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EFI unveils new suite of cloud applications

EFI introduces EFI IQ, a new suite of free and paid cloud applications that enables smart, data-driven decisions for cut-sheet operations. EFI IQ is designed to operate with Fiery Driven cut-sheet digital printers.

To access IQ’s free applications, Fiery users can create an EFI IQ account online at: https://iq.efi.com. There are additional paid applications available in the suite, including EFI ColorGuard and the new EFI Manage.

Driving value from data The free applications in this cloud-based suite help printing businesses extract value from data to minimize bottlenecks, optimize equipment utilization and increase profit. EFI IQ Dashboard provides a personalized view of a user’s digital printing operation and is the launching pad for all EFI IQ applications. Users can monitor the status of any printers, consumables and job status on their Fiery Driven printers. Printer groups as well as role-based permissions allow for managing more sophisticated environments with many printers or users. EFI Insight provides users with deep historical data in an interactive environment to help users transform print production data into actionable analytics that drive business improvement. Insight displays trend analytics, including shift and other comparisons. Print users can use this intelligence to make data-driven decisions to increase shop floor productivity, or import a job log to perform extensive analysis. EFI Notify allows users to get production-blocking alerts, as well as establish timing for automatic distribution of production reports. Customers can also get IQ capabilities such as dashboard metrics, notifications and more on their mobile phones via the EFI Go app. Extended capabilities for in-depth quality and production control The suite has paid applications as well, including the EFI ColorGuard, a winner of 2019 SGIA Product of the Year Award for colour enhancement software. This cloud-based software helps automate and standardize colour verification and calibration processes to help ensure printers get the best colour output. By ensuring consistently accurate colour, users can win more business, reduce waste and eliminate rejected jobs. Sites with many Fiery digital front ends will benefit from subscribing to the EFI Manage application, which remotely monitors Fiery DFEs to keep production running at its best, syncing print devices and setting compliance targets for the best print production outcomes. “Print operations generate an overwhelming amount of data, and it can be difficult to transform that volume of data into actionable business insights,” said Toby Weiss, senior vice president and general manager, EFI Fiery. “Our objective with the EFI IQ suite is to make data readily available in a form that makes it easy for users to take action. That way, customers can optimize production in real time with a goal of creating the most efficient and effective digital printing operation possible.”

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