Fiery has developed the FS600 Pro, a new DFE claimed to provide ‘unrivalled performance, superior colour and intelligent automation’ for digital printing in a wide range of press types and applications, aiming to simplify and automate job preparation and processing while ensuring print production runs smoothly and at maximum capacity.

The FS600 Pro offers a number of features enabling its use in fluctuating deamnd digital printing environments, with the HyperRip capability automatically switching between single-job and multiple-job modes based on a file’s characteristics , either splitting a single job into multiple parts or processing multiple short jobs simultaneously.

User-friendly colour management automation is claimed to ensure ‘superior’ colour accuracy and quality while cutting operator and profiling time by up to 50%; one-step colour management means users can calibrate and profile media directly from the Fiery Command WorkStation; for presses with inline instruments, scheduled recalibrations help maintain colour without operator intervention. Fiery Edge spot colour processing is said to produce up to a 20% dE improvement in spot colour accuracy, especially for colours near or outside a printer’s gamut.

Jobs can then be submitted to Fiery JobFlow directly from the Fiery Command WorkStation. Operators can group multiple jobs and apply properties to speed up job preparation time. Fiery JobExpert analyses incoming PDFs to identify repeating records in jobs for VDP preparation to maintain record integrity. The result is a one-click workflow for most job types, resulting in ‘significant’ time savings and ensures jobs are printed with the correct settings. The FS600 Pro DFEs use Adobe PDF Print Engine 6.0, providing users with a native end-to-end PDF workflow.

New is Print Scheduler, which allows operators to slot jobs into a dynamic 24-hour window to best align with equipment availability and customer deadlines. Fiery FS600 Pro also includes several security and compliance enhancements designed to meet corporate and industry regulations for data security, encryption and sanitisation standards. This includes integration with organisational single sign-on (SSO) credentials and full compliance with FIPS 140-2 and Common Criteria.

John Henze, vice president of sales and marketing at Fiery, explained, ‘As print providers face rising operational costs, labour storages and decreased margins, they need intelligent automation tools designed to increase both employee and print system efficiency. The Fiery FS600 Pro platform does just that by automating pre-press, make-ready, and colour management into one-step workflows, making it easier for less experienced operators to print the highest-quality product the first time. With Fiery doing the heavy lifting, print business owners have the tools and analytics to maximise production throughput, save time, and reduce errors, resulting in increased profitability.’

DFEs based on the Fiery FS600 Pro platform will be available with forthcoming digital printers and presses from a range of OEMs.