Canon and Zünd showcased flatbed print & cut prototype workflow at Drupa

July 07, 2016

Canon Europe demonstrated an interesting new prototype workflow automation solution – provisionally named ‘View & Cut' – at Drupa 2016 in conjunction with Zünd to further automate the finishing of printed output from Canon wide format printers on the Océ ProCut G3 and Zünd S3 flatbed devices.

The solution incorporates Canon's EOS imaging technology in a ceiling-mounted system, which recognises proprietary registration marks on the printed media to automatically identify jobs on the flatbed surface. The view & cut technology converts this data to an instruction to the Océ ProCut Vision software, which then processes each job on the ProCut surface based on its individual finishing specifications, including cutting, creasing and kiss cutting.

The co-development of the view & cut technology sets out to dramatically reduce manual operator intervention at the finishing stage, and to semi-automate finishing of both sheet and roll output from one or more Canon wide format print engines. It offers the ability for PSPs to nest multiple jobs on sheets or rolls and to automate the finishing of these jobs.

Mathew Faulkner, European marketing manager for Wide Format Group, Canon Europe says: "This exciting innovation demonstrates how the imaging know-how from Canon's photographic business, blended with our own wide format knowledge, can deliver real and pragmatic progress for the most demanding print production environments.”

While this view & cut technology still remains a prototype in ongoing development and is not commercially available yet, this clearly demonstrates how the market is moving towards developing new solutions that enhance greater productivity and the automation of workflows.

We can expect to see more news of this sort of workflow automation between flatbed printers and cutters in the near future.

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