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Workflow success

Jul 1, 2009 12:00 AM

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Workflow for offset, digital and wide format

Fujifilm Graphic Systems U.S.A.'s (Valhalla, NY) Fuji-film Workflow XMF provides a single point of production that can produce jobs for both offset and digital, or a combination of both, within the same job.

The open and scalable work-flow supports cross-connectivity between a variety of print environments, including offset, digital and wide format. Its JDF engine incorporates the most recent Adobe PDF Print Engine technology and is can dramatically boost RIP speed and output performance.

Fujifilm Workflow XMF operates using “pure PDF” technology — original PDF content is preserved throughout the workflow, with instructions for processes such as imposition stored as JDF data in an associated JDF job bag. There are no internal conversions or file flattening during job processing.

Workflow XMF incorporates a fully integrated, unlimited-user Fujifilm imposition engine. Users can create and edit impositions live from within the workflow with dynamic templates, easily changing parameters as required.


JDF capability and connectivity

Agfa Graphics' (Ridgefield, NJ) :Apogee Suite 6.0 made its North American debut at the 2009 IPA Technical Conference.

Key features include:

  • :Apogee Preflight, an integrated processing component that “tunes” the PDF by anticipating all the processing steps required to get to the final end product.

  • :Apogee Portal, a new, single-dashboard user interface using Adobe Flex technology that offers ultimate interactivity and ties print buyers right into the production system.

  • :Apogee Digital Print Link (DPL) allow users to drive and control digital presses, including the Canon imagePRESS digital color press family.

  • :Apogee Suite 6.0 also includes new productivity features and enhancements in :Apogee Prepress, :Apogee Portal and :Apogee Color. With :Apogee Suite 6.0, users will be able to shorten turnaround time and simplify the production chain.

Triangle Printing thrives with thermal CTP package

The Triangle Printing Co. (York, PA) has grown dramatically over the past three years. Founded in 1972, the $12 million, 75-employee printer recently installed a Fujifilm Javelin 8600S 8-page thermal platesetter with an FLH-Z plate processor and Brillia LH-PJ plates. Rated at 22 plates an hour, the Javelin 8600S platesetter feeds four 40-inch presses and one 28-inch press.

An interest in pursuing stochastic printing prompted Triangle to switch from a visible light platesetter to a thermal device. The overall goal was to achieve consistency of dot size across the plates.

Guy Wilcomb, vice president, says the CTP system has improved quality and, by reducing makeready times, improved pressroom productivity by 15 percent. In the last quarter, Triangle reduced plate remakes by 90 percent.

For proofing, clients choose digital contract proofs output on the Fujifilm FinalProof digital contract proofer or inkjet prints produced on either an Epson 9800 or Epson 10600 device.

Triangle produces products ranging from postcards, catalogs and annual reports to pocket folders, product packaging, point-of-purchase displays and posters. Commercial packaging is its largest growth segment, accounting for about 35 percent its current business.


Hit the integrated workflow Switch

Enfocus (Ghent, Belgium) has released Switch 08 update 7, the latest version of its Switch product line. The Switch family of products, which includes LightSwitch, FullSwitch and PowerSwitch, lets users automate repetitive tasks, helping them standardize their work and reduce errors. This new update also brings new partners to the Crossroads community.

Crossroads enables communication between Enfocus Switch users and vendors. New offerings include FLO Suite from Digital Media Partners, a developer of brand-management and Web-to-print software. FLO Suite provides a customizable front-end workflow interface.

Integrated Color Solutions (ICS), known for its Remote Director monitor proofing solutions, is now a Switch configurator.Update 7 also supports updates Callas Toolbox 4.2 and 4.3, Elpical Claro and InDesign CS4.


No chemicals or processing required

Mitsubishi Imaging (Rye, NY) showcased its Thermal DigiPlate award winning chemistry-free and processless platemaking system at the recentWorldwide Printing Thermographers Assn. (WPT).

Drawing on Mitsubishi's years of experience in CTP polyester and paper-based plate technologies, as well as thermographic paper, Thermal DigiPlate uses a patented thermal fusing technology to create a high-contrast image on the plate without chemical development, wash-off or ablation. No chemicals, toner or ink ribbon are required.

“Thermal DigiPlate is delivers fast roll-up on press and very good ink coverage,” said Colleen Molkenbur, senior product manager for graphic arts materials. “Customers report that they get saleable prints after just the first sheet.”TDP plates are paper-based and can reproduce screens up to 120lpi. The TDP-459 platesetter can image up to 60 plates per hour and output plates up to 18.1 × 20.7 inches.


Online prepress customer portal

Screen (USA) (Rolling Meadows, IL) has released Riteapprove SE Ver. 4.0, an online automation tool for Trueflow SE. It lets users add online job submission, proofing and approval to their Web-to-print operation.

The latest upgrade to Riteapprove SE provides unlimited user access, online job submission with smart file upload (SSL secured connection), online proof viewing and approval, revision comparison and tracking, Trueflow automation and optional preflight.

Print buyers can communicate their job requirements from any computer's Web browser directly into the production environment. Riteapprove SE enables collaborative working, last-minute corrections and final approval of production files before imaging onto plate.

A customizable job specification is assigned to each job published on Riteapprove SE to provide a job form, as well as processing instructions. Based on the job specification, Riteapprove SE seamlessly integrates with Trueflow SE to create a new job entry, deliver PDF files and provide an online proof.

Unlike the conventional FTP upload method, the Riteapprove SE transfer client automatically monitors and corrects transmission errors, ensuring proper file delivery. The customer can drop files into the file transfer GUI, connect to the Riteapprove SE server, select the job, fill out a custom online form and upload the data.