EFI, SAi Create Device Integration for Fiery Driven Print-and-Cut Platforms
SALT LAKE CITY—January 18, 2016—SA International (SAi) and EFI have announced the availability of the EFI Cut Server Option for Fiery proServer and Fiery XF digital front ends. This software option from SAi—a leading provider of software solutions for the professional sign making, wide-format digital printing and CAD/CAM for CNC machining industries—enables users of the Fiery workflow solutions to now enjoy a fully integrated, end-to-end print-and-cut workflow.
"As both companies have global customer bases, the provision of an easily integrated SAi-powered EFI Cut Server Option that enables Fiery customers to drive all the cutters in their business is a terrific advantage for them," commented Sarit Tichon, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales, SAi.
"Importantly, the Cut Server Option that SAi developed for EFI delivers convenience, reliability and precision for users regardless of whether they're driving cutters from smaller providers, or those from larger manufacturers," she added.
Available now, the EFI Cut Server Option gives users the power and versatility of SAi's cut contour technology in a Fiery workflow to drive one or more of the 1,300+ supported cutting devices from more than 80 suppliers, whether sheet- or roll-fed.
By eliminating the need to work with different software for each cutter type, job management is easier and all printing and cutting processes can be seamlessly linked. Up to eight cutting engines can be driven simultaneously, accelerating production times and eliminating bottlenecks. The collaboration effectively enables more customers to enjoy an end-to-end print-and-cut environment with minimal touch points and maximum automation. Fewer manual steps also reduce the chance of human error and therefore waste.
The solution works by having the Fiery digital front end extract the cut paths from the job and deliver them to the cutter; meanwhile, without manual intervention, the digital front end also readies the job for preview and automatic printing.
Depending on the customer workflow or preference, cut path recognition can be automatic or manual so that operation may be unattended if desired, giving businesses further flexibility.
Speaking for EFI, Stefan Spiegel, general manager, Fiery wide-format, commented, "With the continued introduction of new types of signage applications and materials, our customers are constantly looking to us to help them streamline their operations and meet customer deadlines. Fiery technology offers our customers unparalleled processing speed and quality, and now the new Cut Server Option brings them meaningful new benefits.
"SAi boasts the largest library of cutter drivers on the market, and the popularity and ease-of-use of SAi's software were also important factors in EFI's decision making on a partner to collaborate with. It's therefore a successful combination of expertise from both EFI and SAi that enables us to provide this industry-leading solution," Spiegel concluded.
EFI is a global technology company, based in Silicon Valley, and is leading the worldwide transformation from analog to digital imaging. We are passionate about fueling customer success with products that increase competitiveness and boost productivity. To do that, we develop breakthrough technologies for the manufacturing of signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, and personalized documents, with a wide range of printers, inks, digital front ends, and a comprehensive business and production workflow suite that transforms and streamlines the entire production process.
About SA International (SAi)
Headquartered in Salt Lake City, SA International (SAi) is recognized as a global leader in providing complete, professional software solutions from design to production for the signmaking, digital printing, screen-printing and CNC machining industries. SAi Flexi ranks as the world’s number one software for signmaking, while SAi PhotoPRINT is found on more wide-format printers than any other RIP. In addition, the company is one of the leaders in the CNC machining market with its EnRoute CAD/CAM software.
SAi is also the founding sponsor of the International Sign and Printmakers Guild, a member-led organization designed to help sign and print providers grow their businesses and reduce costs. SAi has a loyal and well-distributed network of resellers around the world with over 100,000 customers in more than 50 countries and enjoys strong OEM relationships with industry leaders. As well the U.S., SAi also has offices in Brussels, Belgium; São Paulo, Brazil; Pune, India; Shanghai and Hong Kong, China and Tokyo, Japan.