Konica Minolta AccurioPress line boosts productivity with EFI Fiery FS300 Pro DFE

EFI Fiery FS300 Pro DFE.
EFI Fiery FS300 Pro Digital Front End (DFE).

The EFI Fiery FS300 Pro – the newest, most-advanced Fiery Digital Front End (DFE) platform to date – is now available for the Konica Minolta AccurioPress line of digital presses, including the new AccurioPress C3080 and C3070 series. The updated EFI Fiery DFE offers a range of improvements that help users maximize productivity, minimize touchpoints and achieve superior colour and output quality. In addition to the operational improvements, customers will also benefit from the streamlined and efficient control and management capabilities of the new Version 6 of EFI Fiery Command WorkStation – one of the industry’s most widely used digital printing job management interfaces, according to EFI.

Kevin Kern.
Kevin Kern.

“The combination of our advanced AccurioPress line-up and Fiery DFEs have proven very successful for our customers,” said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President of Business Intelligence Services and Product Planning at Konica Minolta. “The upgrade to the newest Fiery platform helps ensure that our customers stay on the leading edge of digital print productivity.”

The new Fiery DFE supports Konica Minolta’s IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimizer with Integrated Color Care Unit, which allows operators to scan colour patches and registration marks inline for “1-touch” automated closed-loop colour control and precise front-to-back registration from the press panel. Using EFI Fiery Color Profiler Suite colour management software, the Fiery DFE with supported Konica Minolta engines can be G7 calibrated and matched to GRACoL Colorspace compliance or Fogra PSD level A for the PSO Coated/Fogra 51 reference. Fiery Color Profiler Suite also supports many spectrophotometres, including the Konica Minolta FD-9.

More updated EFI DFEs. Two more of the updated products recently announced (the EFI Fiery IC-313 external DEF and Fiery IC-417 embedded DFE) support medium-volume and driver-based workflows, respectively. The third updated product, the EFI Fiery IC-315 external DFE, supports AccurioPress C6100 and C6085 models. It features EFI’s NX Premium hardware platform offering a sleek, modern design and enhanced performance, and includes Fiery QuickTouch software for faster views of job status and easier device management. Designed to handle challenging, complex and high-volume jobs, such as variable-data work, it includes Fiery HyperRIP enhancements that can process jobs up to 55% faster, performing parallel RIPing on multi-page jobs, said EFI.

John Henze.
John Henze.

“Bringing the Fiery FS300 Pro platform to AccurioPress users provides an even stronger foundation for users to offer high-quality, fully personalized print to advance their communication products,” said John Henze, Vice President of Marketing at EFI Fiery. All the upgraded EFI Fiery products announced help users create end-to-end workflows with the integration to EFI MIS/ERP and Web-to-Print products – as well as integration to popular prepress workflows such as Agfa Apogee Prepress, Heidelberg Prinect and Kodak Prinergy. The newest-version EFI Fiery DFEs, as well as an upgrade kit for previously released versions, are currently available from Konica Minolta and authorized Konica Minolta resellers.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.