Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH and Electronics for Imaging (EFI) are to extend their partnership with the announcement of a new EFI™ Fiery® digital front end (DFE) designed to give customers higher performances in printing, as well as advanced job management and make-ready functionalities to streamline production processes.
The new MIC-4160 EFI DFE for Konica Minolta’s monochrome press range is now available for the AccurioPress 6120 and AccurioPress 6136/P black and white digital presses. Using the Fiery DFE helps customers get the most out of their digital printing.
The collaboration between Konica Minolta and EFI was first announced after drupa 2016.
Ines Wennemann said:
The new EFI Fiery MIC-4160 DFE is built on the latest Fiery FS300 Pro platform, is almost 50% faster than previous generations, and it’s the first Fiery server for black-and-white print engines to launch on the new NX One server platform with Fiery QuickTouch™.
The many other features include:
- Fiery Command WorkStation®, the intuitive, centralized user interface that allows users to manage the monochromatic Konica Minolta AccurioPress 6120/6136/P printers driven by this Fiery DFE along with Fiery DFEs on colorcut-sheet digital presses, wide-format, superwide-format and high-speed inkjet devices in a unified and tightly integrated workflow
- The new bi-directional communication provides synchronized, real-time paper catalog updates that can be entered from either the press or the Fiery Command WorkStation interface, bringing operational flexibility to users, along with new paper tray assignment tools.
- Fiery grayscale calibration, an innovative feature that ensures consistent and accurate image reproduction by automatically enhancing shadow details and preserving upper and lower tonal variances
- The optional Fiery Impose and Fiery JobMaster™, visual makeready tools that streamline complex tasks, giving users more power and flexibility in imposition, tab insertion and design, page-level ticketing, finishing, scanning and late-stage editing
The Fiery MIC-4160 DFE also enables integration into existing production workflows for digital color and offset printing through JDF implementation. This seamlessly connects with automated estimating, scheduling, job ticketing, accounting and other processes managed by EFI’s suite of industry-leading MIS and Web-to-Print products, including EFI’s Quick Print and Midmarket Print Suites and Digital StoreFront® software.
John Henze said:
EFI™ is a global technology company, based in Silicon Valley, and is leading the worldwide transformation from analog to digital imaging. We are passionate about fueling customer success with products that increase competitiveness and boost productivity. To do that, we develop breakthrough technologies for the manufacturing of signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, and personalized documents, with a wide range of printers, inks, digital front ends, and a comprehensive business and production workflow suite that transforms and streamlines the entire production process.
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation and implements solutions in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious “Buyers Lab PaceSetter award for Smart Workplace Vision” from Keypoint Intelligence” as the only vendor in its industry thanks to its forward-looking vision of the future of work and investment in innovative technology. Being a strong partner for the production and industrial printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and, in 2017, was the production printing market leader for the tenth consecutive year in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa (InfoSource). The hardware portfolio covers light and mid production as well as industrial printing machines. Konica Minolta Marketing Services provides value added services that intelligently link print and digital marketing in an effective and efficient way. In the healthcare sector, Konica Minolta drives digitalisation of clinical workflows and offers a broad range of next-level diagnostic solutions. Through its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R&D laboratories in Europe, Konica Minolta brings innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With almost 9,900 employees (as of April 2018), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.37 billion in financial year 2017/18.
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