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EFI PSI Management System to Integrate with Leading Equipment Manufacturers via CIP4 JDF Initiative

Press release from the issuing company

Las Vegas, Nevada – June 28, 2004 – EFI, the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing, today announced its powerful EFI PSI print management information solution (MIS) will be interoperable later this year with leading manufacturers through an EFI JDF Connector. These connections will be demonstrated for the first time at the fifth annual Connect users’ conference taking place through Wednesday at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. EFI, in collaboration with CIP4, is promoting JDF as the industry standard for electronic job ticketing that enables interoperability across the printing process. Through the JDF Connector, EFI PSI management software will enable seamless bi-directional communication between various industry solutions, enabling automated machine set-up and shop floor data retrieval that will increase productivity and cost-effectiveness. EFI is currently working with Komori, MAN Roland and other leading vendors to finalize PSI connectivity. When this connectivity is available for general release, PSI software will help print businesses collect, share, analyze and respond to information in real time. “The goal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) is to close costly gaps between individual steps of the printing process”, said JD Bagnell, EFI Product Manager, Integration. “The JDF connectors are a vital component of a true CIM solution where information is shared, in real-time, between production and management processes enabling more accurate, effective and profitable process development and control. These efforts demonstrate the success of the JDF specification and the ICS efforts within CIP4. JDF is ready to use today.” EFI PSI is one of the industry’s leading management systems designed for the growing commercial printer with sheet, web and/or flexo equipment, providing modules for estimating, quoting, job management, shop floor data collection, inventory and purchasing. Special flexo-focused features include die estimating and usage tracking.