PrintFactory announces key partnership with Fotoba

PrintFactory marks & barcodes automate Fotoba XLA cutters

Fotoba's new XLA 170 features fully automatic vertical blade positioning
Fotoba's new XLA 170 features fully automatic vertical blade positioning

Since 1974, Fotoba International has been the leader in developing and manufacturing finishing equipment for digital printing, wallpaper, and textile application. Fotoba’s core business is automatic devices mainly applied to the wide format finishing world. Several patented ideas distinguish Fotoba, including  Digitrim, the XLD Series, Multi Cutter, and much more. 

PrintFactory’s workflow supports Fotoba cutters. Cutting marks can be generated and printed in both automated and interactive environments, including the XLA Series – Fotoba’s answer to further optimize finishing. The relevant job data is placed directly on the print, and the Fotoba XLA reads this information to cut everything in the correct final format. Whether single or multiple-up, the side knives automatically move to the right position.

PrintFactory’s workflow software includes device-link oriented, feature-rich tools that make life easier for teams working on the production floor – an editing package to speed up production, nesting and tiling tools that deliver the best possible layouts, with complete manual control; and a world-class color engine that can guarantee the correct color, across all media, and devices. In addition, the software has been designed to be ‘one click’ wherever possible, with in-app tools that make life easier for users. 

PrintFactory’s RIP-based software connects multi-manufacturer environments seamlessly, and the workflow software supports over 2,000 printers and cutters. With PrintFactory, Fotoba customers can automatically nest jobs and create layouts that communicate automatically with the knife positions. This seamless integration of automatic knife adjustment allows for variable sizes and, most importantly, it has more incredible speed and efficiency. 

Fotoba & PrintFactory partner to redeploy manpower

“This is a great partnership for us as it extends the Automation capabilities of our workflow to include finishing. By automating the elements of a large format printer’s operation that unnecessarily take up time and lose the business money in the process, business owners can redeploy the manpower involved getting the team to focus on things like maintenance instead, or for example—building the business. Doing more jobs, better, faster – for more customers,” said  Erik Strik, CEO of PrintFactory.

“Working in partnership with RIP manufacturers allows existing and new customers to improve and diversify their production with Fotoba finishing systems. PrintFactory added the new cut marks and barcode generation for the Fotoba XLA cutter to help their customer enhance automation and drastically reduce human intervention in the cutting process. It is a great opportunity for companies looking to optimize their production costs,” Luca Bruson, Vice President Marketing of Fotoba.

In general, PrintFactory software is delivered via a network of distributors worldwide – it has increased productivity, guarantees lower ink costs with no detriment to print quality, improves margins thanks to reduced waste media, and ensures consistent color, time after time. In addition, the company’s partnerships with device manufacturers bode well for standard markets and industrial-scale operations.  

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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