At Print 09 in Chicago, September 11-16, 2009, Océ will demonstrate how new digital technologies can advance packaging prototyping. In its booth 1863, Océ will show how the Océ Arizona 350 XT UV flatbed printer and the Océ ProCut digital cutting table?key elements of the complete, integrated Océ Streamlined Workflow system?can be used to create package prototypes quickly and accurately.
Widely employed in the display graphics industry to create exhibits and point-of-purchase displays, the Océ Streamlined Workflow system can offer the same benefits of producing quick and accurate structural prototypes to design groups and packaging companies. Working with Arden Software, Océ will demonstrate how Arden's IMPACT software can easily fit into the entire workflow to design, print and finish a package prototype. IMPACT software is a design package specifically written for print and packaging companies, display manufacturers and die makers. It includes dedicated tools for structural design, product development, virtual prototyping and manufacturing.
The demonstration includes package prototypes designed in Arden's IMPACT structural design software that provides support for solid board, in corrugated or point of purchase displays. It assists users in setting up and completing complex projects with ease. Its intuitive drawing tools, a large library of pre-programmed and reusable design styles, an intelligent layout feature, and realistic 3D modeling capabilities combine to make IMPACT software one of the most usable, efficient and productive design packages on the market.
Visitors to the Océ booth will see firsthand how the finished design file is imported into the Océ ProCut system, where the dielines are assigned to the appropriate cutting/creasing tools. A bar code and registration marks are added. The cut data is sent to the Océ ProCut digital cutting table. The print data (including bar code and registration marks) is sent to the ONYX ProductionHouse RIP workstation for processing, then forwarded to the Océ Arizona 350 XT UV flatbed printer. Once printing is complete, the operator moves the finished piece to the Océ ProCut table, scans the barcode and initiates cutting. The Océ ProCut system retrieves the cut/crease data, and the prototype is automatically finished. What once took hours is now done in minutes.
The Océ Streamlined Workflow eliminates common errors made when a prototype is created manually, often in the cutting stage. Designers and packaging companies can print as many prototypes as needed for focus groups and client presentations—even create custom short runs for test markets—and be assured that every piece will be consistent in color and fit. Most importantly, the restriction of printing on white paperboard is eliminated. With the Océ Arizona 350 XT printer plus the White Ink and Roll Media Options, users can print on nearly any rigid or flexible media of any color, up to two inches thick. Printing on the actual package substrate is possible using the Océ system.
The Océ Streamlined Workflow combines an Océ Arizona Series UV flatbed printer with the Océ ProCut cutter and sophisticated workflow software to manage cutting and nesting, plus the ONYX ProductionHouse RIP—a full ICC and Pantone-certified RIP to process the graphics. The system addresses the very same issues in producing packaging prototypes as it does in the display graphics industry. The overall process is streamlined. Changes to the structural design and graphics can now be quickly realized on the final stock and with cost-effective press-proof quality results.