Tilia Labs to preview new Phoenix powers for sheet and web printers

Print 18, 30 September-2 October Chicago

On Booth 540 at PRINT 18, Tilia Labs will present an exclusive introduction of extended planning and imposition capabilities for commercial printers
On Booth 540 at PRINT 18, Tilia Labs will present an exclusive introduction of extended planning and imposition capabilities for commercial printers

At Print 18, to be held from 30 September–2 October 2018 in Chicago, Tilia Labs, a leading developer of planning, imposition, and automation software solutions for the graphic arts industries, will be offering an exclusive preview of advanced Phoenix features developed for the full range of commercial print production. A first for the US market, Tilia Labs, at Stand 540, will demonstrate new powers from tilia Phoenix in folding and binding for sheet-and web-fed production including books, brochures and catalogs.

The Print 18 sneak preview of Tilia Labs’ forthcoming Phoenix 7.0 release focuses primarily on automated postpress planning and imposition. By extending the benefits of the solution to encompass the breadth of folding, binding, stitching, and cut and stack processes, Tilia Labs is responding to demand from customers and technology partners.

“We have many commercial print providers already experiencing massive savings in time and consumables through using Phoenix for intelligent planning and imposition of printing, cutting and stacking processes,” says Sagen de Jonge, chief executive officer of Tilia Labs. “Folding, stitching and binding were the missing pieces of the puzzle. The developments in Phoenix 7.0 close the loop in commercial production.”

Features for commercial printers

Included among the highlights for high-speed automated planning of folded and bound products are folding pattern library – featuring standard folding patterns such as common JDF formats; custom folding – ability to create bespoke customized folding patterns via an easy and intuitive graphical interface; intelligent product ganging – products dynamically grouped to support book binding and assembly; optimized lane-based planning for web presses; support for no print regions and gutters; and flexible grouping rules using custom properties for layouts and strips/lanes.

Features for wide/large format

The Tilia Labs team will preview additional performance improvements specifically made for wide formats in the imminent release of Phoenix 7.0. These include advanced artwork tiling and extended support for finishing devices with addition of ZCC output for Zund systems as well as DXF CAD output for many different devices

The new tilia Phoenix version 7.0 will also incorporate significant performance enhancements to the Imposition AI engine, which forms the power core of the Phoenix solution. Data processing capable of keeping up with the fastest presses on the market complements recent improvements to template-based planning and optimizations for large sheets and rolls. These enhancements push the speed boundary yet further for Phoenix in searching across millions of combinations to find the most cost-effective layouts within a matter of just minutes.

“We have been working closely with partners and customers worldwide to understand how we can continue to make new technology updates to tilia Phoenix that will deliver measurable performance and efficiency improvements,” says de Jonge. “With users across every print sector and in every discipline, it is a multi-strand conversation bringing in a massive range of day-to-day production issues. The new 7.0 features we’re previewing at Print 18 represent a huge step change for commercial printers in particular. We’re very excited to hear the reactions of visitors to the booth – quite honestly, we think they’ll be blown away.”

Tilia Labs will be offering both ad-hoc and pre-booked one-to-one demonstrations at Print 18. For more information, write to info@tilialabs.com.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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