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EFI’s Connect conference focused on the new age of digital

EFI’s Connect conference focused on the new age of digital

EFI recently presented its 19th annual EFI Connect conference, one of the printing industry’s largest, longest-running and most influential users’ group meetings, which provides attendees with the latest training and technology details, together with previews of several new EFI products.

Many of the new opportunities for customers discussed at Connect reflected the market redefinition in the wake of continued digital industrial transformation. During his opening keynote speech at Connect, EFI CEO Guy Gecht said: “The new Print is all about putting spectacular images on essentially any material. With digital inkjet technology and automation, the new Print brings immense opportunity in the era of the fourth industrial revolution.”

Fast, sustainable, and superior-quality wide- and superwide-format inkjet imaging technologies were also prominent at Connect, including those that customers can use to move into fast-growing soft signage and industrial packaging applications. Printers on display at the show included the EFI VUTEk FabriVU 340 soft-signage fabric printer, the VUTEk 3r roll-to-roll LED printer; the EFI VUTEk GS3250lx Pro hybrid LED printer, and the new EFI Pro 24f dedicated flatbed LED printer. EFI also showcased a new virtual reality demo of the EFI Nozomi C18000 ultra-high-speed single-pass LED inkjet corrugated packaging press.

EFI partner Ricoh Americas Corp also featured EFI inkjet technology, showing the 1.6-metre wide EFI Pro 16h hybrid LED printer running in its booth at Connect.

Several partners, including Ricoh, Xerox, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. and Riso, showed print engines running EFI Fiery digital front ends (DFEs). The new, scalable Fiery FS300 Pro DFE platform can handle high-speed sheetfed and ultra-high-speed continuous-feed B1 production and offers new features for superior colour, performance, usability and integration.

EFI partners’ new Fiery-based DFEs include the new version 6 of Fiery Command WorkStation, a highly advanced user interface with new preview, search and reprint functions that can serve as the single point of control for multiple Fiery Driven production devices. EFI is also demonstrating upcoming Fiery products: Fiery Command WorkStation for wide- and superwide-format inkjet and Fiery Navigator dashboard analytics for wide- and superwide-format inkjet.

Additional partners participating in Connect’s solutions centre included 3M Commercial Solutions; Aberdeen Fabrics; Duplo; Enfocus; Esko; Kodak; Motioncutter; OneVision; The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation; Print ReLeaf; Progress Software Corp.; SpencerMetrics; X-Rite Pantone; Xeikon; and Zünd.

EFI Connect’s extensive conference program featured more than 200 sessions covering technical, business management, marketing and more for an audience of commercial print, sign and graphics, packaging and in-plant production executives from 23 countries. Special keynotes at this year’s conference included a pair of fireside chat discussions with the first two users of EFI’s breakthrough Nozomi press: Eric Bacourt, CEO of Hinojosa Packaging Solutions and Mal McGowan, CEO of McGowans Print.

For further information about the conference, visit: www.efi.com/connect

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