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Diving Into Technologies at OEM Events

Highlights from Canon, EFI, HP and Nur.

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Hagen MIS: EFI previewed the upcoming version of its EFI Hagen OA management information system, which is designed to support technology-driven printing operations, from medium-sized commercial printers to multi-plant enterprises. Key core Hagen OA enhancements in the new release include: new estimating wide-format finishing standards to assist in the quoting of finishing operations such as grommeting or sewing; improved functionality around the mailing module to better support the postage deposit workflow; user security copy features to support copying security profiles between companies; a new Finished Goods order import utility; and the expansion of the work center and operation ID fields.

In addition, Hagen OA will add functionality to the JDF workflow in regards to sheetfed and prepress devices, as well as digital-device support. The future version will better support digital devices through compliance with JDF for price-list estimating and production processes, among other JDF enhancements.

The upcoming version also has improved integration to PrinterSite Exchange, EFI's Web-to-print solution.


Nur Holds 2007 Customer Retreat

To borrow from the company's slogan, employees at NUR Macroprinters want people to know that they are all about their customers. So much so that the company hosted approximately 75 of those customers at a retreat this past May. Held in Scottsdale, AZ, the event brought customers together to share ideas, learn about developments at Nur, and even enjoy a little fun in the sun.

Given the changes in the makeup of the executive and management teams of Nur over the past couple years, the retreat focused on the revitalization of the company and gave customers a chance to meet some members of the Nur management team including CEO David Reis, Nur American president Mark Packman, and Yuval Cohen, the chairman of the board. Setting the tone for the event was the aforementioned company tagline-'we're all about our customers,' with an emphasis on Nur's dedication to customer service and support.

Mark Packman got things started on Monday afternoon by addressing the 'vision' for Nur America. He shared that the company hopes to increase its sales team by 50% in 2007. Packman also noted that one area of focus for the company this year is the re-development of the Expedio market in the US.