Tilia Labs is to show off the latest version of its Phoenix software at next month’s Label Expo show in Chicago, USA. The Phoenix software is used for automated planning and imposition, generating print-ready layouts and JDF or die instructions, for all devices in the production chain.
It uses artificial intelligence and can take into account various parameters such as job specifications, including quantity, dimensions, colours and substrates, as well as presses/print devices, postpress requirements and delivery considerations.
The new version 7 has a number of improvements, mainly around automated postpress planning and imposition, including folding, binding, stitching, and cut and stack processes. There’s a new folding pattern library with standard folding patterns such as common JDF formats. There’s also the ability to create bespoke customized folding patterns through an easy and intuitive graphical interface. It can also group products to support book binding and assembly.
Sagen de Jonge, CEO of Tilia Labs, says that many commercial printers are already using Phoenix, adding: “Folding, stitching and binding was the missing piece of the puzzle. The developments in Phoenix 7.0 close the loop in commercial production.”
There’s also better support for label printers with the planning now based around creating lanes for web presses. Tilia claims that Phoenix can reduce substrate consumption in minutes, including combining items of differing sizes and shapes in the same lane. There are new custom properties and grouping rules to give users greater flexibility to set combination preferences for lanes and standing dies.
It can also generate layouts for making dies or for digital laser cutters. In addition, users can set the lead-in and lead-out for each label to be planned and apply dynamic marks such as barcodes, and eye marks. Tilia has also improved the overall performance and enhanced the Imposition AI engine.
De Jonge explained: “For 7.0 we’ve worked closely with customers and technology partners to identify and refine the requirements that can deliver the next significant step up for narrow-web printing. Label printers’ requirements are quite unique, operating with many product versions and short runs. The speed of Phoenix was never in question, but we’ve focused on adding more versatility for label printers to create their own customized processes, both for regular types of production runs and those combining unique shapes and applications.”
Phoenix 7 also gains some features for wide format printing, including extended support for finishing devices with addition of ZCC output for Zund systems as well as DXF CAD output for many other devices. It can also cope with artwork tiling, with multiple options for controlling tile sizes, placement order, overlaps, gaps and glue areas.