Many print companies have successfully diversified to wide format. i-cut Suite lets companies that drive narrow or large format digital printers and/or digital finishing systems to streamline their workflows. Introduced in 2010, and a 2012 InterTech Technology Award recipient, i-cut Suite has seen rapid popularity throughout the world.
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.
- 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.
- With i-cut Automate, all of these functions are automated in a single workflow, with less operator intervention and fewer potential manual errors.
The Digital Finishing highlight of Esko’s booth at Graph Expo—a Graph Expo Must See Em—will be the new Kongsberg XN: a highly versatile and productive digital finishing table that can be configured easily for the widest range of applications from kiss-cutting to packaging mockups, heavy-duty milling and simple to complex flexo plate cutting with ID marking. This new table comes equipped with the impressive milling spindle MultiCUT-HP, boosting overall milling productivity by as much as three times.
New effort with CHILI Publish highlights Esko partnerships at Graph Expo
On the Esko booth and the CHILI Publish booth 971, Esko will be demonstrating the recently announced integration of the online editing technology of CHILI Publish, the Belgian developer of the 'hottest online editor', into its WebCenter web-based packaging platform. Esko will also develop a new plug-in for Adobe® Illustrator®, enabling users to open packaging designs in WebCenter to create, edit and modify the packaging content. With this new integration, a designer or artwork creator will be able to publish an Adobe® Illustrator® document to a WebCenter project. Content like barcodes, nutrition facts, regulatory compliance data and other can then be provided by the brand owner simply by going online, opening and editing the document using the CHILI Editor within the WebCenter browser window.
Other partners include PriscoDigital (booth 201), who will feature an Esko i-cut Suite front-end workflow, preparing files for print while creating cutting instructions for the finishing table. Xpedx (booth 1646), a partner in flexo prepress, imaging and finishing equipment, as well as for wide format applications will also be supporting Esko’s extensive product line. Both partners will be displaying Kongsberg i-XN24 tables, which include i-cut Vision Pro, for accurate registration of finishing, even with contour cuts.
“Print companies need to explore new opportunities, and Esko and our partners provide a number of solutions that cover a wide variety of alternatives,” adds Quinlan. “We look forward to working with attendees and educating them about ways, in this tough economical environment, that they can maintain business vitality.”