Simplification of print performance and cost savings are now being addressed successfully with CMA ColorCloud which is designed to be a cloud-based colour management solution for production businesses of all sizes. This cost-saving and easy-to-use tool enables users to deliver precision accuracy across all output devices and materials, ensuring stability and consistency, and generating correct results across all digital platforms, computer monitors and, even, smartphones and tablets.
Developed by colour specialist CMA Imaging whose long-term experience and expertise have led it to a market-leading position in today’s graphics industry, CMA ColorCloud is designed to be used with a measurement device via a standard web browser. Requiring no hardware or software, nor any maintenance downtime or costs, it utilises a set of patented management algorithms to ensure accuracy of colour throughout both proofing and printing, with calculations that ensure the right relationship within the CMYK model, correct grey balance and a resulting reduction in ink or toner usage.
CMA ColorCloud’s primary intention is to enable users to improve their workflow by providing consistency and accuracy which result in improved print quality across single and multiple devices. Its capabilities include precision colour matching, lowered costs, and a reduced margin for error while significantly enhancing operator efficiency via optimised ICC and device link profiles that ensure repeatability.
Based on a pay-per-profile model, CMA ColorCloud users also have the option of purchasing an annual unlimited licence. Its potential extends across digital print devices using toner-based or ink-jet technology, as well as wide-format engines that employ all ink formulations such as eco-solvent, latex and UV-curable chemistries.
“The colour related problems encountered by users reliant on consistency and accuracy are becoming more prominent now that short turnaround times are essential to maintain machine uptime and optimise margins,” states Gerardo Cerros, Chief Technology Officer at CMA Imaging. “With CMA ColorCloud it’s now easy to print identical colours across a series of different materials and surface types. This is essential with today’s brand colour matching requirements as well as being desirable in everyday use because of the ink savings that are generated.”
CMA Imaging has based its ColorCloud concept on the challenges that have resulted from the growth in precision colour throughout digital job generation, proofing and printing, and by understanding the needs of today’s print service providers and display specialists. The company’s deep-rooted expertise extends into providing one-stop-shop colour management solutions for contract proofing, flexo, screen and offset litho printing, as well as wide-format and digital production.
In addition to intelligent software solutions, CMA Imaging offers FSC and PEFC certified papers and combines responsibility for promoting the reduction in chemical and consumable waste with lowering costs and improving throughput for its customers. The company partners with specialists who are able to maintain its key criteria for adding value while enhancing environmental principles throughout all sectors of the printing industry.