Fiery will attend drupa 2024 with a range of printing technologies for packaging, direct-to-film, and industrial applications, among others, as well as new DFE solutions and workflow software for digital print.

Fiery’s specialty production printers utilize AI, cloud, and automation technologies in an effort to achieve high-quality colour, precision, efficiency, and profitability.

“At drupa, we hope to inspire and help print shops to think digital, embrace emerging applications, and unlock their superpowers to get the most productivity out of their print and imaging investments now and in the future,” said Fiery CEO Toby Weiss.

Fiery InkWise is an AI-driven feature for ink stock management, as well as an intelligent job ticketing assistant. Using artificial intelligence, it predicts when and how much ink should be ordered to optimize inventory levels; it also prepares job tickets by analyzing jobs and considering media selection, prepress process, finishing, and more.

“We are continuously exploring how AI technology can make Fiery workflows as easy as interacting with a virtual assistant,” Weiss continued. “At drupa, we are excited to demonstrate AI’s ability to define print settings based on file content and propose tasks prior to ticket creation.

“Leveraging AI in the job ticketing process helps boost productivity, enabling operators of all skill levels to quickly process a variety of print jobs.”

Furthermore, the Fiery JobFlow prepress workflow software will make its debut at drupa. It is designed to automate job preparation steps and prepare files for print with less manual contribution.

By scanning a barcode or using voice commands via a smartphone, users are said to unlock an easier printing experience. Artificial intelligence is also used to simplify preflight reports and improve image resolution.

Another solution on display is an end-to-end packaging and label workflow. This ranges from the Esko software utilized in the prepress to the Fiery Impress DFE, which delivers jobs to Global Inkjet Systems (GIS) printhead electronics.

Fiery Impress is an off-the-shelf DFE that seeks to combine streaming speed, image quality, brand colour accuracy, and automation to help press manufacturers achieve high flexibility in conjunction with any workflow or press. It aims to increase OEM time to market, reduce custom development, and streamline proceedings to help end customers begin production quickly.

“Fiery DFEs are already powering market-leading presses like Landa and EFI Nozomi, with over 100 high-speed industrial installations,” Weiss added. “Now with Fiery Impress, industrial press manufacturers can rapidly deploy a custom-tailored DFE subscription that meets precise customer requirements, with little to no custom development required on their part.

“The flexibility of Fiery Impress makes it the ideal DFE to power any industrial production workflow.”

The Fiery Digital Factory, SignLab, EngraveLab, and Pro Vehicle Outlines software will be showcased; these are expected to help prepare artwork and manage production for digital DTG, DTF, engraving, wide format print and cut, and vehicle wrap applications.

Fiery and DTF printer partners will run a live demonstration of Fiery Digital Factory RIP software. Apparently, it results in ‘stunning’ colour reproduction, accuracy, and vibrancy on various substrates.

Its other reported benefits include optimal production time, higher profitability, and a reduction in material waste; its features also claim to boost whites, automate file preparation, and make use of true shape nesting.

Meanwhile, new installments to Fiery’s DFEs and workflows include a series of state-of-the-art digital presses for commercial, quick print, in-plant, sign, and large format applications. The DFEs, such as the Fiery FS600 Pro platform and Fiery XF 8, are made for integration into the centre of a print workflow; they are set to enhance automation, colour, and job processing tools for improved productivity and digital press performance.

In combination with the Fiery Command WorkStation, Fiery says that print providers can unite operations in their print rooms under one central, brand- and model-agnostic job management solution.

Regarding colour management, Fiery DFEs like Fiery ColorGuard – a cloud-based colour verification tool with the recent addition of a Spot Colour Verification feature to control brand colours in the same way as process colours – and the Fiery Colour Profiler Suite, which seeks to expand gamut printing and output verification, will be available.

Visitors are encouraged to stop at Fiery’s booth (B10) in Hall 8B. Partner booths will also make use of Fiery technology: AiiFar, Canon, Fujifilm, Komori, Konica Minolta, Mimaki, RISO, and more. 

Last year, the release of the Fiery FS600 Pro platform sought to automate job preparation and processing; and help print providers improve their digital print quality, security, and efficiency.

Other drupa attendees include with its C3 ERP/MIS software’s new AI functionality and scheduling board capabilities for roll label manufacturers; and Scodix with Scodix AI, its new artificial intelligence tool set to meet demand for automated print and design solutions. 

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