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Caldera PrimeCenter is a prepress automation solution for large format digital printers. The incoming files are preflighted, marked and nested together into ‘ready-to-produce’ layouts that save valuable prepress and production time. The software doesn’t replace the RIP, but acts as a firewall, preventing potential issues at the production stage.

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Caldera PrimeCenter is a prepress automation solution for large format digital printers. It is designed to preflight customer’s image files and optimize the production stage. PrimeCenter doesn’t replace the RIP, as it does not directly drive any printer or cutter, but acts as a firewall, preventing potential issues at the production stage. With PrimeCenter, Caldera has changed the mindset from ‘ready-to-print’ to ‘ready-to-produce’. It is compatible with any RIP and cutter controller that support a PDF file format, but it is fully integrated with CalderaRIP and Zünd Cut Center solutions.

PrimeCenter sits upstream from the RIP and has been created to fit easily into a Print&Cut workflow. Different input image files (pdf, eps, tiff, jpeg and png) coming in from your webshop, mail server, ERP … can be automatically be prepared and optimized. These files are preflighted, marked and nested together into ‘ready-to-produce’ layouts that save valuable prepress and production time. The callas preflight technology has been integrated to ensure you deal with compliant PDF files. In the end, you can export the PDF layout file and cut file to the production stage. Here, CalderaRIP software can be automated using presets or workflow to rip the file to the printer. After printing, cutting can start!

For small, one-man operations, this represents a significant time saving by allowing an owner-operator to use a dedicated interface that submits seamlessly to the RIP. For larger print operations, PrimeCenter reduces the multitude of repetitive daily tasks faced by prepress operators.

Basic

The manual version

Pro

The semi-automated version

Max

The fully automated version

Manual import Auto import Auto import

Manual Apply Recipe
(preflight, beelding & nesting)

Auto Apply Recipe
(preflight, bleeding & nesting)

Auto Apply Recipe
(preflight, bleeding & nesting)
Manual export Manual export Auto export
1 user interface 1 user interface 3 user interface

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  • Valuable time savings
    PrimeCenter saves valuable time in file preparation (such as layout and nesting), which results in 100% ready-to-print files before the RIP stage. You can free up time to print rather than to prepare. Furthermore, you can also save cutting time and get 100% ready-to-cut files before the cut stage. This results in increased operator productivity!
  • Reduces repetitive prepress tasks
    With PrimeCenter, you can reduce the multitude of repetitive daily tasks faced by prepress operators. In PrimeCenter Pro and Max, you can even avoid manual nesting and adding manual cut marks to the job. It gives you a better chance to deliver jobs right on time!
  • Avoids media waste
    Because of advanced nesting features, manual nesting and cut marks can be avoided.
  • Equipped with callas preflight technology
    The callas preflight technology has been integrated in PrimeCenter to ensure you deal with compliant PDF files. It verifies and converts files as needed!
  • Ensures a streamlined production
    Production is streamlined thanks to the PrimeCenter’s ability to inject job meta data, which contributes to complete workflow tracking using XML to connect to MIS and ERP solutions.

Hoofdkenmerken

  • Rectangular & True Shape Nesting: The user has the possibility to choose between True Shape or Rectangular Nesting. If you use a True Shape nesting with a free rotation angle, then it will definitely help to optimize your nested layout!
  • Canvas & True Shape Bleeding: In PrimeCenter, you can choose between True Shape or Canvas Bleeding and between specifically bleeding methods: mask, duplication or mirroring – when it is compatible.
  • Text, Barcode 39 & Optical Code: PrimeCenter has an annotation module where you can choose between the Optical Code, the Barcode 39 and to add text information under each nested file. You can also choose where to add them!
  • Trimbox with Padding: PrimeCenter has a trimbox module, where you can choose for a trimbox with or without padding. In PrimeCenter Studio, you have the possibility to have a detailed view of the embedded vector included into the image. In the layout, you can see the shape of the image, but you also have the frame that represents the padding in the trimbox.
  • Manual or automatic (only in Max) preflight: PrimeCenter embeds the most used standard callas preflight engine to ensure you deal with compliant PDF files. Using PrimeCenter, you can choose to check, fix up and control your job manually or automatically. You have the possibility to follow your recipe and share the information, because you can generate reports in XML or PDF.
  • Ganging (only in Pro & Max): You can also use metadata in order to nest incoming files, based on the gang name for example. You can e.g. use four images and PrimeCenter is able to use the metadata, like the name of the image, to queue the file in separate nests. It will ease of course the finishing and delivering process!
  • Meta data from file name (only in Pro & Max): Each image name includes some information, like the copy number. It can for example include twelve copies in its name. PrimeCenter is capable to check and use this kind of information when opening the file.
  • Input (only in Pro & Max) & output (only in Max) hot folders: All orders or jobs can be submitted to the prepress station – manually or automatically! Therefore, you can use an input hot folder. PrimeCenter will generate the nested layout based on recipes, created by the operator. It allows you to finetune the start of the nesting, so you can feed the production stage. You can set up an output hot folder to automatically export the print layout as soon as the board or the defined chunk is full. After adding marks and optimizing the nesting, both the print PDF file and cut file are sent to the production stage, using the output hot folder.
  • Combine multiple cut registration marks: By using PrimeCenter in addition to CalderaRIP software, you can generate a PDF file and use the CutContour information in the RIP software. From PrimeCenter, you can generate a PDF file with CutContour and some registration marks, like the Zünd CutCenter registration marks. You can apply additional cut registration marks from the RIP software too.

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1.0.1 23 June 2020

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