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EFI and Kodak Combine for Workflow Integration

FREMONT, CA | EFI says integration of its Fiery digital front end (DFE) technology with 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 integration, which offers bi-directional JDF communication, is said to help 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,” says Allan Brown, VP 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 what is reportedly 55% faster job processing, advanced makeready, and color 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. EFI’s Monarch and Pace MIS solutions and its Digital StoreFront Web-to-print offering are also integrated with PRINERGY Workflow.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Kodak and to drive advancements through integrated Fiery/PRINERGY Workflow production environments,” says Toby Weiss, senior VP 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.”

EFI says label and packaging converters who use Kodak’s PRINERGY workflow for packaging would benefit from integrated connectivity with digital printing platforms that use Fiery digital front ends. This is especially true, company adds, for label converters using EFI Jetrion digital label presses, but it could also apply to businesses that do short-run, small-format folding carton work on other digital presses.

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