The software “Generate Print Form” enables print service providers to generate printing forms based on individual requirements of printing, embellishment, and finishing machines as well as different properties of the artworks to be printed. The software significantly shortens make-ready times and ensures efficient use of substrates. The software can be used either fully automated or with visual control.
Setting up a print form manually takes a lot of time, and often the print substrate is not fully utilized either. The print files arrive at prepress, there it is checked and, if necessary, corrected or sent back to the customer for adjustment. Placement on the print form is then done manually, a tedious and time-consuming task for which print service providers are not paid, but which is deducted from their margins.
Generate Print Form software is your solution: the tool assists step by step with these tasks or even takes them over completely!
All production machines and materials, including their specifications, are created as master data in the software itself. Once these settings have been made, the software intelligently and accurately creates print forms tailored to the quantity and type of print files and the requirements of the production machines.
In addition, classic prepress tasks such as
etc. are done automatically.
If preferred, the user can intervene and adjust the placement by hand. The software allows full automation in the setup of the print form and prepress control and correction, as well as – if requested – manual intervention.
As soon as a print form is ready, Generate Print Form adds print marks that are needed by finishing machines for cutting or embellishment. Once the user is satisfied with the layout of the print form, production can be started with a simple click and the data is transferred – production-ready – to the press. Finishing and cutting information is automatically sent to the post press machines.
Nesting is a placement strategy that makes it possible to place artwork on the print sheet or substrate in such a way to utilize space optimally.
Depending on the artwork, priority, substrate, substrate properties, customer orders, two-sided printing there are different nesting possibilities:
Freeform nesting/ganging allows nesting across multiple customers:
This nesting technology is specially designed for round artworks as the arrangement in the honeycomb structure can be made extremely space-saving.
This kind of nesting involves straight, continuous cuts as made by guillotine cutting machines. It's mainly used for the production of posters and banners.