EFI and Océ today announced the integration of the EFI Fiery Central solution with the new Océ line-up of Océ CS Tandem series of production color printers, including the Océ CS130T Pro, Océ CS195T Pro and Océ CS260T Pro models. EFI Fiery Central is a modular PDF-based production workflow solution with sophisticated make-ready, load balancing and automated prepress workflow capabilities allowing print operations to process more jobs in less time with less waste. The new Océ CS130T color cut sheet system with EFI Fiery Central is on display at the On Demand Conference & Exposition in Océ booth 2300 through April 2 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
EFI Fiery Central enables print service providers in medium to high-volume print on demand environments, such as corporate reprographic departments (CRD), print for pay, and commercial printers, to increase operator efficiency, reduce waste, and decrease turn-around times. The ability to produce more jobs with fewer mistakes by automating common tasks maximizes Océ customers' printer investments. To address specific needs, and expand as workflow requirements change, EFI Fiery Central is offered in a modular structure including a centralized make ready station, load balancing and engine optimization, and workflow automation modules.
An On Demand "Best of Show" winner in the color digital printing equipment category, the Océ CS Tandem platform unites multiple Océ CS665pro print engines with a centralized EFI Fiery Central server, sophisticated color management software, and validated color consistency to deliver a new level of color performance in one integrated system. Users can manage the group of Tandem printers from a single workstation, intelligently balancing workloads across engines-without sacrificing output quality. As a result, print providers looking to enter the production color market have a real alternative to offset presses and expensive, lower-quality color digital printers. The Océ CS family represents the first production color platform to be designated a FograCert Validation Printing System based on ISO 12647 part 7, a third-party validation that documents predictable, consistent and measurable quality.
"EFI Fiery Central provides a flexible solution with unique balancing capabilities that give print providers scalable color production output from 65 to 260 ppm," said Eric de Goeijen, vice president of marketing, Océ North America. "In addition to scalability, the need for consistent high-quality color is critical. The recent Fogra certification of the Fiery-driven Océ CS665, combined with EFI Fiery Central, provides a turnkey solution that is unmatched in the marketplace."
"We are excited about expanding our partnership with Océ and offering Océ customers EFI's powerful Fiery Central workflow solution to help them optimize resources and speed production for the fast turn-arounds that are customary in the print on demand, CRD and commercial print environments," said John Henze, vice president of marketing, Fiery division, EFI. "Helping customers increase efficiency and profits by automating repetitive tasks and intelligently load balancing jobs is more important than ever in today's challenging economy."
In addition to the load balancing and process automation tools offered with EFI Fiery Central, Variable Data Print (VDP) is another key advantage of the solution. Coupled with the industry-leading Fiery color digital print server, EFI Fiery Central is an open, flexible and scalable VDP solution which enables customers to easily develop customized marketing campaigns, regardless of their complexity. It supports multiple VDP formats, including the industry standard personalized print markup language (PPML) and other legacy proprietary languages. EFI Fiery Central readily integrates into existing workflows and provides centralized VDP job management to execute compelling personalized marketing programs.
EFI Fiery Central workflow solution is available now from EFI and Océ. The Océ CS130T is available immediately from Océ. For more information, please visit EFI at http://www.efi.com or Océ at http://www.oceusa.com.