Hands off, we're digital! - Digital Labels & Packaging magazine about OneVision's DigiLabel software
Continued development in software for label production helps printers put more jobs through their factories as these become shorter and more varied. Neel Madsen looks at the latest announcements.
The less human interaction a label job meets during its journey from initial quote to final printed product, the better. With digital printing, the number of jobs coming through a business is vastly higher and you need a completely different business model to accomodate this growth. Software companies offer integrated and automated systems to ensure the highest productivity.
All shapes and sizes
German software manufacturer OneVision presented its DigiLabel 2-in-1 software solution for automated label production at the Xeikon Café last month. Launched last year, this promises to simplify complex workflows, combining artwork optimisation with label production planning. As the software is able to process production data from various MIS, it can access pre-press tools and thus control the production workflow. Artwork can be imported, either directly or via third-party interfaces. The software then runs pre-flight checks and optimises the artwork as needed. DigiLabel supports both pre-press and design processes by automating various necessary steps, explained sales manager Robert Lugg. He said, 'For instance, if a customer sends a file containing comments, or the artwork format is too large, the 'trim-to-die-cut' function removes the superfluous parts of the artwork and is cropped to die-cut, which helps avoid processing the artwork again in an external design system.' It also supports the automatic creation of standard die-cuttin forms.
Additionally, the software recognises die-cut colours, which are set up as spot or special colours, separate from CMYK. Other functions include creating white or varnish masks, and bleed generation, which further contributes towards the reduction of manual tasks.For printers working with die-cutting machines, DigiLabel offers the option of cataloguing pre-used die-cut forms for use with incoming orders. A special algorithm recognises random shapes and matches them to die-cut forms from a library. For laser cutting, the cutter can be set up via barcodes from which the cutting contours and other laser parameters are generated automatically. Mr Lugg said that fully-automated multi-customer collect production run of labels is a unique selling point of the software. DigiLabel combines open orders and labels of varying shape, size and batch sizes to be printed on the same substrate into one collect run and transmits this to the press. He said, 'This eliminates potential error sources in production, delivers time and material savings thanks to eliminating test print runs, whilst increasing throughput. After printing, the printed products are QA checked and if okay, released for shipping, or, reassigned to production planning for a new print run if any issues are found. 'Mr Lugg continuted, 'The capability of underlying a white mask for transparent substrates, or training the system with one click to recognise special colour names that have been defined as die-cuts, is new on the market. The automated generation of bleeds and multi-customer collect production runs are also features new to the industry. 'DigiLabel works as an intranet solution on standard web browsers and the user interface is based on a visual digital job docket. This allows orders to be forwarded and exchanged between departments and the various steps in the process of the job docket to be tracked.
DigLabel allows multiple orders to be combined in one production run
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