Based on the success of the GMG ColorServer & GMG SmartProfiler bundle with industrial wide format printers, GMG found customers in this market are in strong need of a production solution well beyond the capabilities and limitations of traditional wide format RIPs. Additionally, the workflows and processes of wide format print providers differ significantly from those of printing press oriented solutions, so a dedicated solution to their needs was a key requirement.
Wide format users typically open incoming production files, check that content is appropriate for the chosen production system, add formatting and sometimes cutting elements, and then produce output on a variety of production systems, many purchased specifically to work with particular materials. Analyzing these steps, it becomes clear many are repetitive and very specific to wide format production, while few are machine specific. Further, many tools in use today were made for different purposes, burdening the user with inefficient, repetitive, and error prone steps – often being split between multiple editing applications and different output RIPs.
“GMG identified a specific need among wide format printers for an all-inclusive workflow system with high quality color management. We are strengthening our presence in the wide format print production market significantly, while continuing our strategic expansion beyond traditional market segments,” explains Jim Summers, GMG Americas president. “This is considerable step for GMG, offering a fully integrated solution with all the functions needed to manage the production process from file delivery to finished output. Of course, GMG already had the color management expertise, but with Aurelon’s ability to provide innovative, modular and scalable technology for the design, automation and processing of digital information to any media, we now have a fully-integrated, one-stop solution.”
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