EFI releases new version of Fiery DFEs for production inkjet systems

EFI's new Fiery XB Digital Front End.
EFI’s new Fiery XB Digital Front End.

Electronics for Imaging (EFI) has released its newest version EFI Fiery XB Digital Front End (DFE) platform for ultra-high-speed production inkjet presses. The Fiery DFE meets highly demanding requirements for performance, colour and imaging – including advanced variable-data production printing at speeds of up to 13,000 pages per minute, said the company. The “groundbreaking” Fiery XB platform used for the new DFE complies with native intelligent production data stream (IPDS) workflows and is certified IS/3 compliant, “delivering the performance, functionality and accuracy required for high-volume transactional applications.” As “one of the most flexible DFEs in the production inkjet market,” the EFI Fiery XB DFE platform also accommodates all variable-data formats and languages, including PDF and PDF/VT.

The new DFE provides “exceptional colour out of the box,” as well as advanced tools for fine-tuning. This means that users can meet demanding customer requirements for brand colours and extended gamut applications, up to seven colours. Users can also perform late-stage colour edits right at the DFE to keep production running without interruption. Proprietary Fiery technology also helps ensure uniform and consistent print output, with real-time compensation and correction on the fly at engine-rated speeds. The technology also provides the consistency needed for single-pass printing – across a print run, across a wide variety of inkjet and toner presses, and over time, said EFI. “The Fiery DFE’s colour accuracy helps drive new applications, and is enabling users to win new business serving corporations that need timely, high-volume, personalized documents with superior accuracy in client brand colours.”

The Fiery DFE integrates with almost any existing workflow and prepress software using job definition format (JDF) integration. Customers can also integrate with customized workflows using the Fiery API application programming interface. This delivers a comprehensive, integrated workflow experience tailored to meet specific needs, the company added. A scalable, blade-based architecture keeps engines running at rated speeds. Plus, automated tools for job layout streamline the job-preparation process – whether it’s imposition for streaming transactional jobs, or for commercial or packaging applications.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.