Océ Demonstrates Package Prototyping Application at Print 09
Océ Arizona 350 XT UV flatbed printer and Océ ProCut digital cutting tables produce on-demand package prototypes on a variety of rigid and flexible media
September 10, 2009, Chicago, IL At Print 09 in Chicago, September 11-16, 2009, Océ will demonstrate how new digital technologies can advance packaging prototyping. In its booth 1863, Océ will show how the Océ Arizona® 350 XT UV flatbed printer and the Océ ProCut digital cutting table key elements of the complete, integrated Océ Streamlined Workflow system can be used to create package prototypes quickly and accurately.
Widely employed in the display graphics industry to create exhibits and point-of-purchase displays, the Océ Streamlined Workflow system can offer the same benefits of producing quick and accurate structural prototypes to design groups and packaging companies. Working with Arden Software, Océ will demonstrate how Arden's IMPACT software can easily fit into the entire workflow to design, print and finish a package prototype. IMPACT software is a design package specifically written for print and packaging companies, display manufacturers and die makers. It includes dedicated tools for structural design, product development, virtual prototyping and manufacturing.
From design to finished prototype in minutes
The demonstration includes package prototypes designed in Arden's IMPACT structural design software that provides support for solid board, in corrugated or point of purchase displays. It assists users in setting up and completing complex projects with ease. Its intuitive drawing tools, a large library of pre-programmed and reusable design styles, an intelligent layout feature, and realistic 3D modeling capabilities combine to make IMPACT software one of the most usable, efficient and productive design packages on the market.
Visitors to the Océ booth will see firsthand how the finished design file is imported into the Océ ProCut system, where the dielines are assigned to the appropriate cutting/creasing tools. A bar code and registration marks are added. The cut data is sent to the Océ ProCut digital cutting table. The print data (including bar code and registration marks) is sent to the ONYX® ProductionHouse RIP workstation for processing, then forwarded to the Océ Arizona 350 XT UV flatbed printer. Once printing is complete, the operator moves the finished piece to the Océ ProCut table, scans the barcode and initiates cutting. The Océ ProCut system retrieves the cut/crease data, and the prototype is automatically finished. What once took hours is now done in minutes.
The Océ Streamlined Workflow eliminates common errors made when a prototype is created manually, often in the cutting stage. Designers and packaging companies can print as many prototypes as needed for focus groups and client presentations even create custom short runs for test markets and be assured that every piece will be consistent in color and fit. Most importantly, the restriction of printing on white paperboard is eliminated. With the Océ Arizona 350 XT printer plus the White Ink and Roll Media Options, users can print on nearly any rigid or flexible media of any color, up to two inches thick. Printing on the actual package substrate is possible using the Océ system.
The Océ Streamlined Workflow
The Océ Streamlined Workflow combines an Océ Arizona Series UV flatbed printer with the Océ ProCut cutter and sophisticated workflow software to manage cutting and nesting, plus the ONYX ProductionHouse RIP a full ICC and Pantone®-certified RIP to process the graphics. The system addresses the very same issues in producing packaging prototypes as it does in the display graphics industry. The overall process is streamlined. Changes to the structural design and graphics can now be quickly realized on the final stock and with cost-effective press-proof quality results.
About the Océ Arizona 350 XT printer
The spectacularly large Océ Arizona 350 XT is a UV flatbed inkjet printer with near-photographic image quality and white ink support for printing on rigid or flexible media. The extra width of the Océ Arizona 350 XT printer enables it to be used in a continuous imaging mode for rigid media up to 49.2 by 98.4 inches, or a standard 4- by 8-foot board. With the Roll Media Option installed, users can print onto flexible media up to 87 inches wide. The media roll can be unloaded at any time without interrupting rigid printing, and there is no down time to reconfigure the system to change from one print mode to the other. The available White Ink Option enables under-printing for non-white media or objects, over-printing for applications on transparent media and printing white as a spot color.
About the Océ ProCut System
The Océ ProCut system includes a range of Océ ProCut Digital Cutting Tables to automate cutting operations, Océ ProCut Software for preparing the cut data in a seamless workflow, and expert pre- and post-installation service and support. It can be used to optimize basic trimming tasks for rigid substrates such as hard and soft foam board, plastic material, acrylic and styrene, and flexible media including paper, film, vinyl and fabric. It can also be used to finish more complex jobs such as contour-cut point-of-purchase displays, production-quantity decals, and structural projects such as package prototyping.
Member of the Paperboard Packaging Council
Océ North America is a member of the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) and is actively working with the association to inform associates of the new technologies that can be used to streamline the production of high quality packaging prototypes.
Océ Display Graphics Systems
Océ Display Graphics Systems is a leading provider of professional, large format solutions for indoor and outdoor color display graphics applications. Océ solutions are specifically designed to enhance the revenue and profit opportunities for service providers by combining hardware with workflow software and the expertise to help companies expand into digital large format color. From extremely high-quality UV flatbed printers to outdoor-durable roll-based systems, Océ offers a total solution including hardware, software, imaging supplies, finishing systems, applications expertise, hardware support and financing. Customers benefit in working with a full-service partner they can count on to help their businesses grow.
Océ is a leading international provider of digital document management technology and services. The company's solutions are based on Océ's advanced software applications that deliver documents and data over internal networks and the Internet to printing devices and archives locally and around the world. Supporting the workflow solutions are Océ digital printers and scanners, considered the most reliable and productive in the world. Océ also offers a wide range of display graphics, consulting and outsourcing solutions.
Océ employs around 23,000 people, with 2008 revenues of approximately $4.3 billion, operates in around 100 countries and maintains research and manufacturing centers in the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Romania and Singapore. Océ North America is headquartered in Trumbull, CT, with additional business units in Chicago, IL; New York City; Boca Raton, FL; Salt Lake City, UT and Vancouver, BC. North American revenues represented approximately half of Océ’s worldwide business in 2008, and employment is approximately 10,000. For more information about Océ, visit www.oceusa.com. Outside the U.S., consult http://global.oce.com.
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