Mark Andy has released details of the Esko-powered ProWORX digital front end (DFE) to drive its new generation of digital presses.

ProWORX will function equally well for multi-press, hybrid printing environments or as a dedicated single digital press operation, according to Mark Andy, and can be integrated into a networked infrastructure when linked to the Esko Automation Engine, for example.

Once the DFE accepts a print-ready PDF file to a hot folder, the ProWORX server executes a number of operator defined tasks with Esko-based automation. Automated tasks include step and repeat, color management, pre-flighting, previewing, eye-marking and job optimization.

ProWORX job tickets are then prioritized to hot folders, where files are ripped and sent to the Mark Andy Digital Series press, and queued for immediate printing and converting.

ProWORX job tickets also automate the pre-flight work necessary for hybrid printing operations, including use of in-line flexo stations – for example applying top coats, security, metalized or specialised inks – hot or cold-foil stamping, die-cutting or in-line operations.

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Written for: Labels and Labeling Magazine