In a world first on Booth Number 334 in the South Hall at Print 17 in Chicago [10-14 September], Infigo Software and Tharstern will demonstrate how printing companies can give their customers 24/7 access to the estimating engine within an MIS, allowing them to create their own live quotations, on-demand.

EFI today announced the availability of the next generation of its industry leading Fiery® production printing platform. Digital front ends (DFEs) based on EFI Fiery FS300 Pro platform drive presses across sheetfed, high-speed continuous feed, B1 folding carton, and corrugated digital production systems. These new products retain Fiery technology's position as the world's most productive and versatile DFE platform offering with new features in the key areas that print customers care about: color, performance, usability and integration.

EFI a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, is continuing to evolve the integration between the new Kodak™ PRINERGY™ Workflow 8 platform and its industry-leading EFI™ Fiery® digital front end (DFE) platform. With the expanded capabilities between Fiery DFEs and PRINERGY Workflow 8.1, print business owners gain the best of digital and conventional presses, allowing them to make decisions in real time for the most cost efficient production scenarios.

ArtSystems’ Digital Application Specialist, Charlotte Crampton, was given the remit of refreshing the company’s demo suite and reception area to better reflect the Nottingham-based specialist distributor’s portfolio. She chose the theme of “real world signage”. The result provides a state-of-the-art workflow masterclass.

Kornit Digital a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing, and ColorGATE Digital Output Solutions GmbH will be collaborating to take their high-end industrial and professional solutions to the next level. Direct-to-garment printers can now profit from the trusted Kornit Digital quality, enhanced by the ColorGATE RIP performance optimization features. The collaboration marks another important step in Kornit’s efforts to surround its textile printing systems with an ecosystem of workflow and job management solutions. The complete solution will be available as of Q4 2017.

Onyx Graphics has launched version 12.2 of its wide format print workflow and RIP software featuring a range of updated features including improved RIP and data transfer processing speeds, new multi-roll functionality, job scaling and rotation directly from the file, and cutting workflow enhancements for greater automation.

Konica Minolta and SCREEN, have enhanced collaboration in the digital commercial printing area to achieve seamless hybrid workflows and increase user-friendliness in offset printing and digital printing. The two companies will further improve efficiency, expand business opportunities, and deliver new value in the commercial printing industry.

Agfa has released Asanti 3.0 - the latest version of its automated production hub and workflow tool for sign and display printers. Asanti automates workflow for sign and display applications, taking control of the entire process, from prepress to production and finishing.

Onyx Graphics has, as a Crossroads Partner, developed a Switch Configurator that supports the specific demands of large format printers. Based on Switch automation software from Enfocus, this new solution – called the Onyx Switch Configurator – will expand benefits of Onyx Connect software for graphics, textile, décor and industrial print applications by giving users an improved solution for automating their workflow.

Users of Zünd digital cutting tables will find this new Prep Center workflow software capable of achieving all types of printing and cutting layers – including routing, creasing, kiss-cutting, V-cutting and engraving – at very high speeds. Cut times can also be estimated due to integration with Zünd’s Cut Center software.

Agfa has released the latest version of its cloud-based web-to-print workflow system, StoreFront 3.0, designed for the Commercial Printing (Apogee) and Display/Signage (Asanti) markets. Apogee and Asanti StoreFront 3.0 gives print service providers a series of new features to promote their service offerings to their customers and reach new markets online.

An efficient and well managed workflow is paramount with wide-format businesses now seeking to streamline their internal data-based communications. Therefore FESPA 2015 is host to the first partnership between major software manufacturers Enfocus and Caldera, offering wide-format houses job submission and data management throughout their combined workflows.

ONYX Graphics has added support for both the Mimaki JFX200-2513 and Mimaki JV300 series printers. The drivers, and twelve other Mimaki drivers, are now available for all ONYX Graphics version 11.1.2 rip and workflow software products.

Canon, CYMUK and i-Sub Digital will each be supporting Zünd at Sign & Digital UK this year to show visitors how digital cutting systems can be used as part of a fast, efficient printing workflow.

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