New digital front end designed for the N-Series range of digital color presses

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With an aim to target the label industry, Domino Digital Printing Solutions has recently launched a digital front end (DFE) workflow solution designed for the N-Series range of digital color presses. With improved operating speed and streamlined automation, DFEv2.0 maintains compatibility with the latest Esko code base and can work with a number of variable data printing formats. DFEv2.0’s full capabilities will be showcased on the Domino stand at Labelexpo Europe 2017.

“Workflow integration is a fundamental component for an efficient digital printing process that should not be underestimated,” explains Simon Howes, product manager, Digital Printing Solutions at Domino. “The effective management of press time while optimizing print quality needs to be guaranteed, especially for brand-oriented sectors such as labelling and packaging.”

The new screener, Domino ScreenPro, streamlines the workflow by combining several processes into a single JDF workflow, which enhances speed and efficiency as well as enabling full offline variable data printing operation and additional capabilities within DFEv2.0. When compared to DFEv1.2, the increase in job processing speeds is significant, and has a major impact when using multiple page PDF files for variable data printing.

The a new JDF workflow further enhances automation and removes the need for manual file conversions is removed. “While speed and automation are the two features likely to appeal the most to label printers, versatility also has an important role to play,” says Howes. “The new workflow adds the ability to work with various VDP formats, such as multiple page PDF and PDF/VT files for the printing of variable data, barcodes and 2D barcodes, offering the printer a wider range of options to work with.”

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