Print Solutions shows how to solve effciency problems for wide and super wide format printers
The UK trade journal for printing reports about the new Wide Format Automation Suite for wide and super wide format printers
Automated production process for wide and super wide format printers
With the Wide Format Automation Suite, OneVision has added to its powerful portfolio with a new option that will automate the production process for wide and super wide format printing. An extensive pre-press package and major functions such as nesting, tiling and panelling, together with cut line management, are combined with a flexible workflow management system, enabling wide format printers to achieve substantial time and cost efficiencies in their production process. There are many advantages to be gained with the new software. Significant efficiency gains in pre-press, with the potential to make substantial cost savings in respect of substrate and ink consumption, combined with improved machine utilisation are all compelling reasons for wide format printers to take a look at the Automation Suite.
Highly flexible workflow management system
The new Automation Suite offers a perfect interplay between software and printing press. The highly flexible workflow management system works as the backbone of the production process. Workflows and assembly lines can be created digitally using an easy to use drag and drop editor-with changes possible at any time. Now, it is not just the workflow that runs automatically based on jobtickets or metadata, instead, the individual production steps are also automated by introducing major new functionalities to the workflow management system.
Optimised print files and new technologies such as Nesting and Tiling & Paneling
The first stage of the process involves basic optimisation and colour input calibration. This involves checking the print data quality of the incoming print jobs for possible errors using the preflight module. These errors are subsequently corrected to ensure smooth, error free printing. Depending on the job type, a variety of complex steps, including the generation of registration marks and barcodes, can also take place at the start of the process. Following data optimisation, transparencies are flattened to speed up the print process and avoid colour errors. Finally, the normalisation module adapts all print data for consistency with the print environment, after which nothing more is required to enable smooth and error free processing of print PDFs.
In order to minimise waste as far as possible, save time, and be more productive, the Nesting module can intelligently arrange print jobs from multiple customers in different shapes on a single sheet or roll. The combined artworks result in a ganged output that optimises the use of the substrate, reducing the amount of waste while saving costs and improving the environmental sustainability of the production process.
Cut Line Manager, Tiling and Panelling, Inksave and the Onyx connection are all integrated into the Suite. The Cut Line Manager accepts all cut line types and names and can automatically correct any damaged or incomplete cut lines. Missing bleed, varnish or white masks can easily be created with a fully automated process. Tiling and Panelling enables oversize formats to be divided into multiple,smaller files for easy printing. Inksave allows you to save costly CMY inks without compromising on quality, while the direct Onyx connection makes optimised print data available to control downstream Onyx RIPs.
A high level of automation makes increased efficiency possible
The Wide Format Automation Suite allows wide format printers to benefit from a high level of automation while enhancing their productivity and resource efficiency without sacrificing high quality print output.
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Trade Journal: Print Solutions