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EFI Connect 2020 focuses on automation and productivity

EFI Connect 2020 focuses on automation and productivity

The annual EFI Connect event, one of the print industry’s longest-running and most successful user conferences, has entered its third decade of valuable information sharing, discussion and networking.

EFI customers, along with EFI partners and industry trade media, are witnessing thought-provoking discussion from industry leaders, along with new tech advancements designed to drive digital print production efficiency and profitability.

The range of EFI products at this year’s conference, which is currently taking place on January 21st-24th at The Wynn in Las Vegas, includes advanced, productivity-enhancing solutions for EFI’s leading print and packaging MIS/ERP technology portfolio.

Connect 2020 also features the worldwide debut of the new EFI VUTEk D3r mid-volume, roll-to-roll superwide-format printer, and new cloud-based solutions for digital print management.

Connect attendees are learning about the latest advancements in integrated print and packaging workflows, including EFI Productivity Suite offerings for automated business and production management, where new features include advanced, end-to-end workflow support for short-run label printing in the EFI Packaging Suite and faster estimating in the EFI Midmarket Print Suite, along with improved inventory control for display graphics roll media, together with real-time mobile device estimating using EFI iQuote and RFQ spreadsheet import capabilities in the Enterprise Commercial Print Suite

The new workflow enhancements EFI is bringing to market help print and packaging companies to operate more efficiently and make smarter decisions through the use of data.

EFI Connect’s exhibit area also features new technology for digital print management, including EFI IQ – a comprehensive, cloud-based platform that tracks and monitors printer utilisation as well as ink and substrate usage, providing users with more capabilities to optimise their operations. IQ features include EFI ColorGuard – an award-winning solution that standardises the verification process to ensure consistent, accurate colour on printers using EFI Fiery digital front ends (DFEs).

The new, VUTEk D3r printer launching at Connect, plus the D5r model, form a new mid-range, roll-to-roll printer series that assist sign and display companies todrive more volume with high-end work. The new roll-to-roll printers offer outstanding smoothness in shadows, gradients and transitions and precise and sharp three-point size text with a true resolution of up to 1,200 dots per inch. Their LED curing capabilities ensure not only cost savings, but also a more environmentally sound printing solution, consuming less energy and enabling the use of thinner, heat-sensitive substrates.

EFI Connect’s 120+ conference sessions and general session keynotes deliver key insights and learning for customer success in everything from technology innovation to management and marketing strategy. The conference’s keynote sessions include Jeff Jacobson in his first Connect conference as Chairman and CEO. Connect also features a special fireside chat keynote presentation with former EFI CEO Guy Gecht. A second fireside chat keynote presentation features enterprise management systems expert and former IBM senior executive Alfred Zollar.

In addition, EFI executives Gabriel Matsliach, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EFI Productivity Software; Toby Weiss, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EFI Fiery; and Ken Hanulec, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, EFI, are also giving general session presentations highlighting the new evolving trends for customer success and the technological innovations EFI is creating to address them.

EFI Connect is an ideal venue for open dialogue and idea exchange, with educational talks, hands-on training, and networking with a large community of print professionals committed to driving growth. Attendees from all over the world learn the best ways to use EFI’s portfolio of production and industrial inkjet, integrated MIS/ERP workflow and Fiery DFE products. Customers also benefit from being able to provide in-person feedback to senior EFI executive and technical development staff.

“EFI Connect has a significant focus on addressing our customers’ needs, and we will be sharing with our customers’ details on our even stronger emphasis on service and integration efficiency, along with our latest technology innovations,” said Jacobson.

He continued: “And, as excited as I am to share with our customers at Connect, I also personally look forward to learning more from them. Connect is a key venue for us at EFI to receive and assimilate essential feedback from them, ensuring we stay in-synch with critical customer needs.”

In addition to the latest EFI workflow, Fiery DFE and inkjet display graphics offerings on display in EFI Connect’s solutions centre exhibit area, this year’s conference also features advanced solutions from participating partners, including 3M Commercial Solutions; Aberdeen Fabrics; Color Concepts; Duplo; Enfocus; Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.; MBM Corporation; OneVision; The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation; Progress Software Corp.; Ricoh Americas Corp.; RISO; SpencerMetrics; Thomson Reuters; and Zünd.

For further information on EFI Connect 2020, visit: www.efi.com/connect

 

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