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New EFI Fiery Print Servers Bring Market-Leading Performance, Integration and Color to New Canon Digital Presses

NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EFI™ (Nasdaq:EFII) launched today a pair of Fiery® digital front ends (DFEs) for the new, high-speed Canon® imagePRESS® C10000VP and C8000VP digital color production presses, offering unique productivity and quality advantages of Fiery FS200 Pro technology – an advanced DFE platform available for graphic arts production printing applications.

The Canon imagePRESS Servers B5000 and B4000 maximize the imagePRESS C10000VP Series' ability to efficiently produce superb-quality documents. The new DFEs are powered by proprietary EFI application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) with RIPChip™ technology enabling them to provide outstanding performance. As a result, users can grow their businesses with more-profitable, timely, top-quality work, including higher-value, fully personalized jobs printed on the press's broad range of compatible substrates.

Building on a set of unique, CIP4-certified EFI Fiery JDF capabilities, users can seamlessly connect the servers with other JDF-based devices as well as establish fully automated, bi-directional communication and integration with EFI's market-leading MIS/ERP and Web-to-print products. Users can also harness the power of Fiery API to rapidly develop custom apps and tools such as requesting job log data, controlling job actions, retrieving print statuses and much more for their unique business needs.

"Enhancing productivity and streamlining workflows are key requirements in managing a successful printing operation," said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "The EFI Fiery FS200 Pro platform and the Canon imagePRESS C10000VP technology is a powerful solution for our customers to help manage a high-performance business with opportunity for increased profitability."

Parallel RIPs for hyper-fast processing

The new imagePRESS Server B5000 unveiled today is the first imagePRESS server to support EFI Fiery HyperRIP, an advanced RIP technology that is receiving a 2015 Must See 'Ems Award at the Graph Expo 2015 tradeshow. Fiery HyperRIP uses four parallel processors to boost RIPing performance by processing a single job or multiple jobs up to 55 percent faster compared to RIPing time without HyperRIP. Plus, a new Rush RIP mode opens up a fifth RIP to process rush jobs when all four main parallel processors are busy.

The imagePRESS Server B5000 also features advanced prepress and make-ready tools from the Fiery Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition, including automated color adjustment between similar jobs using custom color curves and a new WYSIWYG interface to edit control bars, offering users more control over placement and content.

New, integrated display for Fiery workflow and press controls

Both the imagePRESS Server B5000 and B4000 feature a new "unity display" external monitor that gives users the ability to switch between EFI Fiery Command WorkStation® workflow screens and the imagePRESS control panel. Operators gain convenient access to control the job queue and can easily select media, review job previews as well as make print engine quality adjustments.

Operators can also better plan and prioritize jobs by organizing and grouping jobs with similar characteristics in Command WorkStation's job management interface. Plus, EFI's Fiery Impose and Compose software are available for advanced document imposition, tab insertion, pagination, and assembly. Print service providers can also increase efficiency with the automation benefits of the browser-based Fiery JobFlow™ Base software.

"EFI designed the Fiery FS200 Pro platform to handle our partners' fastest, high-image quality, color-intensive print engines, and we are very excited to have our award-winning technology drive these new flagship production devices in the Canon imagePRESS line," said Toby Weiss, senior vice president and general manager, EFI Fiery. "Digital print providers benefit greatly from a longstanding EFI and Canon partnership that is delivering a world-class Fiery DFE and Canon imagePRESS integrated offering."

Canon U.S.A. will publicly present the new servers for the first time this week at Canon Expo 2015, Sept. 10-11 at the Javits Convention Center in New York.

For more information about Fiery Driven™ production printing, visit www.efi.com or call 800-875-7117.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranked third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2014† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2015. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.

About EFI

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. (www.efi.com)

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