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Heidelberg to Demonstrate Prinect Interface with EFI Monarch and Pace Systems

September 2, 2009

KENNESAW, GA—09/02/2009—Print shops that utilize Heidelberg’s Prinect Pressroom Manager to control production and manage production data now have the ability to connect with the Pace and Monarch print production and management solutions from EFI. Heidelberg will demonstrate the interface on its stand (1200) at PRINT 09 next month.

The PRINT 09 demonstration will show bidirectional JDF/JMF presets and job costing information between Heidelberg Prepress Manager and Pressroom Manager and the EFI Monarch and EFI Pace systems. Attendees will see how a JDF input from an EFI system can automatically create a Prinect Production job, assign a workflow plan to that job, and fill the job with rich job administrative and production data useful for the Integrated and seamless Prepress, Press and Postpress production system. Then, as production starts, JMF provides production status milestones to EFI Monarch and EFI Pace, and collects job costing data at job completion.

Coordinated Data Exchange Streamlines Production
The better the coordination of a company's interfaces, the more efficiently it operates. Prinect is a powerful, open system, facilitating the coordinated data exchange using a standardized JDF/JMF interface to industry software systems (MIS) or a CIP4/PPF interface to various prepress workflow systems. Prinect Pressroom Manager is the central management system for the pressroom, making it possible to react rapidly, directly and flexibly to changing requirements. Prinect Pressroom Manager communicates information intelligently so that print jobs are automatically available at the right press at the right time, substantially increasing productivity. Thanks to the efficient use of preset data, makeready times and waste at the press are significantly reduced.

“We continue to experience a growing demand from our customers for the kind of seamless JDF integration that will give them the ability to see if jobs have been profitable or not,” said Ray Cassino, Director of CtP and Prinect Products for Heidelberg USA. “Prinect Pressroom Manager is the best way to gather live, accurate production data from the presses that can be fed into all JDF-certified MIS systems. The combination of EFI’s new workflow products with the availability of Heidelberg Pressroom Manager makes for an ideal solution.”

“EFI and Heidelberg have been working together closely to further refine the integration of our Monarch and Pace systems with Heidelberg Prinect, and are pleased to announce the availability of the interface to both EFI and Heidelberg  customers, concurrent with PRINT 09,” said Marc Olin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Advanced Professional Print Software, EFI. “We encourage customers to visit the Heidelberg booth to view a demonstration and see for themselves how this collaboration delivers enhanced workflow efficiency and a decisive competitive advantage.”

About EFI
EFI (www.efi.com) is the world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation. EFI's award-winning solutions, integrated from creation to print, deliver increased performance, cost savings and productivity. The company's robust product portfolio includes Fiery® digital color print controllers; VUTEk® superwide digital inkjet printers, UV and solvent inks; Rastek™ UV wide-format inkjet printers; Jetrion® industrial inkjet printing systems; print production workflow and management information software; and corporate printing solutions. EFI maintains 23 offices worldwide.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
With a global market share for sheetfed offset printing machines of more than 40 percent, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is the world's leading solution provider for commercial and industrial customers in the print media industry. Headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, the Company focuses on the entire process and value chain for popular format classes in the sheetfed offset and flexographic printing sectors. Apart from printing presses, the product portfolio includes plate imaging devices and finishing equipment, as well as software components designed to integrate all print manufacturing processes. In addition, Heidelberg offers a wide range of spare parts, consumables, used equipment and services, along with extensive training programs provided by the Print Media Academy. Furthermore, the Company assists its customers' investment plans by offering financing concepts.

Heidelberg is most active within the major OECD industrial regions and is expanding its involvement within growing markets such as Asia and Eastern Europe. With development and production sites in six countries and some 250 sales offices worldwide, the Company offers services to more than 200,000 customers around the globe. Heidelberg generates 85 percent of global sales through company-owned sales offices and above 85 percent outside of Germany. In fiscal year 2007/2008, Heidelberg achieved sales of Euro 3.670 billion referring to the divisions Press, Postpress and Financial Services as well as a net profit of Euro 142 million. As of March 31, 2008, the Group employed 19,596 staff worldwide.


 

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