McKinsey’s report ‘Jobs lost, jobs gained: Workforce transition in a time of automation’ suggests that while past technological innovations have boosted job creation to offset disruption, the impact of automation remains a source of anxiety across sectors – and digital print is no exception.

Higher throughput. Faster turnaround. High print quality. Just in time. These criteria are the most important when selecting the right hardware and software for print service providers, and in particular for wide format printers. Increasing incoming orders with simultaneously decreasing print runs require the conversion to automated processes. The decisive factor here is a perfect interaction between software and hardware.

Enfocus, the leader in PDF quality control, advanced PDF editing and workflow automation for the graphic arts industry, and Cloudprinter.com, the leading Global Print API for print buyers, announce today that they have joined forces to provide print service providers the most efficient way to connect their print production workflows with print buyers around the world.

After several years of extensive development with key industry players, HYBRID Software is pleased to announce the commercial release of Variable Data Printing (VDP) for its PACKZ PDF editor and CLOUDFLOW workflow suite. These products are being demonstrated concurrently at three major international tradeshows: Labelexpo Americas (Chicago, Illinois), CorrExpo (Indianapolis, Indiana), and Fachpack (Nuremberg, Germany), and are available for immediate delivery.

Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and cutting machines, will be showcasing innovative solutions for printing on a wide variety of media at FachPack, the trade fair for packaging, processing and technology, scheduled for 25 to 27 September in Nuremberg, Germany. Mimaki will be exhibiting in Hall 8, Stand 8-301 at the show, in partnership with Ernst Mendel GmbH. Visitors to the Mimaki stand will see innovative workflow automation solutions, as well as stunning examples that demonstrate the possibilities enabled by Mimaki’s advanced printing and cutting technologies. The company will also hold a technology demonstration of a new silver ink that will enable users to create metallic effects and colours on substrates such as wood, glass, metal and more.

Electronics For Imaging (EFI), have reported that General Data is upgrading its production operations with the EFI™ Packaging Suite workflow, featuring Radius® software as the workflow’s core MIS/ERP technology. The Cincinnati-based company chose the EFI system in part because of EFI’s longstanding commitment to addressing users’ challenging workflow needs.

Enfocus, the leader in PDF solutions for quality control, advanced PDF editing, and workflow automation for the graphic arts industry has been recognized for three Red Hot Technologies at Print18 in Chicago. Print18 is held from September 30 to October 2 at McCormick Place.

Enfocus and Ultimate TechnoGraphics will be showcasing their latest integrated solutions to automate workflow at PRINT18 starting September 30th. Eleven years ago, these two industry-leading companies decided to establish a partnership to combine their innovations that is considered today as pioneering and trendsetting in the integration of different prepress workflow software. Ultimate Impostrip® was in fact the first hot folder automated imposition solution that was integrated into Enfocus Switch. From that early day, users have benefitted from the optimization of all aspects of prepress imposition workflow with tools that are easy-to-use yet extremely versatile. Let’s go back a few years to recap how it all started.

Esko will help sign providers and corrugated converters ensure that their production takes flight at C!Print, Madrid, with systems that deliver automated end-to-end workflow for faster time to market, fewer errors and improved profitability.

Esko reports that in the past 12 months, over 300 million packaging jobs were processed through Esko workflows; a staggering number that shows significant increase over the previous 12 months.

We’re excited to announce that PrintFactory Cloud has won the coveted SGIA 2018 Product of the Year Award in the Software - Workflow/CIM/MRS category.

At Tecnargilla 2018, which takes place from September 24th - 28th in Rimini, Expo Centre, Italy, ColorGATE will present its comprehensive solution portfolio for the ceramic industry at the booths of Durst and Metis Systems. At Durst's stand, Hall D1 at Stand 155, the joint dedicated solution for the ceramics industry will be demonstrated. In cooperation with Metis Systems srl, the world market leader for high-quality scanners, ColorGATE presents the 3D Surface Director, a complete solution for digital surface design, at Metis Systems stand in Hall D1, Booth 152.

The Ghent Workgroup has designed a user-friendly interface to make it simpler for end users to easily navigate and find GWG settings within the most commonly used applications for professional publishing workflows. The application settings can be downloaded and installed from the GWG website. GWG settings are designed to help the user to automatically and properly create and check the quality and reliability of all PDF files.

Matthews International’s subsidiary SGK, the leading global brand development, activation, and deployment company, has chosen its partner for the future. HYBRID Software and its CLOUDFLOW workflow solution will be used by SGK facilities worldwide. Earlier this year, SGK installed more than 400 seats of HYBRID’s PACKZ PDF editor in their production facilities while performing an extensive pilot program, code-named “Shockwave”, which tested PROOFSCOPE and CLOUDFLOW for live automated production in selected facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia. After more than 12 months of dedicated effort by SGK and HYBRID, the pilot program was a huge success and PROOFSCOPE and CLOUDFLOW have now been deployed for live production worldwide.

Esko will help signage specialists reduce waste and improve efficiency with solutions focused on streamlining their end-to-end sign production workflow at Media Expo 2018, New Delhi, India, September 7 to 9, Booth 255A.

Xeikon have announced their participation in the Automation Arena at Labelexpo Americas, the region’s largest conference for the label printing industry. This will be the American debut of the Automation Arena, which was first presented at Labelexpo Europe in 2017. Demonstrating the impact of end-to-end workflow, the Automation Arena will be open to visitors throughout the biennial conference, running from September 25 – 27at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois.

Electronics For Imaging (EFI), and Duplo Corporation have announced a new, timesaving integration between EFI's Fiery® production workflow for digital print devices and Duplo's Slitter/Cutter/Creasers. This new offering allows for efficient, automated imposition layout and production from prepress through the finishing stages delivering precise throughput faster and saving up to 70% of setup time.

Electronics For Imaging (EFI), have announced the availability of three new EFI™ Fiery® digital front ends (DFEs) driving Ricoh Pro C7200 series production printers.

The challenges facing label converters today center around producing high volumes of short run jobs with quicker deadlines and better quality. This situation can easily be handled with optimized workflows that link all supply chain partners.

Labelexpo Global Series has confirmed the thirteen leading industry hardware, software and materials suppliers taking part in the ground-breaking Automation Arena at this year’s Labelexpo Americas – a brand new feature which has never been seen before at a trade show in the Americas. In addition, the automated shrink sleeve production element is a world first at a trade show.

The International Graphic Arts Show in Tokyo opens its doors from 26 - 31 July 2018. The German software manufacturer OneVision Software AG will show its software solutions for the consistent automation of prepress workflows to professional visitors at two booths.

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