Overcoming The Prepress Bottleneck At The Print Show 2017

On October 11th – 13th, we were delighted to spend a busy three days exhibiting alongside our valued partners InkTec and Jetrix Europe at The Print Show, the UK’s leading digital print exhibition.

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Automation and industry 4.0 was a hot topic at the show, with the time-saving benefits of PrintFactory’s intuitive automated and semi-automated suite of tools becoming a key talking point amongst delegates.

Visitors flocked to the stand to watch demonstrations of Jetrix’s latest 1220 x 1220mm flatbed printer, the Jetrix KX3, driven by PrintFactory software. Throughout the show, the Jetrix KX3 printed onto a variety of substrates such as Black and White ACM, Clear Acrylic and Foamex, outputting sharp and consistent color across different media thanks to PrintFactory’s dedicated color profiles and smart device management tools.

During demonstrations of PrintFactory software driving the Jetrix KX3, delegates were impressed by its ability to overcome the prepress ‘bottleneck’ – when a printer is sat idle in the time it takes for an operator to locate a file in a prepress system, send it to the RIP for additional work and then place it in an output folder. As PrintFactory merges and automates all the tools from the prepress department, it is able to simply receive the file and print – eliminating this bottleneck and granting massive productivity gains.

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By cutting the time and cost it takes to get jobs onto press in half, PrintFactory can double the jobs per operator and number of printers running simultaneously, leading to potential revenue growth of up to 100%.

We also showcased a number of eye-catching special effects made possible by the PrintFactory editor, such as printing into mirror film and reverse clear acrylic. Printing white ink into black Dibond was by far the most popular demonstration among delegates, creating some truly dazzling results that captured the imagination of the crowd.

img_0996It was our first year demonstrating PrintFactory’s colour management and automation capabilities at The Print Show, and we were delighted with the number of delegates our software attracted to the stand. As the 2017 trade show season draws to a close, we’d like to thank InkTec and Jetrix Europe for inviting us to exhibit alongside them, and we’re looking forward to demonstrating how PrintFactory is redefining print at some of the biggest industry events in 2018.