Software to power the design to print to cut workflow
Software plays an important role in the entire Esko offering for specialty graphic shops.
i-cut Suite, an InterTech Technology Award recipient, lets companies that drive narrow or large format digital printers and/or digital finishing systems streamline their workflows. It preflights and edits incoming PDF files, ensuring that jobs will RIP and print correctly. It also helps build and edit sheet layouts, ensuring that jobs make the optimum use of substrates through intelligent true shape nesting and tiling. Kongsberg table technology ensures that die-less cutting contours match printed images perfectly, registering the actual dimensions and positioning cuts on the printed result. With i-cut Automate, all of these functions are automated in a single workflow, with less operator intervention.
In a more commoditized market, sign and display shops are realizing that unique 3D display projects offer higher margins. More and more companies are investing in ArtiosCAD for structural design. ArtiosCAD 12 has an extensive library of resizable display designs to help designers so they do not have to start from scratch designing new displays.
Powerful Esko partners on the SGIA show floor
At the Esko booth, representatives of Danaher sister-company X-Rite Pantone will demonstrate how brand colors can be consistent for the sign and display market. Creating custom ICC profiles based on each substrate and printing process, the i1Publish Pro 2(TM) brings color management to large format products like Point of Purchase [POP] displays and wall graphics. To maintain color consistency during print production, the X-Rite eXact(TM) spectrophotometer measures output results ensuring colors meet customers expectations. With built in color workflows to measure print output, waste is kept to a minimum and productivity is increased.
At HP (booth 1628), Esko will be offering workflow software demonstrations of Esko's front-end systems for HP Scitex high-volume industrial printers. The Esko software, part of the HP SmartStream for Scitex workflow, is based on tools from Esko's i-cut Suite that efficiently process digital print files to help optimize run time of HP digital printing systems.
xpedx (booth 2816) will be showing a Kongsberg i-XP 24 digital finishing system. The i-XP helps turn signage and POP/POS display work into profitable, value added jobs, helping sign and display shops offer their customers on-demand production with just-in-time delivery. With a maximum working area of 87"x126" and a maximum speed of 66" inches per second, the XP series can convert a wide range of board, sheet and roll materials.
"This is an exciting time for Esko and our specialty printing customers. With the new Kongsberg C64, we set a new standard for digital finishing and extend our 'best in class' product line to a very wide 3.2 meter wide table," comments Bennett. "We bring a solution that can keep up with the faster, wider printers of today and tomorrow, while maintaining the standards in quality, versatility, precision and productivity that Kongsberg tables are noted for. We look forward to showing off the Kongsberg C64 and the new i-cut Production Console at SGIA."