Optimize the technical aspects of the file for the digital press or printer on which it will be processed.
Create the most appropriate imposition for files on a specific printing machine
The machine can cut, groove and mill hard materials, which makes it an excellent choice for sign and display materials
To generate semi-finish products into end products.
Kongsberg iXL 24 table
Optimise the technical aspects of the file for the digital press or printer on which it will be processed.
Create the most appropriate imposition for files on a specific printing machineThe machine can cut, groove and mill hard materials, which makes it an excellent choice for sign and display materials
In fact our company is a pioneer when it comes to the acquisition of new print and finishing systems
Triakon uses i-Cut Suite as service tool
One of the most advanced sign and display production companies in Belgium is based in Edegem near Antwerp. The company, which has a strong focus on technology, has an extensive client base that includes design agencies, retail chains and a number of other companies that require digital printing and sign and display work.
By Ton Rombout
Their requirements are met using a range of large format and digital print systems. The Kongsberg iXL 24 table and i-Cut Suite software, which Triakon purchased last year, turn the many semi-finished products generated by these printers into end products.
Initially the technical aspects of client supplied files are checked using i-Cut Preflight in the Triakon prepress department, where graphics files are also prepared for the most efficient processing method in the Triakon workflow. Where necessary text changes are implemented and spot colours prepared. "Editing boxes is also easier in this program than in, for example, PitStop which is intended more for primary inspections", emphasises the prepress manager Jef Maerevoet. "Obviously we also use several action lists, for instance to automate the conversion from RGB to CMYK. The use of action lists enables us to abbreviate repeated actions as we don’t need to enter the same settings time and again."
Overall Triakon is quite happy with the way in which clients supply files. Half of its clientele supply in PDF, whereas the other half supply open files that can usually be processed quite satisfactorily. "Using i-Cut Preflight we can optimise the technical aspects of the file for the digital press or printer on which it will be processed. Of course pre-flighting is part of our service to our customers. They are only too happy that we can prevent those small errors that sometimes still occur during preparation," comments Managing Director Lieven de Schamphelaere.
The second part of the i-Cut Suite is referred to as i-Cut Layout (formerly SignUp). Dirk Poels, who is in charge of the print fleet, maintains that it plays a vital role during preparation. "This program enables us to create the most appropriate imposition for files on a specific printing machine. The necessary coordinates for the cutting paths for finishing are inserted. The files are positioned on the material to ensure that we can maximise its use on the print system on which it will be processed. We also enter additional positioning markings for finishing on the Kongsberg."
Cutting, milling, groove milling…
The Kongsberg iXL 24 is a true all-rounder when it comes to finishing at Triakon. Dirk Poels lists its capabilities. "The machine can cut, groove and mill hard materials, which makes it an excellent choice for sign and display materials. It can also semi-cut vinyl for tailor made curved shapes. We use the machine for small runs of cardboard boxes and paper packaging, in which the cardboard has to be grooved and cut. Finally, we also use the Kongsberg to cut CAD shapes from paper and cardboard, with the added advantage that we can leave the small parts attached to the material so that they do not end up in the machine. With a CAD cutting machine the parts could come away and risk blocking the machine."
When asked about the applications of each print system Dirk Poels provides a complete overview of the machines and explains how the semi-finished products from the print system are processed on the Kongsberg iXL 24.
On the VuteK QS 3200 large format flatbed machine, Triakon mainly processes Forex and hard dibond panels. Depending on the application, they are then milled into shapes for signs and displays on the Kongsberg, or the dibond is grooved to create the folds for displays. Sometimes this includes the printing of cardboard, which is then cut or grooved and shaped into boxes.
Triakon prints various types of paper on the Canon 6000 to produce invitations, wobblers, labels, seasons greetings, business cards and other, which are already impositioned and are cut out on the Kongsberg. The table can also cut 'internal' shapes - a method, which according to Dirk Poels, generates even better results than a laser cutter. "This method definitely does not produce burnt edges."
Triakon uses the HP Z6100 mainly for paper posters, which are cut to size by a cutter on the Kongsberg. The Xeikon 6500 is the ideal machine to print large banners – maximum 50 cm digitally from rolls. Triakon also employs this machine to produce small runs of product dummies on a paper thickness of, for example, 300 or 350 gram. The Kongsberg is used for small punching jobs and the cutting of banners and dummies as well. In February of this year Triakon acquired an HP Latex 25500 large format printer, which is frequently used for labels, which are then cut to size on the Kongsberg iXL 24.
Lieven de Schamphelaere, educated as an engineer, has been running the company together with his brothers since 2001. His father Lucien de Schamphelaere founded the company Triakon in 1997 when he retired from Xeikon. He earlier founded Xeikon and was also focused on technology. In addition to its production side Triakon also has a small development section. "Our company continues with its research into the possibilities of ionography", explains Lieven de Schamphelaere, "a process in which the print is created with ion deposition rather than light. The advantage of this technology is that, contrary to electrophotography, it is not limited to a width of 50 cm, as is the case with the Xeikon. Who knows, you may well hear about us again."
He continues: "In fact our company is a pioneer when it comes to the acquisition of new print and finishing systems, including inkjet, latex, UV, water based, electrophotography - you name it. We are a new, hi-tech enterprise. We were never involved in offset or screen printing. We are passionate about technology. We feel we owe it to our clients. The most significant aspect of our approach is the interaction with our clientele. We ‘check and check again’ when we receive material, as a result of which our clients know they can rely on us. Service requires an in-depth knowledge of the technology in question and the ability to solve problems."