OneVision, which develops workflow software, has teamed up with Cerm, which has created a MIS specifically for the labelling sector. The two vendors are working on a technical-based collaboration to integrate their software to enable an automated end-to-end workflow for label production.
This will support both traditional and digital narrow web label printers with direct connectivity between the Cerm MIS and OneVision’s Label Automation Suite. Essentially, the Label Automation suite will sit between the MIS and the RIP/DFE taking job orders from the MIS to automatically prepare print data and finishing. Either of the two software systems can actuate the printing press.
It will also allow special functions such as nesting, a cut line manager and a barcode generator as well as the creation of white and varnish masks to allow automated preparation for finishing and embellishment.
It also includes integrated production planning that enables collective printing of cross-customer jobs. The print-ready file can then be printed, sent out and invoiced through the Cerm solution.
The two companies have said they will demonstrate this workflow on the Screen stand at Label Expo, which is a little strange given that Cerm is a subsidiary of Heidelberg and you might have expected to see them on the Gallus stand.