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Production planning and automated imposition
Author(s): Chris Tuijn
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Paper Abstract

The production planning in a printing organization is quite complex since there are many parameters to consider such as the work to be done, the available devices and the available resources. Printed products such as books, magazines, leaflets etc. all consist of sections that will be printed on a press sheet. After printing, the sheets will be folded and cut. As a last step, the different sections belonging to the same product will be collected and bound together (glued, stapled, stitched etc.). In the prepress environment, one traditionally uses special imposition templates to identify how the pages should be imposed on the press sheet. The main drawback of this approach is that one needs to remake imposition templates each time a parameter has been changed. A new approach to overcome this problem has been proposed by the CIP4 graphic standards organization and consists of specifying a so-called stripping specification of the sections on the sheet. In addition to the stripping information, one also can specify how the sections can be combined physically. This is done in the so-called assembly specification. Both stripping and assembly allow defining unambiguously how a product can be produced. In the first part of the paper, we will explain in detail how the stripping and assembly specification can be used to further automate the prepress, printing and finishing processes. In the second part, we will discuss how the production planning itself can be automated. This assumes an in-depth knowledge of the device characteristics (press and finishing equipment) and the available resources (plates, paper, ink).

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 January 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6493, Color Imaging XII: Processing, Hardcopy, and Applications, 64930W (29 January 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.704045
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Chris Tuijn, Agfa Graphics (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6493:
Color Imaging XII: Processing, Hardcopy, and Applications
Reiner Eschbach; Gabriel G. Marcu, Editor(s)

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