Esko - 6/22/2010
EskoArtwork i-cut Suite Streamlines Entire Workflow for Large Format
Digital Print and Finishing Market
EskoArtwork (www.esko.com) announces i-cut Suite, the expanded collection of pre-production software
targeted specifically at users of large format digital printers and/or digital finishing systems. The different modules
of i-cut Suite provide such companies with all essential tools to deliver sign & display products with optimal
efficiency and productivity, regardless of the type, source and variety of the incoming job information.
"Shops producing signs and displays using large format digital devices often receive files that have not been
properly prepared, often containing errors or missing information," explains Ruben Cagnie, EskoArtwork Product
Manager Sign & Display. "Without the proper workflow tools, such deficiencies lead to costly losses of time and
materials. Using the i-cut software modules however, potential issues are caught and resolved at the beginning
of the workflow, resulting in a smooth and cost-effective manufacturing process."
A rich toolkit addressing a broad spectrum of applications
The i-cut Suite is part of the EskoArtwork Suite 10 and builds on the company's extensive experience with
advanced pre-production and workflow solutions in packaging and commercial printing.
i-cut Preflight handles efficient preflighting of incoming PDF data, thus ensuring that jobs will RIP and print correctly.
Any potential issue is automatically detected and reported in detail. A set of interactive tools makes it possible to
apply corrections without having to have access to the native design application. I-cut Preflight is based on
Enfocus technology, the leader in PDF preflight and checking technology and also a company of EskoArtwork.
i-cut Layout is the fundamental module for interactively building and editing sheet layouts, saving printing time
and increasing substrate utilization. Nesting of individual pieces can follow multiple strategies. For 'minimum
waste', different jobs will be grouped on one sheet for optimal material usage. 'Maximum productivity', best for
high quantity orders, creates as many identical sheets as possible to reduce setup times for printing and finishing.
The 'minimum cuts' approach will optimize the finishing process by allowing cutting in slices across the material;
this is ideal for rectangular designs or for manual finishing with a guillotine.
In all cases, there is full integration with the i-cut Vision Pro control system for accurate die-less cutting.
Registration marks and barcodes are added, and operator setup time at the finishing station is reduced to a
Users with more specific requirements can easily upgrade to advanced modules:
* The module for Structural Design offers direct integration with standard structural design programs. It reads
common CAD data formats like DXF, CFF2, PDF and native ArtiosCAD. A built-in 3D viewer enables checking
the design visually or exporting a 3D PDF file. Using the powerful and brand-new 'box builder' function, boxes
can be created by just entering the dimensions, saving time e.g. when creating custom corrugated shipping
* When the graphic design comes in without a cutting path defined, the module for Graphics Preparation will
create such a cutting contour for both vector and image files. Automatic bleed generation is available to eliminate
disturbing blank spaces between the printed design and the cutting contour. Special finishing or other marks can
also be added to the sheet.
* Finally, the module for True Shape Nesting gives access to an additional level of material optimization when
dealing with irregular shapes. The nesting of individual pieces will no longer be based on the bounding box
surrounding the design, but fully take into account any unused material outside the cutting contour.
Dedicated professional tools for a fast growing market
EskoArtwork presents a complete offering for the large format digital print and finishing market, Studio and
ArtiosCAD software for creative design, i-cut Suite for the production workflow, and Kongsberg cutting tables
for digital finishing.
"The new i-cut Suite reflects the needs of today's professional large format digital printing and finishing market",
concludes Nicolai Gradman, EskoArtwork Senior Vice President CAM & Supply Chain. "Many shops have made
significant investments in equipment, but are not always aware of innovative workflow tools to reduce operator time,
eliminate waste and generally make the process less expensive. With the i-cut Suite, we are shaping the future of
our customers business. We offer them a highly effective tool that immediately delivers tangible benefits."