Fiery has announced a new digital front end the Fiery FS600 Pro platform.

The company says the new DFE enables print companies to simplify and automate job preparation and processing while ensuring print production runs smoothly and at maximum capacity.

The new Fiery DFE platform targets the extensive line-up of new digital presses coming for commercial, quick print, in-plant, packaging, office, and industrial segments. Fiery will make the FS600 Pro-based DFEs available with the next-generation digital printers and presses from many of the world’s leading manufacturers.

John Henze, vice president, sales and marketing, Fiery “As print providers face rising operational costs, labour storages, and decreased margins, they need intelligent automation tools designed to increase both employee and print system efficiency.

“The Fiery FS600 Pro platform does just that by automating prepress, makeready, and colour management into one step workflows, making it easier for less experienced operators to print the highest-quality product the first time. With Fiery doing the heavy lifting, print business owners have the tools and analytics to maximize production throughput, save time, and reduce errors, resulting in increased profitability.”

Fiery says its DFEs sit at the centre of a print environment driving press performance and job workflows across all Fiery Driven presses, shifts, and locations. It claims that, where proprietary DFEs can be restrictive, Fiery’s independent DFEs are flexible allowing customers to tailor their print solutions to their specific needs.

The Fiery FS600 Pro platform includes:

Intelligent HyperRIP technology

Fiery says this makes it easier to meet tight turnaround times for higher volumes of shorter runs. Intelligent HyperRIP automatically switches between single-job and multiple-job modes based on a file’s characteristics for faster processing, either splitting a single job into multiple parts, or processing multiple short jobs simultaneously. For example, a Fiery FS600 Pro NX Premium DFE can process mixed-length jobs up to 2 times faster than previous Fiery platforms with traditional HyperRIP.

User-friendly colour management automation

New, easy-to-use colour automation features ensure superior colour accuracy and quality while cutting operator and profiling time by up to 50, according to Fiery. With one step colour management, users can calibrate and profile media directly from Fiery Command WorkStation. For presses with inline instruments, Zero-touch recalibration keeps colour always in check by performing scheduled recalibrations.

Fiery Edge spot colour processing technology

This can produce up to 20 per cent dE improvement in spot colour accuracy, especially near or outside a printer’s gamut. Fiery says that together, these features simplify the colour management process, enabling less skilled workers to deliver against customer colour expectations.

Streamlined, error-free job setup and submission

This simplifies the prepress workflow and reduces manual job touches as users can now submit jobs to Fiery JobFlow directly from Fiery Command WorkStation. Operators can group multiple jobs and apply properties to speed up job preparation time. Fiery JobExpert analyses incoming PDFs to identify repeating records in jobs for VDP preparation to maintain record integrity. The result is a one click workflow for most job types, resulting in significant time savings, and is easier for operators to print jobs with the correct settings. Fiery FS600 Pro DFEs integrate Adobe PDF Print Engine 6.0, providing users with a native end-to-end PDF workflow that helps improve the consistency and flexibility of the printed output from design to print.

Built-in print scheduling

The new Fiery Print Scheduler provides job scheduling and planning, allowing operators to slot jobs into a 24-hour window to best align with equipment availability and customer deadlines.

Enterprise-level security and compliance

Fiery FS600 Pro includes several security and compliance enhancements designed to meet the highest corporate and industry regulations for data security, encryption, and sanitization standards. This includes integration with organisational single sign on credentials and full compliance with FIPS 140-2 and Common Criteria. Plus, Fiery FS600 Pro servers include native support for the Mopria Print Service and Universal Print by Microsoft, addressing the demand for secure, cloud-based printing and management in remote and hybrid work environments.

Henze adds, “Emerging technologies like generative AI are challenging businesses to rethink how work gets done. At Fiery, we are proud to deliver the most intelligent DFE with unique smart features that intuitively guide operators to achieve optimal efficiency and print quality based on the characteristics of jobs and resources available.”

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