Portal parameters

A gangrun request within the portal requires the following information:

  1. Company/organisation (login-info)
  2. LoginName (login-info)
  3. Password (login-info)
  4. ProjectID (text)
  5. Comment (text, may be left blank)
  6. Orders.csv (upload)
  7. Papers.csv (upload)

Production alternatives

Depending on the production-routing after printing, three different alternatives for cutting are available:

  • Final cutting on the guillotine machine
  • Cutting into strokes on the guillotine machine, followed by a stroke cutting+punching phase on a specialised machine, like Blumer or Polar.
  • Die cutting (no cutting on the guillotine machine)

Depending on the production routing, specific parameters should be defined:

1. Standard work (Final cutting)

To obtain impositions for standard work, set the parameters: 

  • punchID=0 (or leave it blank)
  • diecutReplicas=0.

2. Punching

Punch work can be computed in two different ways:

2.a Punching individual replicas (Final cutting)

On the guillotine machine, all replicas are cut separately, and each replica is fed individually into a punching machine.

To obtain impositions for punching individual replicas, set the parameters

  • punchID=0 (or leave it blank)
  • diecutReplicas=0.
2.b Punching strokes of replicas (Cutting into strokes)

To obtain impositions for punching machines, starting from strokes, use a different unique ID for each different punch form.

  • punchID='xxx' (different for different punching forms)
  • diecutReplicas=0.

3. Die cutting

Die cutting work is obtained by specifying the parameters:

  • punchID=0 (or leave it blank)
  • diecutReplicas=42 (for example)

Order Fields  

A gangrun order line should contain the following fields:

A unique identifier for the order, e.g.: ‘A1’. All gang run orders must have a different orderID. This orderID should be as short as possible (e.g. two characters), since it is used to be visualisation using the resulting drawings.
This is the (open) width of the order, bleed not included, e.g.  210 mm for an A4. One may also specify here the width here, bleed included, when the field customBleed (see further) is set to 0. When the order still has to be folded later on, please specify the unfolded open width here.
This is the (open) height of the order,  bleed not included, e.g. 297 mm for an A4. One may also specify the height here, bleed included, when the field customBleed (see further) is set to 0. When the order still has to be folded later on, please specify the unfolded open height here.
Remark: Height and width are defined as the dimensions when holding the order in the direction for reading the text printed on it. All dimensions have to be specified in millimeter.
A normal A4-order has height=297mm and width=210mm, but for a standard business card the width will typically be larger than the height. Height and width do not correspond with the shortest nor the longest dimension, as it's the case for the papers.
This is the orientation of the paper-grains in this order, as requested. Possible values are: ‘vertical’ (the grainOrientation is parallel to the height orientation), ‘horizontal’ (the grainOrientation is parallel to the width orientation) or ‘optimal’ (the grainOrientation may be chosen freely, in order to optimise the solution)
The requested amount of this order, e.g.: 1200 copies.
These are the requested colours for the recto side of the order. Each colour is represented by a letter: e.g.: ‘CMYK’. Spot-colours may be used e.g.: ‘CMYPK’, where each different letter stands for a different colour.
These are the requested colours for the verso-side of the order. Each colour is represented by a letter: e.g.: ‘CMYK’. Spot-colours may be used e.g.: ‘CMYPK’, where each different letter stands for a different colour. For single-sided print work, one should input an empty string here.
The bleed that should be added around the order. Specifying 2mm around, will add 4mm to the width and 4mm to the height, as defined above. Set to 0 when no bleed should be added.
This gives the number of sheets that will be cut together as one pile on the cutting machine. When for example, the orders should be delivered in packages of 100 copies each, one will take exactly 100 sheets before starting the cutting process.
Use the value 0 when this is of no importance. In this case, the cutting pile thickness will be the maximum thickness the cutting machine can handle at once.
punchID or articleForm
When rectangular orders have to be punched, specific solutions may be produced as defined by the parameters for punch work. One constraint may be for example, that the orders to be punched should lie across or along the direction of the stroke. This allows strokes to be fed to a cutting and punching machine after they have been cut by a guillotine machine.
Leave this string blank when the order does not need to follow the constraints for punch work.
Orders with different dimensions (height & width) should have different punchID's. Orders with and without punchID can be mixed.
Describes how the articles are obtained out of the printed material: 'cutting', 'diecutting' or 'punching'. Use 'cutting' for normal work on the guillotine-cutting-machine.
Meant to mark articles that resembles very much. Currently not in use yet.
The number of replicas on a sheet when using die cutting to produce these orders. Input a value of 0 to disable die cutting.
When die cutting is used, all orders require the same die cutting form. This means that the same value for 'diecutReplicas' should be used for all orders. When die cutting, the dimensions of the order (height & width) are not really used, only the value for diecutReplicas matters. There will be an attempt to provide drawings, but they will only represent the correct number of replicas for each order. Nested orders will not be presented correctly in the drawings.

Remark 1) For die cutting problems, whereby only the maximum number of replicas is given, the produced drawings will only show an indication of the number of replicas per order. This means the number of replicas is correct, but the positioning of the replicas on the sheet is not. Indeed, based on the given information, it is not possible to know whether the replicas are nested on a sheet and in which manner. 2) When a hole has to be drilled first by means of die cutting, followed by a punching phase, it is possible to specify at the same time the 'punchID' and 'diecutReplicas'. In practice however, the correct positioning will be imposed by the die cutting form, so a correct drawing is not possible in this case either. 3) When the parameter ‘diecutReplicas’ is used, the same value should be specified for all orders of that assignment. 4) For Workflower, ‘diecutReplicas' is the maximum number of replicas/poses on a sheet. When one wishes to print 96 replicas on a sheet, but wants to die cut per 48 (after cutting the sheets into 2 halves), one should specify 96 here in order to obtain the best solution.

MISreference Internal reference for this order as used by the MIS system.

Paper Fields

A gangrun paper line should contain the following fields:

A unique identification of this paper size and type e.g.: ‘gloss 1400*1000’. All gangrun papers in the list of papers must have a different paperID. 
The longest dimension of the sheet (in mm), e.g.: 1050 mm
The shortest dimension of the sheet (in mm), e.g.: 1000 mm. The paperWidth must always be smaller than the paperLength (by definition).

Remark: Difference between paperLength and paperWidth PaperLength and paperWidth are determined by simply measuring the paper on the pallet. Each paper size can have its own grainDirection, which is defined using longest and the shortest dimension of the paper. WideWeb (WW) means that the grainDirection is parallel to the shortest dimension of the paper (paperWidth), NarrowWeb (NW) means that the grainDirection is parallel to the longest dimension of the paper (the paperLength). PaperLength and paperWidth have nothing to do with the orientation of the paper on the printing press. Since the same paper may be printed as well along as across on a given press, sometimes confusion pops up concerning the meaning of paperLength and paperWidth. When the sheet is printed across on the press, the length direction of the paper corresponds with the width direction of the press.

graindirection of the paper ('WW’ or 'SG' = Wide Web or Short Grain, 'NW' or 'LG' = Narrow Web or Long Grain)
price per kilogram for paper (in €/kg), e.g.: 1,2€/Kg.
grammage or paperweight (in g/m2), e.g.: 100 g/m2
density for the paper used, required to compute the thickness of one sheet on the cutting-machine (in kg/dm3), e.g.: 1,3 Kg/dm3
parameter used to select the right press-type among all presses possible. Possible values are 'sheet', 'web', 'LFplano', 'LFweb', 'Dplano', 'Dweb' for respectively: sheet-offset-press, web-offset-press, large-format-plano-press, large-format-web-press, digital-plano-press, digital-web-press.
For large-format the price per m2 will be used instead of the price per Kg