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Label Traxx digital file planner dramatically reduces prepress time

Press release from the issuing company

Milwaukee, WI - Label Traxx Version 5.6-now in beta testing and scheduled for full release later in 2010 by Tailored Solutions, the developer-dramatically reduces file preparation time for label printers using both conventional and digital presses, including the HP Indigo W6000.  The Label Traxx digital file planner enables prepress operators to automatically arrange grouped labels into files or plates for press and reduces prepress processing time by 90 percent or more in most cases.

Commenting on the new software capability, Tailored Solutions president Ken Meinhardt said: "When a label printer moves to digital print, they typically process more short-run orders.  In many cases, each order may contain a number of SKUs, or variants of the same product, and the customer may order varying quantities of each SKU.  Typically, prepress operators must spend a great deal of time calculating the most efficient way to "gang" those labels across the web into files or plates, to minimize splicing and the number of overs produced.  In many cases, prepress can become a severe bottleneck in the digital workflow.

"At the click of the button, the Label Traxx digital file planner automatically organizes the order into files according to the order quantity.  The prepress operator then has the flexibility to fine-tune the file format even further by hand.  When the file planner is used in combination with the Label Traxx JDF module and Esko/Artwork Automation Engine 10 (formerly BackStage), the prepress operator can then click one  button to send the file plan automatically to the Esko/Artwork software, which create the stepped files that will be sent to press.  Because Label Traxx creates the file plan so quickly and effortlessly, last-minute changes from one press to another-for example, from an HP WS4500 to a WS6000-are no problem. Reformatting the file takes mere seconds."

Label Traxx recently conducted a series of comprehensive tests to determine the actual time savings digital press owners could realize using the new workflow.   Label Traxx Sales Manager Dorothy Asboth commented: "Our tests indicate that printers using digital presses such as the HP Indigo W6000 can reduce by more than 90 percent the time required to enter a complex order, complete job planning, and transfer the job to the press.  The Label Traxx digital file planner is currently installed at beta sites, was debuted at the Digital Label Summit in Barcelona in late June, and will be demonstrated at Labelexpo Americas in Chicago in September."

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