The convenience of automating the scheduling and collation of versioned jobs is now seamless on Inca Digital wide-format printers with the launch of the Inca Print Run Controller (PRC) software module. With high speed printing rates making digital production more versatile and profitable, PRC allows users to schedule the print order and produce print jobs quickly and simply to prevent RIP and workflow bottle-necks, streamline production, reduce operator error, reduce post-print collation requirements and enhance customer service.
Inca has developed PRC to assist in the production of an individual order incorporating different elements or images, sizes or languages. It is also applicable when a large number of images need to be output in varying quantities with variable elements to a large number of recipients. PRC's ability to streamline the overall production process allows digital output on medium?longer run lengths to compete with screen printing and offset litho technologies.
"The introduction of PRC is another change in the capabilities of wide-format digital print by shortening turnaround times and reducing the margin for error," said Linda Bell, Inca CEO. "The software module is ideal for users of Inca Onset, S20 and Spyder machines where speed no longer has to be sacrificed when variable images and versioning are incorporated into a print run."
PRC's ability to RIP once/output once or RIP once/output many, depending on run lengths, cuts job changeover times considerably. Users now have the opportunity, for example, to pre-define print jobs by geographical location and delivery priority. This has the potential to significantly reduce shipping and collation costs, whilst at the same time maximizing the time customers have to produce the job.
Another benefit is that PRC allows job scheduling to be managed in the studio before it enters the pressurized environment of the shop floor. Printer operators can focus on the task of printing to improve efficiency and productivity still further.
PRC is fully compliant with PPML 2.10 (Personalized Print Markup Language) and works with a user's RIP to transform image files into a format which can be output as normal. The ability to work with industry-standard PDFs and conform to preflight parameters also ensures that color integrity and other workflow criteria are maintained throughout.
There are versions for a range of Inca machines and the software is available from Q4 2009 from Inca Digital or its distributor, Fujifilm Sericol.