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Intuitive and Scalable Operational Simulation of PSP

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Medium-sized commercial Print Service Providers (PSP) are adopting digital technologies to improve their capabilities and to manage the production more efficiently. A workflow solution that encompasses the entire system from pre-press to shipping is therefore needed. An important component of this future workflow is a mobile platform that enables anyone from the management down to the operators to visualize, understand and interact with the collected information or with the operational intelligence engine. We present a software application solution built on open source software that can be used to simulate what-if scenarios for pre-sale of large digital printing presses and for manufacturing operations monitoring and control. The end-user creates models of his PSP and scenarios using an intuitive web-based application. The application interacts with the back-end cloud based SaaS to run user generated Ptolemy models, optimization engines and data storage. The user can then compare results and make more informed decision on his print operation. The solution was built with the end-user in mind by being both intuitive and scalable.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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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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