Konica Minolta and EFI announce new Fiery DFE for Accurio Press printers

| 26 September 2018

Konica Minolta and EFI announce new Fiery DFE for Accurio Press printers

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH and Electronics for Imaging (EFI) are to extend their partnership with the announcement of a new EFI™ Fiery® digital front end (DFE) designed to give customers higher performances in printing, as well as advanced job management and make-ready functionalities to streamline production processes.

The new MIC-4160 EFI DFE for Konica Minolta’s monochrome press range is now available for the Accurio Press 6120 and Accurio Press 6136/P black and white digital presses. Using the Fiery DFE helps customers get the most out of their digital printing.

The collaboration between Konica Minolta and EFI was first announced after drupa 2016. “We, at Konica Minolta, are more than satisfied with the fruitful partnership with EFI, again resulting in a development which is perfectly fitting the demands of our customers, said Karl-Friedrich Edenhuizen, Product Manager, Production Printing Division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe.

Malcolm Smith, Product Manager, Production Printing Division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Limited, said: “The new MIC-4160 EFI DFE for our monochrome Accurio Press range gives our customers higher performance in printing, remarkable image quality, as well as advanced job management and makeready functionalities. Combined with the common EFI user interface, these features shorten learning curves and streamline production processes.” The new EFI Fiery MIC-4160 DFE is built on the latest Fiery FS300 Pro platform, is almost 50% faster than previous generations, and it’s the first Fiery server for black-and-white print engines to launch on the new NX One server platform with Fiery QuickTouch™.

The many other features include:

  • Fiery Command WorkStation®, the intuitive, centralized user interface that allows users to manage the monochromatic Konica Minolta Accurio Press 6120/6136/P printers driven by this Fiery DFE along with Fiery DFEs on colorcut-sheet digital presses, wide-format, superwide-format and high-speed inkjet devices in a unified and tightly integrated workflow
  • The new bi-directional communication provides synchronized, real-time paper catalog updates that can be entered from either the press or the Fiery Command WorkStation interface, bringing operational flexibility to users, along with new paper tray assignment tools.
  • Fiery grayscale calibration, an innovative feature that ensures consistent and accurate image reproduction by automatically enhancing shadow details and preserving upper and lower tonal variances
  • The optional Fiery Impose and Fiery JobMaster™, visual makeready tools that streamline complex tasks, giving users more power and flexibility in imposition, tab insertion and design, page-level ticketing, finishing, scanning and late-stage editing

The Fiery MIC-4160 DFE also enables integration into existing production workflows for digital color and offset printing through JDF implementation. This seamlessly connects with automated estimating, scheduling, job ticketing, accounting and other processes managed by EFI’s suite of industry-leading MIS and Web-to-Print products, including EFI’s Quick Print and Midmarket Print Suites and Digital StoreFront® software.

John Henze, vice president of Fiery marketing, EFI, said: “This is another important step forward in bringing the industry-leading Fiery technology to the Konica Minolta black-and-white print engines. We are very excited to launch this new offering and give Konica Minolta customers in the in-plant CRD, print-for-pay, and commercial print spaces the ability to integrate their black-and-white and color operations for a consolidated, more efficient Fiery Driven™ job-management environment.”

About EFI

EFI™ is a global technology company, based in Silicon Valley, and is leading the worldwide transformation from analog to digital imaging. We are passionate about fueling customer success with products that increase competitiveness and boost productivity. To do that, we develop breakthrough technologies for the manufacturing of signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, and personalized documents, with a wide range of printers, inks, digital front ends, and a comprehensive business and production workflow suite that transforms and streamlines the entire production process.

For further information, please contact:

Keith Hau 
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd 
Phone: +44 (0)7714221751
Email: press@konicaminolta.co.uk

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