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OaaS: Optimization as a Service

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In any flexible manufacturing environment, like a Print Service Provider (PSP), there are fixed cost, related to job handling and machine set-up/cleaning. The Print Production is a complex environment where resources, devices and print jobs need to be coordinate and optimized to increase productivity and/or reduce cost.

The inefficiencies can be significantly reduced, if production is analyzed as a whole and jobs are subject to optimization steps that streamline their production. The most common optimizations that can be performed are:

• Planning. This allows identifying the required steps to produce the job, given the set of currently available devices.

• Ganging. This operation physically places more than one job on a printed sheet or roll, enabling to significantly reduce job handling costs, paper waste and, if applicable mailing costs.

• Batching. This operation serializes the order in which several jobs are processed. This tends to minimize the set-up and cleaning time at various devices, increasing efficiency.

The proposed approach eliminates the need of having such optimization components installed at the PSP premises providing a Pay-as-You-Go solution [1] as well as leveraging 3rd parties data and capabilities.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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