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Pre-checking of Files That Will be Printed and Finished Utilizing Inline and Near Line Finishing for Digital Printers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132437D
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

Print shops using inline and near line finishing occasionally experience print production processing limitations which would not be expected based on their documentation and training. This disclosure describes a pre-checking tool which can assess each finisher's processing constraint against the job demographics, and alert the operator of an error or warning condition which might impact production processing.

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Pre-checking of Files That Will be Printed and Finished Utilizing Inline and Near Line Finishing for Digital Printers

Print shops using inline and near line finishing occasionally experience print production processing limitations which would not be expected based on their documentation and training.  This leaves to print shop to discover these problems during a production run causing waste, excessive downtime, and service support.  Key physical attributes at issue are paper type, coating, weight, grain direction, thickness and dimension.  Key workflow attributes at issue are and document size (dimensions and number of pages) and document formatting (e.g. 1-N vs. N-1, imposition, simplex vs. duplex, etc.)

This disclosure describes a pre-checking tool which can assess each finisher’s processing constraint against the job demographics, and alert the operator of an error or warning condition which might impact production processing.

Example 1. Signature booklet maker - Given a paper type, the paper thickness can be determined and based on the number of sheets in the set, it can be determined if the set is too thick to be stapled and folded.

Example 2. Perfect Binder – Given the paper coating and plex of the cover processing, the user can be alerted of a potential adhesion problem.

Example 3. Book Factory – Given final trim size, it can be determined if the spine is too short to be bound or the trim edges are too short or long to be trimmed.

The tool would be run prior ...