New from Xeikon is Vectorizor, a software add-on to the company’s X-800 digital front-end said to bring the integration of digital press technology and laser diecutting devices “to the next level, creating new opportunities to further automate label production and increase productivity”. The patent pending Vectorizor enables the digital front-end to generate, next to the printable bitmaps, diecut files that can be used to connect to laser diecutting devices.
“Automation and integration are key in making the most out of digital printing,” says Jeroen Van Bauwel, Xeikon’s director of product marketing. “Now that laser diecutting is coming of age, there is a need to drive the diecutter automatically. Vectorizor is the perfect tool for doing that.”
From JDF or PDF files generated by a Management Information System (MIS) or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, the X-800 front-end creates vector-based files to drive laser diecutting devices. These files contain the shape of ‘frames’ and are transferred to the laser diecutting device. At the same time, barcodes are printed next to the labels telling the diecutting system which of the vector based shapes to use. Because every label can have a different shape, in the complete workflow, only the digital front-end ‘knows’ what labels are positioned where on the web.
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