EFI Launches Advanced Version of Scheduling Software18 May, 2004
EFI Launches Advanced Version of Scheduling Software
Digital imaging and print management solutions company EFI has released PrintFlow 4.0, which allows printers to schedule, synchronize and optimize jobs throughout the manufacturing operation. The software automatically identifies the optimal path for each job based on the available resources, current workload and delivery schedules. It is a system for controlling and scheduling all equipment, old and new, coordinating the entire printing process from inception to delivery. PrintFlow also provides complete visibility into the potential impact of changes to the printing schedule such as adding new jobs, accelerating a delivery request, temporarily losing a work center, or adding a shift. The Gantt tool, which is the main electronic window, can now be highly customized. For example, cost centers can be rearranged, re-sized, filtered and colored individually, multiple layouts can be saved, and filters can be applied to focus on a single job or form. In addition, version 4.0 offers: Support for multi-color scheduling, particularly simultaneous multi-color setup minimization and zone scheduling improvements that provide more options for scheduling short- and long-term jobs, as well as the ability to schedule in successive steps. Ricoh and EFI Join Forces EFI’s MicroPress connectivity will be incorporated into Ricoh’s Aficio 2238C MFP. EFI MicroPress job clustering server provides a digital prepress and production workflow management solution for optimizing productivity for Print-On-Demand engines. MicroPress Universal Servers integrate into existing environments, making an immediate productivity impact with advanced make-ready tools and optimized job throughput. New MicroPress features include usability improvements, connectivity to new printers/copiers, and the ability to integrate with EFI Digital StoreFront Web submission and procurement software. New automated archiving, advanced document editing and imposition features, and intuitive color management tools also improve workflow performance. Other MicroPress features include the ability to drive up to 12 engines and 4 RIPS. The Aficio 2238C handles paper sizes up to 12 x 18 inches and comes standard with an input capacity of 1,100 sheets or an optional loading capacity tray that handles up to 3,100 sheets. The Aficio 2238C is also a document hub enabling users to distribute scanned documents right from the engine. The EFI MicroPress and Ricoh Aficio 2238C printing solution will be available to customers in June.