Imaging Solutions AG (Dielsdorf, Switzerland), a manufacturer of image-enhancement software and modular systems for the automated production of on-demand photo prints, layflat books and canvas framing, and Ultimate TechnoGraphics (Montreal), an established worldwide leader in imposition and finishing automation, have joined forces to offer a fully automated digital photo prints workflow system optimized to save paper while offering maximum efficiency and flexibility. Multi-format print orders are usually a challenge for print labs because the current production process is often cumbersome and inefficient. The production and storing of partial print orders before merging and packaging is still a widespread issue. MultiCut is a fully automated, industrial XY cutter and sorter, which greatly simplifies the production of multi-format print orders without splitting them. Combined with the powerful automation software of Ultimate Impostrip, printers can benefit from a “lights-out digital workflow” while maximizing each batch and each print count, and reducing operator time, said the companies.
“The multiCut device is available today for digitally printed rolls and can run in near-line and inline configurations,” said Anthony Pieters, CEO of Imaging Solutions. “A sheetfed version will also be made available later in 2022. Combined with Ultimate Impostrip, we can now provide a full, end-to-end solution for print shops to minimize labour costs. As well, the paper savings are tremendous.” Ultimate Impostrip is the industry standard in imposition automation software providing prepress and printing efficiency, flexibility and scalability. It has now been extended to offer automatic batching and grouping for the new multiCut device, making the combined solution able to run “lights-out production” for any digital press. “We were happy to work closely with Imaging Solutions throughout this project,” said Julie Watson, CEO of Ultimate TechnoGraphics. “They have a dedicated team for this combined solution and can provide tech support through their software experts.”