Tilia Labs Announces AI-Driven Software Technology For HP Indigo Digital Printing

Tilia Labs solutions introduce unique capabilities that can be integrated with HP Indigo presses such as the HP Indigo 35k digital press for short-run folding carton.

Central to the collaboration with HP Indigo is Tilia Labs’ flagship software tilia Phoenix. This planning and imposition software uses AI technology to reduce cost and optimise production in all print segments including packaging, labels, commercial and wide format printing.

Its AI-generated layouts eliminate the need for template-based imposition, instead dynamically adapting to manufacturing requirements and constraints – an innovation that earned tilia Phoenix a 2019 InterTech Award. Designed by Tilia Labs to be powerful and dynamic, tilia Phoenix’s Imposition AI works quickly enough to keep up with the fastest presses on the market. For albelli of The Hague in the Netherlands, this means delivering automated, multi-lane impositions on-the-fly to their HP 50000 Digital Press, printing up to 770 duplex colour/2300 mono pages per minute. By maximising the entire width of the web, tilia Phoenix saves abelli ink and substrate costs without sacrificing time.

‘We have many different kinds of products, all needing different formats and requiring different procedures from the operators,’ said Michael Koval, Software Engineer with albelli. ‘And the more types we have, then the more routes and procedures we have to build into the software. Supporting all that, of course, increases complexity. Performance-wise, Phoenix is better than anything else we have in house. It churns 10 gigabytes of PDFs per minute.’

Cost-based planning and imposition

For the HP Indigo user community, the Tilia Labs partnership presents value-added opportunities in several key market segments including:

Labels and flexible packaging: tilia Phoenix narrow-web label frame and lane optimisation and automation; tilia Aries quick and easy, drag and drop layout creation.

Folding carton: Dynamic nesting and die generation, varnish/coating blanket creation, auto-calculated CAD-based step-and-repeat, intelligent artwork-to-dieline snapping, and die template library with pattern matching to find and re-use inventoried standing dies.

Commercial sheet-fed: dynamic imposition for flat and folded work, template-free just-in-time planning, cost-based evaluation of digital versus conventional, auto-calculation of creep compensation and lips, configurable binding edges, and custom folding patterns via an easy-to-use GUI tool or API.

Commercial web-fed: lane-batching AI algorithm optimises commercial book work by balancing across multiple lanes to utilise the full width of the web, driving down material and click costs.

‘With tilia Phoenix, HP Indigo users benefit from cost-optimised layouts and dynamic imposing on-the-fly. For the first time, print providers can accurately determine the breaking point between conventional and digital printing, maximise press time and materials, and instantaneously reimpose jobs as changes in the production environment dictate,’ said Tilia Labs’ CEO Sagen de Jonge.

Built from the ground up to connect, tilia Phoenix can easily integrate with any workflow or MIS system to enrich job estimation, reduce time in planning, maximise press time, and reduce postpress complexity. Tilia Labs adds HP supported JDF output to streamline job submission to the HP digital front end.

‘We are very excited to establish this powerful relationship with Tilia Labs, offering HP Indigo digital press owners innovation, efficiency and confidence for production challenges, including sophisticated ganging, device profiling and specialised imposition requirements. For print service providers these values translate to bottom line production cost savings and better utilisation of their printing equipment,’ said Patrick Canfield, R&D Programme Manager, Strategic Accounts, HP Indigo.

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