Less Wasted Media

Better printing, bigger profits

PrintFactory is workflow software that lets you impose, gang and nest for the best layout. But there’s more. Want to make a change? Okay, Want to add a late job? No problem. Here’s how it works…

Save media – but save time, too. Lots of it.

Advanced nesting and ganging. Optimized tiling. True-shape features, mirror templates, cut-path editing – and all the bleed settings you could ever want or need. PrintFactory does it all, but (ahem) we do it in a way that reduces your media wastage AND gives you more control over what you’re doing and the profits you’re making. It’s all about XML.

PrintFactory doesn’t process PDFs. It creates XML instructions that do the job, instead.

The way our Super-RIP works will make you think. It’s not just what you can do with smart layouts, it’s how the software works that matters. When we saw that PDFs were slowing us down – we stopped processing PDFS…

XML INSTRUCTIONS

A RIP-connected tool that detects exterior cut contours is nothing new; nor are layout tools that handle optimised layouts. But did you know that mainstream RIPs create bleeds by copying and pasting blocks of color – or mirror copies of them – flush up against an original image’s boundaries? And did you also know, every time a RIP adds more data to the original file, the increase in that file’s size is slowing your production down … enough to make a difference to your profit margins?

Last-minute amends? New file. Version error? Another file. Imposing the images? Huge file. Even bigger PDFs, and so on and so on. By the time artwork gets to the RIP, every original 1MB file may now be 100MB or more. Especially if you’re adding a last minute job to a layout – the RIP has to start processing everything from scratch. Except, PrintFactory doesn’t work that way. PrintFactory’s Super-RIP takes a cutting edge approach to layouts – giving you faster production, less wasted media.

PrintFactory doesn’t move PDFs. Nor does it make them. Instead, our Super-RIP makes and reads XML instructions. In other words, with PrintFactory you’re printing faster – you don’t need to worry about the extra time you’d need to re-submit a job. Instead of creating a PDF, our Layout tool writes instructions to describe which file sits where, and the media in use, and what the individual profiles are.

The final RIP then reads those XML instructions, explaining where the source files are on the server; which layout to use; which printer to use; what the profiles are and what the media set-up should be – file by individual file. Mirror bleeds? Nanoseconds. Last-minute jobs? Add less than a couple of minutes to production. A day’s work set up for the wrong printer? Not on our watch. This is a real-time conversation, by a Super-RIP that’s working smarter, not harder. No network lag. No media mistakes, no layout errors, and all-round faster production guaranteed.

TEMPLATES FOR SUCCESS

We have plenty of experience laying out jobs of our own. Doing the same thing, over and over again? That doesn’t seem very sensible.

Our Layout tool lets you store jobs as a template, which lets your team quickly create a ‘mirror image’ for two sides of a building or a vehicle. If you’re printing vehicle wraps, for example, then you need to print one complex image on lots of different substrates. You’re handling low-tack vinyl for metal and high-tack vinyl for plastic parts, like bumpers; plus one-way-vision materials for windows – it’s a complex job. PrintFactory’s Layout tool will take all of those substrates into account and deliver the best possible layout – but with total control, still in your teams’ hands.

MINIMUM WASTE, MAXIMUM MANUAL CONTROL

Like many other RIPs, PrintFactory’s nesting tool solves all of your basic layout problems. It’s hard to imagine a wide format printer who’s still laying out every job by hand – although there are many.

Our intelligent Layout tool it chooses the perfect layout to make the best use of media every time. But, unlike some other workflow software we could mention, PrintFactory’s Layout tool also lets you make changes to those layouts by hand. In theory, options like ‘conserve media’ or ‘group jobs’ are a good idea. But you might still want to move parts of a job around on a substrate so they’re easier to work with, or cut, or send on to another team. PrintFactory’s Layout tool lets you do all of that and more.

frequently asked questions

EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT INK-SAVING – WHAT MAKES PRINTFACTORY DIFFERENT?

We know, other RIP manufacturers talk about ink-saving too. But you can put us to the test. What’s important, is that you reduce ink costs without losing any of your print quality. Customers care about these things.

IS THIS ENOUGH TO CHANGE MY PROFIT MARGINS?

Because you’re getting the right color first time with PrintFactory, your productivity can go up by as much as 25%. We can prove this. Want to read our case study?

IS IT WORTH MAKING THE CHANGE?

Yes. Check out our case studies. There’s a lot more to PrintFactory than device-link profiling, but this is where we think good print should always start – with great color, lower costs, and better results for your customers.