster and take full advantage of the incredible printing speeds of the HP PageWide XL technology. The ONYX solution also provides full support for all external features including the stacker, collation and folder, for precise, reliable printing on each individual job.

Specifically developed to make wide-format printing faster, predictable and more affordable, ONYX 12 software enables print operators to print jobs right the first time. ONYX 12 software utilises the power of a next-generation, all 64-bit platform to harness full processing capabilities, delivering not just faster speeds but greater responsiveness as well. This version includes a redesigned user interface for easier navigation making it easy to find, view and edit jobs quickly. With new finishing tools, such as bleed and mark placement, combined with full 64-bit processing, ONYX 12 software delivers the printing speed and finishing capabilities needed for an optimised HP PageWide XL printing environment.

Enfocus releases Switch 13

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Enfocus has announced a new release of its business automation solution: Enfocus Switch 13. This release gives customers even more tools for flow creation, remote communication and improved speed. It also incorporates a new technology for web browser-based interface, making Switch 13 a future-proofed edition. Together, these features provide businesses with the resources they need to manage their productivity in a smart way.

Since its introduction in 2006, thousands of customers in businesses all over the world have come to rely on Switch to connect their investments in technology into one efficient flow. Feedback and information from these customers has guided Enfocus’ development efforts for adding features and functionality. The three key improvements in Switch 13 include:

1. Building on the first web browser-based interface – a new powerful phase in the history of Switch

Recognising that work does not always happen when employees are on site, the last release of Enfocus Switch introduced new functionality letting users connect to the Switch Server through any popular web browser. In Switch 13, users can now browse, view and sort their Switch log messages remotely. They can filter out the messages that are not of interest to them and keep this filter saved and bookmarked. A video illustration is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8p2-_BIBMg.

2. Improved user experience

Customers reported that the flow documentation tools that were released in Switch 12.3 made it easier for employees of all abilities to work with the technology. Features like description fields for elements, along with coloured elements and connections made flows more clear and recognisable. Moreover, these new tools let users document why, when and how the flows were built and easily access all the information about their flow with one click.

Switch 13 builds on these improvements and goes a big step further. This release includes a new, redesigned appearance with fresh icons and an extra icon for automanaged folders, to provide an easier way to understand the flows. In addition, Switch 13 also includes an invisible grid that makes it easier to align the elements, and avoids the time consuming task of cleaning up the elements after they have been placed. A line-up of User Interface improvements is showcased in the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHpAIIqRbRM.

3. Significant Speed Improvement – Updated File Handling tools

Beta users reported significant speed improvements while using the updated file handling tools in Switch 13. Users report that Switch 13 is up to 4 times faster (depending on the configuration) while assembling Job or Hold Jobs, and even 7 times faster (depending on the configuration) while using the Split or Merge PDF tools.

Antje Grüger, Product Manager at Enfocus, says: “After we introduced Switch 12.3, customers told us what a positive impact the new documentation and remote communication features meant to them and their businesses. In this new release, we take those features even further to make sure the new technological additions really make Switch future proof. Customers will find improvements to how flows are created, and will also see new tasks they can manage remotely. We're confident that these features, combined with improved performance, new tools and updated configurators will make Switch 13 a release that customers will value.”

For more information on obtaining Switch 13, please visit www.enfocus.com/switch.

EFI unveils new Midmarket Productivity Suite

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EFI™ has announced a major release of its Midmarket Productivity Suite, solidifying EFI's ongoing strategy to deliver end-to-end, certified, out-of-the-box business and production workflows. Specifically created to promote the continued growth of mid-sized printing businesses, the latest Productivity Suite offering is geared to enable new business streams, optimise print production and time-to-market, drive efficiency, improve customer service, and grow bottom line revenue. 

Featuring a true end-to-end, modular software offering, the Midmarket Productivity Suite consists of the award-winning EFI Pace™ software as the core MIS and an array of market-leading capabilities including marketing automation, eCommerce, web-to-print, planning, imposition, scheduling, shop-floor data collection, fulfilment, warehousing, shipping, and direct integration to JDF-enabled EFI Fiery® digital front ends. It delivers, out of the box, 17 certified workflows that offer business and production automation for commercial, digital and wide format printing as well as fulfilment.

PRINT NW (www.printnw.rocks), based in Tacoma, Washington, U.S.A., has been using the Midmarket Productivity Suite to implement workflows that span web-to-print job submissions, scheduling, tracking and accounting capabilities. By managing processes and analysing data with its EFI workflow, the company's managers found that they could not only do more with the same production resources, but they could also reduce expenses in ways that keep the company highly competitive in the marketplace. 

"Because of the efficient, integrated workflow we have with the Productivity Suite, we are already able to process double the work with the same number of people while achieving better turnaround times," according to Troy Olsen, PRINT NW's systems manager. Plus, the company is establishing a process to send jobs from web-to-print submissions directly to the print queue on its Fiery Driven™ digital presses.

"The Midmarket Productivity Suite helps customers reduce costs and drive efficiency using a fully integrated workflow offering that was built, tested and validated as a single, highly reliable end-to-end solution," said Jeffrey White, general manager, small and medium business products, EFI Productivity Software. "We've made hundreds of improvements to our portfolio as part of the suite design, build and certification efforts, creating a world-class business and production workflow for mid-size print service providers."

The EFI Midmarket Productivity Suite brings significant value to a broad range of printing and fulfilment businesses by providing:

  • Out-of-the-box, end-to-end optimised workflows that optimise users' businesses
  • Certified integration and automation that reduces touches and improves efficiencies
  • Global visibility that makes effective, proactive decision-making possible
  • A solid, modular and flexible software foundation supporting product and profit evolution.

The EFI Midmarket Productivity Suite is available now to new and existing EFI Pace MIS users. Existing Pace licensees can simply upgrade to Release 27.11 to take advantage of the new suite's benefits.

Additional details about EFI's Productivity Suite offerings are available online at www.efi.com/suite. Graph Expo attendees can see the Midmarket Productivity Suite at EFI's booth, #1902, 13-16 September at McCormick Place in Chicago.


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