Esko will show its design to print to cut workflow for sign and display shops at booth 1026 during the International Sign Expo (ISA) 2012, March 22-24, in Orlando, FL. Esko will demonstrate a comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end workflow and digital finishing solutions, featuring the Kongsberg i-XP 24, the Kongsberg i-XL 24, and the Kongsberg i-XE 10 Auto finishing systems. Workstations will offer demonstrations of i-cut Suite, a collection of pre-production tools that streamlines the workflow for digital printer, from prepress to finished product — highlighting automated capabilities offered by i-cut Automate.
i-cut Automate helps automate the i-cut Suite workflow
i-cut Suite lets companies that drive narrow or large format digital printers and/or digital finishing systems professional tools to streamline their workflows — the first offering sign & display shops a complete, integrated solution. Introduced in 2010, i-cut Suite has seen rapid popularity throughout the world.
i-cut Automate, the latest addition to i-cut Suite, ties the pieces of the i-cut Suite together, automating the entire production process from design to print to cut. Users can build dynamic workflows that automate repetitive prepress tasks, thereby enhancing productivity, reducing operator intervention and errors, and saving valuable time, money and materials in the production process.
i-cut Suite components include:
- i-cut Preflight handles efficient preflighting and editing of incoming PDF files, ensuring that jobs will RIP and print correctly. It also lets users make any corrections working within the PDF file.
- i-cut Layout is a module to interactively build and edit sheet layouts, ensuring that jobs make the optimum use of the substrate through intelligent true shape nesting and tiling. It also enables file preparation for printing through adding grommet marks, and creating cut paths and bleeds.
- i-cut Vision Pro makes sure that die-less cutting contours match printed images perfectly. Often, slight distortions between printed graphics and contour cuts may cause unacceptable results. i-cut Vision Pro registers the actual dimensions and positions on the printed result. Then, finishing is adapted to the shape of the graphics.
- With i-cut Automate, all of these functions are automated in a single workflow, with less operator intervention and fewer potential manual errors. Through Mac or PC based clients, operators can easily monitor the workflow and interact when necessary through a comprehensive checkpoint. Repetitive tasks are far less time-consuming through dynamic workflows that are easy to set up and operate in a client-server environment. i-cut Automate can also be integrated with Management Information Systems, enabling automatic job creation and the submission of job workflow parameters.
Users with more specific requirements can easily add supplementary modules: a structural design module to allow integration with all standard structural design programs; a graphics preparation module to create the cutting contour on both vector files and images; and a true shape nesting module offering a powerful, true shape nesting solution, particularly for irregular shapes.