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    Default How to reduce processing time on IC-414

    I have an IC-414 bustled fiery controller on a KM C754e.

    I print almost entirely PDF's and word documents, often in long batch runs. Some PDF's take a very long time to process. These are mostly poor quality scanned documents.

    If I print them on a 300 Euro HP deskjet, they start printing almost immediately. Whereas printing them in CWS takes much longer sometimes 10 minutes of processing time.

    We're not a print shop, and quality of image and accuracy of colour are not very important to us at all - speed and productivity are very important though.

    Therefore, I would like to know if there are any recommendations for steps I can take to:

    i) Change the configuration on the Fiery to make it as fast as possible at processing PDF's (possibly by disabling advanced colour features and making it as basic as possible (the quality and colour of a basic office MFC is sufficient for us).
    ii) Make the PDF's easier for the Fiery to process.

    I see Fiery is aimed at more of a specialist print environment where accuracy and colour calibration are key. For us we just want to be as fast and productive as possible and not have a ten minute wait between documents starting to print. Your thoughts and suggestions are most welcome.

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    Well that Fiery can't be upgraded in terms of RAM, so we'll need to think of other ways to help you.

    Do you know what resolution the scans are? What image format is inside the PDF? Do you have a preflight tool?
    If you chuck us one of those PDF's we could take a look.

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    Worth a try to speed up processing on this Fiery is:

    1.) In Fiery Configure, go to Server/Jobs/ uncheck "Preview while Processing"

    2.) In Fiery Job Properties, Under "Image";
    -set Image Quality = Normal
    -set Edge Enhance = Off
    -set Resolution = 600dpi

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    hi both,
    thanks for your replies.

    The documents vary - there is no standard. We receive thousands of docs and have to print them for archiving.

    I tried your suggestions which made no difference. The processing time in CWS for a 49 page PDF was 1 minute 11 seconds.

    I just did some various experiments though messing around with printer driver settings and adobe acrobat pro settings (both the KM and Fiery driver), including changing both printer drivers to "print directly to the printer". Not sure if this was the thing that made the difference but the same file now starts printing in under 8 seconds, a not insignificant improvement of 1 minute and 3 seconds :0

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    one more thing.. in windows the driver properties for the Fiery print driver states on the "Features" panel under "General" that the machine has a maximum speed of 45ppm, when the machine is capable of 75ppm. i) does this make any difference to performance or functionality and ii) if so how can it be corrected?

    Many thanks,

    Ben

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    Hi Ben,

    The Windows features panel showing 45ppm is just for display only, it will not make any difference to the speed of printing.

    Have you tried turning off Secure Erase (if it's on)? This option can really slow down any server, as it rewrites all data deleted from the drive many times, and hence thrashes the hard disk a bit. You can check this on the Fiery configuration sheet, or in the Configure tool.

    If you can send me a Fiery config sheet I'd be happy to review your settings and make any recommendations from there.

    G.

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    I think the IC-414 has the option in its configuration to allow RIP while spool, take a look and see if it is on. This is from a different Fiery model, but it would be in the same area.
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    Another thought is whether you are printing from an application using the print driver (File>>Print) or dragging the PDF into CWS for printing. The first option has to convert the file from PDF into PostScript on the workstation and send what may be a vastly larger file through the network to the Fiery to process and print. I've seen cases where PDF files take much longer to create a print file which may be 10x larger than the PDF file, than the time necessary for dragging onto CWS and printing.

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