Labels & Packaging
EskoArtwork launches i-cut Suite which it says streamlines entire workflow for large format digital print and finishing market. Esko says its collection of sign and display production software solutions eliminates errors, saves time and reduces waste.
i-cut Suite is an expanded collection of pre-production software targeted specifically at users of large format digital printers and/or digital finishing systems. The company says that the different modules of i-cut Suite provide essential tools to deliver sign and display products with optimal efficiency and productivity, regardless of the type, source and variety of the incoming job information.
“Shops producing signs and displays using large format digital devices often receive files that have not been properly prepared, often containing errors or missing information," says Ruben Cagnie, EskoArtwork product manager for its Sign and Display division. “Without the proper workflow tools, such deficiencies lead to costly losses of time and materials. Using the i-cut software modules however, potential issues are caught and resolved at the beginning of the workflow, resulting in a smooth and cost-effective manufacturing process."
The i-cut Suite is part of the EskoArtwork Suite 10 and builds on the company’s extensive experience with advanced pre-production and workflow solutions in packaging and commercial printing.
i-cut Preflight handles efficient preflighting of incoming PDF data, thus ensuring that jobs will RIP and print correctly. Any potential issue is automatically detected and reported in detail. A set of interactive tools makes it possible to apply corrections without having to have access to the native design application. I-cut Preflight is based on Enfocus technology, the leader in PDF preflight and checking technology and also a company of EskoArtwork.
i-cut Layout is the fundamental module for interactively building and editing sheet layouts, saving printing time and increasing substrate utilization. Nesting of individual pieces can follow multiple strategies. For ‘minimum waste’, different jobs will be grouped on one sheet for optimal material usage. ‘Maximum productivity’, best for high quantity orders, creates as many identical sheets as possible to reduce setup times for printing and finishing. The ‘minimum cuts’ approach will optimize the finishing process by allowing cutting in slices across the material; this is ideal for rectangular designs or for manual finishing with a guillotine.
The company states that the new i-cut Suite reflects the needs of today’s professional large format digital printing and finishing market and that many printers have made significant investments in equipment, but are not always aware of workflow tools to reduce operator time, eliminate waste and generally make the process less costly.
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