An important challenge in this market is “Workflow”. Therefore OptiScout software must be workflow capable. It needs to have automatic interfaces to existing design- and RIP software packages. In OptiScout software this automatic data transfers is done e.g. by the OXF, OXX, PDF... file format. The OXF file format contains cut contour, register marks and - if applicable - barcode information.
An automatic data transfer with OXF, OXX or PDF file format into OptiScout containing cut contour, register marks and barcode is integrated into these RIP software packages:
Caldera, PosterPrint, TexPrint, Colorgate, Wasatch, PosterJet, CADlink, MasterRip (IGEPA), ONYX, EFI, Prepare-it
Print & Cut Workflow
Three Steps from Artwork to Finished Job
The OptiScout solution guides users step by step through the pre-press, printing and finishing stages, regardless of the job, printer or RIP. OptiScout has unique features to streamline the workflow. OptiScout software lets users follow the same workflow from pre-press to finishing - cue: macros. The operator can continue using the RIP the way he did before having a finishing device (flatbed cutter). Creating and preparing the cut data will always be performed in the same way, fostering a consistent workflow that is familiar to all staff and easy to train on.
A) Print Workflow
Step 1: Cut Data Design and Preparation
Cut data creation is accomplished either in the design software (Illustrator, CorelDRAW, InDesign, Inkscape, OptiScout Design, OptiScout Prepare) or in the RIP Software. In the design software the operator designs or imports the artwork. The operator generates a cut-contour around the artwork in his design application. This artwork file with the cut contour is send to the RIP. In the RIP software the operator prepares the print file for the belonging printer and generates regmarks and a barcode around the artwork. An extracted separate file with cut-contour, marks and barcode only is sent as e.g. an OXF or PDF file to the OptiScout software.
Step 2: Print and Setup
When the generated print file is processed through the RIP software, it is sent to a printer. The cut-contour will not be printed. The registration marks and the barcode will be printed together with the artwork onto the substrate. The completed print is ready for cutting. In the OptiScout software the operator takes the OXF file with the cut-contour and the regmarks and sets up the cut file for the output to the cutting table. The tools are assigned.
B) Cut Workflow
Step 3: Automated Cut Finishing (Cutting - Creasing - Milling - Lasering)
The device must be equipped. At cutting time, the operator simply places the print on the cutting table and scans the printed barcode. OptiScout automatically detects the correct cut data. By reading the regmarks with the camera mounted on the head of the cutter, OptiScout compares the position of the registration marks in the data to those on the printed job. Once the system has analyzed the exact image position, it starts cutting. Sophisticated optical registration capabilities ensure perfect accuracy for any size or shape.
The finished, cut pieces are ready for delivery with minimal operator intervention, 100% accuracy and reduced rejects and turnaround time.