Tilia Labs/Cerm – Teaming up for label printers

CANADA • As part of a strategy of integrating with key technology partners, Tilia Labs, a developer of planning, imposition, and automation software solutions for the graphic arts industries, has announced a new partnership to benefit label printers. In a development with Cerm, a renown MIS provider to this sector, the two companies will cooperate to offer integrated prepress capabilities dedicated to maximizing efficiencies in label print production on an ongoing basis.
The initial result of the collaboration is a new, seamless integration between Cerm MIS and tilia Phoenix ganging capabilities to deliver a “Plug and Play” solution for optimizing sheetfed label production workflow, from design through to distribution.

Tilia Labs’ flagship imposition solution, tilia Phoenix, draws on new developments in artificial intelligence (AI) in automating planning and imposition for all types of devices and print applications. At its hub is Imposition AI, a set of tools and protocols designed to search across millions of possibilities to calculate the most cost-effective ganging and nesting combinations for up to 1000 orders at a time. The system factors in parameters, such as job specifications (quantity, dimensions, colors, substrates), presses/print devices, postpress requirements, and delivery considerations, to deliver optimal layout options.


In the combined solution, the Cerm MIS interfaces directly to Phoenix as to an intelligent “black box”, without the need to switch back and forth between applications. A group of individual orders can be ganged in the most competitive way, based upon the calculation of total production costs. The preferred ‘option’ can be stored during estimation and re-used for repeat production runs, even allowing individual elements within the template to be  swapped for identically shaped labels. If significant changes are called for, the gang-sheet can be opened, elements can be replaced or added and then re-ganged. When a final option has been selected, tilia Phoenix generates print-ready ganged layouts and imposition JDF instructions. Due to Cerm’s existing integration with Esko Automation Engine, the Phoenix JDFs will automatically drive Esko’s platemaking, offering additional time and cost savings to the print shop.

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