EFI and Konica Minolta Business Solutions Establish Wide-Format Printer Distribution Agreement

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EFI™ (Nasdaq:EFII) and Konica Minolta Business Solutions (KMBS) are bringing advanced, high-quality wide-format inkjet imaging technology to a broader selection of the printing industry through an expansion of their existing partnership. Under the terms of a new agreement between the two companies, KMBS and its authorized dealer network will service and sell EFI Wide Format LED and UV inkjet printers.

The non-exclusive agreement expands the market presence for EFI to KMBS's extensive customer base of North American digital printing providers. It also provides KMBS with a stronger wide-format production offering, using advanced technologies from EFI - the graphic arts industry's leading provider of LED and UV inkjet printers and inks.


EFI Self-Serve Print Products Now Available with Canon MFPs

FREMONT, Calif., Feb. 9, 2015 - EFI™ (Nasdaq: EFII) today announced that Canon U.S.A., Inc. will add new self-serve management capabilities in customer print environments, offering the EFI Self-Serve M500 Copy and Print Station and EFI Self-Serve AdminCentral with many Canon imageRUNNER and imageRUNNER ADVANCE systems.

"Now, Canon imageRUNNER and imageRUNNER ADVANCE users can have even more functionality using EFI's advanced, secure solutions," said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Today's announcement will also create new opportunities for Canon dealers who service higher education and other markets that need robust, self-serve print and copy applications."


Hatteras Advances in Point of Purchase Display with High-quality, 5-meter EFI VUTEk LED Printer

FREMONT, Calif., Feb. 5, 2015 - EFI™ (Nasdaq: EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced that Tinton Falls, N.J.-based printing company Hatteras has installed a roll-to-roll EFI VUTEk® GS5500LXr Pro LED inkjet printer with UltraDrop™ Technology.

"Superwide-format inkjet has been a strong driver of organic growth for us, as well as a point of entry for new accounts," said Bill Duerr, Hatteras's president. "With the growth opportunities we have, we felt we needed more firepower and the new VUTEk LED printer is taking those efforts to the next level."


New PODi Case Study Video Series Highlights Benefits of Integrated EFI Fiery Workflow to Standard Register

FREMONT, Calif., Jan. 22, 2015 - A new series of case study videos created by digital printing industry association PODi and featuring EFI™ customer Standard Register highlights the time- and money-saving advantages possible with end-to-end, integrated workflows.

The videos, which can be viewed online at http://tinyurl.com/jwypf55, are hosted by PODi Workflow Practice Director Greg Cholmondeley and feature Standard Register's Mark Tilling and Adam Johnson. In the new video series' segments, Tilling and Johnson highlight the ways they use EFI PrintFlow® and Fiery® Central systems to automate and manage workflows at a Standard Register plant in Jeffersonville, Ind. With its advanced, integrated systems, the Jeffersonville plant successfully produces more than 1,000 orders each day.


EFI's Global Print Industry Customers Gather at a Sold-Out 'Connect' for Business Strategy Sessions, Training and Collaboration

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A capacity crowd of EFI™ (Nasdaq:EFII) customers, partners, employees and industry media are attending this year's EFI Connect users' conference. The January 20-23 event at the Wynn Las Vegas offers one of the best lineups of print industry leadership sessions, technical education, and business management workshops ever offered at a graphic arts technology users' group gathering. This year's conference also serves as the launch for a new evolution in EFI's workflow software strategy.

EFI recorded a double-digit increase in the percentage of customers registering for this year's conference, which is expected to draw more than 1,500 attendees. Printing companies from 25 different countries are attending to gain key insights on how their EFI print technology investments fuel greater productivity, greater efficiencies and better business results.


Sell-out Attendance for Larger EFI Users' Conference

FREMONT, Calif., Jan. 14, 2015 - EFI™ will once again set a new record in attendees for its 15-year-old Connect users' conference with a sellout crowd of more than 1,500 EFI customers, partners and employees registering for the Jan. 20-23 event at the Las Vegas Wynn Resort. EFI customer attendance at Connect grew significantly, with customer registrations up 20% from Connect 2014.

"This year's conference sold out nearly a week earlier than last year, even though we secured incremental accommodations to have more customers attend in 2015," said Frank Mallozzi, EFI's senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. "We are very excited to welcome our customers and partners to what will be one of the best industry education and networking events of the year."


Versatile, High Quality 'Cool Cure' LED Inkjet Imaging Creates New Advantages at DataPrint Initiatives

FREMONT, Calif., Dec. 10, 2014 - EFI™ (Nasdaq: EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced that DataPrint Initiatives has purchased an EFI H1625 LED wide-format printer. The Fort Wayne, Ind.-based digital printing firm is using the printer to fulfill a new contract for industrial production of regulatory signage while creating additional opportunities for high-quality point of purchase and display graphics printed on rigid or flexible media.

DataPrint Initiatives is installing the printer following its just-completed move into a new, larger 8,000 sq. ft. facility. The new location offers more space for wide-format graphics production, an important growth area for the nine-year old business.


3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental to Give Closing 'Fireside Chat' Keynote at 2015 EFI Connect Conference

FREMONT, Calif., Dec. 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EFI™ (Nasdaq:EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced that Avi Reichental, president and CEO of 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD), will participate in a "fireside chat" keynote with EFI CEO Guy Gecht to close out the 15th annual EFI Connect Users Conference, being held from January 20-23, 2015 at The Wynn Las Vegas.

Reichental's company is a leading innovator in the 3D printing space. The Rock Hill, S.C.-based business invented 3D printing with its Stereolithography (SLA) printer and was the first to commercialize it in 1989. 3D Systems has more than 1,200 patents, and its comprehensive range of 3D printers is the industry's benchmark for production-grade manufacturing for aerospace, automotive, patient-specific medical device uses, as well as for a variety of consumer, electronic and fashion accessories.


The Benefits of Grayscale: The DPI Battle Ends

As grayscale print head technology evolves and becomes a viable solution for true production-level superwide/grand format inkjet printers, it’s important to address the impact variable drop grayscale printing has on how the industry measures print quality.

The spatial measure of resolution in dots per inch (dpi) is only relevant when measuring single/binary droplets. In this paper, we will discuss how apparent resolution, or the way an eye perceives an image as having greater detail than it does in physical reality, should be used as the new standard for judging final print quality.

Improved Print Quality with the Introduction of Light Colors

Light colors are used as a means to trick the user’s eye into perceiving the print as having a higher resolution than the native resolution. In other words, light colors offer a second, lighter level of detail to an image to reduce the grainy appearance of skin tones and quartertones, in particular. Light colors are typically 40% of the optical density of the dark colors. So, if you are printing a light blue of 40% density, for example, the printer will use nearly 100% of light cyan instead of the usual 40% coverage of dark cyan. Although more ink is used, the light color gives the print a nice, smooth fill, resulting in an apparent increase in resolution of 1.5. So, an image printed at 600 x 360 dpi, an average resolution of 464 dpi, appears closer to 700 dpi with the use of light inks. Similarly, a 1000 x 720 dpi print with light inks has an apparent resolution of 1200 dpi.


AlphaGraphics Suwanee Drives Rapid Growth with an LED Production Printer from EFI

FREMONT, Calif., Nov. 5, 2014 - EFI™ (Nasdaq: EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today reported that the AlphaGraphics center in Suwanee, Ga., has installed an EFI H1625 LED wide-format printer. The production printer model is a hybrid roll/flatbed device that includes industry- leading white ink and EFI's "cool cure" LED inkjet technology.

With the assistance of AlphaGraphics' headquarters, Alan Akins, owner and president, AlphaGraphics Suwanee, and his team evaluated a number of different offerings before making a final decision. "One of the things that moved us toward EFI is the quality of the white ink," Akins said. "It is so much better than everyone else's, a true white without the blue tones you find in other wide-format printers, and it is a much denser ink. Its speed gives us great throughput and we are really happy with the registration and overall quality."



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