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Label Automation Suite: Your software for more label printing jobs in less time!

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.

Icons-The benefits of using Label Automation Suite

The Label Automation Suite offers:

End-to-end system for production planning and easy processing of complex label workflows to simplify and optimize the entire label workflow from order receipt through to prepress stages and production planning
Fully automated quality check of print files and subsequent optimization for the print run to ensure interference-free print-runs
Reduced material cost by eliminating proofs, reducing paper waste and printing collect runs
Replace time-consuming manual work by automated job tasks (automatic adjustment/creation of bleed when creating varnish and white masks)
Integrated system with one, easy to use, web browser interface for all users to make an increased overview and transparency possible
One-stop shop solution: All software components are developed, supported and serviced by OneVision (no third party vendors or time-consuming integration needed)

Label Automation Suite: Overview features and functions

OneVision's Label Automation Suite consists of the following features and functions:

FunctionLabel Automation Suite
Workflow Management Solution: job tickets, metadata based workflows, drag and drop workflow editorOneVision check mark - Asura
Prepress solution: preflight, color management, flattening transparencies, creation of printmarks, normalizationOneVision check mark - Asura
PDF creation: flexible approvalOneVision check mark - Asura
Auto correction of broken or incomplete cut linesOneVision check mark - Asura
Cut line manager: accepts all cut line types and namesOneVision check mark - Asura
Create varnish masks, white masks, missing bleedOneVision check mark - Asura
Programmable marksOneVision check mark - Asura
Extended prepress solution:
barcodes, merge documents, cut spreads, output as images or EPS, overlay pages      
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Universal PDF editor OneVision check mark - Asura
Support of finishing machines: extensive refinement options OneVision check mark - Asura
Barcode creation to directly control laser cutter OneVision check mark - Asura
Collect runs optimized due to various criteria OneVision check mark - Asura

 

Automated bleed extension
Automated creation of varnish mask
Automated creation of white mask

How the Label Automation Suite works

  • Order receipt: Import of MIS production data directly or via third-party system interface, followed by automatic optimization of artwork for errorless print runs
  • Design: Automatic design of die-cuts or laser cutting configurations, white masks, varnish masks, bleed and much more
  • Work preparation: Automatically gathers open orders and creates multiple ganged output options for production. Creation of die-cuts and digital laser cutting forms automatically if needed, including all crop marks required. Auto assigns the orders to the printing presses
  • Finishing process: As soon as label requires finishing with hot- or cold-foil, embossing or lacquering the information is read out from the job data. Finishing colors are defined and standardized within the system to ensure an automatic recognition of them
  • Printing settings: Labels of the same substrate get combined and print orders are released to the press. The press is automatically pre-configured with information from the Label Automation Suite
  • Quality assurance: Print products are checked and released for shipping; if necessary reassigned for new print runs

Highlights: Production planning and print data optimization combined in one system

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.

Recognition and saving of new cutting die colours

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.

Setting up the laser cutter fully automatically via bar codes

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.

Fully automated multi-customer collect run production of labels of varying shape, size and batch sizes


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.

Production process with OneVision's Label Automation Suite:

Production process with OneVision's Label Automation Suite