New EFI and Sharp Alliance Brings Fiery Digital Front End to Market for Sharp
Fiery Driven Sharp Production Printer Series Making Its Worldwide Debut at
FOSTER CITY, Calif., Sept. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EFI™ (Nasdaq:EFII), a
world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced
that it has established an agreement with Osaka, Japan-based Sharp Corp. to
develop versatile, integrated Fiery digital front ends (DFEs) for high-quality
As a result of this new agreement, EFI will provide its Fiery^® DFE with
Sharp^® Pro Series Digital Color Document Systems. These Fiery Driven™
production systems will make their worldwide debut September 8-12 in Chicago
at North America's largest printing trade show, Print 13, in the EFI booth,
The Sharp^® MX-6500N and MX-7500N Pro Series products are the first in the
industry to offer full control of EFI's Fiery Command WorkStation^® job
management interface right from the print engine operation panel. Sharp's
unique, 15.4-inch, high-resolution touch screen display serves as the primary
operation panel for the Pro Series, giving operators convenient access to the
Command WorkStation interface.
"This integration combines Sharp's unique feature set with EFI's
high-performance Fiery technology for a complete solution to fulfill the
demands of today's print professionals," said Mike Marusic, senior vice
president, Marketing and Business Solutions Group, Sharp Imaging and
Information Company of America.
"We are excited about the alliance with Sharp in the development of innovative
new products in the production space," said John Henze, vice president, Fiery
marketing, EFI. "We have worked closely with Sharp to create the ultimate
integrated printing platform for on-demand print environments that need
precision job management."
Unmatched versatility with Fiery's powerful, flexible foundation
Sharp's flagship Pro Series consists of two models, the MX-6500N and the
MX-7500N, offering the Fiery Server MX-PE10 running the latest Fiery FS100 Pro
system software. Designed for busy in-plant and on-demand production
environments, these new models' Fiery servers provide a powerful and flexible
platform for managing environments with distributed operations, demanding
turnaround times and different operator skill levels. The printers – which
offer edge-to-edge printing for professional, full-bleed work and an
exclusive, triple air-feed paper handling option supporting a wide range of
media – help businesses produce more jobs in-house and improve profitability.
This new EFI/Sharp integration lets operators easily manage and prepare jobs
at the press and virtually eliminates the need for multiple workstations for
job management. The operation panel integrates a tactile keyboard with a
touchpad-pointing device for PC-like operation.
The display itself has the look and feel of a large tablet with flick, tap and
swipe operation. With this touch-screen operation, users can drag and drop
print jobs, select print attributes and perform other actions. The tactile
keyboard and touchpad offer more precise control over advanced workflow tools
such as Fiery Image Enhance Visual Editor, Fiery Impose or EFI's new Fiery
JobMaster PDF-based job-preparation software.
Fiery Ticker, accessed directly from the display, gives operators control to
set alerts for other operators for unattended printing and allows them to see
warnings about the engine, including alerts to load media, when away from the
The Fiery Server MX-PE10 includes Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) support for
PDF preferred printing environments. Plus, the DFE supports industry color,
variable-data print and JDF standards and seamlessly integrates with EFI
web-to-print and MIS solutions, third-party prepress solutions and other
The new Sharp Pro Series MX-6500N and MX-7500N Digital Color Document Systems
will be available from Sharp in September 2013.
For more information about EFI Fiery Driven products, visit www.efi.com or
About Sharp Electronics Corporation
Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan's Sharp
Corporation, a worldwide developer of one-of-a-kind home entertainment
products, appliances, networked multifunctional office solutions, solar energy
solutions, LED lighting and mobile communication and information tools.
About Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America
Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp
Electronics Corporation, markets the advanced, color MX Pro Series document
systems that help companies manage workflow efficiently and increase
productivity. Sharp^® document systems feature the Sharp OSA^® development
platform, which seamlessly integrates network applications to create a
personalized MFP that can meet virtually any business need, and Scan^2
technology, which scans two-sided documents in a single pass to enhance
scanning reliability and preserve document integrity. To keep documents safe
from unauthorized users, Sharp is a leader in the MFP industry in security by
offering the most secure suite of MFP applications.
For more information about the complete line of Sharp workgroup document
systems, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, N.J.,
07495-1163. For online product information, visit www.sharpusa.com/documents.
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EFI™ (www.efi.com) is a worldwide provider of products, technology and
services leading the transformation of analog to digital imaging. Based in
Silicon Valley, with offices around the globe, the company's powerful
integrated product portfolio includes digital front-end servers; superwide,
wide-format, label and ceramic inkjet presses and inks; production workflow,
web to print, and business automation software; and office, enterprise and
mobile cloud solutions. These products allow users to produce, communicate and
share information in an easy and effective way, and enable businesses to
increase their profits, productivity, and efficiency.
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