The 2-in-1 solution for label production combines production planning and print data optimization. With the comprehensive Label Automation Suite digital label printers can speed up their production by automating time-consuming manual tasks. Complex incoming files are simplified to ensure an errorless and fast printing process. Throughput will be significantly increased by combining multi-customer orders in a single collect-run. The Label Automation Suite simplifies the label production of label converters. As a single unified system it manages complex PDF workflows and offers you maximal transparency and reliability in all production steps.
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"The Label Automation Suite gives us the certainty that we can handle every single job reliably, highly transparently and securely – to the benefit of us and our customers."
Dr. Benjamin Rüdt von Collenberg, COO InForm Etiketten
OneVision's Label Automation Suite consists of the following features and functions:
|Function||Label Automation Suite|
|Workflow Management Solution: job tickets, metadata based workflows, drag and drop workflow editor|
|Prepress solution: preflight, color management, converting of complex pages into images, flattening transparencies, creation of printmarks, normalization|
|PDF creation: flexible approval|
|Auto correction of broken or incomplete cut lines|
|Cut line manager: accepts all cut line types and names|
|Create varnish masks, white masks, missing bleed|
|Extended prepress solution:|
barcodes, merge documents, cut spreads, output as images or EPS, overlay pages
|Universal PDF editor|
|Support of finishing machines: extensive refinement options|
|Barcode creation to directly control laser cutter|
|Collect runs optimized due to various criteria|
Print data optimizing and production planning
As a comprehensive 2-in-1 solution for automated label production, the Label Automation Suite simplifies complex workflows for digital label printers, combining print data optimization with subsequent label production planning. Since the software is able to process production data from various MIS, it can then intelligently access pre-press tools and thus control the production workflow. The advantages of this capability are safe production processes and essential gains in efficiency. Some years ago, after discussing with label printing professionals who were customers of OneVision, it became clear that a paperless digital order process would help avoid many errors. This idea was the birth of the Label Automation Suite. The same professionals also came asking OneVision whether there was any automated software solution available for label printing using PDF technology in PDF workflows.
Faultless printing through PDF workflow technologies
The Label Automation Suite imports production data and then automatically optimizes it. It is precisely in the area of preflighting and image data normalization for fault-free printing, that OneVision has acquired a leading position in the printing industry. This expertise has now been applied to label printing. Whether in color management, with its latest development of 4D color management, HD rasterization technologies or PDF workflows – in expanding its expertise, the Regensburg software manufacturer is always customer-oriented. In addition to newspaper and magazine publishers such as the Financial Times or Bauer Media, print shops have been among the customers who have profited from the high rate of automation and hence the essential cost cutting potential and added efficiency offered by the OneVision software solutions. OneVision is always abreast in product development and innovation by keeping in close regular contact with its customers.
Manual tasks now executed fully automatically
The Label Automation Suite uses this end-to-end expertise in prepress production workflows. It imports print data directly or via third-party system interfaces, runs QA checks and optimizes it. Take preflighting: the checking and creation of a preflight report is automated; then the data is optimized for fault-free printing. This includes the flattening of transparencies or machine and material-specific color management.
In the next phase, the Suite supports both the prepress and graphic design process by automating various necessary steps. For instance, if a customer sends a file containing comments or in a format too large, the “Trim to cutting die” function crops the superfluous parts of the PDF and the label to the cutting die, which helps avoid processing the label again in an external graphic design system. The Label Automation Suite also supports the automatic creation of standard cutting formes. Furthermore, the software recognizes cutting die colors, which are set up as spot or special colors, separate from CMYK.
Other useful functions such as creating white masks or varnish masks further contribute towards the reduction of manual tasks. Another useful element is bleed generation. Label printing often involves a variety of forms to be printed. In such cases the Automation Suite allows real time savings by automatically extending the bleed without needing any approximating procedures such as enlarging the artwork. The software is very deft at this, also being able to finish curves and handwriting. Then the software automatically creates a release PDF to send to the customer thus facilitating coordination with the customer. The PDF lists the essential order data, shows a preview of the label and its placement on the roll.
To printers working with die cutting machines, the Label Automation Suite offers the possibility of saving pre-used die cut forms for later use in customer orders with the same form. A special algorithm recognizes random shapes and matches them to die cut forms from a library. To those working with laser cutters, the Suite offers fully automatic set-up of the laser cutter via bar codes from which the cutting contours and other laser parameters are generated also fully automatically.
Collect run production ensures essential savings
Fully automated multi-customer collect run production of labels is a unique selling point of the new software. The Label Automation Suite assembles open orders and combines labels of varying shape, size and batch sizes to be printed on the same material into one collect run and transmits this to the presses. This eliminates error sources in the production line, delivers time and material savings by eliminating test print runs and increases throughput. The printed products are checked and then released for shipping or reassigned to production planning for a new print run.
Unique on the market
The capability of underlaying a white mask to transparent material or training the system with one click to recognize special color names, that the customer has defined as cutting lines, is new on the market. The automated generation of bleeds and multi-customer collect run production are also new features. The Label Automation Suite also visualizes the digital order folder workflow in its user interface. This allows orders to be forwarded and exchanged between departments and the order folder to be tracked.
Integrated system with one interface
A system comprising every step from order receipt to actual production and allowing access to all parties involved is another market first. This ensures smooth and time efficient production processes. Its transparency allows errors to be tracked back to source and thus effective quality assurance. The high degree of automation saves time and increases throughput. All software components are developed, supported and serviced by OneVision. No third-party vendors or time-consuming integration are needed. The Label Automation Suite is an Intranet solution for standard web browsers, easy to install and quick to link up to the production machinery. It is particularly beneficial in environments where small batches of labels are printed since it allows even multi-customer orders to be assembled for collect run production. The aim of prepress expert OneVision is to establish a presence in the label printing industry for its PDF process expertise and with its innovations to help label printers achieve real advantages.
The trade magazine World of Print reports on how the German printer InForm Etiketten was able to automate time-consuming manual tasks and significantly accelerate production processes by using the Label Automation Suite, which was specially designed for label printing.
Many different factors play a critical role in the creation and production of good labels. In addition to a variety of different work steps, it is also important to comply with strict regulations and tailor labels perfectly to their area of application. InForm Etiketten has a history of almost 30 years and has established itself as an experienced specialist printer With the Label Automation Suite from OneVision, they have a tool that supports them in making label production as efficient as possible.
The basis must be right
However, the necessary prerequisite for a good result begins with the design and pre-press stage. Here too, special know-how is required - especially with the wide range of finishing options. The InForm Etiketten team regularly receives finished PDFs from customers or their agencies, but it also happens that customers are advised on the basis of a vague concept and must be supported in the graphic implementation of their wishes. Therefore, the company employs in-house experienced designers who can develop a design that meets the company's technical specifications and design requirements. "In pre-press, we make sure that the design runs into the press in perfect data form. Here, graphic data usually has to be prepared or converted so that it can be perfectly processed during the printing process. When it comes to complex finishing such as embossing, varnishing, die-cutting or laminating, in particular, all print data must be prepared in an optimized manner so that printing plates, clichés or die-cutting dies fit exactly and inks are printed as desired. In the past, depending on the job and the degree of finishing, this meant a good two hours of work, since each individual step was carried out manually. With the growth in digital printing and the diversity of customers, who order relatively small quantities with a large number of different label types, this of course represents an immense amount of work," explained Dr. Benjamin Rüdt of Collenberg.
Significant increase in productivity and error minimization
In order to be able to handle this process much more efficiently and with minimal errors, InForm Etiketten decided to automate this process as far as possible and put the Label Automation Suite from OneVison into operation about two years ago. The comprehensive solution for label production covers both production planning and optimization of print data. Since then, the InForm Etiketten team has been able to automate time-consuming manual tasks and thus accelerate their production processes. The Label Automation Suite simplifies complex input files to ensure an error-free and fast printing process. In addition, the print shop benefits from cross-customer collective production, which significantly increases throughput. The Label Automation Suite also offers maximum transparency and reliability for each individual production step from order entry to printing. "With a simple average label on a common material and millions of copies, the workflow is lean and clear, and the prepress effort can be easily managed manually. But in view of the growing number of digital printing jobs with shorter runs, such a workflow is simply not efficient enough. With a customer structure that increasingly relies on small volumes with many types, automated structures and a closed workflow are needed to handle these jobs profitably and efficiently," explains Dr. Benjamin Rüdt von Collenberg. "With a highly finished label, manual application of all the different finishing options is laborious and, above all, often flawed. This is much faster and more reliable with the workflow solution from OneVision. We no longer have to manually check the individual steps to make the PDF printable or create a proof. With Label Automation Suite, a time-consuming label that previously took two hours can be processed in around 15 minutes using the automated processes that are either actively performed by the graphic designer in prepress or run automatically in the background."
The automated optimization of imported production data ensures error-free printing. Previously, manual steps such as normalization, preflighting, cutting to die, creating white masks and varnish masks, create missing bleed are now automated with the Label Automation Suite. When an order is received, MIS production data can be imported either directly or via an interface to third-party systems. The label is then automatically optimized for error-free printing. The Label Automation Suite automatically creates cutting dies or laser cutting schemes, white masks, varnish masks and bleed. The combination of open orders into a collective production for cutting dies or laser cutting schemes is also automated, as is the setting of cutting marks. Jobs can be automatically assigned to the presses. Labels with the same substrate are combined and the print jobs are automatically transferred to the press. "The Label Automation Suite gives us the certainty that we can handle every single job reliably, highly transparently and safely - to the benefit of both ourselves and our customers". explains Dr. Benjamin Rüdt of Collenberg.
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