By DPS Staff
EFI customers from around the world traveled to the Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV, for the annual Connect user conference this January. The company says the event reached sell-out capacity, hosting attendees from 37 nations.
In its 17th year, the conference caters to customers’ evolving needs for information related to market and technology trends.
In his opening keynote speech, Guy Gecht, CEO, EFI, discussed artificial intelligence (AI) and the trends of the next wave of advanced technology. For example, he points out that some enterprise resource management and management information systems workflow products developed by the company learn to be more efficient as they track business operations. “As with the developments we have all seen with personal computers and mobile technology, AI promises to create more opportunities,” says Gecht. “In print, it can drive preventative diagnostics and predictive maintenance, which helps our customers improve their top and bottom lines.”
In addition to networking and education, Connect visitors learned of technology advancements from EFI, including the debut of the company’s largest soft signage wide format printer, and new LED roll-to-roll printers focused on productivity.
The VUTEk FabriVU 520 printer targets fast-growing soft signage opportunities. A 5.2-meter printer, it provides new capabilities for producing a broader range of soft signage products, including wall murals, theatre drapes, and other superwide seamless applications.
Also debuted, EFI’s VUTEk 5r and 3r LED roll-to-roll printers, offering speeds of up to 4,896 square feet per hour in resolutions up to 1,200 dpi. The 5r is five meters, while the 3r is three meters. Both offer high resolution with seven-picoliter EFI UltraDrop Technology.
In addition to hardware product offerings, the company unveiled version 5 of its Productivity Suite end-to-end workflow offerings. It also highlighted next-generation EFI Fiery digital front end (DFE) production technologies.
Connect 2017 presented ways for attendees to gain new insights into their digital production workflows with the range of new and updated EFI Fiery DFE products.
EFI users look forward to Connect for education, networking, and demonstrations from leading vendors in the digital production space. From workflow to wide format, the event has something for every print professional that utilizes EFI products.
Mar2017, DPS Magazine