Tommyboy, as you mentioned, the E-27B is a Linux-based RIP. Connecting a monitor is useful only when the RIP has Windows installed, which the E27-B does not. What you could do is set up a PC at or near the printer and load Command Workstation on it. Turning off the RIP daily is not a problem at all, and I would also suggest archiving critical jobs to an external location, just in case. I think you should also be able to power down the Fiery from the Smart Panel touchscreen. Question; did they include an ESP Surge Protector/Noise Filter with your Fiery, which is supposed to protect sensitive electronics from lightning strikes, surges, transients, noise, over-voltage, and wiring faults? If not, I would ask about it. Alternatively, you might want to think about an APC uninterrupted power supply unit.Hello Deckm00, I have the E-27B rip with the Ricoh 5300S. I've found that since the RIP doesn't have a GUI, I cannot select a method of shut down, so in case of having Hydro surges when I'm not around(gone home for the day or weekend) there can be no damage caused to this very sensative Linux based RIP. The RIP had to be re-built twice since both items were installed a few weeks ago. Now, after seeing how much work goes into re-building this small RIP, and losing all the jobs that were held there for different reasons, I am quite afraid of it happening again.
Would you suggest turning the RIP off every evening before going home? I only suggest this because if squirrels cause transformers to shut power off in this area(which happens quite often), or a bad storm, that can also happen, I really don't want to have to re-build this RIP again.
I like your idea of connecting a monitor and keyboard/mouse so I can access the RIP. Is that something easily done?