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Aug 1, 2009 12:00 AM


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Driving connectivity

EFI's (booth 2500) new Web Control Center combines centralized color management to ensure accurate color reproduction with the ability to remotely proof and print through geographically dispersed printing centers. It acts as the link between any geographically remote sites participating in a supply chain, and it is a key application for remote proofing (and printing) as it connects, monitors and controls all sites of the remote workflow. The solution is designed to provide the most efficient and flexible way of managing and controlling remote sites, to streamline and automate the production workflow, and to significantly reduce job turnaround time and costs.

EFI also recently brought the highest performing Fiery Print Server to market with the Xerox (booth 1100) iGen4 digital press. The EX Print Server powered by Fiery is built to deliver outstanding image quality, high speed, heavy-duty variable-data printing (VDP) capabilities and 24/7 reliability. The iGen4 has an inline spectrophotometer and integrated profile making using the Fiery server's Color Profiler Suite. Combined with Fiery Spot-On for spot color management, profile making allows for dynamic Pantone color adjustments.

See www.efi.com.

Color centric

CGS Publishing Technologies Intl. will showcase 2009 InterTech Technology Award winning ORIS Press Matcher in booth 7766. CGS recently demonstrated it and the ORIS Press Matcher Pro at the Xerox Innovation Session 2009 in Germany.

“Clearly, the current economic situation works in favor of digital printing,” said Trevor Haworth, managing director of CGS GmbH. “At the same time it is essential, especially for traditional printers, that both methods produce identical, repeatable results. This is where ORIS Press Matcher technology ideally complements Xerox printing systems, from the entry-level model to high-volume production systems like the iGen4. Today, ORIS Press Matcher is the production backbone in many digital printing companies, automatically managing the complete color workflow. You can expect further exciting developments in this area at Print ‘09 in Chicago in September.”

Last year at Drupa, CGS presented ORIS Color Tuner//Web, a hybrid proofing solution combining soft and hardcopy proofing in one Web-based application. At PRINT 09, CGS will showcase it with new enhancements for soft proofing. It now supports all features of the latest Epson Stylus Pro x900 series, including remote calibration and automatic verification. It also supports halftone proofing and the Adobe Print Engine, allowing users to choose between it and the “classic” CGS RIP.

See www.cgs-oris.com.

RIP ready

Xitron's (booth 6943) latest release is a new workflow solution designed to meet the demands of a busy prepress department for less than $25,000 including training and installation. The Navigator Elite Workflow is the latest edition to the Navigator line of RIP and workflow solutions based on Harlequin core RIP technology. User-requested capabilities include: user controllable job management and ticketing capabilities; integrated soft proofing; output device control and feedback at operator workstations; PDF creation and preflighting; ink remapping; imposition integration with Dynagram inpO2; scriptable hot folders; TIFF job grouping; integration with PRINTERnet; and press ink key calculation with KeySetter option.

Xitron also will demonstrate its full line of prepress workflow solutions including the PRINTERnet web-to-print solution with prices under $10,000 and the Xenith Sierra Adobe PDF Engine based workflow solution.

See www.xitron.com.

Better imposition, big plates

Screen (USA)'s (booth 6100) Trueflow SE Version 7, releasing at PRINT 09, ushers in a new optimized and enhanced imposition solution. The PDF- and JDF-based workflow incorporates Adobe PDF Print Engine 2, along with improved job functions to further streamline print production. It offers improved integration with other systems, such as postpress equipment and imposition from an MIS.

Screen's flagship 8-up CTP device, the PlateRite 8800ZX, offers fast, reliable output for companies with above average plate demands and advanced digital workflows. The PlateRite 8800ZX handles plate sizes from 12 × 14.6 inches to 45.6 x 37 inches. Multichannel imaging heads based on grating light valve technology ensure exceptional throughput. Support for imaging resolutions of 1,200, 2,400, 2,438 and 2,540 dpi is standard. The PlateRite 8800ZX also is capable of 4,000-dpi resolution, high enough for the printing of bonds and other securities. The platesetter boasts a top speed of 50 plates per hour.

See www.screenusa.com.

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Robust contract proofing

Epson America Inc. (booth 7328) will be showing the new Epson Stylus Pro 900-Series Proofing Editions. Epson and EFI collaborated to combine the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 or 9900 wide-format inkjet printers with EFI's most robust proofing RIP workflow to date, EFI Colorproof XF v4.0 for Epson.

The RIP applies the latest Adobe PostScript 3 and Adobe Print Engine 2.0 technologies and processes files to ensure consistent and accurate proofs for all types of color print work. And with complete support of Epson's optional SpectroProofer, virtually any color management process is completely automated.

The Epson Proofing Edition Series includes an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 (24-inch) or 9900 (44-inch) wide-format inkjet printer, a set of Epson UltraChrome HDR ink cartridges, and a 24-inch roll of Epson Standard Proofing Paper 240. Along with software-based RIP, it comes preinstalled with profiles for Epson's entire line of Professional Proofing Papers.

The Epson Proofing Edition Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 are available through authorized resellers for $7,995 and $9,995 (MSRP) respectively. The optional SpectroProofer is available for $1,495 and $2,495 (MSRP) respectively.

Printers ‘In Control’

At Print 09, Fujifilm (booth 6919) will highlight its approach to the integration between offset and digital printing and will give attendees a new look at workflow, demonstrating technologies, products and services to put printers “In Control.” In prepress, Fujifilm will debut its new and now commercially available Fujifilm Workflow XMF, an end-to-end JDF workflow solution with increased integration capabilities to provide flexibility and ease of use.

“Fujifilm Workflow XMF is capable of providing a single point of production that can easily produce jobs for both offset and digital, or a combination of both, within the same job. Workflow XMF has the added ability to automate many of the processes,” explains Bryan Hughes, Fujifilm's product manager for workflow products.

See our July 2009 coverage (“Workflow Success”) on Fujifilm's Workflow XMF, Javelin 8600S 8-page thermal platesetter and related PRINT 09 products at http://americanprinter.com/issue_20090701.

Also, be sure to check out Fujifilm's Taskero Universe Color Path Verified Technology, which won a 2009 InterTech Technology Award.

See www.fujifilmgs.com.

New poly CTP setter

Printware (booth 6943) will launch a new polyester CTP solution at PRINT 09. PlateStream Elite — designed to be the most affordable 46cm /18-inch unit geared for the 2-up market under $40,000 — produces up to 120 press-ready plates/hr. with integrated punching for all portrait presses. It uses silver halide polyester or paper plates from any manufacturer, including Printware's own 280 or 394-ft. long rolls of SilverStream Color+ plate material.

The PlateStream Elite provides +/- 0.001-inch image accuracy across four consecutive plates, ensuring tight press register and faster makeready. Its intuitive press profiling system enables users to fine tune dot gain and linearization for press ready plates.

See www.printwarellc.com.

Efficiently ecofriendly

Mitsubishi Imaging (MPM) (booth 7337) will present its DPX 6 Eco polyester CTP platesetter offering 6-up output designed to meet the wider formats of the Ryobi 780 and Sakurai presses. Mitsubishi's patented Eco-coating technology delivers stable plate development while reducing chemistry usage and waste. The DPX 6 Eco is fully automated and daylight operated, producing imaged, punched, dried and cut-to-size plates up to 26.77 × 30.5 inches.

Mitsubishi also will be releasing the new Diamond Proof line of inkjet papers during Print 09. The new line will include inkjet substrates perfectly matched to meet the needs of contract, imposition, newspaper and packaging proofing applications. The new premium contract proofing papers will sport grades designed to meet industry color standards such as; GRACoL (Coated #1), SWOP 3, and SWOP 5. The patented microporous coating on resin coated base paper allows for heavier ink lay down and wide color gamut for a truer color match.

See www.mitsubishiimaging.com.

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Stay tuned

We'll continue our PRINT 09 coverage on print management, prepress, pressroom and postpress technology in upcoming issues. See americanprinter.com/print09.

Intelligence built in

“We have seen a clear demand for intelligent optimization of PDF files,” says Bart De Pelsmaeker, head of Agfa Graphics' (booth 2600) software group. “Our response is :Apogee Preflight which is deeply integrated within our :Apogee solutions. This new processing component gathers all job specific production characteristics and dynamically tunes the PDF accordingly, including the application of any required color management. Combined with the Enfocus preflight technology, this truly adds another dimension to preflighting.”

Support for multipart jobs comes standard with :Apogee Prepress. It allows different production elements — cover, body, insert — to be combined into one job yet be processed according to their specific production parameters.

“The ability to make production sets with totally different characteristics within a single job is going to totally change the way jobs are handled,” says Keith Kanak, prepress manager for BFC in Batavia, IL. “What we threw at it was a job that had a 4/4 cover, a 4/2 perfected body form and 2 more 2/2 perfected body forms. This was all achieved in a single job.”

:Apogee Digital Print Link supports the Canon imagePRESS digital color press family and is being enhanced to drive other digital presses. Agfa will demonstrate :Apogee Link to Technique MIS and integration with digital presses.

“Workflow Success,” in our July 2009 issue, provided an overview of Agfa's new :Apogee Suite 6, including :Apogee Preflight, :Apogee Portal and :Apogee Digital Print Link. See http://americanprinter.com/issue_20090701.

Agfa also will demonstrate several CTP platesetters in booth 2600, including the :Avalon N8-50, driven by :Apogee PlateMaker, and the :Avalon N4. Agfa will show a full assortment of plates, including the :Energy Elite and chemistry-free thermal :Azura TS.

On the wide-format front, Agfa will show :Anapurna models including the new :Anapurna M2 and the :Anapurna Mw in its North American debut.

Don't miss :Dotrix Modular — the digital inkjet press will be running live demonstrations for the first time in North America at PRINT 09. Agfa's exhibit also will feature samples from the new :M-Press TIGER digital press.

See www.agfa.com.

The fully integrated print shop

Heidelberg's PRINT 09 exhibit will center on workflow in a live working print shop, booth 1200. Heidelberg will highlight its Original Parts and Certified Remarketed Equipment in booth 1593.

“Integrated workflow may well be the most important technological development our industry has seen in the last 10 years,” says James Dunn, president, Heidelberg USA (Kennesaw, GA). “We strongly believe our visitors will find our coordinated display of equipment, workflow and supporting services of tremendous value in optimizing and plotting the strategic course of their businesses.”

A server and eight Prinect workstations take center stage in the 30,000-square-foot booth, demonstrating solutions for production control, process management and color quality. Four equipment areas surround the workstation hub, and all processes in the booth are networked and centrally directed. Under the Prinect umbrella, Heidelberg integrates prepress, press, postpress and MIS in one seamless process.

On the prepress side, Heidelberg will show Prinect Prepress Manager, a PDF/JDF-based output workflow management system that handles preflighting, color management and trapping, imposition, and output to proof, film or plate. Heidelberg Saphira-branded consumables including plates, inks, blankets and proofing supplies will be used in the equipment on display.

Prinect Prepress Manager includes:

  • Prinect Color Toolbox, a suite of color management, quality control and calibration programs including the Near Neutral Optimizer, a tool that enables different output devices to calibrate to a common appearance. The Prinect Color Toolbox also enables printers to calibrate their equipment to GRACoL G7.
  • Prinect Color Solutions, a package of products, services and training to optimize color management in a closed-loop workflow between prepress and the pressroom.
  • Prinect Digital Print Manager, integrating digital print systems into the Prinect workflow.
  • Prinect Archive Manager, providing secure archiving and rapid reuse of print jobs.
  • Prinect Content Manager data management system.
  • Prinect MetaDimension, the output RIP component of Prinect Pressroom Manager.
  • Prinect Signa Station, an assistant-based imposition tool.

Introduced at drupa 2008, Prinect Postpress Manager will be networked with a variety of finishing equipment to demonstrate integrated finishing for reduced makereadies, job transparency and efficient tracking.

Prinect products supporting Heidelberg's XL press technology include the 2009 InterTech Award-winning Prinect Press Center with Intellistart process-oriented operating platform and high-definition Wallscreen user interface. (See “Quick Thinking,” AMERICAN PRINTER July 2009.)

Visit www.getprinected.com and www.us.heidelberg.com.

Consistent color

X-Rite Inc. (booth 6939) and its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone will demonstrate their full range of color management solutions for profiling and calibrating scanners, monitors, RIPs, printers and presses; press quality control tools for proofs, plates and prints; ink formulation tools; dedicated flexography and packaging solutions; and process control and color certification for the digital supply chain.

Show attendees will be able to see the recently announced IntelliTrax with Print Standardizer, an automated press quality control and standardization solution for dynamic dot gain compensation featuring award-winning technologies from X-Rite and Alwan Color Expertise. It provides an affordable standardization solution within the G7 workflow for analog and digital presses.

X-Rite will showcase its new, streamlined high-end profile creation software portfolio featuring ProfileMaker 5 Platinum, ProfileMaker 5 Packaging and MonacoPROFILER Platinum. Users can build high-quality custom ICC profiles tailored to their specific workflow needs.

PRINT 09 marks the first North American showing of X-Rite's new DensiEye 100 portable reflection densitometer. The company will showcase ISO/G7 functionality embedded into its line of software solutions, as well as its portable, handheld spectrophotometers and auto scanning systems.

Additionally, attendees will view a variety of essential Pantone Color tools, including the Pantone Goe System, coated and uncoated; the Pantone GoeBridge guide; and the Pantone Color Bridge guide to PMS colors for CMYK printing as well as monitor display. With 2,058 colors, the Goe System offers a significantly expanded color palette, yet is based on only 10 ink mixing bases.

See www.xrite.com.