Caldera’s New Prepress Automation Solution

Created by Caldera. Inspired by Zünd.

Caldera’s prepress automation solution PrimeCenter helps wide format digital printers optimize job preparation for printing and cutting.


While automating repetitive prepress tasks, PrimeCenter allows you to increase operator productivity and optimize your layouts to save time and reduce media usage.




PrimeCenter Workflow


PrimeCenter prepress automation workflow

Orders (or jobs) are first submitted to the prepress station, either manually, from a WebShop or from an ERP. Then, Caldera PrimeCenter generates nested layouts based on ”recipes” created by the operator.

After adding the marks and optimizing the nesting, PrimeCenter sends both PDF files (the print file and the cut file) to the production stage. At this stage, CalderaRIP software can be integrated to RIP the file before printing. After printing is done, the cutting can start!


Key Benefits

Avoid media waste by optimizing Nesting

Based on cutting-edge A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) technologies, our blazing-fast “Prime Nesting” algorithm achieves a high level of optimization while guaranteeing reusability. Minimizing media waste and beating the best manually generated nestings allow you to save money and scale up your production.

Save time on repetitive prepress actions and tasks

Create your own recipe and automate repetitive manual tasks such as preflight, bleed, assigning the sizes, assigning production configuration, adding the annotations, or QR codes. Save your recipe and apply it as many times as necessary!

Fully integrated with Zünd Cut Center

Synchronization with Zünd Cut Center media and tools, and transfer of metadata for cutting automation.

Tear off annotations: See at a glance which print is intended for which order.

Reduce the error rate, optimize your organization, save time when preparing the shipments and when searching for an order or a client.

Enable job tracking and submission

Improves job tracking with XML technology. Can be integrated with all types of ERP, MIS and webshops.

Suitable for all users

PrimeCenter prepress automation

Caldera PrimeCenter is a versatile tool that can benefit print operations of all sizes. Owner-operators will find that it integrates seamlessly with the RIP and helps save valuable time in file preparation. For medium-size print shops, it reduces the need for a dedicated prepress operator, freeing up time to focus on printing rather than preparation. In larger printing operations, the ability to automate daily repetitive tasks has significant benefits.




PrimeCenter prepress automation

Prime Cutting

Generate 100% "ready to cut" files before the cutting stage

PrimeCenter prepress automation

Prime Preflight

Generate 100% "ready to print" files before RIP stage

PrimeCenter prepress automation

Prime Nesting

Up to 16% less media waste (compared to CalderaRIP)

PrimeCenter prepress automation

Prime Workflow

Deliver on time by grouping jobs based on meta information




Prime Nesting by Caldera PrimeCenter

True Shape nesting is a “NP-complete” problem, meaning that it is not possible to find the best solution without a prohibitive time consuming inspection of all the possibilities. The exploding combinatory of solutions leads to mix different strategies (classically called heuristics) to avoid local optimums and maximize efficiency. Prime Nesting combines several heuristics to find the better match given a maximal allowed nesting time.

Without Prime Nesting // With Prime Nesting


Caldera PrimeCenter works for all types of Print&Cut applications, including:


What is ganging?

PrimeCenter has a feature that can group together incoming files based on a specific data. That is called ”ganging.”

For example, if you have three multi-pages PDF files from two different customers, PrimeCenter will use Metadata -customer’s ID e.g- to queue the files in separated nests. This feature eases the finishing and delivery process.


Traditionally, what is called ‘data’ in the large format digital printing industry is what is printed. The data is printed.

Metadata is all the different information that comes with the printed file such as for example the order number, the professional channel, the order date, the delivery date, the printer, etc. It helps you organize, filter and enrich your files via QRcodes.


Annual Subscription Plans

This new product comes with a choice of three editions:

  • PrimeCenter Basic

Parameters for preflight, nesting and other functions are applied manually.

  • PrimeCenter Pro

Layouts from incoming files are automatically generated, though not exported to the controller or the RIP. The application of parameters for preflight and nesting can be semi-automated via the creation of scripted actions.

  • PrimeCenter Max

Includes the features of PrimeCenter Pro, but the automatically generated layouts are also automatically exported to the controller or the RIP.

New features will be included continuously in plans restricted by their capacity to be automated.


Supported files

PrimeCenter prepress automationCaldera PrimeCenter supports :

  • PDF
  • EPS
  • TIFF
  • JPEG
  • PNG
  • PS
  • AI

Supported Operating Systems

Caldera PrimeCenter is a multiplatform software, compatible with the following operating systems:

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Windows 10
mac OS X Catalina
Debian 10

Compatible with any RIP and cutter controller supporting PDF, but integrated only with CalderaRIP and Zünd Cut Center.

*Based on a 2020 survey from Caldera on a panel of 500 printshops.

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