PrimeCenter

Save valuable time on prepress

Created by Caldera. Inspired by Zünd.

What is PrimeCenter? 

Discover our prepress solution

PrimeCenter is a prepress software developed by Caldera in order to help print service providers optimize their job preparation for digital printing and cutting. Automating repetitive prepress tasks brings significant benefits— save time on prepress, increase the productivity of your operators, and reduce media usage to increase your margin.

At Caldera, we believe that saving valuable production time starts at the prepress stage, during which all errors can be prevented to ensure a streamlined workflow. We designed PrimeCenter as a versatile software that can benefit print operations of all sizes. It integrates seamlessly with your RIP software to save valuable time in file preparation, which allows you to focus on printing and cutting rather than prepress. Furthermore, PrimeCenter embeds advanced automation capabilities to streamline daily repetitive tasks.

Schema of Caldera workflow

Where does PrimeCenter fit in my production?

PrimeCenter is a prepress tool sitting upstream of your RIP station.

Your orders (or jobs) are first submitted to PrimeCenter, either manually, from a web shop or an ERP. At this stage, you can trust PrimeCenter to handle all your prepress tasks: nesting, preflighting, management of print bleed, margins, cut marks, annotations, barcodes & QR codes, etc.

After generating perfectly optimized layouts, PrimeCenter sends both PDF files (the print file and the cut file) to production. At this stage, CalderaRIP software or any RIP of your choice can be integrated to RIP the files, making them ready for printing. Once your files are printed, they’re already ready for cutting, since PrimeCenter generates ready-to-cut PDF files.

 

 

 

PrimeCenter Key Benefits

Achieve significant time-savings

Create your own “recipes” to automate repetitive manual tasks such as nesting, preflighting, resizing, adding print bleed, annotations, cut marks, barcodes, QR codes and more. Recipes can be saved in your configurations to be reused as many times as necessary! 

Avoid media waste

PrimeCenter helps you to create perfectly optimized layouts and fix errors early in the prepress stage to streamline your entire production and avoid unwanted media waste.

Compatible with all your cutters

PrimeCenter is compatible with any cutter controller supporting the PDF format, making it the perfect tool for any production environment. To streamline the cutting process and help you save even more time, PrimeCenter generates ready-to-cut filed in layered PDF, the most used file format on the market. 

PrimeCenter can be synchronized with Zünd Cut Center media and tools, and metadata can be transferred between PrimeCenter and your Zünd peripherals for cutting automation.

Enable job tracking and submission

PrimeCenter can be integrated with all types of ERP, MIS and web shops to simplify the job submission to the interface. Job tracking can also be improved using XML. 

 

 

Automate your layout production for Print & Cut applications

Automation is the future of the digital printing industry, and PrimeCenter makes it easy for print operations of all sizes, by including a wide range of prepress features to help you prepare your files and save up to 42% time and 35% media.

 

Create perfect layouts

Save time and media with PrimeNesting

Based on cutting-edge artificial intelligence technologies, the PrimeNesting algorithm beats every manual nesting and achieves the best possible layouts at an unrivaled speed.

PrimeNesting guarantees up to 16% less media waste compared to CalderaRIP’s TrueShape Nesting.

Minimizing media waste allows to work toward a more sustainable production model while making your production more profitable. Automate the nesting process and let your team focus on added-value tasks!

Generate ready-to-cut PDF files

Manage cut contours and cut marks

When it comes to cutting and registration marks, advanced settings are included for more flexibility and to be compliant with your cutter and workflow restrictions. Choose the shape and size of your registration marks, and customize their placement with margin, spacing and edge mark settings.

PrimeCenter can also automatically generate accurate Cut Contours around your designs, both on vector and rasterized files. No need to do it manually in your design software!

Generate 100% ready-to-cut files and save time throughout your production.

Double-sided printing

New feature

Manage file-preparation for double-sided printing and cutting

File preparation for double-sided printing and cutting has never been easier, both for rectangular and non-rectangular shapes. When preparing double-sided banners or stickers, PrimeCenter helps you save valuable time, as it automatically generates the Side B, and correctly places the margins and the cutting marks to reduce manual errors.

Furthermore, you can also manage more complicated configurations, such as nests containing double-sided files with non-identical visuals on both sides. Using PrimeCenter’s advanced prepress tools, generate perfectly optimized layouts in just a few clicks to streamline your double-sided printing production and save even more time on prepress.

Preflight your files

Fix problems earlier to save money

The term preflight was coined after the aeronautical industry, as pilots usually do a pre-flight check to make sure everything works as it should. The same principle applies in the printing industry: fixing problems as early as possible during the prepress stage helps to avoid errors and waste. 

All it takes is one small design problem to impact your entire production process— and end up with jobs that will be rejected by your customers. The main problems encountered during preflighting usually are missing images, missing fonts, resolution, transparency and color issues.

To handle this crucial step of checking your files, PrimeCenter embeds the powerful Callas Preflight Engine and ensures you are only working with compliant PDF files. 

Automate your production with Ganging

Group your jobs together using metadata 

Ganging refers to the process of grouping together jobs based on specific metadata (such as the customer’s name).

For example, if you submit 3 multi-page PDF files from 2 separate customers, PrimeCenter can use the files’ metadata (here the customer’s name) to queue the files in separate nests.

Ganging present significant benefits for the finishing and delivery processes. Save time by letting PrimeCenter sort out your files and layouts!

Automate output file-naming using Metadata

Link prepress to production with coherent filenames 

PrimeCenter supports the XML format and metadata management in order to automate your prepress operations. Metadata refers to all the information that comes with the job file: the order number, the customer’s name, the order date, the delivery date, the printer, etc. They help you organize and filter your files.

When exporting both cut and print files from PrimeCenter, the layouts you created can be renamed by choosing from a variety of information: media name, number of copies, date, ganging metadata, etc.

Ease the identification process in both manual and automatic workflows, and link prepress to production with coherent file naming to save time throughout your entire production workflow.

And more!

Save even more time on prepress

Here are some of the other features that are available with PrimeCenter:

  • Apply mirroring and rotation fixups to your images
  • Add internal or external crop marks to your designs
  • Remove useless white areas around your designs
  • Apply Tear-off annotations to your jobs
  • Access our Preflight and Fixup Library through CalderaDock

 

 

Applications

PrimeCenter is a versatile prepress software compatible with all types of Print&Cut applications, including:

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Banners & posters

Stickers

Point of Sale

Soft Signage

Compatibilities

PrimeCenter supports the following file formats: PDF, EPS, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, PS & AI.

PrimeCenter can be synchronized with Zünd Cut Center media and tools, and metadata can be transferred between PrimeCenter and your Zünd peripherals for cutting automation.

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

PrimeCenter is compatible with the following operating systems. For more details and information, please refer to our OS Compatibilities.

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Windows
macOS
Debian 

 

PrimeCenter Packages

PrimeCenter comes in three different packages with different features and automation capabilities to match the needs of your production.

BASIC
The manual version
Parameters for preflight,
nesting and other functions
are applied manually.
.
Manual Import
Manual Apply Recipe
Manual Export
1 user interface
.
HelpDesk access to FAQ
and tickets submission
.
Rectangular & True Shape Nesting
Canvas & True Shape Bleeding
Texts, Barcode 39 and optical code
Manual preflight, export of PDF and Cut files
Ready to print PDF files
Ready to cut PDF files
Preflight & Fixup library
Extended cut marks options
Double Sided Printing
Input Hotfolders
Ganging
Meta-Data from filename
XML Job Ticket

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PRO
The semi-automated version
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.
Auto Import
Auto Apply Recipe
Manual Export
1 user interface
HelpDesk access to FAQ,
tickets submission, Dashboard,
and SLA* (2h/4h/8h response times depending on the severity of the issue)
Rectangular & True Shape Nesting
Canvas & True Shape Bleeding
Texts, Barcode 39 and optical code
Manual preflight, export of PDF and Cut files
Ready to print PDF files
Ready to cut PDF files
Extended cut marks options
Preflight & Fixup library
Double Sided Printing
Input Hotfolders
Ganging
Meta-Data from filename
XML Job Ticket

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MAX
The fully automated version
Includes the features of PrimeCenter Pro,
but the automatically generated layouts
are also automatically exported
to the controller or the RIP.
Auto Import
Auto Apply Recipe
Auto Export
3 user interfaces
HelpDesk access to FAQ,
tickets submission, Dashboard,
and SLA* (2h/4h/8h response times depending on the severity of the issue)
Rectangular & True Shape Nesting
Canvas & True Shape Bleeding
Texts, Barcode 39 and optical code
Manual preflight, export of PDF and Cut files
Ready to print PDF files
Ready to cut PDF files
Extended cut marks options
Preflight & Fixup library
Double Sided Printing
Input Hotfolders
Ganging
Meta-Data from filename
XML Job Ticket

Discover PrimeCenter Max

 

 

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