Posts Tagged ‘EFI’

  • Starleaton deepens channel partnership with EFI

    “We’re ideally situated to be able to quickly solve problems and make good any shortages,” Ben Eaton, Starleaton.

    Starleaton’s role as the sole EFI channel partner in Australia is designed to complement EFI’s new direct go-to-market strategy in the region.

    According to BEN Eaton, CEO Starleaton, the new alignment will allow Starleaton to leverage its nationwide network of support and logistics to deliver sales and service rewards for EFI’s customers. The expanding graphic arts and signage supplier has a significant presence in both Australia and New Zealand as well as many years experience selling EFI Fiery digital front ends. It also has a thriving business delivering flatbed inkjets to the broader signage industry. Operating out of eight locations coast to coast, Starleaton is well positioned to deliver the high quality technical expertise, logistics, sales and service required by EFI product buyers.

    EFI’s new direct to market strategy is a welcome development in promoting the brand, says Eaton. “I was more than keen to work with EFI on its new go-to-market strategy and am a supporter of EFI having a direct presence. The new hybrid model makes the most of both companies’ unique value propositions in order to achieve maximum market share.

    ‘”I spoke with Frank Mallozzi, EFI Head of Revenue, when he was here last month and outlined to him the continued investment we have been making in our sales and service team through the region. We’re expanding our team in almost every location. It’s a win-win situation for both company’s and for our customers. He could see it made sense,” said Eaton.

    The two-stream customer engagement strategy for Australia with Starleaton replicates EFI go-to-market strategies elsewhere. “My main concern to make sure we’re serving customers here,” said Mallozzi. “We have a direct presence for sales and service in many markets similar to Australia throughout the world and operate in tandem with partners there as well.”

    For Starleaton the advantages of being able to maintain EFI spare parts and consumables on the ground close to customers, presents a compelling case for cooperation. The company is expanding its taskforce of wide-format engineers and service personnel as it moves further into the hardware market. It already operates one of the most diverse and efficient substrate supply businesses in the sector.

    Eaton maintains Starleaton is the optimum channel partner for a company such as EFI looking to expand its market share in the fiercely competitive wide format signage and display sector. “We’ve got close relations with the industry, servicing customers for many years. Our people know the challenges faced by printers and signage companies and we’re ideally situated to be able to quickly solve problems and make good any shortages,” he said.

    The relationship between the two is set to deepen further as Eaton is keen to further engage with EFI’s greater software offering. It’s an area where he believes Starleaton is again uniquely placed to achieve good results. Working in cooperation with EFI’s Daniel Aloi, who is leading the direct to market charge, he believes that together they’ll be able to get in front of the widest range of customers.

    “The hybrid model provides us with the backup of EFI when we need it and vice versa. We’ve many years of experience working with Fiery RIPs. MIS and work flow software is a natural fit for us,” said Eaton. “I’m excited.”

    “We’ve known EFI products for many years, our service engineers have been to the factory for training and there’s close cooperation between the two of us. It’s a great result for EFI, Starleaton and most importantly our customers.”

     

  • Gecht hands over reins at EFI

    Guy Gecht, CEO EFI, kicks off the 2018 Connect conference.

    Guy Gecht, EFI‘s longest-serving CEO, has announced he will step down after 19 years at the helm of the digital printing giant. He will stay on until the Board decides upon a successor.

    In a statement, Gecht said his decision had not been an easy one, but he believed it was the best time to go, and will remain on the Board of Directors following the handover. “Stepping down as the leader of a great company is never an easy decision. With vast market opportunities, loyal customers and a robust product roadmap, reinforced by the unprecedented interest in Nozomi, EFI has never been better positioned for continued growth and success,” he said. “I think this makes it the right time, after 19 years as CEO of this unique company, for me to hand the reins to the next leader.

    “As a shareholder, Board member and a lifelong fan, nothing will be more gratifying for me than to see my successor leading EFI to achieve its full potential.”

    Gill Cogan, EFI.

    Gecht was only the third CEO in EFI’s thirty-year history, and Gill Cogan, Chairman of the Board, said he had brought a ‘unique stability’ to the company. “Together with his team, Guy transformed EFI from a single product line and OEM business model to a diverse, worldwide leader driving the transition from analog to on-demand digital imaging in industries that touch our lives every day,” said Cogan. “He led the expansion into Productivity Software and Industrial Inkjet, which drove EFI’s rapid growth to over $1 billion in annual revenues.

    “As a global company with industry-leading technology and products, there is an unmatched opportunity for a new CEO to lead the charge in the years ahead.”

    Gecht’s decision comes off the back of a record second-quarter revenue of $261.1 million USD ($352.4 million AUD) in 2018, up six percent compared to second quarter 2017 revenue of $247.0 million USD ($333.4 million AUD). The EFI Board has hired executive search firm Spencer Stuart to find Gecht’s successor from a pool of internal and external candidates.

  • Making web-to-print work for you

    Online ordering is taking off, and many printers are cashing in on the trend by investing in web-to-print (W2P) systems that promise to slash costs and boost efficiency. EFI’s Daniel Aloi (right) examines the benefits that web-to-print has to offer.

    W2P systems allow printers to automate and streamline their ordering processes through a web-based portal. Customers can upload their les directly and pay online, removing the need for sales staff to spend hours on the phone taking customer orders to exact specifications.

    Often, the W2P software will plug directly into your MIS and even the printer’s RIP, which bypasses time-consuming and expensive pre-press procedures. EFI’s Digital StoreFront, for example, comes bundled with our print suite packages, and interfaces directly with MIS software and Fiery RIP for a hands-o process. It frees up staff that would otherwise be busy with pre-press to take on higher-value tasks.

    W2P can also help open up new market opportunities and expand the range of services you offer your clients. For example, companies such as Vistaprint have made great use of W2P software for short-run, on- demand and bespoke printing jobs. Variable data and W2P go hand-in- hand, with applications ranging from simple business cards and stationery printing to major direct marketing campaigns.

    It’s all about the customer

    A lot depends on getting the right type of customer to take advantage of what a W2P system can do. As a print service provider investing in W2P, it’s vital to talk to your clients and tell them the benefits of using it – some customers will take to W2P with great enthusiasm, while for others it may take time to adopt new processes and ways of ordering. Those customers who do embrace W2P contribute a significant saving while improving profit margins.

    When introducing W2P into your operations, it’s a good idea to sell existing customers on the technology first before trying to use it to win new business. Start small, with something like simple stock ordering, before moving up to fulfilment, non-print items, and ad-hoc work.

    (Read Daniel’s complete blog here in the latest issue of Print21 magazine.)

  • FESPA Berlin – Nessan Cleary’s in-depth report

    Messe Berlin, site of Fespa 2018.

    Fespa has always been about wide format printing but this year’s show saw high volume printers mixed with industrial textile printers and even corrugated printing.

    Conventional wisdom has it that large format printing is mainly about sign making and display graphics but wide format inkjet technology is pushing beyond this, which was abundantly clear at this year’s main Fespa event in Berlin, Germany. Of course, there was still plenty of sign making in evidence, but there was a renewed focus on taking this to high volume industrial markets, including corrugated printing, and alongside noticeably more clothing and home furnishings solutions.

    There was a growing use of robotics for automated loading and unloading of substrates. Most robots are designed for industrial applications so they offer long life with little maintenance, which makes for a very flexible and cost-effective solution, even taking into account the cost of integrating the control systems to synchronise the loading with the printing. Canon, for example, demonstrated a robot next to an Arizona flatbed loading media to the printer and then unloading it direct to an Océ ProCut cutting table. The system was developed with a Dutch customer, Van Vliet Printing, but is relatively easy to interface with the Arizona.

    This robot on the Canon stand loads media to the Arizona flatbed, and then unloads it to the cutting table.

    Fespa set aside one hall for corrugated printing, with the main attraction being the Fujifilm stand with an Onset X3 complete with robot for automated unloading. Ashley Playford, national sales manager for Fujifilm Australia says that a big advantage of using robots is that they can handle different stack heights regardless of how thick the material is. There’s a choice of robots depending on what each customer is trying to achieve.

    From left: Ashley Playford, national sales manager Fujifilm Australia, and Graham Blackall, ANZ technical sales specialist, with the Fujifilm Acuity Ultra.

    Naturally, several vendors used the show to launch new printers, mainly 3.2m wide machines aimed at the production end of the market. Fujifilm showed off its brand new superwide rollfed printer, the Acuity Ultra, with a choice of 3.2m and 5m widths. It can print on up to three rolls simultaneously, with independent spindles so that the rolls can hold different amounts of media. It can produce up to 236 sqm/hr. It uses greyscale Kyocera printheads with 3, 7 and 14 picolitre drop sizes and maximum resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi, with the prints on the stand demonstrating exceptional image quality for a superwide printer. Graham Blackall, ANZ technical sales specialist for Fujifilm, says: “There’s a lot of high volume machines in the market but the market is becoming more discerning about quality now and just being ‘good enough’ is no longer good enough.”

    It uses conventional UV curing rather than LED, but has an innovative water-cooling system on the vacuum table so that it can still print to heat-sensitive materials. Blackall says that the printer can handle textiles, with soft signage becoming an emerging market, and that it can also print to mesh materials. There are eight colour channels including CMYK plus light cyan and light magenta, as well as two whites. The ink is a new, high-quality, low film weight Uvijet GS Fujifilm ink that is said to be suitable for interior graphic display work.

    EFI introduced its new 3.2m wide Vutek H-series platform. It’s a hybrid designed around a roll to roll chassis and with tables for rigid media. However, there is a new linear drive magnetic carriage that should offer a more precise transport mechanism for boards than the belt and pulley system that most hybrids use. There’s automated table and carriage alignment and fully automated printhead maintenance as well as built-in diagnostic systems for dealing to help with servicing, both remote and on-site.

    There are two versions, both using Ricoh Gen5 printheads with three different drop sizes of 7, 14 and 21 picolitres. The H3 series have three heads per colour and can produce 74 boards per hour, while the H5 have five heads per colour and print 109bph.

    Agfa announced a new hybrid 3.3m wide printer, the Jeti Tauro H3300 LED, which takes boards up to 3.3 x 2.44m or roll media up to 600mm in diameter. There’s a choice of two inksets: the general purpose Annuvia 1551, and Anuvia 1250, for absorbent media, such as paper and cardboard. Strangely, the company opted to show a tiny lego model rather than the actual printer!

    Mutoh answered customer demands by showing off its first true flatbed printer, the PerformanceJet 2508UF, which takes boards up to 1250 x 2540 mm and can handle media up to 100 mm thick and up to 50 Kg/ sqm in weight. The bed is split into different vacuum zones. This is a UV LED printer that can be configured with either two sets of CMYK or CMYK plus white and varnish. It uses four greyscale printheads but can be field-upgraded to six heads, for dual CMYK plus white and varnish.

    Mutoh also showed off a new 1.62m wide roll-to-roll device, the ValueJet 1638UR. Resolution is up to 1400 x 1400 dpi and it takes Mutoh’s new US11 UV LED ink that’s designed to work with a very wide range of substrates. It prints CMYK plus white and clear ink.

    Latex reinvented

    HP used the Fespa show to launch its first rigid latex printer, the R2000, complete with HP’s first latex white ink. The R2000 is a hybrid device, taking both roll-fed and rigid media up to 2.5m wide media and 50mm thick, and rolls up to 100kg. It has a wide platen, with 14 automatic independent vacuum chambers to hold boards in place. It uses a belt system to pull the media through the printer but has an optical sensor that watches as the media advances and can correct the movement of that media. It can print at up to 88 sqm/hr or 49 sqm/hr in six-pass mode.

    HP launched its R2000 hybrid, capable of printing to rigid materials.

    The latex ink has been completely redesigned to work with rigid materials as well as flexibles. It cures at a lower temperature which allows this printer to work with more heat sensitive materials than HP’s previous latex printers. HP has had to take out the scratch resistance built into its roll-fed inks to improve the jetting so there’s a new Latex Overcoat to help protect prints.

    HP has used the HDNA printheads from its PageWide presses, which have twice the number of nozzles with the extra row of nozzles used to recirculate the ink within the head. This is essential for printing with white ink as the heavier particles can settle in the bottom of the tanks or clog the heads.

    Ricoh is also working on a new latex printer, showing a prototype of a new roll-fed model at Fespa, which should be available towards the end of this year. Unlike Ricoh’s previous latex printer, which was built on a Mimaki chassis, this has been developed entirely by Ricoh. Angelo Mandelli, wide format product manager for Ricoh Europe, says that it can print at 40 sqm/hr in six pass mode on banner materials and at 25 sqm/hr for production quality on vinyl. It prints CMYK plus white for now but Mandelli says that Ricoh will probably add orange and green to expand the colour gamut.

    Ricoh is clearly making a much more decisive play for the wide format market, showing also a new flatbed printer, the Ricoh Pro T7210, which is mainly aimed at industrial printing markets. It takes media up to 2.1 × 3.2 metres, and up to 110mm thick. It’s capable of 50sqm/hr in Standard mode, which doubles to 100 sqm/hr in the high-speed mode. Resolution is 1200 dpi and the ink is Ricoh’s own LED UV-curable ink with a choice of four, five or six colours with the full inkset including CMYK plus white and a clear ink or varnish as well as a primer. 

    Paul Thompson, business development manager ANZ for DTG and visual display solutions at Ricoh Australia, says that much of the print industry, including large format, has become commoditised by focussing on price but that Ricoh is concentrating on adding value. He points out that Ricoh makes its own printheads and supplies heads to many other vendors, adding: “We see that inkjet is the future and that if we get it at the right quality and cost then it will make inroads in other areas.”

    An obvious example of this is the growing textiles market. Ricoh showed off a neat desktop direct to garment printer, the Ri100, which can print various items such as T-shirts, cloth bags, cushion covers and sweatshirts. It prints mainly to cotton, including blends of up to 50 percent cotton. There’s an option to include a separate heat press, the Ricoh Rh 100 Finisher, which has the same 399 x 698 mm footprint so that the printer can be stacked on top of it.

    Ricoh’s Ri100 – note the RH100 finishing unit underneath it.

    EFI Reggiani has developed a new six colour pigment ink with binder with CMYK plus red and blue for its printers, which are mainly used for home furnishing and fashion printing to materials with natural fibres such as cotton and linen. Giorgio Sala, EFI Reggiani’s ink application specialist, says: “We can eliminate the post treatment. In the drier we can fix the ink because the binder is inside the ink.” He adds: “The new ink is designed for Kyocera printheads, which all of our machines have, so we can use it with the existing machines.”

    Mimaki showed off a new version of the Tiger 1800, which was developed by its subsidiary La Meccanica and now gains a number of features typical to Mimaki printers, such as its MAPS nozzle redundancy technology as well as automated maintenance. It’s got Kyocera printheads, with the resolution raised from 600dpi to 1200 dpi.

    In conclusion, there’s a clear trend from this Fespa toward more industrialised printing for volume markets including display graphics as well as garments and home furnishings. There’s more automation, including the use of robots, as well as automatic maintenance to improve productivity, while at the same time most vendors have also improved image quality. The show itself felt extremely busy, with over 20000 visitors crammed into the halls over four days, proof that the market for wide format technology shows no sign of slowing down.

    Next year’s Fespa show takes place in Munich, Germany, from 14 – 17th May.

  • Workflow and inkjet star in latest ‘Xtraordinary’ Print21 magazine

    The latest issue of Print21 magazine is out now, featuring Fujifilm’s Onset X-series of flatbed inkjet presses, a deep dive into workflow, a profile of IVE boss Geoff Selig, and more.

    Print21 has hit the ground running at Yaffa Media with an issue packed full of news and features you can’t afford to miss. On the cover, Fujifilm’s powerhouse Onset X3 inkjet press wowed audiences at an open house for its customer Active Display Group with its lightning speed and stunning resolution. “We found print speed at high quality will ultimately enable us to become even more competitive in a challenging market,” said Stuart Gittus, general manager of operations at ADG.

    In a nine-page workflow special, Patrick Howard examines the new PDF 2.0 and XJDF standards, and asks what they mean for printers; the feature also looks at offerings from PrintIQ, Kodak, Ricoh, Esko, EFI, and Tharstern to help automate and streamline your workflow and prepress procedures.

    Carrying on the connectivity theme, Andy McCourt plugs in to how the industry is connecting to the world, socially, culturally and economically. “We are in effect primitives in a new culture,” he writes, and urges printers to seize the opportunities modernity has to offer.

    For this issue’s People in Print profile, Geoff Selig, executive chairman of IVE Group, one of Australia’s largest printers, shares his outline for improving the working lives of IVE employees. “It’s about having an open view and awareness around elements of inclusion,” he said.

    German press giant Heidelberg is taking the hard work out of operators’ hands, gradually moving towards a “push-to-stop” system where manual intervention only happens when it’s absolutely needed, as MD Richard Timson told Patrick Howard. “Most of our presses are completely under-utilised because there’s too much fog in between the processes. You don’t need to run a press seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. If you streamline some of these processes in this way you might be able to run a single shift and make as much money,” said Timson.

    In the packaging world, digital printing is making its mark on labels with a surge in press purchases across inkjet, toner and Indigo. That’s not the only area digital is reshaping, though – the humble corrugated box is receiving a makeover thanks to massive inkjet presses from companies such as EFI and HP. Jake Nelson delves into how the digital world is impacting both sectors, one job at a time.

    All that plus installations, profiles, and important news from the coalface makes this issue of Print21 magazine your vital long-weekend read. Check it out today!

    To subscribe to our print edition, go here or email editor@print21.com.au.

  • 1st Print21 and EFI webinar great success

    Syncoms’ Ali Jaffar joined Print21 editor Patrick Howard from a late evening in London to discuss the benefits and strategies of web-to-print solutions for the commercial print industry.

    Supported by EFI, Thursday’s first webinar in the three-part Business Builder Series explored how to transform your business with effective training and recruiting as presented by Jaffar, Syncoms’ vice president of print and technology.

    The one hour session focused on driving operational success, retraining and hiring, eCommerce skills, as well as crafting job notices for your desired team of employees.

    Webinar participants were also welcomed to a Q+A with Jaffar at the end of the presentation.

    Listen to Thursday’s first webinar here and catch up before part two where Jaffar will discuss “The Ultimate Pitch” and effective selling techniques for web-to-print services.

    Register now and join Print21 and EFI at 10am AEST on June 21, 2018.

  • EFI claims patent victory against inkjet rival

    EFI is claiming victory in an ongoing patent lawsuit filed against it in Spain, which accused the US print software and technology company and its recent acquisition, Cretaprint, of infringing on digital inkjet printing technology patents owned by rival, KERAjet.

    EFI bought the Spanish ceramic tile inkjet printer manufacturer, Cretaprint, in January 2012. However, in May 2011, prior to EFI’s purchase of the company, the president of rival KERAjet, Jose Vicente Tomas Claramonte, launched the patent infringement lawsuit against Cretaprint in relation to its ceramic digital inkjet printing systems.

    According to EFI, Claramonte had claimed that EFI Cretaprint infringed his patent—a claim the Commercial Court in Valencia rejected earlier this year. The court ruled that the infringement claims were meritless and that the patent is invalid because it lacks an inventive step.

    Now, a Spanish appeals court has also rejected Claramonte’s claims. On July 15, 2013, the Provincial Court of Valencia affirmed the lower court’s decision, rejecting Claramonte’s appeal and confirming that the patent is null and void as it relates to EFI Cretaprint.

    “The Provincial Court has confirmed what we believed all along—that this lawsuit was baseless and that Mr. Tomas Claramonte’s patent is invalid,” said Bryan Ko, EFI’s General Counsel. “We now look forward to decisions from the German and Italian courts in lawsuits filed by EFI, and expect the patent will be invalidated in those countries, too.”

    Following the rejection of the case by the Commercial Court in Valencia earlier this year, Ghilad Dziesietnik, EFI’s chief technology officer, said the decision was a reassuring reminder of the value in Cretaprint’s technology and EFI’s acquisition of it.

    “EFI has been a leading innovator in the print industry since our founding, and we acquired Cretaprint based on their demonstrated innovation and success in the ceramic inkjet market,” says Dziesietnik. ”The victory confirms EFI Cretaprint’s place as a leading innovator in the ceramic inkjet printer market, and we look forward to continuing to bring our innovative customer-focused printing solutions to our customers throughout the world.”

  • EFI hits record revenues

    EFI is hitting record revenues, with the US-listed digital print systems manufacturer recording US$180.3 million in revenue for the quarter ending June 2013 – 10 per cent up from the figures for the same period in 2012.

    According to company’s latest results, its second quarter 2013 non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) net income was $18.3 million or $0.38 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $14.2 million or $0.30 per diluted share for the same period in 2012.

    The record quarter comes just over a month after EFI snapped up two international print software developers as part of its continuing strategy to corner the MIS and workflow markets within the industry from end-to-end.

    The company says its GAAP net income was $9.4 million or $0.20 per diluted share, compared to $7.0 million or $0.15 per diluted share for the same period in 2012.

    For the six months ended June 30, 2013, the Company reported revenue of $351.7 million, up 9 per cent year-over-year compared to $324.0 million for the same period in 2012.

    EFI’s GAAP net income for the six-month period was $17.8 million or $0.37 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $13.2 million or $0.28 per diluted share for the same period in 2012.

    “We could not have been more delighted with the record results the EFI team delivered in the second quarter as our product innovation continues to drive demand across our three segments,” says Guy Gecht (pictured), CEO of EFI. “We look to maintain this momentum into the third quarter as customers increasingly turn to EFI to make their businesses more competitive.”

  • New UV inkjet VUTEk press and inks for EFI

    EFI is heartily embracing the industry’s UV-curing trend, with the release this week of its new VUTEk HS100 Pro UV inkjet press along with a new range of thermoforming digital UV-curable inks for other VUTEk model series.

    EFI says the high-end VUTEk HS100 Pro model (pictured) not only offers fast production speeds, it also provides the competitive advantage of higher-quality imaging with EFI Pin & Cure – a unique technology that enables precise ink lay-down – and variable-dot grayscale imaging.

    With these benefits, EFI says printing companies gain the productivity of screen printing with image quality that approaches offset, a combination that opens the door to new business opportunities.

    “In this market, printing firms have had to choose between higher quality or higher productivity, but could not get both in a single machine. We have addressed those issues, taking print quality and productivity to a higher level and combining those benefits in the VUTEk HS100 Pro,” said Scott Schinlever, senior vice president and general manager of EFI’s Inkjet Solutions. “Printing firms no longer have to settle for just going faster; they can have the throughput and high-end imaging they need to make digital the preferred option in an analogue-dominated market for display signage and other applications.”

    Printing at speeds up to 100 boards per hour, or 70 boards per hour in P-O-P mode, the 3.2-meter VUTEk HS100 Pro accelerates the industry’s shift from prep-intensive, analogue screen print and large-format offset to efficient, versatile UV inkjet digital printing. Customers can also reduce turnaround times on their existing inkjet work.

    “This new press is exceptionally fast,” according to the world’s first VUTEk HS100 Pro user, Nick Olson, co-owner of PVS In-Store Graphics in the US. “For example, we had a three-day job for our VUTEk GS3200 printer that was printed in less than one day on the HS100 Pro.”

    EFI says VUTEk HS100 Pro users also benefit from the press’s versatility in substrates, thanks to a robust and accurate media handling system that handles both roll and rigid materials such as styrene, fluted poly propylene, card stock, foam core and corrugated board.

    The newest-version EFI Fiery digital front end gives VUTEk HS100 Pro users streamlined file preparation as well as reliable color management and preflighting. Fiery also allows a seamless connection to EFI’s broad suite of MIS and ERP software products for a complete workflow infrastructure that PSPs can use to manage all their jobs, from file submission to final shipping and invoicing.

    EFI is featuring the VUTEk HS100 Pro in its exhibit at the FESPA 2013 tradeshow this week in London. It will also be featured at EFI’s exhibit at several upcoming industry tradeshows, including the Shanghai International Ad & Sign Expo, PRINT 2013 and the SGIA Expo.

    The company is also extending its range of versatile options for the wide-format market with the introduction of its thermoforming digital UV-curable ink, enabling signmakers and printing companies to print direct onto thermoplastic sheet materials, which can then be formed into deep draw, high elongation parts with excellent retention of hue and opacity.

    Formulated for use in the EFI VUTEk GS2000 Pro-TF and the VUTEk GS3250 Pro-TF, EFI claims that pre-decorating with this new ink eliminates former labor-intensive, costly methods such as hand airbrushing used when working with shaped and irregular surfaces.

    The VUTEk GS-TF thermoforming ink’s elongation capabilities are enhanced by its high opacity on a broad selection of materials, including PETG, acrylics, polycarbonates, polystyrenes and PVC, plus derivatives and mixes.

    The company says this makes it ideal for applications including custom-formed signs, packaging, point-of-purchase displays, vending panels, automotive and recreational vehicles, consumer and promotional products, and many more. The extended colour gamut is complemented by its ability to withstand heat forming, cutting and routing without cracking, chipping or losing adhesion, with moisture resistance and a durable life resulting in long-lasting graphics.

    These new inks are designed to remove the limitations of working with thermoformed applications, opening new routes to productivity for businesses wanting to generate revenues and gain a competitive advantage from high impact signs and graphics.

    “EFI’s introduction of thermoformable UV-curable inks, and the machines in which to use them, offers printers new opportunities for bringing digital printing’s strengths to a broad range of innovative applications,” said Barney Cox, printing industry consultant. “This means that printers can offer customers high impact, short run, versioned and customized imagery that has an added dimension, appealing to the increased desire for personalized products.”

  • EFI snaps up two print software companies in a month

    EFI is at it again, snapping up international print software developers to build upon its own end-to-end software suite, this time acquiring European print management information system (MIS) company, GamSys Software – its second such acquisition in the space of a month.

    GamSys Software, a privately-held company, is a leader in ERP (MIS) systems for the printing and packaging industries in the French speaking areas of Europe and Africa.

    The addition of GamSys to EFI’s increasingly growing range of print software represents another notch in the company’s expanding belt, alongside other print software providers including Australian MIS provider Prism, Europe’s Alphagraph, the UK’s Technique and, as recently as early May, US-based printLEADER.

    “We are very pleased to have GamSys join the EFI family and our continually expanding portfolio of industry-leading business automation technologies,” said Marc Olin (pictured), senior vice president and general manager of EFI Productivity Software (“EPS”) business unit. “We look forward to continuing the high-level of support for their over 400 customers in France, Belgium, Switzerland and throughout the rest of the world have come to expect as they join our large global client base.”

    The acquisition of GamSys, based in La Reid, Belgium, looks set to deliver over 400 additional customers to EFI in Europe. EFI says that GamSys will become part of its existing software applications portfolio. EFI intends to integrate support and operation of GamSys into the existing Productivity Software organization, while continuing to enhance the product’s offerings.

    EFI says GamSys clients will also be able to take advantage of integration to EFI’s Fiery digital front end driving print engines from Xerox, Ricoh, Canon, Konica Minolta as well as EFI VUTEk superwide format inkjet printers.

    “GamSys is excited to join the world-class team of EFI employees and be a part of EFI’s strategic focus and investment in Europe,” says Patrick Vreven, co-founder and CEO of GamSys and now director EFI GamSys. “As our market continues to evolve, our customers will now have access to an extensive portfolio of industry-leading technology, with more options to grow their business, while continuing to receive the same high-level of support and attention they are accustomed to.”

    The acquisition of GamSys is part of EFI’s continuing strategy to corner the industry’s software products across the entire spectrum of print business, for all sizes and sectors.

    Following EFI’s acquisition of local MIS provider, Prism, the company’s Australia and New Zealand country manager, Anthony Parnemann, said that buying up MIS companies is simply the least time-consuming way for the company to build its global market share in the industry

    “The quickest way to reach the market share we’re after is by buying up these companies,” said Parnemann. “[EFI] didn’t have all the contacts with the customers, and the expertise. The acquisition brings in the expertise and their ideas, and adds to the framework of products.”

  • EFI launches new Fiery production and proofing software

    EFI has launched its latest print software edition, the Fiery XF Version 5, a flexible and scalable high-speed digital front end and color management workflow for wide- to superwide-format production and proofing.

    The latest Fiery wide format software helps print service providers easily achieve precise, predictable high-quality prints while streamlining production workflows. This new Fiery software version also enables seamless workflow integration with VUTEk and EFI Wide-Format printers, as well as with EFI MIS/ERP systems.

    “Advancements included in our new Fiery wide format software gives print professionals more power than ever to produce accurate, high-quality work quickly and reliably,” says John Henze, vice president, Fiery marketing at EFI. “The new, customizable interface makes the system easier to use, as it can be tailored to meet each customer’s exact production needs.”

    Print service providers can benefit from a wide range of improvements in imaging, productivity and ease of use, including key features that offer greater value.

    • The combination of Fiery Color Profiler Suite and completely new spot color tools provide a leap forward in color quality and ease of use.
    • With more than 50 new wide- to superwide-format print drivers, customers can now use Fiery workflow and color management software to achieve the highest quality on all their printers.
    • The software’s customizable user interface allows users to tailor Fiery XF to their specific tasks and skill set to reduce error rates.

    One EFI customer, Burlington, Ontario-based Category 5, has improved its overall operations using the software’s Fiery-to-EFI MIS/ERP integration features.

    “With all of the job data available at our fingertips, there is less time wasted tracking down answers,” said Greg Priede, general manager, Category 5. “With the integration between the VUTEk printer, Fiery front end and EFI MIS system, we see detailed job costing, and can calculate how long the printer actually ran versus how long the press operator took to complete the job. This allows us to address inefficiencies, reduce press down time and increase profit.”

    The modular nature of the software allows customers to tailor the product to their current operation, paying only for the functionality they need. More than 20 Fiery printer or software options allow customers to add additional capabilities as business needs evolve and budgets allow. An EFI software maintenance and support agreement provides an ongoing stream of software releases, including the latest device drivers, plus all minor and major product upgrades.