In the sign and display graphics business, as in many other segments of the printing industry, shorter runs and reduced cycle times can stress even the most efficient wide format printing operations. By implementing a colour-managed RIP-to-roll (or RIP-to-rigid media) workflow, these operations can ensure that colour is right the first time and every time to help speed work through the shop and meet colour expectations.

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, have announced a significant presence at the Color Conference 2018, hosted by Printing Industries of America, January 13 – 16, 2018 in San Diego. During the event, X-Rite thought leaders, including Adrian Fernandez, General Manager at Pantone, will share valuable insights on such topics as how to ensure specified colors can actually be achieved in production, the impact of the latest industry standards on printing outcomes, and going beyond color to managing appearance.

Installing an effective workflow does not have to be complicated. Within a week, Denver-based Blair Labeling, installed Esko Automation Engine QuickStart for Labels, and was able to reduce its manual prepress workload by more than 30%, feeding its five flexo presses and new digital press.

When the printing capacity at Accent Etiketten outstripped the ability of the company’s production scheduling software, the Belgium label printer called on the services of HYBRID Software. The solution came in the form of a customised production scheduling tool within the industry-leading workflow software CLOUDFLOW.

Aleyant, an innovative leader in providing robust software services to the graphic communications industry at value-driven prices, today announced that it has integrated its Pressero Web-to-Print solution with HP’s PrintOS Site Flow and PrintOS Box apps, making it the first HP solutions program partner to accomplish both integrations.

EFI have announced that Winder, Ga.-based packaging printer Progress Container & Display has purchased the EFI™ Corrugated Packaging Suite, an end-to-end solution that spans business management and manufacturing execution. The Suite, which is currently being installed at Progress Container, includes components for estimating, order management, scheduling, inventory management, production tracking and shipment planning.

Digital Factory Apparel Brother Edition™ maximizes the exceptional throughput capabilities as well as the high fidelity color output that the newly released Brother™ GTX printer is designed for.

Europa Print and Mailing Solutions signed a deal at IPEX for a Tharstern Management Information System that will be crucial to long-term growth plans where turnover is predicted to jump by over 50% to £4million within two years.

Fujifilm today announces that the tilia Griffin wide format automatic layout solution from Tilia Labs has been added to its suite of XMF workflow products. tilia Griffin automates the process of laying out jobs on a single sheet in order to maximise the printed area and minimise the substrate waste after cutting, a process that many wide format printers still use Adobe Illustrator or similar programmes for. tilia Griffin rapidly works out the optimal use of space, saving both the time taken to do this process manually and the material that is inevitably wasted through a time consuming manual process.

The automation revolution is in full swing. Businesses from multiple sectors are leaping to harness the potential of new technology to streamline production, minimize time wastage and save money.

Leading 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker today released Ultimaker Cura 3.0, a new version of its slicing software which enhances the performance and accessibility of Ultimaker’s hardware, software, materials and services. Ultimaker Cura 3.0 is open for third-party plugins providing a seamless workflow integration between industry-standard CAD applications.

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