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Ricoh and EFI Demonstrate MicroPress Connectivity to the Ricoh Aficio 2238C Engine

Press release from the issuing company

DRUPA, Düsseldorf, Germany – May 10, 2004 – EFI, the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing and Ricoh Corporation, the Dependable Digital output company, today announced a demonstration of EFI MicroPress connectivity to the Aficio 2238C 38 black & white pages and 28 color pages per minute Multi Function Printer (MFP). EFI MicroPress job clustering server provides a powerful digital prepress and production workflow management solution for optimizing productivity for industry-leading Print-On-Demand engines. MicroPress Universal Servers easily integrate into existing environments, making an immediate productivity impact with advanced make-ready tools, optimized job throughput and delivering unmatched high quality output. EFI MicroPress workflow with extremely productive Post- RIP Digital Make Ready tools and the ability to drive multiple Aficio 2238C engines delivers productivity and flexibility to Ricoh's Print-on-Demand customers. "We are pleased to collaborate with Ricoh to bring advanced scanning, job composition, and production printing capabilities to their customers,” said Frank Mallozzi, EFI VP of Worldwide Sales. "EFI and Ricoh continue to make it easy for any print environment to plug into a digital workflow to maximize productivity and improve overall print quality." New MicroPress features include usability improvements, connectivity to new printers/copiers, and the ability to integrate with EFI Digital StoreFront web submission and procurement software. New automated archiving, advanced document editing and imposition features, and intuitive color management tools also improve workflow performance and deliver accurate, high quality output. Key Features: • Drives up to 12 engines to maximize value • Includes up to 4 RIPS to maximize throughput • Provides expert tools for digital prepress to maximize productivity • Includes professional color management tools for accurate color • Delivers tight job and engine management to maximize control • Fully integrated with EFI Digital StoreFront to maximize profitability Improved performance in small job workflows, automated archiving and new open job ticket format in PrintStation Manager application • New intuitive color management interface for quicker, easier control of color rendering levels • New Universal Curve format, spot and custom color editing for achieving precisely accurate color results The Ricoh Aficio 2238C is conveniently configured to handle the typical range of office tasks right out of the box – copying, printing and scanning are all standard features for this high quality engine. The Aficio 2238C handles paper sizes up to 12 x 18 inches and comes standard with an input capacity of 1,100 sheets or an optional loading capacity tray that handles up to 3,100 sheets. The Aficio 2238C is also a document hub enabling users to distribute scanned documents right from the engine. Availability The EFI MicroPress and Ricoh Aficio 2238C printing solution will be available to customers in June 2004.