Fiery XF 7.1

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Set up load balancing

You can increase output speed by setting up a hot folder that is monitored by multiple workflows or multiple printers.

Load balancing ensures that Command WorkStation uses the available system resources as efficiently as possible, by automatically diverting jobs in the hot folder to the first idle printer that becomes available. For example, if one printer is processing a large-volume job, or if one Fiery XF server encounters a problem, job processing can continue via a different printer. When job processing starts, the job is automatically moved to the C:\ProgramData\EFI\EFI XF\Server\JobFolder to ensure that it is not processed multiple times or by two printers simultaneously.


Be aware of the following:

  • Printers that monitor the same hot folder may not be configured identically. Different presets or using a different printer can result in unsatisfactory color.

  • Load balancing cannot be applied to jobs in a multi-file format (for example, DCS, Scitex, TIFF/IT or delta lists).

  1. In Server Manager: On the sidebar, click Printers, and select a printer. In the printer's tree view, select a workflow. On the File tab, expand the Job Detection panel.
  2. Configure a hot folder.
  3. Select Enable load balancing.
  4. Repeat the procedure for a second workflow.

    Make sure that you select the same hot folder.