Archives by Tag 'EFI'

Workflow Trends I Saw in 2015

Last updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2015

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company As I look back over research and interviews I did this past year, I see some areas of workflow automation changing and others struggling to catch on. Here’s what I saw regarding MIS solutions, the cloud, workflow automation, and other solutions:

How You VDP and Workflow in 2015

Last updated: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company A couple of weeks ago I asked people in the industry to share the VDP languages, workflow solutions and MIS solutions they use. It is always good to take a quick pulse of the industry and the results confirm much of what I already [...]

Print eCommerce Versus Web-to-print

Last updated: Thursday, June 11, 2015

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company One great thing about being in this industry for the past several decades is that I’ve had a chance to witness and participate in the birth and evolution of some of the technology and services. One that has perhaps changed the most is how [...]

EFI Fiery GAPPE – Unearthing Print Production Problems Before They are Problems

Last updated: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company We hear a lot about workflow automation, but today I’m going to discuss some tools designed to help your operators do their jobs quicker and more efficiently. I’m looking at EFI’s Fiery Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition (GAPPE). GAPPE provides tools to help operators [...]

How to Juggle 3,000 Jobs at a Time and Get Everything Out on Time

Last updated: Monday, March 9, 2015

Imagine this: A facility that handles 1,000 digital commercial print jobs per day representing a wide variety of applications with many of them having 3-day turnaround times which include shipping halfway across the country. Now imagine one person trying to schedule all those jobs to be produced on a fleet of presses and bindery equipment [...]

Big Plans for Graph Expo

Last updated: Thursday, September 25, 2014

The big US trade show for the printing industry starts Sunday in Chicago and Dave and I will be there getting close to the hardware and software from the industry movers and shakers. All year long I work with workflow vendors and users … but this is the time when those vendors put it all [...]

EFI acquires DirectSmile and Expands Workflow Solutions

Last updated: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It wasn’t a surprise when I saw a recent press release announcing EFI had purchased another software company; that’s a regular event. However this announcement was different in that the acquired company was not an MIS company. This time it was DirectSmile.

Are you STILL wasting time in make-ready?

Last updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014

I am constantly amazed at how much time is wasted on doing everyday types of work in print shops. Yes, I said wasted, because there are tools and automated processes out there which will do much of the time-consuming, mundane work for you. So, if you’re still laying out business cards or postcards by hand, [...]

What’s the New EFI Fiery FS150 All About?

Last updated: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Yesterday, May 14th, EFI announced its new Fiery FS150 Pro DFE platform. Press releases can only provide so much content. Since I had an opportunity to sit down with their product team a few weeks back to discuss this new offering, I thought I’d share my perspective on what it is and why you should [...]

EFI raises the ante at Labelexpo with the Jetrion 4950

Last updated: Friday, October 18, 2013

The leader in inkjet press installations for label market, EFI announced the availability of the Jetrion 4950 and 4950LX. The new 4950LX has full LED curing, whereas previous models had a mix of mercury arc and LED curing.  This allows customers to run more applications, especially those with very thin films or heat sensitive substrates.