Integrating the DC-F100 In-line Folding System into Your Print Workflow

Does your business depend on printed materials, either for marketing purposes or internal communications? It can become important then, that you’re able to print many things as efficiently as possible! The post-processing of printed materials, like folding brochures and documents, can be the lengthiest part of the printing process, and if done by hand, becomes an almost insurmountable task.

This is where Duplo International’s technology comes into play: the DC 618 and DC 648 slitter/cutter/creasers that we produce are innovative and multi-purpose, adding the new DC-F100 in-line folder to these systems transforms those produced documents, brochures, posters, business cards and more into tangible, easily-handled printed products.

There’s nothing that this commercial paper folder can’t handle! Nevertheless, whilst we may profess the benefits of the DC-F100, you may be unsure about where your business stands when discussing print workflow: do you value automation, or do you currently favour manual labour? How many print advertisements do you produce, and are you keeping up with the quantity? These are important questions that your business must reflect on, and they can tell you everything you need to know about whether you should be integrating the DC-F100 in-line folding system into your print workflow.

If you do need to integrate the DC-F100 in-line folding systems into your print workflow, whether to accommodate a surge in demand for printed materials or to alleviate the strain on your employees, we recommend you read on for more.

The Print Workflow Process

Before we explain how to integrate Duplo International’s DC-F100 in-line folding system into your print workflow, we must explore the intricacies of the print workflow process.

By definition, ‘print workflow’ refers to a series of steps involved in the design and production of printed materials for your business – from brochures and business cards to folded documents or flyers, a print workflow is the backbone of your company’s printed advertisement campaign. A print workflow can vary wildly when it comes to complexity, as it all depends on the specific requirements of your printing project. A large-scale advertising campaign may incite more challenges than posters for a company-wide training session, for example.

This is largely why integrating the DC-F100 in-line folding system into your print workflow can be so efficient and timesaving. Although automation in the workplace can be controversial, when it comes to the printing process, automated systems can reduce the risk of human error, and the inherent limitations of human speed. 

The print workflow process is as follows:

  1. Design and Prepress: Through graphic design software, develop the layout and content of your printed material, and ensure any images or graphics meet the specifications of your printer. Then, create the print-ready digital file!
  2. Proofing: Review the print file for errors or design issues and create a sample/proof to check for accuracy.
  3. Printing: Print away! Select your paper, and substrates, configure the printing equipment and watch your printed materials come to life.
  4. Post-Processing or Print Finishing: Where the magic happens during print workflow. Cut, trim or – as we explore in this blog – fold your printed sheets into the perfect size and format.
  5. Quality Control: Always inspect the final printed product to ensure it meets quality standards and represents your business in the best light possible.
  6. Distribution: The final step to print workflow is distributing your printed materials elsewhere – whether that’s within your company or the wide world outside!

If you want to ensure that your printed materials and advertisements are produced accurately and of a high standard, on time and on budget, mastering the print workflow process is essential.

How does the DC-F100 impact this process?

The DC-F100 in-line folder improves workflow at the print finishing stage, by simply slotting into your DC 618 or 648, automatically folding your applications after cutting or trimming. The DC-F100 streamlines your workflow by automating the entire process, from uncut sheet all the way to folding, to eliminate the time-consuming manual task and free up valuable time and resources.


In fact, all our multi-finishers can perform 4 finishing processes all in one pass, find out more here!


Reach Out To Duplo International Today

For more information regarding our DC-F100 Inline Folder, reach out to a member of the Duplo International team today. Our slitter, cutter and creaser equipment has been proven – by all of our customers worldwide – to be remarkably effective, so why not add the new DC-F100 to process and greatly reduce the time, money and manual labour you spend throughout the print finishing process, which boosts your business’s bottom line.

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