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Danka: DPS 9110 Front-End Solution Offers Distributed Print Via EFI Velocity

Press release from the issuing company

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. & FOSTER CITY, Calif.--Oct. 31, 2001--Danka Business Systems PLC today announced that the Fiery DPS 9110 front-end solution it developed with Electronics for Imaging Inc. (EFI) now supports mid-volume and high-volume cluster printing with Canon, Toshiba and Heidelberg printing systems. "Many companies want to combine mid-volume printers with a high-end device like the Heidelberg Digimaster 9110 imaging system. Our solutions support the advanced printing features offered by the 9110 and include some exclusive capabilities as well,'' said Sam Errigo, vice president of Danka's U.S. Solutions Group. The DPS 9110 supports a full complement of production printing features, including Proof Mode, which enables printing one set for approval prior to running the complete job; mixed media support; subset finishing; chapterization; and advanced clustering capabilities, such as load balancing, plus automatic splitting and collation of color and black-and-white pages. This powerful solution boosts productivity by providing an easy-to-use, complete production workflow, which gives users efficient access to all the features and options of the Heidelberg Digimaster 9110 engine. "Companies with heavy graphics content and complex documents will see the most noticeable difference in productivity, due to the robust processing supplied by EFI's production servers,'' said Errigo. Danka's printing solutions are augmented by the company's longstanding expertise in print-on-demand workflows and its participation in developing features that enhance productivity in many different environments. "We offer customers solutions in which software helps to automate both front-end and back-end processes that were previously handled off-line. The result is faster turnaround, higher productivity and reduced labor expenses,'' said Errigo. "This complete solution takes production printing to the next level,'' said Frank Mallozzi, vice president of worldwide sales, Electronics for Imaging. "With the help of EFI's innovative Fiery and Velocity(TM) workflow technologies, Danka is able to deliver increased production printing power to its most demanding customers.'' The DPS 9110 is the first printing solution to include EFI Velocity workflow software modules. Velocity is EFI's innovative line of modular, scalable software capable of driving up to 10 printers through one common, intuitive interface, as well as components for production scanning, document building, and document imposition. Velocity Balance(TM) automatically detects color and black-and-white pages within a document and routes each page to the appropriate device. The color pages are then automatically reintegrated to produce the final document. Leveraging Velocity Balance, the DPS 9110 harnesses the power of multiple printers by utilizing Smart Job Routing capabilities, which sends a print job to the print devices with the smallest workload. The Heidelberg inserter allows jobs that were split to be collated automatically at the back end of the printing process. Velocity Scan(TM) easily imports both color and black-and-white paper documents into a digital production workflow and can send scans directly to Velocity Balance for document imposition. This software supports automatic document feeders and TWAIN scanning. It also provides image processing features and allows files to be saved in an Adobe PDF format. Danka and EFI plan to continue enhancing the features and functionality of workflow solutions to meet the needs of specific vertical markets, including financial and insurance companies, print-for-pay providers, universities and pharmaceutical companies. Danka, as a value-added distributor, creates flexible and affordable solutions for its customers by integrating hardware and software from third parties with open architecture printing systems. EFI workflow software solutions are part of its DankaWare(TM) portfolio, which includes solutions based on agreements with a host of other software companies.