Xerox Corp. unveiled a new strategic initiative to address the digital workflow, including enhancing the integration of its systems with third-party solutions. The company says it plans to offer a simplified set of workflow solutions under the new FreeFlow Digital Workflow Collection umbrella. This effort reportedly will be complemented by the adoption of an open, standards-based development platform—the Xerox Workflow Framework.
FreeFlow workflow solutions will be tailored to four major industry segments: service bureaus and corporate data centers, in-plants and corporate reprographic centers, quick printers and commercial printers. The collection will integrate the company's various existing workflow components, including the DocuSP production printer controller, DigiPath production software for scanning and document management, VIPP variable information technology and EOMS printing management.
In addition, Xerox says Creo Inc., EFI and Adobe Inc. are among the expanding group of its strategic workflow partners.
At On Demand, EFI and Xerox announced a "significant expansion" of their current collaboration on workflow solutions for the digital print market. Providing a glimpse of things to come was the introduction of EFI's Fiery Q4500 server as a new front end for the Xerox DocuColor iGen3 digital color press.
At the same time, Creo Inc. showcased the integration of its Spire color server technology with the Xerox workflow. Spire color servers are available to drive the Xerox DocuColor 2000 series, DocuColor 6060 and iGen3 digital color production presses.
Building on this relationship, Xerox announced it has become a partner in Networked Graphic Production (NGP). NGP is a Creo strategic initiative designed to provide a smooth flow of data and enhanced digital collaboration between printers and their customers. The companies will focus on building integrated workflow processes for offset and digital printing.
EFI and Canon USA also teamed up at the exposition to introduce the ColorPASS-Z5400 server to drive Canon's CLC 5000+ and CLC 3900+ color printer/copier systems. The server is powered by EFI's new Fiery Q4000 technology and Fiery System 5 software.