At this year’s Fespa Global Print Expo in Munich from 23 to 26 May, software manufacturer OneVision demonstrated a wide range of use cases for wide format printing. Automation projects from the segments out-of-home advertising, vehicle wrapping, interior, photo products and stickers will be featured, among others.
Print service providers operating in the wide format sector rely on diversity not only in terms of product range and materials. Their system landscape is also increasingly heterogeneous. Various systems are used for job and file entry as well as different machines for printing, finishing and embellishment. To connect these and create an efficient workflow, a seamless integration of the systems is crucial. This is exactly what OneVision Software, as one of the leading automation experts, supports printing companies worldwide with, a company release published on its website said.
Smooth production processes with wide format automation suite
As a flexible and powerful automation software, OneVision’s Wide Format Automation Suite can be connected to any system via structured data exchange. Countless connections to common hardware components (such as Canon, swissQprint, HP, EFI, ColorGATE, Epson, Summa, Zünd, Kongsberg, Colex, OptiScout, Fotoba,…) and popular software systems (such as Multipress, Navision, Obility,…) as well as customized software solutions are already available and can be expanded at any time.
As a middleware, the software not only automates the entire production process from file input to printing and finishing, but also integrates a wide variety of systems and enables file exchange. Depending on requirements, individual steps can be automated or checkpoints can be integrated. Tools specially tailored to the needs of wide format printers prepare the files optimally and automatically for production. Intelligent nesting/ganging and tiling/paneling as well as a flexible cut line management ensure an optimal substrate utilization.
New perspectives for wide format printers with OneVision automation
Following the Fespa 2023 motto ‘New Perspectives’, the OneVision team will take visitors on the ‘Road to Automation’ on booth B2-B05. Visitors can also look forward to insights into the latest software version of the automation expert. A newly developed station concept will provide print service providers with even more support in production control.
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.