Tilia Labs earns major industry award for its latest Griffin workflow software release

Scott More, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of Tilia Labs, receives the EDP Award for workflow technology from Lorenzo Villa of Italia Publishers.
Scott More, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of Ottawa’s Tilia Labs, receives the EDP Award for workflow technology from Lorenzo Villa of Italia Publishers.

Released just two months ago, the new Tilia Griffin Pro App has already earned a major industry award for its developer, Ottawa-based Tilia Labs. The company, a leading developer of planning, imposition and automation software solutions for the printing and graphic arts industries, received the award May 16 during the FESPA Global Print Expo, Europe’s largest exhibition for the wide-format printing industry where over 600 exhibitors showcased their latest innovations and product launches in the digital and screen printing sectors for graphics, signage, décor, packaging, industrial and textile applications. Tilia Labs’ EDP (European Digital Press) Award was in the category of “workflow technology” and recognized its easy-access solution for improving production efficiency and reducing costs. The FESPA Technical Committee added: “Most print providers would benefit from fast, intelligent imposition, but they often don’t know the capabilities exist. Many wide-format printers are still relying on the proprietary software that came bundled with their machines. Now, they get access to automatic layout capabilities to produce faster and more efficient nesting, tiling and ganged jobs to maximize substrate usage.”

Sagen de Jonge.
Sagen de Jonge.

Based on its Tilia Griffin desktop application for wide-format planning and imposition, the Griffin Pro App was developed by Tilia Labs specifically for the Enfocus Switch platform, which is used by thousands of professionals across the printing and graphic arts industries worldwide. It was released in March this year for both Mac and PC, as a fully self-contained Switch app. To re-configure Griffin’s feature-rich content into the Switch app, while also maintaining its simplicity, Tilia Labs designed the app with a ‘Basic’ mode and an ‘Advanced’ mode. This approach provides users with a quick and easy way to get started while offering the ability to scale up as more capabilities are required. “Every feature in the app can be driven with variables and script expressions, making it highly dynamic and enabling users to handle a wide range of work with more simplified, adaptive Switch flows,” explained Sagen de Jonge, CEO of Tilia Labs. According to de Jonge, the provenance of the EDP Award gives it extra significance. “As an award conferred by the European Digital Printing Trade Press, this means a great deal to us,” he said. “These impartial industry experts probably have the broadest awareness of the full range of new digital technologies flooding into the market from all over the world. That they selected Griffin Pro out of all these innovations confirms that we’re offering a truly unique groundbreaking capabilities for large-format printers.”

Tilia Labs describes Griffin as a powerful cross-platform, automatic layout solution for wide-format printers, designed from the outset for simplicity. At its core is Tilia Labs’ flagship Phoenix nesting engine that provides the ability to search across millions of combinations in minutes to find the most cost-effective, tightly-nested layouts. Tilia Griffin is vendor-neutral and designed to provide the same efficiencies with virtually all printing machines and cutting tables. The Griffin Pro App is available exclusively via the Enfocus Appstore and can be trialed for free before committing to a purchase. The Enfocus Appstore is the marketplace for the global Switch user community comprising Switch specialists – including users, integrators, channel partners, App creators and solution partners. It’s been continuously updated since its launch in 2016 to address new developments, knowledge and experience, and currently has it has over 50 apps – a large proportion of which have been added in the last 12 months.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.