We have a feeling that most of the visitors at Fespa Hamburg probably went mainly to check out new machinery. But as the devices get bigger and faster, the workflow solutions need to become much more efficient to keep the printers going. So, in this story we have tried to gauge what’s new on the software side of digital large format production.
There are many RIP systems on the market, but only a few that are dedicated to large format production. One RIP solutions vendor with a background in commercial printing and proofing is Agfa, and with its large format devices it has poured much of this experience and know-how into its dedicated large format RIP system Asanti. It's now a mature product in version 3, and recently some features for more automated production have been added. For example, when tiling is needed for oversized banners or billboards that extend beyond the maximum printing width, mounting instructions will now be generated automatically. Asanti can be used with printers other than from Agfa Graphics, and also integrates with a range of MIS and WtP systems.
Barbieri were at the show and demonstrated its spectrophotometers. Barbieri is more and more recognized for having solutions especially adopted for large format production and measurements on ‘tricky’ media like textiles, film and glass.