Label management software integration speeds up digital finishing

A customer came to us with an interesting problem this year – Innovative Labeling Solutions (ILS) of Hamilton, OH, has a very busy digital label printing division that is growing fast. ILS has been using the JDF integration between Label Traxx and Esko Automation Engine to streamline their prepress department for several years. With productivity optimized in prepress, the volume of job changes required in their digital department wasn't a problem on press, but it was creating a bottleneck in the finishing department.

ILS started thinking about laser die cutting technology, but realized the laser technology was only part of the picture in optimizing finishing. If you visited the ABG stand at Labelexpo in Chicago, you will have seen the latest Digilase laser die cutting technology. We worked alongside ILS, Esko and ABG International on a project with the aim of speeding up job changeover and increasing throughput through the company’s digital finishing department.

The integration enables the Digilase die cutter to pre-process the job in advance so that when a barcode printed on the web is scanned, the digital finisher knows which job it is running, is ready to cut the correct die line and the slitting knives are positioned automatically. Job changeover is much faster and downtime on the finishing machine is minimized. The integration uses data that is passed from Label Traxx to Automation Engine and then the Digilase. It uses Label Traxx's new API module which available in Version 8. Check out our video to see the digital laser finisher in action and click here if you would like to read more detail on the integration.