Canon Solutions America Inc., Large Format Printing Systems

Oce and AlphaCorr Collaborate to Provide Solutions for the Packaging Market

Océ has announced it has chosen Austin, TX-based AlphaCorr LLC to provide its Macintosh and Windows compatible CAD-based Rules packaging and display design software as part of the overall Océ Solutions for Packaging.

To date the Océ Solutions for Packaging has consisted of the Océ Arizona Series UV flatbed printers, the Océ ProCut digital cutting system, and ONYX ProductionHouse RIP and Océ ProCut Prepress software.

The Océ Solutions for Packaging enables packaging companies to quickly produce high quality prototypes and custom/short-run packaging on paperboard and corrugate by printing directly to rigid substrates, then cutting and creasing—all in a completely digital workflow. Until recently, there was no component for the creation of the structural design of the packaging. The addition of the AlphaCorr Rules software now enables designers a means to efficiently create structural designs—either from scratch or using the provided template library to quickly modify standard designs for new packaging. From concept through production, Rules software is the fastest and most straightforward way to draw, modify and detail accurate packaging and display designs on both Macs and Windows platforms.

Under the arrangement, Océ and AlphaCorr will recommend each other's solutions in a lead-sharing arrangement, and work together to demonstrate the combined solutions. To provide the greatest value to its customers, AlphaCorr will continue to directly sell and support Rules software. Likewise, Océ will continue to sell and support the Océ components of the overall solution.

Using Ashlar-Vellum Graphite as the CAD engine, the AlphaCorr technical team, lead by Michael Collins, the original mind behind Ashlar Score!, has developed a complete set of commands and enhancements specifically for the packaging and display design market. Added to this is a fully parametric box library developed by the team to provide the most robust yet easy-to-use software available for this industry.

Randy Paar, Océ North America Product Marketing Manager said, "Increasingly, the packaging industry is looking to digital workflows to complement existing capabilities plus provide new opportunities in custom and short-run packaging. The benefits to the brand owners can be substantial due to the quick turnaround of new designs and the ability to test market more cost effectively. This can ultimately drive more business back to the packaging producer."

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