Fujifilm and Tilia Labs enter a new distribution partnership in North America

Fujifilm will sell Tilia Labs’ CAD-based nesting and imposition technology

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Tilia Phoenix planning and imposition software uses AI technology
Tilia Phoenix planning and imposition software uses AI technology

Canada’s Tilia Labs, a developer of planning, imposition, and Artificially Intelligent software solutions and Fujifilm North America Graphic Systems Division have entered in a new distribution partnership in North America. Fujifilm will sell Tilia Labs’ CAD-based nesting and imposition technology to complement its J Press digital printer for short-run packaging and commercial print applications.

The agreement means Fujifilm now represents Tilia Labs on three continents and becomes the Tilia Labs’ largest global distribution partner.

“For our customers, it’s about bringing a unique solution to the challenges presented by short run packaging. To be profitable in this area, manufacturers must find ways to automate the CAD layout and imposition process that is typically very time consuming and manual,” comments George Folickman, director of sales for Tilia Labs. “Our combined solution enables these manufacturers to leverage the J Press platform for shorter runs and faster turnaround that otherwise wouldn’t be profitable.”

Tilia Phoenix planning and imposition software uses AI technology to reduce waste and optimize production in all print segments including packaging, labels, commercial, and wide format printing. Its AI-generated layouts eliminate the need for template-based imposition, instead dynamically adapting to manufacturing requirements and constraints.

For folding carton and commercial printers, Tilia Phoenix offers features like inventorying die layouts, automatically nesting and populating dies based on quantities, and imposing traditional commercial print work.

For those with both digital and conventional capabilities, Tilia Phoenix Imposition AI quickly evaluates the most cost-effective way to run a set of jobs taking into consideration press costs, ink coverage, make ready, change overs, and converting.

Tilia Phoenix can be integrated into Fujifilm XMF or other workflows and MIS systems to deliver faster estimates, reduce prepress time, and minimize waste.

According to Fujifilm, the J Press prints 3,600 sheets per hour, for both static and variable jobs with a
maximum sheet size of 23” x 29.5” (585mm x 750mm) running both coated and uncoated standard offset stock. The J Press handles typical folding carton stocks from 8-24 point, as well as offset stocks as thin as 60 lb. text, and output can be easily converted with diecutting, embossing and foiling applications.

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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