OTTO Motors and Significans Automation Are Bringing Mobile Material-Handling Robots to Printing and Packaging Industry

OTTO Motors, a leading provider of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for production, has signed a partnership agreement with Significans Automation Inc. to bring AMR material handling technology to the Printing and Packaging space in the Americas.

OTTO Motors makes flexible, intelligent, autonomous mobile robots for material handing in production facilities and warehouses.

AMRs are advanced robots designed to transport raw and work-in-progress materials throughout the factory floor in pedestrian-heavy areas. AMRs have been proven to be more efficient and cost-effective than humans, conveyors, or fixed-path transporters.

In fact, OTTO AMRs were found to be only 10% the cost of a full-time equivalent for manual cart movement and only 20% of the costs associated with a driver and forklift.

Significans Automation specializes in delivering next-generation automation to companies who are striving to meet the fast-turnaround demands of e-commerce print, packaging, and personalization.

With the new partnership, Significans can now offer customers true end-to-end solutions.. In addition to integrating business, prepress, and production workflows, Significans can help incorporate efficiency-enhancing robotics.

“As the print and packaging industry moves towards automation, material handling remains one of the most challenging processes to automate.” said Rick Baker, CRO of OTTO Motors. “Implementing an intelligent, flexible and scalable material-handling system with autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) can help solve this problem.”

“Significans’ goal has always been to unify our front-end software automation services with back-end robotic solutions,” said Sean Davis, Significans Automation’s Director of Technology, “This partnership marks the beginning of an exciting future for our customers.”

“We went through an extensive search to find the right robotics partner. We recognized the tremendous power and flexibility of OTTO’s single grid to control every robotic process in the environment,” says Marc Raad, President of Significans Automation. “It’s one grid, one integration, and one truly unified production platform.”

“Significans Automation has done incredible work to help innovate and automate graphics operations and workflows in preparation for a robotic future,” adds John Stikes, Director, Strategic Alliances of OTTO Motors. “As a trusted member of the OTTO Motors Partner Network, Significans Automation now offers AMR technology to help their customers tackle labor shortages, scale their businesses, and outperform the competition.”

About OTTO Motors

OTTO Motors is the industrial division of Clearpath Robotics. OTTO provides autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for material handling inside manufacturing facilities and warehouses. Customers include Fortune 100 brands such as GE and Toyota.

OTTO AMR at door factory
Significans Automation and OTTO Motors are working together to introduce cutting edge offerings to meet specific business requirements of the packaging and printing industry. In this photo, an OTTO autonomous mobile robot moves pallets of patio doors.

About Significans Automation

Significans Automation Inc. specializes in delivering next-generation automation to the Printing and Packaging industry. The company offers programming and expertise in custom workflow development, communication and project management, color management, prepress training, and end-to-end business integration. The company is driven by the conviction that customized automation is the only path forward.

For more information about Autonomous Mobile Robots for printers and packaging converters, please contact Marc Raad at marc.raad (at) significans.com or call 1-877-463-4465.

Wallace Carlson Printing Adds EFI PrintFlow Dynamic Scheduling Software

Workflow automation is becoming increasingly important to all types and sizes of printing businesses. But not every company is progressing at the same rate. This case study from EFI (Electronics for Imaging, Inc.) illustrates how one commercial sheet-fed printing business has approached the adoption of more automation.

Wallace Carlson Printing in Minnetonka, MN, specializes in marketing collateral, retail and product catalogs, packaging, secure packaging, and direct mail. They serve clients in the pharmaceutical, financial, corporate, and education sectors.

The company recently added EFI PrintFlow dynamic scheduling software to the existing EFI Midmarket Print Suite that Wallace Carlson uses to direct its business and production management functions.

The company had been scheduling jobs manually, which can be time-consuming. With PrintFlow, the company expects the scheduling process to be more concise and transparent, which will help the business continue to improve and grow.

EFI PrintFlow Logo

About EFI PrintFlow

EFI PrintFlow uses an advanced optimized rules engine to address the specific scheduling issues that complicate the manual scheduling processes. This includes criteria such as machine capabilities, operator availability, tooling availability, job requirements, material availability and other scheduling constraints.

The software automatically identifies the most efficient, cost-effective path for each job by optimizing equipment use, minimizing make-ready time, reducing wasted materials, and ensuring on-time delivery.

PrintFlow generates automated, up-to-the-minute sequenced and synchronized run lists that keeps equipment users informed while helping business owners build a more efficient, profitable business. It eliminates the guesswork and manual juggling of variables that can affect the online delivery of overlooked jobs.

“I’m really optimistic that we will recognize efficiencies in all areas,” said Wallace Carlson Chief Operating Officer Charlie Cox. “This efficiency will come from tighter scheduling of the press department and less non-chargeable time as the job moves from prepress to production to finishing.”

“We spend a fair amount of time in the company asking, What’s next? Is this ready? or Is that ready?” said Cox. “You add that up over a year, and it’s a lot of wasted time.”

“Clients will be able to get their products to market faster, which is a win-win for us and them,” he added.

Part of a Series of Print Workflow Automation Decisions

The impetus to improve the workflow at Wallace Carlson began five years ago when company leaders realized they would need to adopt newer, advanced equipment and software systems before they would be ready for the potential gains that artificial intelligence and robotics could offer.

Two years into that initiative, Wallace Carlson purchased the EFI Midmarket Print Suite, a comprehensive workflow that uses EFI Pace MIS/ERP software at its core.

Last year, after investing nearly $4 million in equipment and operations, Cox felt it was important to focus on training and reworking processes and procedures to ensure that the company was making maximum use of the capabilities in the Midmarket Print Suite.

Enhancing scheduling was the next logical step for the company.

“We knew the time would come when we’d have to implement more of an electronic scheduling module,” said Cox. “We looked at other offerings, but PrintFlow just seemed to really dominate. And with its compatibility with the EFI Pace MIS/ERP, it just made perfect sense to bolt it on and tie it all together.”

“We’ve had a nice growth trajectory for probably the last three years,” said Cox. “Even with the pandemic, we’re still going to post some growth this year.” The PrintFlow investment will help Wallace Carlson tighten up internal processes, ensuring that growth doesn’t come at the expense of productivity.

“We’ve always strived to be on the cutting edge of newer technology, software, equipment, and automation,” said Cox. “That was always our differentiator, pulling away from the rest of the pack and putting ourselves in a little bit of blue water.”

About EFI

EFI is a global technology company that develops breakthrough technologies for the manufacturing of signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, building materials, and personalized documents. The company offers a wide range of printers, inks, digital front ends, and a comprehensive business and production workflow suite that transforms and streamlines the entire production process. (www.efi.com)

See How to Integrate Dataline’s MultiPress MIS/ERP Software with Agfa Apogee and Asanti Workflows

Integrating MIS/ERP software for business operations with automated job processing and workflow systems can help print shops achieve higher profitability, gain more time for core activities, and provide better service to their customers. To see how this can be achieved, register for the virtual event that Dataline and Agfa will present March 11, 2021.

The presentation will demonstrate how to connect Dataline’s MultiPress MIS/ERP software to the digital front end of Agfa’s Apogee and Asanti prepress and job production workflows.

Multipress MIS/ERP software helps print business managers oversee daily administrative, financial, production, and logistics processes. It also supports job planning, e-business, and reporting.

Dataline and Agfa Virtual Event March 11

The Dataline/Agfa event on March 11 will highlight what next-level automation and optimized efficiency really mean for an everyday printing operation.

In-depth presentations will discuss how printing companies can streamline their operations through the combination of optimum workflow management and a smart integration of administrative and business tasks.

For example, when MultiPress is connected to Agfa’s graphical workflow, JDF/JMF links can be used to create print orders in production directly from the administrative workflow. Manual intervention isn’t needed. This makes the process of creating proofs and plates, press planning, and reserving paper fully automatic.

The production process runs more smoothly and with a lower error rate, satisfying both printing companies and their customers.

Hands-on demos will show the how the software connection works, how it gets set up, and what it delivers.

Representatives from commercial offset printers and large-format inkjet printing companies will describe how the connection of both software packages makes their operations more efficient and successful.

To register for the event, visit www.studio4D48.com.

About Apogee and Asanti

The Agfa Apogee print production hub handles all job-related data required to preflight files, make impositions, send proofs, and make plates in environments that use a mix of offset printing equipment, digital presses, and wide-format printers. A cloud-based Apogee Storefront web-to-print module can easily be added to allow customers to place orders online.

The Agfa Asanti production hub manages data associated with outputting signs and displays on a variety of wide-format printing and cutting equipment. It uses the Adobe PDF Print Engine and Agfa color management to ensure consistent color and quality on jobs printed on Agfa’s wide-format and grand-format printers as well as different brands and models of printers and cutting equipment. The Asanti Storefront solution makes it easy to set up online stores for sign and display products.

Use X-Rite i1Pro 3 Plus Device to Profile Fabrics and Other Digitally Printable Materials

Now that so many different types of papers, display films, art papers, packaging materials, and fabrics can be digitally printed, the professionals who produce digital prints need more versatile color-measurement devices. X-Rite and Pantone have addressed this need with the i1Pro 3 Plus color-measurement instrument and a new X-Rite iO Automated Scanning Table.

The i1Pro 3 Plus device from X-Rite Inc. and Pantone LLC is a spectral color measurement solution specifically designed for imaging, print, and textile professionals who need advanced calibration and color profiling capabilities to support today’s wide-format and industrial printing applications.

The i1Pro 3 Plus

The i1Pro 3 Plus has been optimized for digital printing on a range of materials and surfaces, including ceramics, textiles, glass, metal, wood, vinyl, plastics, thin films, cardboard, paper, and more.

Commercial, wide-format, grand-format, packaging, and industrial printers can now create ICC profiles for almost any substrate and calibrate print production devices for the highest level of color accuracy.

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As more industries turn to digital printing, customers expect print-service providers to be able to achieve accurate, repeatable color. To do this, production print equipment must be linearized and profiled for each substrate.

Traditionally used profiling devices have limited ability to measure textured, rough, or uneven surfaces. And most, can’t accommodate the many different thickness of materials that can be digitally printed today.

Many devices do not have the resolution required to ensure the highest color quality when printing detailed patterns, metallic effects, or photography images. These shortcomings lead to costly color errors and rework.  

Benefits

“The i1Pro 3 Plus builds on the success of the i1 family of products and removes the variability to create accurate ICC profiles on the widest range of materials,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager, X-Rite. “Wide- and grand-format users and industrial material printers will see immediate value by incorporating the affordable i1Pro 3 Plus into their prepress and production workflows.” He said users can expect more accurate and repeatable color, a reduction of waste, and an increased return on investment. 

A long-term X-Rite partner, EFI (Electronics For Imaging), also sees the great potential of the i1Pro Plus 3 and supports it in their latest Fiery print-management technologies: “Due to the nature of digital textile production, this large-aperture device is an excellent fit with our latest single-pass EFI BOLT high-speed textile printer. For both color management and quality control, this device will allow our customers to produce accurate color much more easily,” said John Henze, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, EFI Fiery. 

New Features

The i1Pro 3 Plus includes a number of new features. 

The larger, 8mm aperture supports new materials and substrates used in digital printing applications. 

A new polarization filter (measurement condition M3)  reduces specular highlights and shadows on fabrics and ceramics. It provides better blacks and richer colors on rough surfaces and glossy medias, such as canvas prints and fine art photo papers. 

It can simultaneously measure M0, M1 and M2 in a single pass to account for optical brighteners. This enables prepress and print operators to quickly predict how colors printed on optically brightened substrates will look under different lighting conditions.  

A longer ruler can measure the wider charts used in grand-format printing. The ruler includes an ISO-compliant white backer and removable magnetic strips on the top and sides for holding samples in place while measuring.   

A new LED illuminant  improves device reliability. The i1Pro 3 Plus allows for four measurement conditions (ISO 13655 M0; M1: D50; M2: UV Excluded, M3 Polarized).  

It supports transmission scanning for backlit film and materials used in signage. The device can measures high brightness, up to 5K NITs for ultra-bright displays. 

“We are used to seeing bumpy shadow measurements from unpolarized devices on glossy textured medias like canvas. With the new polarization feature in the i1Pro 3 Plus, our M3 measurements are dramatically smoother in the shadows – perfect in fact,” commented Scott Martin, Founder, Onsight, a workflow consultant for print, prepress, design and photography.   

New X-Rite iO Table 

X-Rite’s new i1iO Automated Scanning Table supports the i1Pro 3 Plus. This hands-free test chart reader offers automated color profiling on a variety of substrates with reduced risk of color measurement errors. It is ideal for photographers, designers, and printers who want to speed up and automate the measurement process and eliminate manual strip reading.  

The new i1iO table can be used with a variety of industrial materials including textiles, ceramics, corrugated, etc. and supports materials up to 33 mm thick, with the optional z-axis spacer. It also supports transparencies and backlit materials. 

About X-Rite 

X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in the science and technology of color and appearance. Manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses use X-Rite products to achieve precise management and communication of color and appearance throughout their processes.

For more information, visit www.xrite.com. Connect with X-Rite on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.  

About Pantone 

Pantone provides the universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for brands and manufacturers.

Learn more at www.pantone.com and connect with Pantone on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn

Adobe and Datacolor Tools Streamline Digital Design for Textiles

Datacolor®, a global leader in color management technology, is collaborating with Adobe to launch tools to streamline the process of digitally designing prints for fabrics. The collaboration pairs Datacolor’s professional color lookup tool, ColorReaderPRO, with the Adobe Photoshop plug-in: Adobe Textile Designer.

The integration of ColorReaderPRO with Adobe Textile Designer software allows designers to measure color inspiration in the real world and transfer the data to Photoshop automatically via Bluetooth connection.

The Adobe Textile Designer solution and ColorReaderPRO debuted at the ITMA Textile and Garment Technology exhibition in Barcelona, Spain from June 20-26.

“Adobe Textile Designer was conceived to help streamline the print design process,” said Mike Scrutton, director of print technology and strategy for Adobe’s Print & Publishing Business Unit. “We are excited to incorporate the ColorReaderPro into the solution to simplify the process of capturing inspiration color for designers.”

Many designers use Photoshop when starting fabric designs, but with the introduction of Adobe Textile Designer, users can now build and preview repeating patterns, define separations, work with colorways and keep every element editable in Photoshop until a design is print ready.

With this Adobe plugin, designers can use Datacolor ColorReaderPRO to measure any source of color inspiration and translate the color data directly to Photoshop.

“Adobe Photoshop has always been an indispensable tool for designers and brands, and the pairing of our ColorReaderPRO with Adobe Textile Designer opens the door for users to be more creative than ever before,” said Diane Geisler, Vice President of Marketing for Datacolor. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Adobe to help artists and designers streamline the process of designing prints for fabrics, while cutting costs, saving time and increasing overall efficiencies.”

The ColorReaderPRO works seamlessly with third-party color standard libraries, including Color Solutions International’s (CSI) ColorWall™, and brands’ color libraries. This integration offers tremendous time and cost savings in the textile design process by eliminating the need to manually search and match textile color samples with swatches or color codes.

Designers can use Datacolor’s ColorReaderPRO with CSI’s ColorWall library and Adobe Textile Design plug-in for Photoshop to streamline the process of choosing colors for fabrics for fashion and furnishings.

“Finding the correct color can be an inefficient activity in the print design process that can lengthen the production cycle,” said Tim Williams, Marketing Manager, CSI. “Adobe Textile Designer paired with the ColorReaderPRO offers users an efficient means to create colorways, whether using CSI’s 3,700+ ColorWall or selecting from existing Custom colors in their own library.”

VirtualSign Augmented Reality App Helps Sign Buyers Visualize Sign Designs On Site

SAi’s VirtualSign is an augmented reality app that creates a virtual representation of how sign designs will look when installed in real world locations.

Virutal Sign augmented reality app for SAi Flexi software subscribers

Available at no extra cost to SAi Flexi subscribers, the app enables sign and display users to project a customer’s banner or sign onto the side of a building or other space for which it is intended. This makes it easier for customers to visualize a sign design that has been created in SAi Flexi software.

SAi created the app to enable sign and display businesses to secure the go-ahead for projects faster. It has the potential to increase production throughput by improving customer interaction and enhancing the buying process.

SAi VirtualSign can help sign buyers visualized what the designed sign will look like on a wall.

Not only does VirtualSign allow users to visualize signs in real life, but they can also capture and send images directly from the app, making it easier than ever to share creative ideas.

VirtualSign is available to download on iTunes and Google Play

SAi Flexi is all-in-one sign design, print, and cut software for sign and print providers. Subscriptions to the cloud-based software include a range of features for preparing and sending design files to wide-format printers, vinyl cutters, and print-and-cut devices. SAi software is also available in traditionally licensed versions.

Adobe Announces PDF Print Engine 5 for Printing on Multiple Surfaces

Adobe has announced version 5 of the Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE). The Adobe PDF Print Engine is a software development kit that converts PDF job content (graphics, text, and images) to rasters for driving digital presses, wide-format printers, label printers, and platesetters. APPE is the leading rendering technology at the heart of prepress workflows in the $900 billion print industry.

The new version extends PDF Print Engine’s reliable color reproduction with new capabilities to harness the full potential of today’s digital and conventional presses. Ongoing innovations in inks and inkjet heads are creating opportunities to print on new surfaces. PDF Print Engine 5 will maximize color impact in the coming generation of textile presses, industrial print stations, and digital presses for label and packaging production.

The Adobe PDF Print Engine is deployed as part of prepress solutions developedd by Adobe print-solutions partners such as Agfa Graphics, Caldera, Canon, CGS, ColorGATE, Dalim, EFI, Epson, Esko, Fujifilm, GMG, Heidelberg, HP, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Océ, Riso, Screen, Sharp, Xanté, Xeikon, and Xerox.

From Creative Design to Remarkable Prints

The latest functionality in Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, and InDesign CC, enable designers to push the creative envelope in terms of colors and special effects.Many designers produce graphically rich files that are increasingly complex to print. PDF Print Engine 5 is optimized to precisely render these complex jobs for printing on flat and contoured surfaces including paper, plastic, fabric, metal, ceramic, glass, and food products.

The new color features in PDF Print Engine 5 strengthen support for Expanded Color Gamut (ECG) digital presses with inksets that go beyond the traditional four-color base of cyan, magenta, yellow and black to magnify the visual and tactile effects of brand messaging.

New Features

Some of the new features in Adobe PDF Print Engine include:

High-speed edge enhancement. Anti-aliasing technology renders visually smoother edges on graphic objects, even at lower resolutions. It also reduces processing times to a fraction of the time of alternative and post-rendering methods.

Enhanced Unicode support. Control parameters, file paths, and passwords now include multi-byte characters from non-Roman character sets. This increases the ease-of-use in printing text in languages such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

PDF 2.0 print feature support. Black-point compensation (BPC) to preserve details in image shadow areas during conversions; CxF-defined spot colors (Color eXchange Format) to enable spectral-based color management; HTO (Half-Tone Origin) to align pre-imposed objects to the device pixel-grid, ensuring identical line-screens.

Page-level output intent. Color conversions for multi-page PDF 2.0 jobs can be managed on a page-by-page basis, enabling greater flexibility and automation in prepress workflows.

“Brand managers count on accurate reproduction of vibrant designs to connect with customers,” said Adil Munshi, vice president and general manager, Print and Publishing Business Unit, Adobe. “Print jobs that are authored in Creative Cloud, reviewed in Adobe Acrobat DC, and proofed and output by Adobe PDF Print Engine 5 will now deliver the fastest rendering, best-of-breed color imaging and predictable results every step of the way.”

PDF Print Engine 5 is now available to new and long-standing Adobe solution partners who are working to integrate it into their product lines. Adobe collaborates closely with market-leading equipment vendors in commercial printing, publishing, signage, CAD/GIS, photography, packaging/labels, direct mail, textiles/garments, and other manufacturing applications that want to optimize the Adobe PDF print experience.

When deployed in the Mercury RIP Architecture on multi-core, networked or cloud platforms, PDF Print Engine 5 can be scaled to drive high-volume production on a single press or across multiple presses. Print-service providers can buy (or upgrade to) products built on the Adobe PDF Print Engine 5 later this year.

Agfa Announces Apogee 11 with PDF Print Engine 5

In July, Agfa Graphics announced that Apogee 11 prepress solution will be the first product to incorporate Adobe PDF Print Engine 5.

Agfa Apogee 11 prepress software will use Adobe PDF Print Engine 5 to prepare printing firms for full compatibility with the new PDF 2.0 standard and to output designs correctly. (Photo: Agfa Graphics)

“When Adobe launched the PDF format in 1993, Agfa immediately recognized that is robust imaging model was well-suited for the graphic arts and developed our PDF-based prepress workflows, an industry first.”” said Erik Peeters, marketing manager, Agfa Graphics. “Print has changed dramatically over the last 25 years, but the new releases of Apogee and Adobe PDF Print Engine reaffirm the value and power of PDF for predictable reproduction of complex graphics.”

GMG Software Simplifies Color Managed Workflows

PrintFactory screen shot

At ISA Sign Expo 2017, GMG will demonstrate its color management tools for wide-format printing and automated printing workflows. GMG tools can help sign printing providers keep production-ready files flowing to their digital inkjet printers.

Even better, GMG tools can assure that the printed colors on the artwork will match corporate brand colors. This is particularly important for point-of-purchase signs and displays that hold packages of brand products.

GMG ColorServer provides a reliable system for ensuring consistent prints no matter where a file is printed. PrintFactory powered by GMG, is a complete production workflow software suite for printing banners, signs, and super-wide graphics.

PrintFactory Screenshot Powered by GMG

“GMG solutions offer two of the most critical requirements of sign printing. The first is color, which is a deal-breaker for any customer. It needs to be accurate and, above all, consistent— especially the grays. The second is production speed, which is delivered by automating the workflow processes,” remarks Bart Fret, GMG Director of Wide Format Sales. “At ISA Sign Expo GMG will demonstrate how any print provider can now reach these goals.”

GMG ColorServer and GMG SmartProfiler

Print providers require that all digital presses on the plant floor output consistent color—on all substrates.

GMG ColorServer provides a centralized system that ensures consistent reliable color at the highest quality standards. With GMG ColorServer, users can create highly automated workflows overseeing color for every digital press on the floor. This saves time and money for everyone.

GMG Color Server automated color management software

Color separations and file conversions no longer require an enormous amount of work because the GMG SmartProfiler software wizard allows any user to calibrate, recalibrate and profile digital and large format printing systems easily and without advanced knowledge of color management. SmartProfiler guides users through each task, step-by-step.

Unlike other technologies, GMG SmartProfiler software has useful presets for the different ink types used in large format and digital printing.

GMG ColorProof

It is very inefficient to create a proof on a production inkjet printer. It delays the production of income-generating jobs so one or two sheets of the test job are printed, usually on a different substrate.

Using a smaller, more affordable color-managed printer for contract proofing makes much more sense, so that production inkjet printers can run uninterrupted.

For years, GMG ColorProof has been the preferred solution for efficient and safe contract proofing. GMG ColorProof offers uncompromising color fidelity and is compliant with globally accepted printing standards. Its reliability and remarkable performance make it an indispensable tool among leading color management experts.

GMG ColorProof comes pre-loaded with color profiles of all common standards, so users can get started right away. To print the first proof, users just select the printer, calibrate it, and they are ready in just a few seconds.

PrintFactory wide-format printing automation, powered by GMG

Successful digital printing businesses understand the need to automate processes, standardize on color and quality, and ensure efficient and reliable throughput. Print Factory, powered by GMG, can help achieve all of these goals.

PrintFactory is a complete production suite for banner, sign and superwide-format printing. It can revolutionize the way sign companies run their print operations.

PrintFactory simplifies job handling by providing a single platform for all job verification, preparation, RIPping, printing, cutting, and finishing operations. With a centralized color management system delivered by GMG, it delivers exceptional color control along with significant reduction in ink usage. It also makes it easy to manage multiple digital printers and cutters.

The standardized printing that PrintFactory offers assures that colors will match on all pieces of a job, no matter which printer or what type of media was used to produce them. The PrintFactory solution is fully distributed, allowing multiple RIPs to offer load balancing, job monitoring and full automation using JDF and XML.

PrintFactory Screenshot of Layout

PrintFactory can also be combined with the contract-proofing capabilities of GMG ColorProof. This can increase machine up-time and reduce waste of expensive production media and ink.

PrintFactory will easily scale to match a print facility’s requirements. To learn more, visit www.print-factory.cloud.

“Brand owners are continuing to place a premium on accurate and consistent color. Every wide format inkjet printer or traditional press on the shop floor should be able to exactly match the brand’s colors,” summarizes Fret. “GMG can demonstrate that not only is it achievable—it’s easy to do. We look forward to demonstrating how GMG tools can make the process so much simpler.”

About GMG

GMG is a leading developer of high-end color-management software solutions. The company was founded in 1984 and is located in Tubingen, Germany. GMG’s goal is to provide complete solutions for standardizing and simplifying the color management workflow in order to achieve consistent colors on all media types and with any printing technology. For more information, visit www.gmgcolor.com

 

SGIA Expo Preview: DisplayGenie Software for POP Display and Box Design

New display design software from SA International (SAi) can help expand the range of products you can create with a wide-format flatbed inkjet printer and automated cutting equipment. SAi will demonstrate the software in their booth (#3250) at the 2016 SGIA Expo September 14-16 in Las Vegas.

DisplayGenie streamlines the process of designing and creating freestanding point-of-purchase (POP) displays, folding cartons, and boxes made from materials such as corrugated paperboard, corrugated plastics, or rigid honeycomb material.

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SAi DisplayGenie integrates with the Designer interface in Flexi, SAi’s all-in-one design, print, and cut software for signmakers and print service providers. This means you can use Flexi’s popular graphic design tools. You can easily add text, logos, ready-made artwork, and other design elements.

“SGIA Expo is the ideal platform to demonstrate the plethora of business-enhancing capabilities that SAi DisplayGenie provides.” explains Annette Plummer, director of marketing for SAi in North America.

Easy-to-adjust Templates

SAi DisplayGenie is compatible with all existing wide-format RIP software that drives flatbed printers and cutters. DisplayGenie features:

  • a simple, but complete toolset for easier display and box structural design
  • an extensive and continuously expanding library of display and box templates
  • an intuitive interface for personalizing each template to meet each client’s specifications
  • an animated 3D folding preview that helps you catch any mistakes before the job goes into production

With DisplayGenie, designers don’t have to start from scratch each time a client submits new specifications for a display or box. When a designer enters new geometric values, the DisplayGenie software rebuilds the design in seconds.

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To enable your customer to preview how the finished job will look before it goes into production, you can export package display or box designs as 3D PDF files. Your client will be able to rotate the design and view it from all sides.

 About SA International (SAi)

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, SA International (SAi) is a global leader in providing complete, professional software solutions from design to production for the signmaking, digital printing, screen-printing and CNC machining industries.

SAi has resellers around the world with over 100,000 customers in more than 50 countries. SAi has offices in Brussels, Belgium; São Paulo, Brazil; Pune, India; Shanghai and Hong Kong, China and Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit: www.ThinkSAi.com

SGIA Expo Preview: GMG Color Software Supports Automated Production

Expect to see innovative, high-end color management software in GMG Americas’ booth (2123) at SGIA Expo 2016 in Las Vegas, September 14-16. GMG Americas will demonstrate advanced solutions that wide-format graphics producers can use to manage color, produce consistent proofs, and automate production work.

“For wide-format printing firms, GMG offers three significant ‘pillars’ for exceptional printing: color quality and repeatability; the ability to provide accurate proofs on print devices other than digital presses used for production; and production automation,” asserts Bart Fret, GMG Director of Wide Format Sales. “GMG will demonstrate how all of these important goals are within the reach of every print provider.”

GMG ColorServer and GMG SmartProfiler Color Software
Whether your customers want you to produce a large-format banner, a motif wallpaper, or elegant curtain fabric, they all specify that the color must be exact.

GMG ColorServer GMG-ColorServer-500pprovides a reliable way to achieve high levels of quality and consistency, no matter which printer or digital press you use for the project. Users of GMG ColorServer can achieve highly automated workflows that oversee color for every digital press on the floor. This saves time and money for everyone involved.

GMG SmartProfiler relieves your staff of the enormous amount of work involved in separations and file conversions. Using the software wizard in GMG SmartProfiler, any employee can easily calibrate, recalibrate and profile digital and large format printing systems without advanced knowledge of color management. The software wizard guides users through each task, step-by-step.

Unlike other technologies, GMG SmartProfiler software includes useful presets for the different ink types used in large format and digital printing.

GMG ColorProof

Creating proofs on the same large-format printer or digital press you use for production. Is very inefficient. If you must substitute a different substrate to create one or two sheets for a proof, it can delay jobs that are generating income.

Using a smaller, more affordable printer for proofs makes much more sense, so your production presses can run uninterrupted. For years, GMG ColorProof has been the preferred solution for industry leaders for efficient and safe contract proofing. GMG ColorProof offers uncompromising color fidelity and is compliant with globally accepted printing standards.

Its reliability and remarkable performance make it an indispensable tool among leading color management experts. GMG ColorProof comes pre-loaded with color profiles of all common standards, so you can get started right away. To print the first proof, just select the printer, calibrate it, and you will be ready to print in just a few seconds.

PrintFactory, powered by GMG

PrintFactory, powered by GMG, is a complete production workflow software suite for printing banners, signs, and superwide graphics. Whether you run a small sign and graphics business, a medium-sized company specializing in retail graphics and posters, or a superwide-graphics business, PrintFactory can revolutionize the way you operate your print shop.

One workflow offers all the professional job preparation and file correction tools you needed to set up jobs for printing, cutting, and finishing. It includes an editor for tweaking submitted job files, one central RIP for all printers and cutters, a powerful tiling tool, industrial cutter and roll cutter support, tools for marking grommets, bleeds, folds, and pole pockets, and the ability to submit jobs from any workstation to any printer and cutter in the plant. The PrintFactory RIP can drive more than 1500 makes and models of printing and cutting devices.

PrintFactory is easy to access and quick to operate.

With a centralized color management system delivered by GMG, PrintFactory delivers exceptional color control with much easier management of digital presses.

With built-in GMG color management tools, PrintFactory also offers the latest ink optimization technology that uses a proprietary algorithm to reduce the ink consumption by as much as 20% while improving the quality of the colors in general. Print quality is stabilized and improved without any change to image quality.

 

PrintFactory can also add GMG ColorProof proofing into the workflow, increasing machine up-time and reducing waste of expensive production media and ink. With PrintFactory, powered by GMG technology, your print company can provide customers colors that are consistent throughout their entire campaign.

“With increasing color demands from brand owners, wide format printers are investing in GMG tools to ensure that the color they produce is accurate—and consistent between each and every printer,” explains Fret. “The best part is that it’s easy to do. We look forward to showing that to printers at SGIA Expo.”

About SGIA Expo

SGIA Expo is a trade show and educational conference for print-business leaders who use a combination of digital and analog printing technologies to produce many types and sizes of printed materials for brand marketers, retailers, design studios, event planners, facility designers, and product manufacturers.

SGIA members produce indoor and outdoor advertising signage and graphics, promotional products, marketing collateral, decals, apparel, vehicle wraps, fine art, retail displays, and decorative wallcoverings, glassware, textiles, and furnishings.