Kongsberg ties up PrintFactory for software

PF’s integrated production suite tailored for Kongsberg cutting tables

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Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (Kongsberg PCS) announced a new partnership agreement with software supplier PrintFactory.

In October this year, Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (Kongsberg PCS) announced a new partnership agreement with software supplier PrintFactory, with an integrated production suite specifically tailored for innovative Kongsberg cutting tables. “This is a very exciting announcement for us as it marks the first software agreement we’ve entered into since becoming a standalone business earlier this year,” said Stuart Fox, president of Kongsberg PCS. “At that time, we declared our intention to work with other leaders in the field, and this is the first of what we expect to be numerous such partnerships that will further deliver excellence to our customers around the world.”

PrintFactory is a production suite for the print and finishing industry, comprising workflow software that handles repetitive tasks using network apps, smart tools and XML instructions to increase production speed. “PrintFactory achieves this while also being focused on color management with their smarter RIP, powered by a world-class color engine, for perfect large format digital prints,” said Stuart. “With Editor, Layout, Printstation, just-in-time tools and cloud components, the new integrated software can be used in combination with the Kongsberg i-cut Production Console (IPC) to allow prepress corrections to original files in almost any format.”

Erik Strik, chief executive officer of PrintFactory, said that with the Editor tool, fonts, color corrections and layout changes can be made without the need for expensive third-party design apps. “Access to PrintFactory Layout means that manufacturers can now print and cut, nest and create double-sided jobs. It handles white generation and specialty colors and includes special tools for various segments – an all-in-one tool for preparing jobs,” he said. “Printstation helps with workload balancing and gives teams more control over production, making distributing the load easier, while the Just-in-Time Nesting tool allows users to make smart, automatic changes or manual adjustments to jobs up to the last second, without slowing down production.”

The new integrated software includes several features specific to Kongsberg users, including – Ability to export files as zipped JDF (Job Definition Format) for cutting – QR code support for automated workflow in Kongsberg’s iPC, Offset to first registration mark for automatic production and correct cut file orientation, and, Substrate name is included in the cut file for ‘Material is key’ function in iPC.

“This is just the first stage of integration between this leading workflow solution and our own iPC,” said Stuart. “We have plans to work with PrintFactory on a number of additional features in the coming months, to further enhance the quality of production that customers can expect from their Kongsberg cutting tables and tools.”

Erik Strik added, “We are delighted to have partnered with Kongsberg PCS to ensure our production suite integrates with their state-of-the-art cutting solutions, and we look forward to making PrintFactory workflow software available to even more customers around the world.”

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.

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